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Athens: homey Greek-inspired cuisine at Pyroliki

Dimitris Kossyfas | 9 January 2020
Pyroliki
3.8
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Neighbourhood:
Keramikos
Specialises in:
Home-cooked dishes
Cuisine:
Greek
Price:
$$
Best time to visit:
Lunch

 

Metaxourgio has been on our radar for a few years now but rarely do we enjoy a good food feast on this overplayed taverna concept. Luckily, Pyroliki is much more than that with a lush garden at the back and some delightful dishes to offer!

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Although we visited on a cold Sunday afternoon, we managed to sit outside drenched by the power of the mushroom heaters. Indoors the place was buzzing, especially given the open-plan kitchen that also emanates some exciting food aromas in this cosy dining space. Casual in its vibe with lots of many different dishes to choose from, we opted for a traditional sharing feast betting big on starters rather than main courses.

Crafted with love, zeal and a personal touch, Pyroliki is a traditional taverna using fresh produce mostly sourced locally from small farmers. Most of the dishes also feature classic regional cuisine from Crete, Karpathos or Epirus, like the Sfakiani pita topped with honey and sesame seeds. We very much enjoyed the Cretan dakos salad and the spicy cheese spread (tirokafeteri). More so, we loved the Makarounes (Greek traditional pasta from Karpathos) with mushrooms and a hint of truffle oil. We also tried one of their beef steaks which was perfectly grilled and was good enough to finish our meal on – drizzled with lemon and thyme, it came with some deliciously sauteed baby potatoes.

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