We learned about this recently launched attraction in Athens from the in-flight magazine of Norwegian Airlines and promptly made reservations for a guided tour of the museum with subsequent dinner a few days ago and were very impressed with the overall experience. Our guide presented the exhibition, which told the story of the Greek monastic diet, which seems to have great relevance in today's society as well with its emphasis on fasting days and a diet heavy in vegetables and lean meats. Following the exhibition which was laid out well in a beautifully preserved Athenian villa we were shown to our table in the courtyard and were treated to a delightful four course dinner inspired by the Monastic diet but adapted to the expectations of a modern day diner. In addition to the four courses, which we chose among a selection of 2 to 3 options we were served an amuse bouche of fava dip and caramelised onion. For our menu we were recommended a bottle of rose wine from the Meteora area, which we visited recently. All our dishes were tasty and well presented and clearly based on fresh ingredients. Our main fish dishes were especially pleasant and perhaps the stuffed tomato with rice and kalamari had a bit of trouble living up to the tastes and presentation of the other dishes but we took this to be probably the most Monastic of the dishes. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. We were quite suprised to see only three families dining in the courtyard during our visit but expect this number to rise as word spreads of the delights to be found here. We were especially intrigued to learn about the possibility to take a cooking class here complete with a visit to the market and subsequent self-made dinner. Our bill for guided tour, four course dinner for two people plus amuse bouche, a bottle of rose wine, water and two further bottles of wine to take home from the museum shop came down to 79 euro, which is a bargain for the quality offered.
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