On a recent business trip to Athens my hosts were gracious enough to grant my wish to return to one of my favourite restaurants in the northern suburbs of Athens, previously known as Ta Koupia in my time (late nineties/early 2000) when I lived down the road from this beautiful place. On arrival our cars were valet parked and we made our way to the dining room via the underground cave passageways, lit with candles to a little bar where we were offered tiny glasses of Tsiporou and olives. Having been suitably numbed into contentment we were ushered to our table next to a huge panoramic window and superb view of the Athens skyline below us. Truly unforgettable. Our host elected for the menu of 24 flavours and the delicious assault on our taste buds commenced. The battle began with a lovely mushroom soup and continued with a complete armoury of Greek tasty appetizers including the famous baked aubergine salad prepared at the table, pine seed salad, pumpkins etc etc. Having whetted our appetite we then proceeded to the main course, a huge platter of grilled meats, beef & sirloin steak, gyros & tsatziki, mini "burgers" & pork chops. I don't recall the choice of wines - let's just say that both the local white and reds slipped down with ease. Desserts included bitter chocolate mousse, pears stuffed with almond paste and a special type of ice cream.
I topped off the meal by completing the circle and returning to another glass of Tsiporou.
The service throughout was impeccable.
I was thrilled to see that, other than a name change, the standards and overall culinary experience that I remember from my past had been maintained here. Thank goodness. I only hope that it won't be another 11 years before I return.
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