Gods’ Restaurant, Athens
I haven’t deciphered the meaning of the name, in relation to the owners. But be advised this is not a fancy restaurant, it is a typical taverna and besides serving fresh, authentic Greek cuisine, it is right across the street from the amazing Acropolis Museum…two perfect reasons to visit. What better for a late lunch to sit beneath an unfurled canvas awning, on a tree lined sun dappled neighborhood street in the heart of Athens?
The sidewalk waiters will attempt to lure you in, do resist as it is part of their calculated game of persuasion – it’s utterly a contest by the two bulky gentlemen who recite the menu, compliment your attire; they are friendly enthusiastic barkers and a giggle to watch! I recommend the front row seat on the sidewalk, order your libation and saunter inside to look at the glass cabinets of delectable offerings. You may prefer to order from the menu, but why not practice the traditional Greek custom and peruse the cases of fresh delights. This is authentic fare, the Dolmades were some of the best I tasted in Greece, try the tender chicken skewers with yogurt sauce, oh and always order handmade pie of the day..its not a sweet, it’s a traditional flaky phyllo dough pie with cheese and spinach..gooey delightful! Or if you simply can’t decide what to order, try the Plateau of traditional Greek food. Have everything delivered together and nosh on a bite here a bite there.
From the restaurant site: they explain it better than I: Greeks tend to associate pleasure with homemade food, quality wine and good company. Heirs of the richest gastronomy in the world, richest in materials, in way of cooking, culture and wisdom, they always search for a special hangout that combines the intimate atmosphere of home with their mama’s kitchen aromas. At the traditional, family-owned Gods’ Restaurant, you will feel right at home with the rustic and hospitable atmosphere, but it is the father who heads the kitchen here. With 50 years of cooking experience, he works alongside the executive chef to create authentic Greek recipes, like the traditional finger-licking dolmades (meat and rice wrapped in grapevine leaves with egg and lemon sauce), the famous Lamb “kleftiko” in the pot or the ancient Greek recipe, fried feta cheese wrapped in phyllo pastry with honey and black sesame.
It has Greek traditional cuisine with tastes and cooking that will satisfy even the most demanding. The Family with more than 50 years of experience in cooking and restaurant business and total respect to the tradition of Greek gastronomy, our father, Mr. George, is offering daily (since 2000 here, in this area) authentic recipes of our country and hugs with smile and love all our customers. Behind every successful man there is a woman, so it couldn’t be different here, our mother, Mrs. Maria, is always close to us, taking care of “Gods'” tastes… Vaggelis and Nikos, the two sons, responsible for the service and the public relations. Along with us, our executive Chef, Elias, with his own recipes, a more creative and modern reach to the Greek cuisine, to satisfy the most demanding palate.
Gods’ Restaurant 27 Makrygianni Str., Acropolis, Athens, Greece.
Οινομαγειρείο των Θεών, Εστιατόριο Hours 9 am till 1 am. https://www.gods-restaurant.com/
Truly a gift from the Gods.