If you are looking for a place in central Athens that combines both classic and modern elements and at the same time takes you back in time, then this is definitely Quartier d'Athenes, at Agion Theodoron Square, a stone’s throw from Panepistimio Metro Station.
Just across the street from the chapel with the same name as the square –one of the most important Byzantine Monuments of the city, dating back to the mid 11th century A.D.– this trendy bistro captivates us with its imposing interior, which bears the signature of the architect Antonis Mantzos.
The dominant wood, the leather sofas, the green marble tables, the beautiful wallpapers, the ambient lighting, the large windows along with the imposing marble bar with leather finishing and the impressive mounted cupboard directly above it take us on a mental journey in time; in old, classic and timeless hangouts of the town.
The emphasis placed on quality –from the kitchen to the desserts, drinks and wines– becomes readily apparent when you open the menu. Inspired flavours with French influences make up a menu that meets the modern city food standards setting the bar quite high.
The French Camembert cheese with homemade tomato jam, the unique spinach pie with handmade phyllo and feta cheese foam and the pork medallions served with pastitsio are some of the dishes that stand out. On a daily basis, there is a different special as well as fresh dessert –profiteroles, apple pie, millefuille, éclairs– all handmade by the pastry chef of Quartier d'Athenes.
Its selective wine list is very impressive with approximately 30 labels from the Greek and international vineyards and proposals that you will not find easily anywhere else. Nine of these are served by the glass.
Finally, behind the bar we find Dimitris Dimitriou who prepares signature proposals, with flavours and aromas that entice the palate.