Aleria, Athens, 4/18/15

front door
front door

A lovely dining room with several lesser rooms located through a hallway, with all dining on the second floor. They offer a degustation menu of 5 course and wine pairing of 4 or 5 glasses and an a la carte menu. Service is efficient, if a bit rushed and the dining room fills at later time than some of the others we visited. Could this be because more local folks eat there than tourists? Everyone has a bottle of water on ice waiting at the table which is a nice touch and after you’ve ordered you are presented the basket of housemate breads which are all quite good along with a traditional spread of fish eggs, although I couldn’t really find the fishy taste. Continue reading

Funky Gourmet, Athens, 4/16/15

Funky Gourmet exterior- lights upstairs is main dining area
Funky Gourmet exterior- lights upstairs is main dining area

The name is enough to put you off this restaurant but after eating there it does seem an appropriate label. They received their second Michelin star last year after 5 years in business. An average size dining room with lots of mirrors and windows to make it feel quite spacious. Diners are offered 3 different menu options, 2 degustation choices and a smaller option all trying to stress unique local products and seasonality. Wine pairings are offered but we chose to pick our own with the help of their sommelier. We ordered the larger of the degustation choices, which had 2 additional courses – the picnic and langoustine. Continue reading

Strofi, Athens, 4/17/15

Strofi exterior
Strofi exterior

A 3 story building with the 2 upper floors for dining and bottom a bar.

table set up
table set up

Definitely sit on the top level if you can which has plastic covers for inclement weather but otherwise is open to a lovely breeze and a fantastic backdrop of the Acropolis and lit Parthenon. It seemed to be full of local people but the waitstaff was plenty fluent in English and very helpful. They bill themselves as specializing in Greek delicacies made with fresh ingredients. Continue reading