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    Throubi Bar: Throubi

    by mindcrime Written May 20, 2014

    Throubi is a bar at Agia Irini square just off Aiolou street. Originally at Spetses island they open a sister bar here in Athens city center. The area is full of similar places (that stay open all day), you can drink your coffee during the day but also good spots for coctails and hard drinks when the sun goes down.

    The prices are normal for the area, 3,50e for fresh orange juice, 3,50e for freddo cappuccino, 3e for small draft beer etc I’ve been told they also have good rakomelo but I will drink this next time. They don’t serve frappe which is a joke although it’s not the most popular coffee anymore

    I was surprised they have some spoon desserts on their menu (1,80e) but again I will try it on a lazy Sunday morning when probably we can try some of their snacks etc. We usually sit outside but I liked the small details, even down at the restrooms (pic 2)

    Happy stuff but slow service in general.

    Throubi Bar

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    Mikri Venetia: Mikri Venetia

    by mindcrime Written May 9, 2014

    Mikri Venetia (Little Venice) is a lovely small place we visited on may 2014. It’s located 500m from Syggrou Fix metro station so it’s no surprise that most customers are locals from Koukaki district, I guess many other will come soon as it’s a cozy place with good quality service and food.

    We reserved a table outside but we were there a bit late so there were plenty of free tables (but you should reserve for fri-sat). The decoration inside is very simple/minimalistic with high ceiling. There are a few tables at the upper floor (close to the WC) but you better avoid this if possible. The tables outside are only a few but we always love to seat outside on a nice day so we choosed this that night.

    Although their menu isn’t extended they have lovely tasty things in good portions and most days they have some special dishes for the day.

    We had:
    -prasini salata (6e) fresh sweet salad with lettuce, fresh onion, cranberry, myzithra cheece and honey/balsamic sauce
    -potato salad with regga (5,50e) I wasn’t sure if the smoked herring(bloater) fits with potatoes but at the end we loved its simplicity a great appetizer for alcohol
    -Μeatballs (burgers) with grilled vegetables (7,50), lovely dish that we'll get again in the future
    -rizoto with wild mushrooms and truffle oil (8,50e) a gourme dish, not bad but didn’t reach our expectations

    We drunk good house white wine (4,80e) and some soft drinks, but they have also other wines, ouzo, tsipuro, raki and beers.
    Lovely friendly service. The bill came with chocolate dessert.

    It’s open from 18.00 (Tuesday to Thursday), from 13.00 (Friday to Sunday)
    On Wednesday nights they have live music.

    Potato with regga and green salad Interior of Mikri Venetia rizoto and meatballs with vegetables
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    To Filema: To Filema

    by mindcrime Written May 1, 2014

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    70m off Ermou street FILEMA is a typical place for a wine break with friends and some appetizers. It used to be a tiny place with 5-6 tables but now they have some extra rooms on the other side too. But in places like this I like the outdoor seating, we were there on a public holiday, most places were closed in the area so it was packed, hopefully we found a table 10’ later.

    We ordered Popay salad (7e) based on spinach of course but also red lettuce, walnuts, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, parmesan cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. It was good. There are many other salads (3,6-7e)
    We didn’t have any appetizer (3-6e) or meat plates (7-8e) but we had fried thrapsala (8,5e) which are short fin squids (cheaper option than kalamaria/squids) that were good but nothing special. We also had grilled sardines (7,5e) which was surprisingly good, served with tomatoes/onions.
    We washed them down with 1/5kg of white wine (4e), coke cola (2e) and water (for free). They also have beers (3-4e), red wine (4e for 1/2kg), retsina (4,5e), ouzo (7e for carafe), raki/tsipouro (7,5e)
    Service was good with lots of smiles but the bill a bit pricey for such place. We liked the fact they don’t use microwaves (it’s clearly noted on the menu).

