Sitting outside in the lovely courtyard, this place is a wonderful oasis of calm in the hustle and bustle of Athens. An atmosphere of tranquillity and super friendly, pleasant and knowledgeable staff.
The menu is a creative and innovative take on Greek classics mixed with modern European, paired with an extensive wine list.
Two types of warm, homemade bread came with a subtly flavoured dip of roe and anchovy and a very tasty smoked aubergine dip – a nice touch. The crunchy fried halloumi was complemented well by the sweet, sticky fig jam. The absolute highlight was the starter of raw sea bass marinated in citrus and blood orange, served with warm crushed potato and sautéed greens – simply amazing. Tangy, spicy, flavourful and unusual. The moussaka starter, however, left us a little underwhelmed, as it lacked seasoning throughout.
Mains were a mixed bag. My friend ordered the milk-fed veal T-bone steak – and was in meat heaven. Cooked to perfection, well seasoned crust on the outside, succulent and tender in the middle. After a taster, food envy set in, as my rooster pastitsada with macaroni matsata and smoked cheese was a little on the dry side. The sauce did not exactly send my taste buds dancing, and the ‘Greek spaghetti’ had a strong resemblance to average tagliatelle. A minor let down to an otherwise very enjoyable meal.
Long after we had finished our meal, we sat chatting, drinking (the very quaffable) Ouzo and enjoying that splendid holiday feeling in the middle of the city. Would definitely go again, albeit a tad more for the ambience than the food.
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