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“Perfectly funky”
Review of Funky Gourmet

Funky Gourmet
Ranked #11 of 2,542 Restaurants in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $221
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed September 27, 2012

To sum the experience up this is a great evening with a lot of fun pleasant ambience and of course, really interesting well presented and perfectly made molecular food. How good this restaurant is is reflected that on a midweek evening in current recession stricken Greece all tables are used and only two of them contained foreigners
Where to start- one of the chefs trained at El Bulli, I believe so you can expect molecular cuisine at the highest level. Luckily they have given it a dedicate “Greek” twist in large parts of the menu - so expect molecular takes on old favourites like souvlaki and choriatiki- all very interesting and made from great ingredients. A few international classics get the “treatment” too – watch out for blt and burgers. In line with others I do not want to go too much in detail about the food to not spoil the surprise of eating there- which I encourage everybody to do. Just so much the small tasting menu we had (and which is enough although I could easily have fitted the large one in) contained by far the best scallop dish I ever had, completely discouraged me of making burgers ever again (and I have tried Heston’s in search of perfection recipe). Also – we were there with my Greek in-laws- who are more conservative eaters- the flow of the menu and fun eating gave them a great evening too – despite them coming more for the company as for the food originally they thoroughly enjoyed it.
The sommelier has done some excellent wine matching – it would be stupid not take advantage of it- as it is also very moderately priced- and glasses are topped up frequently without asking. The wine pairing with the scallop and with the choriatiki both pushed the dishes in a different level – some of the best I ever had.
The whole service was enhanced by the breathtaking, almost surreal surroundings – the contrast between the slightly “rough” borough, the neoclassical outside of the house and strikingly modern interior- you dine on a converted roof terrace where you sit virtually outside but sheltered. The Spiegelau Glassware and Villeroy crockery enhances the table culture although tables are not layed in a classical way – you arrive and are seated on a bold black table and the crockery appeared when needed- but to enjoy the textures you are often encouraged to eat with your fingers, too.
The service brigade do everything to make you relax and enjoy your evening - the are always there without being obtrusive, very knowledgeable but not afraid to ask if they came to their limits (one diner was an endocrinologist and asked about calorie load of molecular food to compare to normal one). Nothing was too much and everything was done with a smile. The sommelier went out of his way and provided us with contact numbers of wineries and even people to speak to for our tour of the Peloponnesus.
If this restaurant was closer to central Europe it would have at least 2 stars (Michelin do you read this?)- however the food prices might be changed accordingly – so from a customer perspective this is even better as it is in my opinion exceptional good value – even for Athens and these times
Things to improve? Hard pressed to find any. Master chefs these days fall in two categories – one hiding behind screens and let the front of house do what they are meant too- others go round the tables and interact with the public. Here the chefs came out to sit down briefly on a table they obviously knew – which is absolutely fine however a few words to the other diners would not have gone amiss and give them more of the praise they rightly deserve…

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1  Thank cramorra
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Word of mouth will fill this modern eatery because it has no street presence and you could walk by many times without even knowing there is a restaurant here !
The food served will ensure those that know of it will continue to come back.
Flavour , subtle flair and superb service make each course more interesting than the one before.
Then you begin to wonder what could be next.
Each course is an elevation of the senses and the expectation literally keeps you on the edge of your seat.
I recommend the full degustation , you will be more than satisfied and be taken on a journey of the senses and Greek food in a modern way.
Seek it out and you will not be disappointed .

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2  Thank Spartan302
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

The degustation menu changed my taste for food. I have never been a fan of Greek cuisine but during dinner, I discovered a new preference for food. Personally, I like the architectural structures overlooking the restaurant. Their Greek salad looked so colourful where you will admire the creativeness of the chefs. Same goes with their Salmon dish. I suggest for thrill seekers to check out a wide array of desserts. All the ingredients were savoured in every dish we ordered. Although, it was pricey, I would reckon its a great restaurant .

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1  Thank daisydoo77
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

Funky gourmet is situated in a rather dodgy neighborhood in Athens which only adds to the experience of ringing the bell of an inconspicuous house and beeing greeted of a fantastic decor and a staff of extremely serviceminded people.

We had the small degustation menu with wine menu and was impressed! The waiters are very knowledgable and if you are interested in wine you have to have a chat with their sommelier. He makes excellent pairings (the pairing of manzanilla sherry and the "greek salad" was to my mind one of the best/most interesting I have ever tried). He is at the same time very funny and charming.

I won't delve very deep into the food - I will just point out: This is great and very inspiring! We especially enjoyed the quinoa salad, the greek salad, the scallop and the two desserts (pearl in a shell and the fruit basket).

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4  Thank Peter_astrup
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

It's a theatrical, gastronomic EXPERIENCE!!! The food there and the way it's presented is an unforgettable sensation! The service and ambience are simply perfect!!! Michelin starred, not to be missed!!!

6  Thank njv9
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