Thessaloniki: hand-crafted gourmet meze at Nama
Opened just a few months before Christmas 2017, Nama has quickly drawn foodies' attention to this north corner of the city centre next to a beautiful church of the Twelve Apostles in Thessaloniki.
Wooden boxes dubbed as table booths, the kitchen built around a brick wall as a centerpiece and sunlit windows throughout with a view to the quiet neighborhood of Olympou. Perfect setting for a quick lunch bite if you're bored of the same old options around.
The menu is similar to what you'll find in other creative Greek cuisine joints in the city centre but the execution is indeed impeccable. Owner Dimitris has invested quite a lot of his time and effort in making the menu as robust and possible (and with a great success too!) and now that Spring is here, the menu will be changing once more. Luckily they source most of their produce from small-sized cottages and farms, as well as try out new dishes every now and then.
Everything we tried, we really liked. More specifically, we started out with a refreshing spinach salad with a colorful twist and a very pleasant dressing. We also had the so-called cheesecake salad, a cheese-filled crust topped with tomato marmalade and sprinkled with dry olive dust - it may sound a bit over the top but it was indeed delicious. Then, we moved on to the main courses, joyfully trying out a tender grilled calamari with fava spread and digging into the charred chicken breast - very, very, very good! The mussels risotto was also good and we also heard of their signature dish, beef cheeks, which we left for our next visit.
We'll surely be coming back as the prices were also very good and as the sun will be out more and more these days, Nama seems like a top choice!