We live in north-west London, where there are many Turkish restaurants but few Greek restaurants. Even though the two cuisines are similar, my experience is that a good Greek restaurant is far superior to a typical Turkish outlet. So when I learnt about this family-run Greek Cypriot place I immediately suggested it to my wife and our friends.
Visiting any restaurant for the first time is always an uncertain experience, and so I was initially worried about my recommendation. However, it turned out to be a superb choice.
I generally rate restaurants on four criteria — food, service, ambience and value for money. And Mosfilo scored highly on all four.
I could go on for ages about the quality of the various dishes we chose, but I will simply say that all were delicious. Indeed, one companion said that his moussaka was the best he had ever tasted.
My only personal criticism is that, like most Mediterranean restaurants, Mosfilo serves its taramosalata dyed an unnatural garish pink. I would love the place even more if it followed the example of The Real Greek and was brave enough to serve its taramosalata unblemished.
And the service? Impeccable! The friendly servers did not stick to allocated tables. All five were involved in presenting our food and clearing away our finished dishes.
And we could not help noticing that when the staff cleared vacated tables they not only cleaned them with a disinfectant spray but also similarly cleaned all the chairs around them. I do not recall seeing this laudable practice in any other British restaurant.
After food and service my third criterion is ambience, and I have no complaints here. The restaurant was pleasingly decorated and although it was busy the chatter from the other diners was not too obtrusive.
And value-for-money? You can certainly eat cheaper elsewhere (if your standards are modest), but the quality of our overall experience was well worth the final bill. We will be back.