Archipelagos is a traditional Greek restaurant at the bottom of our road and since Josh started walking past it on his way to work he noticed it’s always packed out, no matter what time of the day it is. That, coupled with this review raving that their calamari was cooked perfectly, meant we had to try it out.
We managed to get a table for Saturday evening at 8.30pm, but had to book a week in advance so I suggest you book early if you want a table as they were already booked up for the time we originally wanted.
We opted for a variety of their small plates so we could get a good taste of everything they had to offer, and to also avoid any food envy on my part.
First up we had Sahanaki feta (£4.95), which is just two blocks of bread crumbed deep fried feta. The feta was really creamy and the coating was crisp, the melted feta tasted kinda like Philadelphia. Good solid dish.
Next up was the calamari (£5.95), what we’d come for! The squid was cooked perfectly but the batter was very thin, we prefer our calamari to have thick crispy batter. We also thought the mayo might be garlic mayo or that it would come with marie rose sauce but it’s just plain mayo.
This was our favourite dish, Loukanika (£5.95) which is grilled wine sausage. The sauce was full of flavour and the sausage was meaty and juicy, we could have eaten a plate of this each!
Kotopoulo kokkiniisto (£5.95), pieces of chicken cooked in tomato sauce with orzo and melted cheese. Could have done with some more seasoning but a hearty dish and you can’t go too wrong with melted cheese!
Bacaliaros Skordalia (£5.95), deep fried medallions of cod with garlic mashed potato. I wouldn’t say what we received was a medallion.. It was a battered fillet of cod like you get in the chip shop so that was a shame. The fish was a bit overcooked, therefore a bit dry, but the mashed potato was really good. A bit of an anti climax to end the evening on.
Overall, we did really like Archipelagos. The staff are laid back and friendly, the setting is traditionally Greek and the food is good. Their menu is extensive so you could go back again and again and always try something new, which is what we’ll be doing… Right after we try the remaining 100 restaurants on our ‘must try’ list.
Pop down to 121 Western Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 1DB to check them out for yourselves!