    It’s open daily from 11.30am to 1.30 after midnight

    To Filema Popay salad fried thrapsala grilled sardines
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    Rakomethia: Rakomethia

    by mindcrime Updated Apr 27, 2014

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    This is a typical greek mezedopoleion (a small tavern that offers several meze dishes along with strong greek drinks like tsipuro, raki, ouzo or local wine). It’s located 200m from Neos Kosmos metro station, in a peaceful alley just off Frantzi street.

    We were there on a Saturday night, at 21.30 it was empty but after 22.00 many groups of locals filled the place. It’s an old house that was transformed into a mezedopoleio, with interesting oldstyle decoration, shadowplay figures and several kitchenware items from the village etc

    We had the table next to the fireplace while in the corner there were 2 musicians (Nikos Magnis on guitar, Giorgos Kotsaris on mpouzouki) playing folk songs from the past (laika from 30s-70s) which definitely added much more to the atmosphere (there’s live music on Saturday nights and Sunday only).

    The menu as expected was simple with several meze choices (in a regular restaurant they are served as appetizers), salads and only a few main dishes.
    But in places like this we usually order some meze and we share. We drunk 1kg of local white wine (6e), coke (1,5e) and a bottle of water (1e) while for food we had:
    Rakomethia salad (6e), with green and red lettuce but also some kritharompoukies!
    eliocroquetes (4e), this is something we never seen before, croquettes from olives, filled with cheese, served with yogurt sauce. They were nice but a bit salty for me
    keftedakia(meatballs) (6e) delicious choice, served with nice French fries
    tigania chirini (6e), a typical meze for wine, grilled pork with red sauce but this was mediocre
    chicken fillet (8e), the only main we shared, served also with fries, it was good with a strong smell of coriander.
    The bill came for the amazing 13e per person and at the end we were offered another carafe of wine and simigdalenio halva(semolina halva) for dessert.
    Service was quick by polite and smiling staff

    It’s open daily from 13.00 (closed on Mondays), Saturdays from 19.00, Sundays 13-20.00

    musicians at Rakomethia Rakomethia salad back corner of Rakomethia chicken fillet with meatballs at the background Exterior of Rakomethia
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    Loukoumami: "Small bites big smiles"

    by EviP Written Apr 11, 2014

    Quick sweet bites and coffee downtown in a pop place, served with smiles to make you smile!
    to sit before work or between walks or to go...
    The take-away packages are modern and so cute you don't want to throw them away!

    Favorite Dish: Greek loukoumades - Spanish churros - French beignets - homemade ice-creams & yogurt

    all with a variety of filings and toppings to mix and match,

    blended coffees and refreshments to accompany them

    menu (in Greek) here > http://www.loukumami.gr/Delivery_menu2014.pdf

    Loukoumami, Athens makes you smile! Vanilla filled churro from Loukoumami, Athens Chocolate dip, Loukoumami, Athens
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    See the photo: Omonia Square

    by rexvaughan Written Mar 29, 2014

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    I never got the name of this place and can’t tell from the photo what it is, but we wandered a little off Omonia Square looking for lunch. We were delighted with this place from the start. This area is not the most beautiful in Athens, but the café had nice seating under an awning, was set back from the street and had lots of potted trees and plants that we were shielded from the street hustle, noise, etd. Our Greek salad had really good tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers, green peppers and (of course) feta cheese. I had the moussaka and my wife a cheese pie which we both washed down with a nice Mythos beer. Cost for the lunch for both of us was €29.40.
    I can tell you the address and location but you will have to look at my photo to understand why I couldn’t decipher exactly what the name is. It is very near Omonia Square, just a block or two north at Marikas Kotopouli 10 and just off Xouthou street

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    Café Mortero: Relaxing place, friendly staff

    by rexvaughan Written Mar 29, 2014

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    This little café was just down the street from our apartment, so we stopped there several times, mostly for a drink, but once for lunch. The sandwiches were good and the beer was local, but the staff was excellent. Not a destination place, more like a neighborhood cafe as it is in the Goudi residential area, but if you are in the neighborhood, it is a very pleasant place to sit and people watch while you eat and/or drink. We were never there for breakfast, but it is evidently a popular spot with good coffee. They are primarily a coffeehouse and have a big sign saying that they serve Puro coffee which is a fair trade coffe that I am not familiar with, but some reviewers seem to rate it highly.

