Papa’s opened two weeks ago and having walked past it several times on our way into Harrogate while Christmas shopping, tonight we decided to visit for a belated celebratory dinner for the boyfriend passing his first term as a trainee teacher. Unfortunately I was too busy stuffing my face and so didn’t get chance to take any pictures of the food as it is that good, so I apologise for a rather plain post but hopefully my descriptions make up for it…
We arrived about 6 so quite early and were the only ones in, but this meant that we could chat to the owner who is absolutely lovely about Greece, family, Harrogate and of course, food. Even after we finished and the tables were filling up, he and his wife were happy to chat for ages and we genuinely felt welcome and so relaxed, like we were having dinner with friends rather than a typical restaurant where you’re just a bum on a chair. It seems a lovely family run business that is all too happy to help you have a great time!
We opted for the Mediterranean roasted vegetable platter for two for starters. This included falafel balls, loads of grilled veg (peppers, onion, aubergine) with tzatziki and houmous for dipping the homemade bread into. Everything has clearly been made from scratch by the Greek chef and you can certainly taste this! Although I’m separating starters and mains here, it arrives all at once as a real feast like they would have in Greece, although there is the option to stagger them if you want.
For mains I had the gambas a la plancha (grilled king prawns in tomato and white wine sauce sprinkled with feta). I was a little dubious about the fish and cheese combo but willing to give new things a try and it was so worth it- the flavours worked well together and the prawns were perfectly cooked. The boyfriend couldn’t decide so had a mix of starters for his main, although there were vegetarian options on the specials board he could’ve had. The babakanoosh and falafel were tasty but the real star was the tuscan bean bruscetta which was so flavoursome for such a simple dish. We were also given a tiny dish of the gigantes plaki to taste on the house which again was really good.
There isn’t a dessert menu but when we asked we were offered baklava and ice cream. This turned out to be huge- the size of your average cake slice not the tiddly little portions you get in shops and served with caramel sauce and chocolate ice cream. If I had been allowed to lick the plate in public I would have because this was incredible! The owner then gave us a shot of ouzo to wash everything down with, again on the house! He was so generous and wanting us to have a good time for our little celebration.
We are already planning to go back there with friends and family and it has rocketed to our favourite restaurant in Harrogate! The food is amazing, the staff lovely and the price really reasonable for such a good feast- all of this food plus a drink each cost us £24 each which is damn good value for a 3 course meal cooked from scratch and clearly with love. Honestly, I cannot recommend this place enough…. go now!!