The moment we set foot inside this traditional neighbourhood joint, we sure this was going to be special. Recommended by a former colleague, dear friend and avid foodie, Axiotis is one of those quiet spots you’re happy to discover, feel at ease and enjoy good Greek food.
Set on the hilly side of the Polygono area (formerly known as Tourkovounia), Axiotis counts decades in the business as it once started by selling wine on tap as a side-gig. The numerous wooden barrels indoors reveal the history of this legendary taverna that begun back in the 60s when patrons used to bring their own meze like olives and cured meat to accompany their wine. Originally born in Naxos, Nikos quickly started offering his own menu with a focus on meat. More than 6 decades later, the family still holds the reins at Axotis and still continues to offer warm hospitality and great food.
As we take our seats in one of the tables outside, we take note of the golden french fries that are served left and right. I step in to take a few photos and notice the numerous memorabilia on the wall. A printed newspaper article from an acclaimed food writer reveals the unique offering of french fries “the best french fries in Athens!“.
A few minutes later I realise this is exactly what Axotis offers – and then some!
The waiter starts bringing our order and we dig in. Warm bread sprinkled with oregano right off the grill, a succulent country style sausage and a spicy cheese spread are enough to put a smile on our face on this lovely Sunday afternoon.
For mains, we try the grilled beef patties and their signature dish – finely cut lamb chops, also served with french fries! Although the service is impeccable, the pace around the house is very laid back. Sipping the cold beer on this balmy afternoon makes us think how simple good food can be. Traditional, tasty and served with a smile! We’re surely coming back to Axotis!