Kafe Neon, Bigg Market

I feel as though I must apologise for being a terrible blogger recently. We’ve eaten out plenty, and now I have a back up of eateries to write about, so I thought I’d start with the best. Kafe Neon is a Greek restaurant sandwiched between the charva ghost town of Blu Bambu and the Beehive Hotel. After travelling to Rhodes last year, Craig and I have been in search of great quality Greek food to keep us going before we head back in June, and Kafe Neon lived up to expectations.

We booked a table but, after arriving, we realised that this probably wasn’t necessary as only a few tables were occupied – a sad sight for a Friday night. I went for Mythos in an attempt to bring back lost memories of smashing my knee cap in Faliraki last year, and Craig went with the house red, which he said was great for the price. Nebbing at other peoples’ meals, we were already getting excited to try the grub and, fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long.

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We opted for a great value two course menu, which I’ve since forgotten the details of – but I think it was about £12 for two course, possibly less. To start, I had halloumi and salad and Craig indulged his new-found love of hummus. The staff were noticeably chatty as they pottered about the few occupied tables in the time restaurant. We sat by the window, staring out at the dawning of a Bigg Market Friday night. As avid people-watchers, we didn’t mind the location of Kafe Neon one bit, but I couldn’t help but wonder if the Bigg Market’s reputation was putting off customers from giving this place a go.

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For main courses I went for pulled pork gyros and wedges – how could I not indulge in gyros after consuming the deliciously tender meat every day in Rhodes? Craig indulged his poultry passions in the chicken souvlaki (pictured), which came with fries. The pulled pork was by far the highlight of this meal; Craig looked on with envy as I devoured the flatbread stuffed with meat and tzatiki.

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Normally we wouldn’t go for dessert (there’s nothing better than a Wetherspoons’ chocolate fudge cake to end any date night), but when we spotted that all of the cakes and brownies were supplied by the lovely ladies at Pet Lamb, we couldn’t resist. I had a peanut butter blondie, and Craig went for a snickers brownies. As usual, the cakes were perfection and we spent a good ten minutes raving about Pet Lamb with the waitress.

All in all, Kafe Neon was right up our street – unpretentious food done well in a comfortable environment. We left on a high, ready to ignore our inner prejudices and walked straight into Stein Bier Keller, with the hope of finding a lovely little craft beer pub on the fringe of the Bigg Market, but we were greeted by something else entirely. You win some, you lose some.

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