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Review of Funky Gourmet

Funky Gourmet
Ranked #6 of 2,476 Restaurants in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $220
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 13, 2012

This is an excellent restaurant in all respects. We were passing thought Athens and we only had one night so we tried making a booking three nights in advance and it was all booked. I checked back on the afternoon of the night we wanted, the very polite maitre d' said she'd do her best if she had a cancellation and she did call me at 8 to let me know of an opening. We had the small degustation menu as we had unfortunately eaten too late for lunch.

The food was excellent in all respects and well deserving of its Michelin star. We're Greek even though we don't live here any more but I think being Greek adds something to the experience as several dishes are inspired by traditional Greek dishes and the new twists of molecular cuisine to e.g. Choriatiki salad is mind blowing! It's definitely going to be enjoyed by all but the tastes will evoke special memories in Greeks.

We've eaten at other Michelin starred restaurants and Funky Gourmet is right up there with the rest (some dishes better others less so in comparison but all excellent). One thing that is better to at least other michelin star restaurants I've visited lately was the presentation of the dishes. Really inspired and impressive!

And the service friendly, professional, polite and upbeat.

Bravo funky gourmet team! Keep up the good work, we'll be back for the full menu.

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Thank Pantelis D
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Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

We went to dinner with friends & family on 29th September & had a wonderful degustation dinner with incredible tastes and presentation. Service was flawless & they allocated us a waiter who informed us of the details of each course in english which made it so much easier to understand as only a few of us spoke greek. Suggested wines (greek & other european) to complement our dishes worked very well indeed.
Our greek guests raved about the dinner.
A superb night overall.

Thank DahliaWinter
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We recently visited Athens and had the most wonderful eating experience at Funky Gourmet.The fabulous food,presentation and service were outstanding! This was not only "art on a plate" ,it was innovative in the use of the ingredients and cooking techniques. The food and wine staff were very knowledgable and made our last night in Athens very memorable.Our wine waiter recommended a magnificent red from Macedonia which perfectly complemented our meal,it was an excellent wine even by French or Australian standards.
This restaurant has been voted the No 1 restaurant in Athens for the past 3 years and it is truly deserving of this honor.We feel very privileged to have eaten there.

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Thank Lynette R
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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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