    Pleasant sidewalk seatin Locals playing cards
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    Psithiri Gefseon: Psithiri Gefseon

    by mindcrime Written Feb 24, 2014

    The famous greek souvlaki can be found in many corners of every greek as the typical fast food place, we usually had some at home or trying some on our way to/from the bar/club on one of those tiny and cater only to the take-away trade) But the last years due to economic crisis many of those places (especially those who are more spacious with tables and waiter service), small taverns or grill houses became popular again in Greece with groups of friends and families going there.

    This one is located in the old district of Kipseli, right on the famous pedestrian street that is croweded in summer but seemed empty in late February. I remember this place serving souvlaki from the 80s (with different name) but it was fun to return back 30 years later! By the way Psithiroi Gefseon (flavors' whispers!) is way poetic for such a place but we gave it a try. It was pretty busy the day we went there full of locals (which is always a good sign) eating their suvlaki in a simple interior (I guess during the summer is much better with the view to pedestrian street (without the nylon they use in winter for the cold).

    We were a group of 4, ordered some pita gyro (2,20e, it’s the typical greek souvlaki, most common with pork meat consumed inside warm pita bread with tzatziki, tomato, onions and potatoes), some kalamaki (small wooden skewer with chunks of meat, we tried some with pork 1,50e and some with chicken 1,30e), a lettuce salad (4e with kalamon olives), some lightly grilled pita bread, fries (2,5e, typical, could be a bit better) and a portion of kleftiko (8e) a tradition greek dish with lamb but unfortunately this one was just ok.

    We washed the food down with beer(2,90e), coke (1,5e), and a 200ml of ouzo (6,5e)
    Service was typical but fast. It was a nice surprise that at the end we were offered for free a nice not typical dessert, baked apples with yogurt and bisquits (pic 2, red color came from grenadine)

    For delivery call at 210884333 (12.00-00.30)

    baked apples with yogurt and bisquit
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    The Dark Side of Chocolate: Chocolate addiction

    by EviP Updated Feb 15, 2014

    A small - like a bite! - chocolate and coffee shop offering a generous and unique chocolate experience in Athens.

    Retro, old-fashioned Athenian building style meets modern elements in this small room that hosts only four or five tables and the chocolate sweets display, overlooking the entrance and a large window with street view. In the back, a small window peeps into the white-walled small chocolate factory.
    Because you need the white and transparent side to make the dark one…!
    and it goes on like this:

    Friendly, easy-going and helpful service from people with interest and respect to chocolate tradition...
    Classic reads awakened by interesting sounds can further add to the company…

    ….and it is all of these playful contradictions that justify and compliment the dark side of chocolate!

    Favorite Dish: Handmade chocolate bites and drinks interesting and mouth surprising that can keep you coming back to try them all

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    Agia Fiali: Live greek music

    by EviP Written Feb 3, 2014

    Great place to enjoy greek contemporary cuisine and a live performance by a local band
    daily open 7:00 pm - 2:00 am

    check the facebook page for details on events & bands

    Favorite Dish: kritharoto with metsovone cheese : Metsovone is a traditional. smoked cheese of Ipiros continent and combined with kritharoto (barley) gives the original italian risoto a greek twist
    fava salad with tomato marmalade: a traditional greek dish with a modern perspective
    tenderloin with mavrodafni wine sauce: meat was ideally cooked, keeping all its flavour and tenderness and mavrodafni is a famous sweet- wine of Patra. excellent and surprising combination

    Agia Fiali restaurant with live music, Athens
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    Kafeneio To 111: Kafeneio To 111

    by mindcrime Written Feb 2, 2014

    On our way to a theatre at Thisio we realized we had some extra time so we walked up Ermou street, 250m from Monastiraki square we came along an old café and stopped for a while for a coffee break. It’s named after the number on Ermou street.

