My Big Fat Greek Meal

Treat Greek Deli has been open for around 3 months, it is located within Great Western Arcade, just opposite Snow Hill Station, near to Pigeon Park and House of Fraser, and is giving us Brummies a different taste of Greek cuisine. The food is more suited to lunchtime and has a grab and go feel to it, which is different to what is offered at fellow Greek restaurant 4023. I visited after I attended Style Birmingham Live 2015 and I found that they had a steady stream of people coming in and out, with many of the customers being Greek themselves, always a good sign!

Everything is made fresh at the venue, I saw them bringing out fresh pie/pastries and I was even able to get a mini salad made without cheese, heaven! I had a Fig Salad, shown above, which had chunks of figs, walnuts, lettuce and a fig sauce. The dry woody taste of the walnuts worked well with the sweetness of the figs and sauce and went well with the crisp lettuce. I liked all the flavours together and I would definitely have this again, perhaps it could be adapted to have roasted walnuts in the winter.

As well as the salad, I had a slice of the Salmon and Spinach Pie. Spinach and salmon are two flavours that I have regularly together but never thought to have in a pie and how silly I feel. It deliciously crisp on the outside and beautiful and moist on the inside, with big chunks of salmon and soft spinach. I would easily have a whole plate of this stuff, moorish, filling and fresh, more please! 

The place was filled with the smell of coffee but as I stay away from it, I went for mountain tea. It looks like a dry plant but when put into hot boiled water, it becomes moist and emits a fragrance that reminded me of a woody plant but with a slight bitterness of nettles. I really liked this and thought it was such a great idea. I did a little research on this and found that it is also known as Ironwort or Sideritis and it has many benefits, such as aiding digestion, strengthening the immune system and suppressing a common cold, the flu and other viruses, allergies and shortness of breath, sinus congestion, even pain and mild anxiety. Basically it is a miracle worker that makes your insides happy, great for an IBS sufferer like me.

Overall, I really enjoyed visiting Treat Greek Deli and loved that there was an option of the pie already available that was dairy-free and the option to have smaller portions and salad variations also available. Whilst I was there I saw that they had samples on the counter of pumpkin pie, which was moist, tasty and crispy, I wanted to buy some but they had sold out. If you visit then make sure you get some, you won't regret it! The premise of the deli reminds me of Greggs, as it has pies, sandwiches and cakes, but the quality suppresses Greggs tenfold.

Food - 5/5
Fresh and tasty selections of salads, sandwiches and pies available; as well as jams, sauces, breads and cakes.

Dairy-free options? - 4/5
Not many selections but variations are available

Service - 5/5
Fast, knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.

Cleanliness - 5/5
Only 3 months old, fresh, clean and they were on top of ensuring it stayed this way.

Location - 4/5
Slightly hidden but if you know the area well then it should be easy or you could alway Google it.

Value for Money - 5/5
I did not pay for what I ate, as I was invited to the venue for a complimentary meal, but the pie was £4.20 and the full size salad, which is three times the size of what I had, was £4.50. Although a tad pricey, the portions and the quality of the food is well worth it.

Worth trying? Definitely

Instagram worthy? Yes

Overall - 28/30

Have you tried Treat Greek Deli? What did you think? Agree or disagree?

*The meal was complimentary but my views do not have to be*

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