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Athens Report


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Athens Report

jslisko | Jul 30, 2010 02:24 PM

We spent two nights in Athens and feel compelled to report on our experiences. First, we dined at Ta Kioupia. The meal was a fixed 50 euros per person. There was an abundance of food and it was delicious. We ate traditional food prepared in an updated manner. We couldn't finish everything even though we loved it all. The service was excellent. They would have happily brought us more food if we had room. The appetizers were a yogurt and beet salad, an updated greek salad with bread crumbs and specially marinated feta, chick peas puree, meatballs with a delicious tomato concasse, a garbanzo flour bread, eggplant salad, a modern tzatziki with sesame bread, and more. It just kept coming. The meat course included pork roast, chicken breast in wine with walnuts, perfectly grilled veal, chicken in yogurt over eggplant. Dessert came after a watermelon granita with feta cheese. Chocolate mousse and a cooked cream with caramel. Both excellent.

The second night we went to Kuzina. This has the potential to be a wonderful restaurant if you are Greek. If you are not, I suggest you stay away. Located just below the Acropolis and a lovely 15 minute walk from Constitution Square, this locale has a roof top terrace facing the Acropolis. The only problem is that the tables with a good view seem to be reserved for Greeks and tourists are sent to the back. The food is creative. Some of it worked and some of it didn't. Dumplings with cheese in a berry sauce were very good. The smoked eggplant and the fig soaked in anise and ouzo did not taste good. The problem is that no matter how good the food, they treated us very poorly. We are seasoned travelers who spend three months a year in Europe. I haven't experienced such snotty treatment since our honeymoon in Positano 18 years ago. The good tables were allegedly pre-booked even though our concierge indicated that they had reserved one of the up front tables for us. We waited half the night and one of the tables with a good view remained empty, until a party of two walked in at 11 p.m., didn't like their table, and moved to the table for 5 with a good view. This is after we asked nicely to be moved twice. The waitress was snotty, rolling her eyes at our order. We ordered appetizers and main courses for the table of five and wine also. We tried a big variety of items on the menu. There was no reason for her behavior. We can read greek and even if our pronunciation is not great, we try. There are so many restaurants in Athens, I can't see any reason for a visitor to waste a night on Kuzina.

Enjoy your visit to this remarkable city.

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