    We had a strong raki (2e or 3,5e with small appetizer) and nescafe (2,7e), unfortunately the coffee wasn’t good. But we will return for sure as this tiny cozy place is nicely decorated, they have normal prices (cheap beer etc), the waitress friendly and they also serve snacks, salads, homemade desserts and simple plates in good prices. Later in the evening there’s even live greek music (I think only in weekend), usually it gets packed but the atmosphere is very cheerful with lots of locals but sometimes a curius tourist may get inside.

    Kafeneio To 111 To 111

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    MIRCH: Indian delivery & take away

    by EviP Written Jan 27, 2014

    Indian fast food in Monastirak i- Thiseio district, in the heart of Athens.
    It is a take-away, but has a few tables to sit, there, too.

    Favorite Dish: Another cultural blend: indian food served like greek souvlaki at the least expensive prices and enough to keep you going out and about Athens.

    Try beer from different parts of the world

    MIRCH brochure-menu
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    To Spirto: Out of town

    by EviP Updated Jan 26, 2014

    To Spirto is a small two-storey coffee place in the suburb of Maroussi, a fresh look with respect to greek tradition, with playful and imaginative decoration.

    it is far from downtown and the touristic and historic centre of Athens. Perhaps, the only way a tourist may come near Maroussi, would be a visit to the large shopping centre "the Mall". So , if in the area, i believe it is worth escaping the busy shopping crowd of the Mall and its packed coffee places and bother to get off at the next station, Maroussi to come cool and rest at the cozy Spirto.

    Spirto, means match in greek and definetaly lights-up a warm and relaxing feeling, like being in the comfort of your living room, in an armchair, or working on your next project/idea/or place to see, among books, magazines, on the second floor, or around a table with friends at home at the cheerful tables of the base floor, in the easy jazzy and greek retro sounds…

    Open all day, hosting various events like small concerts or film/documentaries projections. Check their Facebook for more information

    Favorite Dish: Greek traditional coffee and a variety of herbal teas to stimulate conversation and energise or relax
    There are also basic tapas/snacks, salads and warm dishes to accompany local drinks of beer, ouzo, raki or tsipouro and rakomelo, all greek.

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    Il Postino: Italian osteria

    by EviP Written Jan 25, 2014

    Il postino is an Italian tavern with cozy, friendly and homy atmosphere.
    THey serve italina pasta and a few other dishes, all made by italian recipes.
    They currently have additional "dishes of the week", traditional recipes that originate from a special Italian town or territory.

    Favorite Dish: The appetisers are presented in a tray from which you can chose as many as you like. - this is actually a Greek tavern custom.
    it is nice to see that the italian character is blended with greek cuisine elements.

    The food is very nice, the people cool and friendly.

    they also have "vinery" with meats or cheeses

    Il Postino, Kolonaki
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    Ciao Italia: Ciao Italia

    by mindcrime Written Nov 23, 2013

    Ciao Italia is a place that I don’t get excited with but I always feel comfortable with because it brings back sweet memories. I started to visited it 15 years before for the simple reason it was very convenient after a long night out drinking because this place was open 24 hours. And that’s the main advantage of them still today, a nice place for an afterhour snack.
    They also deliver food at home (9.00am-03.00am) but I prefer to go there when we need something like a pizza, spaggeti, the lovely gnocchi or a nice salad. The only complain is that their dishes used to be huge in early ‘00s but ok they are still big in size don’t worry

    ….we have to take care of our diet I know…. And of course now they also have what they call fitness menu… But please, don’t miss their yummy like hell chocolate croissant :) it’s probably one of the best in town.

    There’s free wi-fi. Service is good and the prices normal.

    salad at Ciao Italia
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There is food for all tastes and wallets! From numerous quality souvlaki spots and other fast food options where you can have sandwiches, cheese pies, crepes etc to expensive restaurants with...

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