Athens: casual yet elegant seafood at Barbounaki
When we heard the ever classic Athenian fish restaurant Papaioannou in Piraeus port ventured out north to establish a new brand, Barbounaki, we were admittedly a bit excited! A more compact, local and cosy version of its sibling, retaining all the greatness of a Michelin restaurant.
Barbounaki is located very centrally in Nea Erythrea but retains the coziness of a local joint. It's decorated to resemble a colorful deli, with a semi-open kitchen to the main restaurant, enough to feature high-rise flames from the frying pan to the hungry overlooking patrons.
Aside from a small variety of fresh fish you'd best enjoy if you focus on smaller bites of seafood: grilled octopus, sea urchin salad, marinated anchovies... you get the drill!
Try the marinated seabass which is -according to the chef- the Greek equivalent of sushi! And of course, its signature dish from which the restaurant takes its name after: red mullet (yum!) ... elegantly fried to perfection, enough to make its red colour sparkle!