must-try threesome..

“Margaro”

a legendary mother figure from Mykonos island, an old grocery store and lots of frying pans! back in 1942 Margaro used to feed the port workers on her famous braised meat every Sunday. since then the traditional tavern has slightly been transformed. now offers the ultimate threesome! a naughty three dish menu lost in the mists of time.

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“Margaro”

margaro

the place

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outdoors

indoors

indoors

picture

picture of Margaro on the wall

a pure, fresh Greek salad, some oil sizzling golden red mullets and some crunchy shrimp bites of heaven! that’s it you hotties. occasionally some fresh crayfish or sea bream will enter the game.

greek-salad2

Greek salad

red-mullets2

red mulets

shrimps

pan-fried shrimps

frying

Mr. Spyridon the frying master

father-sons

Mr. Ioannis, Mr. Konstantinos(grandsons) and Mr. Lazaros Chaniotis(son)

so go my friends, food indulge yourselves!

“Margaro” 126 Chatzikiriakou Ave., Piraeus, Greece, tel. +30 210 4514226

crafty art..

artisanal

art is in.. grandma’s antique floral plates, homemade bread, handmade vintage furniture, John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins. “artisanal”(meaning made by hand) is a cosy bar-restaurant housed in an early 20th century premium residence with rare trees and elegance of the 50’s. not just a fancy word.

entrance

artisanal

indoors

ground floor

upstairs-bar

upstairs bar

upstairs

upstairs

dynasty-details

“Dynasty” details

lounge yourself and taste a freshly baked bread dipped in metsovone, anthotyro(traditional fresh cheese) and thyme cream, a colorful beetroot salad with goat cheese and raspberry dressing, a groovy grilled spinach pie with feta cheese cream and chive scented olive oil, some classy beef ravioli with salsify and Jerusalem artichoke(topinambour), some sensuous pumpkin gnocchi with mushrooms, a Greek sea scented octopus pastitsio with wakame seaweed and fava(yellow split peas puree) and a fine juicy pata negra pork loin with polenta, red cabbage puree and crispy pork bites. actually well crafted culinary works.

bread

handmade bread

beetroot-salad

beetroot salad

spinach-pie2

grilled spinach pie

ravioli

beef ravioli

gnocchi

pumpkin gnocchi

octopus-pasticcio

octopus pastitsio

pata-negra

pata negra pork loin

chef

chef Mr. Dimitris Dimitriadis

second dinner act opens with nutcracker rum cocktail with house honey bittermilk, lime juice, hazelnut liqueur and a nice dry dark chocolate flavor of Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters danced to end of love by a praline bar with green apple compote, chocolate-caramélia and vanilla ice cream.

nutcracker-cocktail

 nutcracker cocktail

praline-bar

praline bar

punch with rum, tea, grapefruit and maraschino is served in the finest tea cups.

serving-punch

serving punch

so go my friends, art is where you find it.

“artisanal” 2 Zirini street, Kifisia, Athens, Greece, tel: +30 2108086111

http://www.artisanal.gr

king’s net..

nisiotiko

praised for its rocking fishermen, named after a king(Alexander I), illuminated by a bright lighthouse; easy to get lost in Alexandroupoli’s cultural crossroads. “nisiotiko”(meaning from or on an island) restaurant is defined by island smells, tastes and family bonds. Kiriakos mastered the art of cooking beside captain Michalis(his father) and “giagkoulas”(his uncle’s nickname). he is spreading sexational palate love since 1998.

indoors

“nisiotiko” indoors

outdoors

outdoors

owner-family

Stogios family aka Captain Michalis(father), Kiriakos & Ioannis(uncle)

romance on the high seas; a fresh colorful salad, some crispy fried zucchini bites, a smooth homemade fish roe salad, a pure mussels salad with olive oil and lemon, some dazzling steamed prawns and a fine pan fried sole fish. the deep blue sea at a chunk!

salad

salad

fried-zuchini

fried zucchini

fish-roe-salad

fish roe salad

mussels

mussels salad

prawns

steamed prawns

sole-fish

pan fried sole fish

so go my friends, get caught in these nets.

“nisiotiko” 1 Zarifi street, Alexandroupoli, Greece, tel: +30 25510 20990

http://www.nisiotiko.gr/

hyper comfort ride..

