In Athens, where most of the latest restaurant finds have been all about Greek meze, it’s such an excitement to find something more exotic! An Asian-inspired all-day drinks spot with a twisted and quite innovative menu. Kobra, the new brainchild of chef Adam Kontovas, is going to be your new after-work drinks spot.
Truth is I had been informed about the new entry as of Spring, but was adamantly refusing to budge. There was something odd about the specific location or the photos online that definitely put me off from venturing out downtown. But when a good friend we hadn’t seen for some time invited us for an after-work drinks session, I couldn’t resist.
Set in between Kolonaki and Exarchia, Kobra lies at a spot that was pretty much drinks central back in the Athenian 90s. An oddly decorated space, spanning across two floors, with small aesthetic details that reference a neon-infused pop Asian vibe. The work of Studiomateriality, the space is decorated with random artefacts like a confession booth on the top floor and a brightly-lit display of the desserts on offer, handmade by Filippos Papaspirou.
As we sit in one of the tables outside and order our negronis, I pick up the menu and start drooling over an exciting array of dishes like poke bowl, Korean sandwich and fried chicken wings. Although we’re still waiting for some more company, we order ahead on what ended up a feast over delicate bites and very, very tasty finds!
The poke rice bowl with fish, mango sauce and almond flakes was good, the Korean pastrami sandwich better and the meatballs in tomato sauce the best (probably also because of the pan-fried thick sliced bread that come with it!). The chicken noodles with pickled cucumber and peanuts were also exquisite!
The electro music started getting louder as the night progressed, despite the small crowd on a Friday evening. And what a crowd indeed: funky, alternative and very diverse. A nice surprise feature came in the end when we walked by the desserts display on the main floor. Filippos Papaspirou is well known from his Kifissia patisserie so we were delighted to go for his signature almond cake and a mouthwatering chocolate cake.
All in all great cocktails, a delicious menu and some funky vibes (maybe a bit too loud?), despite an slightly pricey affair. Next time we’re staying late!