Monday, May 16, 2011

Ioannis



Last date I was here: 05/16/2011

Restaurant: Ioannis

Location: Royal Olympic Hotel - Athens, Greece

Total Rating:
4.6
Food: 5, Price: 3, Service: 5, Ambience: 5, Accessibility: 5

Summary: This is the new gourmet restaurant at the roof garden of the Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens. We had the privilege of staying here and chose to eat dinner in the hotel for our first evening in Athens. Our jaws dropped when the elevator doors opened on the seventh floor and we were greeted with the amazing views of the Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis, and the Hadrian’s Arch. The restaurant decor itself was very classy and the creative cuisine is a unique combination of forgotten traditional Greek recipes and modern conception in an impressive presentation.

To quote, "the famous Chef, Mr. Kostas Tsigas, will reveal to you some of the best kept secrets of traditional Greek gastronomy, always using the most selected, fresh raw materials of the season." We were greeted with an amuse buche of contemporary eggplant salad that was both beautiful to the eye and bursting with flavors. We enjoyed watching the sun set over the Acropolis as we drank our wine and waited for our food. Although quite pricey, the food was very good and the views are incredible. Afterwards, we walked over to the bar area to sit and enjoy the view some more. I highly recommend Ioannis for their one of a kind views and dining experience.

What I ate:

Baked Mussels
stuffed with cheese and breadcrumbs

Roasted Hen
served in a tomato stew with swiss chard

Plus Keith ate:

Kid Goat
served with risotto

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