Greek-Australian restaurant Esti is opening in London's Shoreditch

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Esti is the restaurant you must visit in London when you want to mix Greek dining and British produce with Australian hospitality.

One can enjoy such an experience at a new six-month residency at TT Liquor in the East London district of Shoreditch as Esti is bringing its blend of fire-cooked casual Greek food (with bonus Aussie influences) to the Orangery on the bar's first floor.

The name ‘esti’ is both an ancient Greek term that means ‘to do’ and a riff on ‘estiatorio’ (the Greek word for ‘restaurant’).

Kostas Vais, the founder, is bringing his Greek heritage along with food-and-beverage experiences (including The 3 Little Pigs souvlaki food truck) to the dining experience and is joined by head chef Sal Galasso, who has worked for over a decade in some of Australia’s best restaurants.

Galasso's resume includes Sydney’s Rockpool Bar & Grill.

Most fascinating is that some indigenous Australian herbs that have been sourced – finger lime, lemon myrtle and forest anise – which are extremely rare in Britain.

Lovers of fire-cooked food will be happy this is the main draw, and you’ll find the following on the menu.

  • Octopus braised in spicy bush tomato sauce, served with green salad
  • Twice-cooked charred lamb ribs, dressed with tzatziki and ‘desert dust’ (an Australian spice mix)
  • Fish (Cornwall catch of the day) served with macadamia skordalia and garlic-spiked Greek dip
  • Paperbark-smoked carrots with British honey and cumin
  • Fried ‘osso bucco’ with cornflakes, feta, avocado and pickled onions
  • Iced parfait with Australian lemon aspen berries, Cretan olive oil, sprinkled with Murray River salt

As you’d expect from TT Liquor, the drinks will be on point, with a bespoke cocktail menu available alongside a selection of beer and wine. And the good news is the fun may not have to end after six months, with esti planning to open a permanent restaurant in the autumn.

More about Esti:

Where is it? 17B Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AA

When? 12 March 2023 for six months

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram

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