Beat the Heat in Athens: Dining by the Sea

Some of the best seafood on the Athens riviera is found at these three restaurants.


Even after the sun goes down, a cool sea breeze remains an alluring prospect, and so does a seaside table. Thankfully, the Greek capital is home to Matsuhisa Athens (40 Apollonos Street, Vouliagmeni, Tel. (+30) 210.896.0510), one of Nobu Matsuhisa’s 40 amazing restaurants across the globe, all offering an inspired blend of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. Matsuhisa Athens is situated at one of the city’s most privileged locations, within the luxury Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel, on a verdant promontory washed by the Aegean Sea. Sitting in the bar, you can enjoy a stunning sunset while sipping a Sakura Martini before your meal. The current menu features many elements that fuse Greek and Japanese cuisine. Highlights include the Sea Bass Umami, which is marinated for three days and served with sea salt and soy salt.

At the other end of the Athens Riviera, in the picturesque marina of Mikrolimano, you’ll find Varoulko Seaside (54 Akti Koumoundourou, Mikrolimano, Tel. (+30) 210.522.8400). Here, owner and chef Lefteris Lazarou offers diners a wide range of creative seafood. Working alongside talented chef Giannis Parikos in the kitchen, Lazarou has created a number of iconic dishes that you can savor only here, such as shrimp tartare with carrot gelée and ginger-lemongrass consommé, or grouper filet with Jerusalem artichoke mousse and mustard pickle. The comprehensive wine list is focused on Greek wines but also includes a choice of renowned international labels.

A few steps further along, Papaioannou (42 Akti Koumoundourou, Mikrolimano, Tel. (+30) 210.422.5059), a traditional fish restaurant, uses quality ingredients to create dishes that are classics without being boring. We recommend the sea urchin, the red mullet, or the catch of the day for large grilled fish. Order a bottle of Greek white from the long wine list.

This text was first published as part of “Beat the Heat”, an article published in Greece Is Athens, Summer 2019 Edition.


Read More

The Olympic Games

The Panathenaic Stadium, Miracle in Marble

The restored, 2,500-year-old monument – a jewel of cultural heritage...


Athens

Philos, a Neoclassical Gem for Fashionistas

Do some shopping and stop for a bite at one...


Athens

Athens for Instagrammers

Want to raise your IG game while in Athens? Here’s...


Greece Is Blog Posts

An Easter to Remember

BY Pavlos Zafiropoulos

“Can I have the lamb’s teeth?” Haris, a close family...

read more >

Social Distance on a Greek Island in the COVID-19 Pandemic

BY Lisa Radinovsky

This post was originally published on the blog...

read more >

Coronavirus Diary: Life in Athens in Times of (Another) Crisis, Day 31

BY Gigi Papoulias

Editor’s note: The following has been taken from...

read more >