YOU ARE READING
Athens: small bites to share at the lively Tsiftis
SAVE
MENU
Restaurant Reviews

Dimitris Kossyfas | 25 September 2022
Tsiftis
4.0
Food:
Service:
Ambience:
Value:
Specialises in:
Cuisine:
Price:
$$$
Best time to visit:

Thursday night at Tsiftis, this neo-taverna concept launched around summer 2022 on a pedestrian street at Ilisia. It’s my second time here and the tomato salad still doesn’t cease to amaze. Ditto for their rooster pasta, topped with grated cheese.

Travel Food People - Tsiftis, Athens
Travel Food People - Tsiftis, Athens
Travel Food People - Tsiftis, Athens

The chatter with the young and friendly staff doesn’t stop as we get to meet the characters of the restaurant: Fotis and Giorgos, two brothers from Petroupoli aged 30 and 18, that are cheerful, attentive and fun. What more to expect from a new place than great service and a couple of killer dishes? Ok, maybe a bit more on the interior front. But as Athens enjoys more than 350 days of sunshine a year, we’re hardly going to be sitting indoors anytime soon.

One of the owners kindly tends to our table to check if everything is well, as we happen to have switched tables two times already. Yes, we’re weird like that. But when we finally settle for a perfect table by the wall outside, we dig into the immaculate tomato salad, served in a jus with nectarine jam, anevato cheese and wild fresh oregano – what an awesome treat! On the flipside, the roof fish carpaccio and the beef tartare don’t come anywhere close to that.

Travel Food People - Tsiftis, Athens
Travel Food People - Tsiftis, Athens
Travel Food People - Tsiftis, Athens
Travel Food People - Tsiftis, Athens

As the night takes its course and more patrons get to flock in (there are actually zero tables available by 21:30 so book ahead), we’re served with the main dishes all of which are very very good. The beef ribs are not only a rare find but also succulent and chewy; the seafood linguine are very delicate and fresh and the rooster traditional pasta is a killer!

Travel Food People - Tsiftis, Athens
Travel Food People - Tsiftis, Athens
Travel Food People - Tsiftis, Athens
Travel Food People - Tsiftis, Athens

On the second bottle of wine, we’re tempted to go for dessert when the funky waiter comes and offers one on the house. Regardless, we order yet another one so that we can try both of them on menu. And we’re so damn right at doing as such!

The chocolate one is a whisked cream of Valhrona chocolate 70% with pasteli and hazelnut, served with a scoop of fior di latte ice cream. A-ma-zing! Especially when you get to the sour cherries that are nicely hidden as a surprise! But the namelaka one is equally delicious, this with Valhrona white chocolate, mascarpone, pear compote and cinnamon! What an amazing finish to a balmy night at Tsiftis.

Travel Food People - Tsiftis, Athens
Travel Food People - Tsiftis, Athens
Travel Food People - Tsiftis, Athens
BACK TO TOP
Related Articles for Athens
Athens: sunny spells and specialty coffee at The Roosters
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: sunny spells and specialty coffee at The Roosters
Athens
4.1
Athens: hip vibes, tasty rolls and damn good coffee at The Blind Spot
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: hip vibes, tasty rolls and damn good coffee at The Blind Spot
Athens
4.3
Athens: dimly-lit encounters and a kick-ass burger at Brasserie Lorraine
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: dimly-lit encounters and a kick-ass burger at Brasserie Lorraine
Athens
4.4
Athens: Pan-Asian small eats, great service and funky music at Kitschen
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: Pan-Asian small eats, great service and funky music at Kitschen
Athens
4.1
Athens: exquisite bites at Materia Prima wine bar
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: exquisite bites at Materia Prima wine bar
Europe
4.4
Athens: refined dining at the quiet and lush setting of Jerar
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: refined dining at the quiet and lush setting of Jerar
Athens
4.3
Athens: curated coffee and brunch options at Anana
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: curated coffee and brunch options at Anana
Athens
4.0
Athens: Asian vibes and street food treats at Tailandi
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: Asian vibes and street food treats at Tailandi
Athens
4.3
Athens: artisan retail shop cum breakfast room at The Makers
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: artisan retail shop cum breakfast room at The Makers
Athens
4.1
Athens: new age taverna and hip vibes at Linou Soumpasis k sia
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: new age taverna and hip vibes at Linou Soumpasis k sia
Athens
4.1
Athens: cosy meze bites and tsipouro at Doukissa
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: cosy meze bites and tsipouro at Doukissa
Athens
4.1
Athens: casual, gourmet and finger-licking sandwiches at Guarantee
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: casual, gourmet and finger-licking sandwiches at Guarantee
Athens
4.4
Athens: delicious meze at the lively and cosy Foititis
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: delicious meze at the lively and cosy Foititis
Athens
4.5
Athens: divine classic and funky Italian flavours at ALIO Pizzeria
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: divine classic and funky Italian flavours at ALIO Pizzeria
Athens
4.3
Athens: the legendary taverna of Margaro in a quiet corner of Piraeus
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: the legendary taverna of Margaro in a quiet corner of Piraeus
Athens
4.3
Athens: chilled brunch vibes at Wesud
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: chilled brunch vibes at Wesud
Athens
4.0
Athens: delicious seaside bites at the revamped Akti
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: delicious seaside bites at the revamped Akti
Athens
4.1
Athens: the traditional, delicious and quiet meat taverna of Axotis
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: the traditional, delicious and quiet meat taverna of Axotis
Athens
4.4
Athens: your neighbourhood specialty coffee joint at Morning Bar
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: your neighbourhood specialty coffee joint at Morning Bar
Athens
4.3
Athens: freshly made ice cream daily at Django
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: freshly made ice cream daily at Django
Athens
4.4
People: discovering Athenian hospitality legacy at Asomaton with Minas Terlidis
People
People: discovering Athenian hospitality legacy at Asomaton with Minas Terlidis
Athens
Athens: fine pastries at the French-inspired Ourse
Restaurant Reviews
Athens: fine pastries at the French-inspired Ourse
Athens
4.5
Photojournal: Lent Monday at the Athens Central Market
Photojournals
Photojournal: Lent Monday at the Athens Central Market
Athens
Athens: small bites to share at the lively Tsiftis
1 of 15
2 of 15
3 of 15
4 of 15
5 of 15
6 of 15
7 of 15
8 of 15
9 of 15
10 of 15
11 of 15
12 of 15
13 of 15
14 of 15
15 of 15
PREVIOUS
NEXT
CLOSE