48-Hour Foodie – Athens
Heading to the Med for an extended weekend? Opt for the historic Greek capital, a dining destination of impressive proportions…
Breakfast. Devour impressive food and equally sumptuous views on the sixth floor at St. George Lycabettus. Munch on handmade Greek breads smothered with juicy homemade marmalades, while taking in the sweeping outlook (from a prime hilltop vantage) of the mighty Acropolis, and the islands dotting the Saronic Gulf beyond. Back at the buffet, cheese lovers will rejoice at a vast array from around the country like ladotyri from Mytilene, volaki from Andros, and kefalograviera from Amfilochia, which sit alongside flaky bougatsa pastries and breakfast pies enhanced by wild herbs.
Lunch. If you’re exploring the major attractions in Athens, pop into the lively Tzitzikas & Mermigas. The Syntagma outlet is one of four locations of this eatery, and has a warm and welcoming wooden-detailed interior, with a menu just as inviting. Decide between their culinary-art staples such as cod (with traditional garlic sauce from Kefalonia, and beets), Mastihato (chicken fillet served in a kadaifi pastry nest with Chios mastic sauce) or oriental kebab (with tzatziki, tomato, onions and pita bread)… only for indecision to strike when tempted by the Dish of the Day.
Dinner. Crown the evening by activating your senses: book a table at Funky Gourmet and experience molecular cuisine that is pure theatre (for both the eyes and the tastebuds). The restaurant is well-deserving of its two Michelin stars, earned from carefully-designed degustation selections. Menu 1, for example, currently intrigues with dishes like The Silence of the Lamb Part One/Part Two, snails with fresh black truffle, and orange explosion.