Category Archives: reviews

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.

margaro-2

“Margaro”

margaro

the place

margaro-3

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

sangria-2

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/

black panther’s powers..

la pantera negra

“what kind of animal are you?” the unconventional chef(Mr. Dimitris Katrivesis) is looking for some constructive anarchy. hell yeah! black panthers on the loose, rocking a Peruvian open kitchen diner in the heart of historical Plaka neighborhood. “la pantera negra” – interesting from top to bottom.

la-pantera-negra

“la pantera negra”

indoors

indoors

in-action

black panthers in action

chef

Mr. Dimitris Katrivesis owner & chef

do not try to understand it! just taste a zingy sea bass ceviche with sweet corn, aji amarillo, white truffle dressing and crispy green banana chips, a fresh tuna tartare with wasabi ice cream and squid flavored chips, some famous potato-like yuca roots with fried egg vinaigrette, some airy steamed dumplings with coriander-olive mojo(sauce)

seabass-ceviche

hot sea bass ceviche

tuna-tartar

tuna tartare

yuca-brava

yuca brava style

dumplings

steamed dumplings

some iconic causas(Peruvian potato pure) with chicken and black garlic mayo, some tender chicken skewers with an oregano-cumin based sauce, a comforting braised oxtail on a good version of soggy rice, soya and goat cheese and some alternative lasagne kimchi bolognese – this pickled version is all you need.

causas

causas

chicken-anticucho

chicken skewers

braised-oxtail

braised oxtail

lasagne

lasagne kimchi bolognese

in between have a zip of your classic Peruvian pisco sour cocktail or your sweet chicha morada(Peruvian purple corn, pineapple and green apple scented). weird and beautiful words!

drink

pisco sour classico

chichamorada

chicha morada

now, how about a steaming volcano of the world’s best chocolate beans? to make it even sexier, throw together some hazelnut praline, crispy chocolate, ginger and tonka ice cream(vanilla caramel fragrance). i know i had you from the start! and then a healthier version of fermented banana with chocolate chia -wonder food- pudding and dulce de leche.

peruvian-cocoa

Peruvian cocoa w/ hazelnut plaline

fermented-banana

fermented banana w/ chocolate chia pudding

so go my friends, savor the fierce flavor of this new kingdom.

“la pantera negra” 6 Kalogrioni street, Athens, Greece, tel: +30 213 036 4214

http://lapanteranegra.gr/

https://www.facebook.com/lapanteranegraathens/

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”.

food-str

“foodstr”

the-place

the place

catalogue

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/

look what the wind brought in..

Aiolou 68

a modern version of Aeolus -the god and ruler of the winds- wandering around downtown Athens, looking for some good old surf ‘n’ turf. “Aiolou 68″(named after the famous shopping street) is a minimal, island style soothing space, serving some of the most interesting seafood delicacies around. Vasilis Akrivos(also “psariston“restaurant owner and chef) knows best.

aiolou-68

“Aiolou 68”

outdoors

outdoors

indoors

indoors

indoors-2

indoor tables & details

there you can have a fresh, tangy grape tomatoes and caper leaves salad, a velvety split pea puree aka fava(the Santorini one), some crunchy cute pan-fried smelts, some golden fried crawfish bites, some heavenly slices of smoked sole, a fancy smoked eel or some aromatic steamed mussels in their flavorful broth.

tomato-salad

tomatoes and caper leaves salad

split-peas

split pea puree aka fava

smelt

pan-fried smelts

crayfish-meat

fried crawfish bites

sole

smoked sole fish

eel

smoked eel

mussels

steamed mussels

and now let’s see if you can really qualify for some Greek gods food; those divine combos of seafood and meat! some entrancing farfalline(butterfly-shaped pasta) with salsiccia(Italian sausage) and clams, a fine, tender beef and tuna tataki, a rather comforting tarhana with shrimps, speck and metsovone cheese and the most insane, juicy black angus and smoked eel burgers ever.

farfaline-with-mussels

farfalline w/ salsiccia & clams

beef-tuna-tataki

beef & tuna tataki

tarhana-with-shrimps

tarhana w/ shrimps, speck & metsovone cheese

black-angus-eel-burger

black angus & smoked eel burgers

still standing? ok now, i will go sweeter on you with some homemade chocolate chunks of love and a traditional halva with raisins.

truffles

chocolate truffles

halva

halva w/ raisins

sous-chef

Mr. Sotiris Kaloterakis sous-chef

so go my friends, with the wind in your sails.

“Aiolou 68” 68 Aiolou street, Athens, Greece, tel: +30 210 3247925

http://www.aiolou68.gr/