Full disclosure: after saying that diet was an IQ test, I failed the next item.
Mazi 12-14 Hillgate Street, London W8 7SR (tel 020 7229 3794) is a deconstruction of Greek restaurants, in that it aims to be innovative, tasty, and even refined. The decor is refreshingly sparse, no fake taverna kitsch, the table tops plain oak, menus in English, no bouzouki music, just conversation, which is entertaining enough because about a third of the customers are Greek.
Spicy Tiropita, broken filo pastry, leeks and chillies; Fish Roe Mousse Tarama; Greek Salad with cherry tomatoes; then Black Truffle chicken Hunkar Begendi; Cool Souvlaki with pork strip in rice paper; Cannelloni Pastitsio, ground beef and béchamel; Lamb Duet of saddle and cutlet, tzatziki spring roll; Loukoumades, lavender honey, chocolate sorbet; Greek Yoghurt mousse, quince pudding, cinnamon rusks. Coffees.
I may have left some out. There were four of us, but….really. I blame the dark curly haired waitress in the white blouse, the animated company, the heavy rain outside, and the understandable stress of having reviewed some papers on dieting.