Athens: a traditional Greek bistrot with a modern twist, at Cherchez la Femme
A weekday lunch or dinner in town is always a good idea, especially now that the summer heat is slowly replaced by that gentle breeze of autumn. Regardless the weather, we're happy to welcome Cherchez La Femme in town, a Greek bistrot with an emphasis on a homey atmosphere, small tasty bites and a good price-point.
Sotiris Chronis and Fotini Goula launched this place back in March 2017, pulling together a wide range of familiar memories to create an allure of the old Athenian vibe where portions of meze-style food were smaller and more authentic. At Cherchez La Femme you won't taste that balsamic vinegar dishes or the truffle paraphernalia that has made such a buzz in the last few years. Instead, Andreas Lagos has created a very tight menu offering bites both from the sea and the land, infused with local ingredients that remind us of all the high-quality produce around blessed Greece. The allure of the indoors, carefully crafted by Miranda Karamanli and Fedra Anastasiadi, takes you back in time in this high-ceiling room that reminds us of our grandma's living room.
Traditional loukoumi from Syros, tasty fried potatoes from Naxos, as well as beers and wine from small production local establishments make up for a hearty meal. Our top picks: lentil salad infused with orange bites and fennel, ladotyri cheese on the sauce pan with lemon marmalade and fried meatballs from Smyrni - all of them top notch!
Oh, and for dessert, let's not forget their homemade cake garnished with a dollop of chocolate, as well as about the only traditional Greek coffee served right from hovoli.
Well done team, we'll sure be coming back!