Überness

wandering around the Athens vegetable market, having a slice of local everyday life you bump into the ultimate cult, industrial scenery of an unbothered chef(Vasilis Kallidis). plastic fantastic chairs and tableware, neon lights and signs in the place of three old butcher shops. “uberness”(coming from the German word Über aka above or greatest) is a calorie calculator free place with expiration date!

uberness

“Überness”

big-table-2

dining table & details

indoors

indoors

ordering

counter & countdown sign

kallidis

Mr.Vasilis Kallidis chef & owner

please order and pay at the counter(self service); a silky smooth pumpkin soup, some old school mama’s meatballs, a naughty hot dog with cheese and pickled cucumber, a sinful juicy beef burger and a heavenly crusted tender chicken burger. not so easy you drooling fools; you have to wait for your number to be called. grab a zip of your aromatic sangria!

uber-menu

menu

pumpkin-soup

pumpkin soup

soup-no-more

“soup no more”

meat-balls

Überballs

hot-dog

Überdog

uber-burger

Überburger

chicken-burger

chicken burger

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sangria

kitchen-guys

Mr.Nikos Rodopoulos, Mr.Panagiotis Chazan, Mr.Basem Abdrabou & Mr.Karim ElHamsan

a taste of Paris the American way, a deep fried melt in mouth croissant glazed with cinnamon, sugar and chocolate praline. no regrets right?

dessert

fried croissant w/ cinnamon, sugar & chocolate praline

so go my friends, the clock is ticking.

“Überness” 1  Tzon Kennenty street(inside the central vegetable market), Athens, Greece,  tel: +30 210 4816 320

http://www.uberness.org/

street food tagged..

foodstr

in just four words: lust, fast, cheap, hip. juicy, drooling over burgers with soft fluffy buns in a friendly, ready to please little place in the heart of downtown Athens. grab your stool outside, take some burger porn photos and start devouring. hashtag “foodstr”.

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“foodstr”

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the place

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menu

you can sink your teeth into a sinful classic bacon cheese burger, a tender lip-smacking chicken burger and a naughty moist beef mushroom burger with three different mushroom varieties. some “dirty” GIFs are on the way.

bacon-cheese-burger

bacon cheese burger

chicken-burger

chicken burger

mushroom-burger

beef mushroom burger

so go my friends tag yourselves in this hot spot.

“foodstr” 14 Kalamiotou street, Athens, Greece, tel: +30 210 3211003 

https://www.facebook.com/FOODStr/

from France to Thailand and back..

kong

inspiration came from a high rooftop Philippe Starck-designed place overlooking Paris nightlife – on the upper floors of Kenzo building. tastes travel through Thailand and Japan. a warm, passionate red environment with a cute green garden. “kong” is the new soulful(the owner of famous “soul” bar is involved) bar-restaurant in town.

kong

“kong”

indoors

indoors

outdoors

the garden

have some crunchy won ton with crab meat and shrimp, some savory tempura shrimps with plum sauce, a balanced stir-fry chicken, a comforting pad thai packed with flavor, a creamy green curry chicken -an authentic taste, an all-time classic, perfectly roasted Peking duck with hoisin dip and some fine spicy tempura rolls.

won-ton

won ton

shrimps-tempura

tempura shrimps

stir-fry

stir-fry chicken

pad-thai

pad thai

green-curry-chicken

green curry chicken

peking-duck

Peking duck

shrimp-tempura-rolls

shrimp tempura rolls

to land safely, you just need an elegant crème brûlée infused with coconut flavors, some cocktails and cool vibes. shhh.. Giorgos promised, no one needs to know!

creme-brulee

crème brûlée infused w/ coconut flavors

owner

Mr. Giorgos Kaltsis one of the owners

so go my friends, fasten your seat belts and enjoy this flight.

“kong” 34 Vasileos Georgiou B avenue, Chalandri, Greece, tel: +30 210 683 5759

http://www.kong.com.gr/

new age dolma..

thria

some tender stuffed leaves rolls, a cosmopolitan seafront area, a fresh, minimal open space and some fine Greek tastes. “thria”(name of ancient Greek fig leaf dolma) is a restaurant newbie that somehow has always been there-in Thessaloniki. stare through its crystal-clear glass, something’s cooking. the former “sempriko” owner is to blame!

outdoors

“thria”

indoors

indoors

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lookin’ out

view

the view

chef

chef Mr. Dimitris Tasioulas & first cook Mr. Giannis Papoulias

there you can try a perfectly textured mâche salad with peach, parmesan flakes and mustard seed dressing, a silky “twisted” orange shrimp risotto with cognac, cinnamon and cream, a different amaranth pop-corn breaded turbot with squid ink rice crackers, lemon cream and baby courgette puree and some comforting veal cheeks and oxtail ragout pappardelle.

salad

mâche salad

shrimp-risotto

shrimp risotto

turbot

turbot

veal-cheeks

veal cheeks & oxtail ragout pappardelle

a valhrona chocolate palette to paint your mood. a crémeux trilogy of bitter, milk and white with crushed cocoa beans; crunchy! choose your color.

choco-trilogy

valhrona chocolate trilogy

so go my friends, roll into it.

“thria” Kallas Maria street 1, Thessaloníki, Greece, tel: 2310 82 1120

https://www.facebook.com/THRIArestaurant/

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