Actually, this is exactly the name of the new restaurant right in the heart of Athens!
Previous critic says it all about the French chef, we also got to know him and his amazing Food creations at Mono tapas bar&restaurant in Plaka... Mono's circle has closed (suddenly) for him and with the VERY good sommelier Giannis Makris (Wine is for the W at the name) they have just opened this new place.
Wine is very important to us, Giannis Makris is our favorite sommelier, always suggesting (never pushing and never trying to sell more expensive wine), always friendly, knowing about food+wine pairing, and he created an amazing Wine list (equally amazing to the Food), so we tried F+W the soonest we learnt adout it!
Saturday night, with another couple, we had a table at the lovely outdoor space (yes! green at Kolonaki area). Modern design (indoors too, very beautiful), comfortable armchairs, enough space between tables...
Service is excellent, they all knew their job, serving times perfect with proper explanations about the food always with a smile. Giannis Makris offered us all a complimentary glass of the best Greek sparkling wine (Karanikas Brut, like a champagne) for welcome. Loved it! Along with it the amuche bouche from the chef: crab salad inside chicory leaves, fantastic bites!
Menu is gourmet style at not at all high prices (could be a bit lower though) since they want it to be a cool relaxed place and not a posh luxury restaurant. Menu will change regularly, so the following is just of our September experience to give you an idea.
Starters are small (just for 1 person) and if you want to share you'll just have a bite. Like us! We ordered "The Gardener" consisting of 2 eggplant rolls and some extra veggies on the side (tasty, but too small for the 7 euros) and "The Sea" (I'm not sure for the name) with crayfish tartare (interesting taste, with ginger and apple geranium) and sea bass tartare (exotic! with coconut) plus some home made "crackers". 14 euros (one of the most expensive starters along with the surf&turf with tuna and beef), worth it for the taste, but again should be 2-3 euros lower considering the small amount.
Bread rolls with aromatic butter and basil infused olive oil come at 1,5 euro each, fine!
I got the tuna in pepper crust (sooooo good!) which came with fresh salad with coriander in separate bowl, same as my friend (she tried tuna steak first time, she loved it) and men got lamb with artichokes and prawn tagliatelle (both were happy). Most expensive main is a huge cote de boeuf at 42 euros, but it is for 2 persons. Beef tenderloin is at 20 I think, fair price. Pasta and risotti are 10-13 euros, so if you are pasta lovers you keep the cost low.
Salads are interesting too, next time!
We got white wine (glasses) for the starters and rose and red with mains. I love that I can choose different according to my food. Almost every wine from the wonderful list is served by the glass too (3,5 to 7 euros all fairly priced). Giannis Makris helped us choose!
Desserts are small works of art! There aren't many, we shared one by couple. We got the chocolate (a small tight cylinder rich in chocolate with a spoon of ice cream, too small for the 9 euros, found it expensive!) and the other couple got the lemon cream (looked good, 7 euros but also small).
Total was 143 euros, but the other couple didn't order second glass of wine and 4 of us shared 2 starters and 2 desserts. So with 3 courses and 2 glasses of wine each (that's the normal amount I think) expect 40+ euros per person. With lower prices for starters and desserts should be 35, which I find more fair for the place.
Overall we loved it and we will go again soon!
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