Restauranter Lazaros has been on a food odyssey around the Wirral for the last 20 years. If you love Mediterranean food and live on the peninsula, chances are you’ve eaten in one of his tavernas. In recent years he’s been at the helm of the eponymous Lazaros in Hoylake and Moreton.
You often read about how good for you a Mediterranean diet is, and there’s no doubt that the cuisine at Lazaros is like eating a plate full of sunshine. From the flavourful Greek salads with their tomatoes and onions bursting with flavour you just can’t really find in the shops, to the lean and succulent kebabs of chicken, pork or a mixture, there’s an extensive menu on which there’ll be something to everyone’s tastes.
Don’t miss the haloumi fries, which are the best you’ll try this side of Athens. Try them as a starter or just a snack while you choose.
Lazaros: What can we eat?
The restaurants on Market Street in Hoylake and Hoylake Road in Moreton, are firm local favourites, with excellent early evening deals that make it hard to justify slaving over your own stove. Available for £11.95, it’s a starter from a choice of garlic bread, tzatziki, houmous, taramosalata, tuna, keftedes (meatballs in tomato sauce), garlic mushrooms, greek salad or halloumi fries.
For mains, there’s moussaka, keftedes, afelia (slow-cooked pork in wine), chicken skordo (wine and garlic sauce) kalamari, spanakopita (spinach and cheese filo pie) or pork, chicken or mixed kebabs.
The deal is on every night the tavernas are open, except Saturdays, from 5pm to 10pm, finishing at 7pm on a Friday.
For the couple who love to eat, there’s the Lazaros platter for two, which for £38 includes classic pitta and dip starters, charcoal cooked chicken souvla, pork kebab, lountza (cured pork tenderloin), halloumi, sheftalia, greek salad, vegetables and chips. It’s filling just to read, let alone tackle. But over a long, leisurely meal and the bottle of wine thrown in, it can be done.
If you’ve space, don’t miss the gorgeous homemade desserts. Favourites include the chef’s delicious orange cake, which is served with healthy fat free frozen yogurt, sourced from The Yog Bar just down the road.
In both the Hoylake and Moreton restaurants, there’s live music from well-known Wirral singer and vocalist Gary Murphy, on the first and last Saturdays of each month respectively. Furthermore at Moreton, there’s the added touch of the Mediterranean with the outdoor seating area, complete with grapevines growing during the summer months. A perfect way to bring the feel of a sun-filled holiday closer to home. And it can be closer to home still, because the extensive takeaway menu offers a 10% discount.