Athenian farm to table restaurants include some of the best in town, whose owners have realized the importance of guaranteed fresh produce and many employ scouts who search for the best products all over the country. Combining more ‘primitive’ products with haute cuisine to create succulent dishes is a challenge which many chefs find intriguing and the results are always pleasantly surprising. Greek cuisine has been reinvented in recent years with humble dishes like beans and lentils becoming fashionable and granny’s recipes have been promoted to gourmet levels.
Dinner at Milos restaurant at the Athens Hilton is considered a unique gastronomic experience, with top chef Kostas Spiliadis creating simple but excellent dishes with some of the best products from all over Greece. At Electra Palace the Roof Garden restaurant not only offers one of the best views in town, but also exclusive cuisine. Mani Mani, close to the Acropolis Museum, specializes in dishes and products from the area of Mani in the Peloponnese, with ingredients cultivated and farmed locally. Cretan specialties at Katsourbos, a favorite hangout in Pangrati, tastes from all over Greece at Fanaki in the suburb of Melissia, fresh ingredients direct from the Margi Farm at Malabar, delicious Greek specialties made with seasonal, local products and some surprises at Seychelles, Dishes which have made history and excellent gastronomic creations at Xrysa-Xrysa, Delicious traditional dishes with products directly from Crete at Eros-Iros, Specialties with products from the island of Naxos at Musique Cafe.
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