Greek food is abundant in Athens, but there comes a point when real traditional home-cooked dishes converge with today’s modern feel. And they simply taste way better than your mom’s.
I stumbled upon γκρικ during the endless hours of 2020 lockdown’s online browsing and it immediately hit me. Home-cooked food with a funky fresh design and an allusion to Greece’s past. And just when I thought food delivery was starting to get repetitive, I discovered a new way of dining. I quickly turned to the menu and started drooling. My next lunch, the very next day, was there!
The whole idea came up during the first lockdown of 2020 when the masterminds of Kolonaki’s Stinking Bishop, Fotis Dimou and Dimitris Agapitos, were refreshing their menu for their Kolonaki outpost. Moments later they realised this idea deserved a whole new concept and that’s how Γκρικ was conceived: home-cooked food that reflects Greece’s DNA. And that’s how a few months later, just a few days before Christmas, they launched this great spot. And Athenians are already taking note.
High quality and strictly Greek ingredients with no international additions. As Fotis puts it: “Now you will finally try Greek dishes you weren’t willing to try when you were young”.
Spiros Karavas created a remarkable brand identity and with Thymios Voulgaris on content and communication they’ve started tapping into those of us that admire our Greek roots and modern design.
Rumor has it, they’re opening up their doors for self-service eat-in in early January 2021. And judging by a sneak peak of the place (Jenny Tsoulakou is the lead architect here), this one is going to be a hit with Koukaki’s crowd. If you’re not up for waiting, you can try their delivery or takeaway service.
If you’re undecided, they make a marvellous chicken in tomato sauce with hilopittes (Greek traditional pasta) and ksinotiri (Greek cheese). Their chickpea soup is also heavenly, as well as their Greek salad with kritamo (Greek seaweed). Every day they bake their own bread (sourdough and carob bread), as well as laying out their own phyllo pastry.
And what’s even better; they also serve a unique dessert made out of caramelised tsoureki, cream, Greek coffee and kaimaki ice cream! Oh dear lord.