I decided to treat myself - and oh what a treat! I ate a new artichoke green salad with the creamiest cheese you've ever tasted! It wasn't feta and I couldn't decipher from the menu what cheese it was, but it literally melted in the mouth!
Then came the pork chops in orange and honey sauce with caramalized little onions and new potatoes. I was in HEAVEN! And the nicest thing? They're don't bat an eyelid when I ask for "paketo" ie: can I take the rest home with me. Some restaurants in the UK are snooty about such requests.
So! Enjoy my original post and please try this out when you come to Greece. Kalo vradi everyone (Goodnight everyone).
I don't know why I haven't written about this place sooner. In the Spring of 2010, an old work colleague took me to a local taverna/restaurant in my neighbourhood. Located about 10 minutes walk from a busy thorough fare, yet in a lovely quiet platia (square), Tzitzikas ki o Mermikas is a delightful find...
The name is Greek for those animals that make the high pitch screeching in the trees in the summer. Most people think these animals are Cicadas' - they are in some countries. It's hard to find an English translation for the Greek name of these animals (any Greek person reading this care to provide one?)
And did you know they make this noise to cool themselves down? Anyway, I digress:
The menu is varied, offering Appetisers, fish, meat, salads and a variety of wines. My favourite is the spinach, pomegranate and bacon salad with balsamic dressing, croutons and fresh Parmesan cheese. Of the meat, I invariably go for "Chicken Mastihato" - a sweetish chicken dish cooked in fresh cream, Chios mastic alcohol and set atop a nest of kantaifi pastry (the stringy pastry you see with Baklava Greek desserts sometimes). Oh it's DELICIOUS!
Food can be a little pricy - but offers are frequent, eg: 2 dishes for 15 Euros.
|Menu in Greek and English|
|My favourite spinach salad - mouthwatering, literally!|
So, enjoy the pictures and make sure when you come to Athens, you visit this highly recommended place.