Review: Archipelagos, Hove


The evening I ended up at Archipelagos, it was entirely unintentional.  I was on the Hove part of pizza challenge I’m conducting with my friend Fran from the Graphic Foodie blog, and after two thoroughly underwhelming meals, we decided to ditch our mission for the evening and go Greek.

It was a Tuesday evening at about 9pm and it was absolutely heaving. I hadn’t realised, but it’s been there for years and is very popular indeed. It was a warm evening in September so we took a table outside and watched the people on the Brighton/Hove border go by while more customers flowed in and out.

Also taking part in this leg of our challenge was Michael, Artisan baker and owner of one of my favourite places to eat pizza, the Hearth, in Lewes (see my blog and video reviews here). It turns out that as well as knowing his way around a wood fired pizza oven, he also knows a thing or two about Greek food as well, and other than me insisting on the cuttlefish dish, he ordered a selection of dishes for the three of us to share.  Fine by me, I am no aficionado when it comes to Greek food!

Loukanika- £5.95

This grilled ‘wine sausage’ was firmer in texture than normal sausage (think cooked chorizo and you’re nearly there) and packed full of herbs and strongly flavoured with garlic. Really really tasty, I’d definitely order again and would recommend that anyone does (apart from people who don’t eat pork, obvs).

Melitzanosalata- £4.30

When it comes to dips I always err towards the less garlicky options (I’m intolerant to it, annoying) or hummus, simply cos I’m a sucker for it, can rarely be bothered to make it myself, and unless you buy very specific brands, shop bought is never the same. We had this with griddled pitta bread and we were all in agreement of how totally delicious it was, another thing I would definitely order again, if/when I return.

Stifado Thalassina – £7.90

This was the only part of the meal I didn’t really enjoy. Cuttlefish, like squid can be really difficult to get right, this dish contained both, and while the flesh was bouncy, tender and not at all tough, the sauce really let it down.  It was the same concentrated tomato sauce that they served on the side of the lamb (below), but they’d added a load of cinnamon to it, and it totally polluted the taste. Had they have just kept it plain it would’ve been delicious, so if overly spiced, cinnamony, dishes aren’t your bag, then it might be worth asking to have the sauce without.

Kleftiko- £9.95

This marinated lamb was cooked in the oven and came with a side dish of the aforementioned tomato sauce.  Deeply flavoured and crisp on the outside, these slabs of ground meat were seasoned well throughout and really moist, I had part of mine in some pitta bread with the aubergine dip and the tomato sauce- like a makeshift kebab, lovely.

My goodness my hair looks blonde!

I did check out the loos (my battery had died by this point, thankfully Fran shared her photos with me of the food) and I’m pleased to report, that despite how busy the restaurant was, it was clean as a whistle.

I will definitely be visiting again and I’m keen to try more of the fish dishes as well as one or more of the mezzo platters.  They have an excellent value looking Christmas menus for large parties which are well worth a look, this and their full menu can be found on their website.  They don’t seem to use any sort of social media, but everyone I speak to seems to love it and the place is rammo every time I go past.  Quality, consistency and a loyal fan base speaks for itself.

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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    November 26, 2014 / 11:54 pm

    YAY!! we all love this place!! Grandad's first taste of aioli was in here, Melissa's 30th, proper happy place!! The owner is obvs loves Melis and it is some of my favourite food in the world. The picture of the kleftico you had isn't what I remember, I was thinking it was more like a lamb shank maybe Melis can update me? Love any prawns in there and the filthy Melitzanosalata which is the aubergine dip make me so happy. Love that you liked it too, Vickisallysunshine xx

    • November 27, 2014 / 12:15 am

      OMG I don't know what that lamb dish is if it's not that then!! I ate there in August and stupidly didn't write that dish down, nor did my friend! Looked at the menu and it didn't seem to match with anything other than that- BAD blogger! Love that the Lee sisters love it <3 xxx

  2. October 7, 2015 / 1:28 pm

    Kleftiko is a leg of lamb that's been slow cooked, often with red wine. What you had looked more like kofta? All looks lush though. Not had Greek food for yonks.

  3. October 7, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    Kleftiko is a leg of lamb that's been slow cooked, often with red wine. What you had looked more like kofta? All looks lush though. Not had Greek food for yonks.

    • October 7, 2015 / 1:32 pm

      🙂 i am going to show them this pic tonight and ask, as stupidly didn't make notes! So lush, will do an update on social channels with pics and whether or not is as good the second time around!

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