The food scene in Middlesbrough is booming at the moment, brimming with a great deal of diverse eateries for us to sink our teeth into. Gone are the days of having to decide between the Weatherspoons or the mediocre Italian, we now have a huge selection of specialist restaurants to choose from including Turkish, Mexican, Caribbean and Greek. What’s even better is the food is as authentic as it comes, you could enter a restaurant and be transported to a different corner of the world and that’s what I adore about the food industry. It’s not just about the food, but the whole dining experience.
One of the latest restaurants to open its doors to the public is Acropolis Greek Taverna situated on the corner of Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough. Managed by three brothers from Greece, Fotis, Xristos and John wanted to follow their dream of opening up a Greek restaurant to share their passion of food and to bring give the North East a taste of traditional Greek cuisine.
Adam and I arrived around 8pm on a Saturday evening without booking which is not something we would normally do, but we were in luck as amongst the bustling restaurant of diners, the waiter managed to sit us at the only spare table available which was a table for two. Dotted around the restaurant were beautiful bold paintings of traditional Greek landscapes and locations which was a lovely touch.
We decided on the hummus and tzatziki with flatbread for a light starter whilst we waited for our main meals. The tzatziki was made up of natural Greek yogurt which we both weren’t fussed on. However the hummus more than made up for it which was garnished with a paprika seasoning which worked perfectly with the deliciously fresh flatbread which we used for dipping.
For our main courses we both picked an authentic chicken dish, I ordered the Kotopoulo Anastasia and Adam got the Kotopoulo Dimitrios. My meal consisted of a chargrilled chicken breast with roasted peppers, sundried tomatoes, feta cheese and spicy tomato sauce, this made for a tasty combination. The ingredients were perfectly cooked and I loved the cheese topping. Adam’s dish was a chargrilled chicken breast topped with creamy blue cheese and spinach sauce which was equally as flavoursome and he made sure he didn’t leave a single bit.
I was happy to see a portion of chips AND flatbread on my plate, because carbs give me life. The chips were lightly seasoned giving them a delicious, moreish taste, they were the tastiest chunky chips I’ve had in a long time and you could see they’d been homemade too.
Together with the vibrant atmosphere, delicious authentic food and upbeat staff, Acropolis Greek Taverna was a brilliant dining experience and I’m looking forward to trying more of the menu – the Acropolis special grill for 2 is next on our list! My only complaint about the restaurant would be that you don’t get enough! A double portion of their delicious chips would have been the icing on the cake.