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Athens: a traditional Greek bistrot with a modern twist, at Cherchez la Femme

Dimitris Kossyfas | 11 September 2017
Cherchez La Femme
4.5
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Neighbourhood:
Athens
Specialises in:
Meze
Cuisine:
Greek
Price:
$$
Best time to visit:
Dinner

A weekday lunch or dinner in town is always a good idea, especially now that the summer heat is slowly replaced by that gentle breeze of autumn. Regardless the weather, we’re happy to welcome Cherchez La Femme in town, a Greek bistrot with an emphasis on a homey atmosphere, small tasty bites and a good price-point.

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Sotiris Chronis and Fotini Goula launched this place back in March 2017, pulling together a wide range of familiar memories to create an allure of the old Athenian vibe where portions of meze-style food were smaller and more authentic. At Cherchez La Femme you won’t taste that balsamic vinegar dishes or the truffle paraphernalia that has made such a buzz in the last few years. Instead, Andreas Lagos has created a very tight menu offering bites both from the sea and the land, infused with local ingredients that remind us of all the high-quality produce around blessed Greece. The allure of the indoors, carefully crafted by Miranda Karamanli and Fedra Anastasiadi, takes you back in time in this high-ceiling room that reminds us of our grandma’s living room.

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Traditional loukoumi from Syros, tasty fried potatoes from Naxos, as well as beers and wine from small production local establishments make up for a hearty meal. Our top picks: lentil salad infused with orange bites and fennel, ladotyri cheese on the sauce pan with lemon marmalade and fried meatballs from Smyrni – all of them top notch!

Oh, and for dessert, let’s not forget their homemade cake garnished with a dollop of chocolate, as well as about the only traditional Greek coffee served right from hovoli.

Well done team, we’ll sure be coming back!

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