the newly opened opso by chefs georgianna hiliadaki and nikos roussos totally avoids the usual associations most people have with a greek restaurant. situated in the marylebone neighbourhood, it boasts a concept by athens-based practice k-studio and coherently fuses the design and branding elements. the ground floor has a rectangular narrow shape, divided into two zones which are connected by a central spine that runs the entire length of the space. right at the entrance this spine takes shape as a coffee, but morphs into a high table top for informal, communal dining further in the back of the restaurant. an additional key design element is an open storage system. a generous row of streetside windows allow in floods of daylight. the palette consists of natural materials usually found in old eateries in the greek capital, and includes kavala marble wall cladding and table tops, and hand-laid terrazzo flooring.
the traditional is seamlessly matched with tweaked interpretations of traditional design elements such as oak panelling, leather upholstery and brass accents. adding an artsy touch to opso's modern setting is a triptych of ceramic tiled murals by the artist joanna burtenshaw that illustrates the diner's focus on social dining and the sourcing of quality ingredients from both the u.k. and the greek homeland. named after the ancient greek word for delicacy, opso's elaborate menu focuses on both traditional and modern flavours, featuring only the very best ingredients. this is an all-day restaurant with a wide range of tasty bites and dishes, and of course drinks, that can easliy keep you gastronomically satisfied from dusk till dawn. location: 10 paddington street [marylebone].