On Sunday 25th October, Greek restaurant OPSO will bring a taste of Athens and the surrounding islands to the heart of Marylebone with the launch of their Autumn Harvest Market. For one day only, OPSO will celebrate the new season’s produce with an alfresco market, enabling passers-by to sample some of finest goods from back home and continuing the restaurant’s focus on championing modern Greek food in London.
The Harvest Market will showcase a range of products synonymous with Greece’s Autumn’s olive harvest including Cretan Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Olive Oil rusks from Kythera, perfect for adding a little crunch to any salad; and organic Kalamata Olives. OPSO will also be releasing a limited selection of homemade infused olive oils including chives, rosemary & garlic and chilli which are currently used in a number of their signature dishes.
A selection of cheeses from artisan Greek producers will be available including a 6-month barrel aged feta from Athens, produced solely for OPSO and unlike any store bought version; as well as a Graviera, a nutty sheep’s milk cheese from Crete, perfect grated over salads or pasta. Freshly picked fruits have been plucked and turned into a selection of preserves including fig jam from the area of Vravrona and Markopoulos in Attica and spoon sweet, made only once a year with rose petals from the island of Chios.
Celebrating this year’s grape harvest, wines from both popular and undiscovered producers will be available to purchase including a full-bodied Assyrtiko from Santorini, a delicate Savatiano from Mylonas and Agiorgitiko from Nemea. Using the extracts from wine production, Greek digestifs such as raki and tsipouro will also be available. For those looking for something to keep them warm on those looming winter nights, OPSO will be also releasing a limited number of bottles from their first batch of aged negronis; a blend of premium vermouths, chocolate and mandarin bitters, aged in oak barrels for 6 months.
As the Harvest Market closes for the day, OPSO will be inviting guests to try some of the products available in their new Autumn menu that includes dishes such as Lamb Shank Trahanas, a slow cooked lamb shank with traditional wheat grain, truffled mushrooms and graviera cheese and a roasted cauliflower with spiced curry mayo and generously sprinkled with a herbed-hazelnut crumble.
Managing Director Andreas Labridis says “Good quality produce is at the heart of every good meal and at OPSO we have invested a lot of time in finding producers that share that belief and provide the very best. We’re really looking forward to sharing that with our customers and showing that Greek produce is up there with some of the best in the world.”
The OPSO Autumn Harvest market will run on Sunday 25th October from 10am until 4:30pm.
The new Autumn menu will launch on Sunday 25th October, with reservations available at http://opso.co.uk/#section-reservation.