Le Pavillon Athens – where an extraordinary culinary journey begins!
What: Al fresco, fine-dining and wining by awarded French chef Jean Charles Metayer who is inviting us this summer to his very own culinary home – his new restaurant – Le Pavillon to embark on a voyage extraordinaire throughout the Mediterannean. Among the top 3 restaus to go to if you are visiting Athens this summer.
Where: Chalandri, Athens, Greece
Why Go: For the great ambiance in the backyard of Le Pavillon – an ideal garden for summer nights in the city paired with 2 topnotch tasting menus by Metayer and great wines handpicked by George Loukas and the house’s sommelier Christina Andrea.
Piece De Resistance: The Lobster scented with Peru coffee beans, stuffed canelloni, peanut butter and hibiscus vinaigrette
Inside a pristine white, neoclassical mansion of the 1940’s with an evergreen courtyard, Jean-Charles Métayer, the renowned French chef welcomes his guests daily wishing to offer them an affordable voyage extraordinaire around the world of fine dining combining his 2 homelands Greece and France, bringing together the sea treasures of the Atlantic Ocean with the jewels of the Mediterranean Sea.
The culinary journey begins at a quintessential part of the Chalandri neighborhood inside an impeccably renovated and unique venue – Le Pavillon – which prides itself for being one of the few typical neoclassical buildings of the Greek architectural heritage of the 40s remaining today.
Le Pavillon’s both interior and exterior aesthetics embody the essence of an idyllic, past era which has come to date after a meticulous, design-forward refurbishment aiming to elevate this exquisite neoclassical mansion to become an ideal shelter for anyone who enjoys al fresco fine-dining evenings and cozy dining and wine-pairing nights.
Imagine an elegant entrance with a Tom Dixon minimal chandelier in the shape of a whisk – the chef’s favorite cooking utensil – hanging on top of an ornate dark marble table in the middle of the entrance hall, welcoming guests, leading them to the main restaurant and an inner courtyard with lush vegetation “embracing” the entire white mansion.
15 hand-carved tables made out of Greek oak, Dionysus grey and Tinos green marbles, bespoke lamps hanging above each and every table, designed to lighten just the dish, dark green leather sous plat in the shape of the pebble so the land meets the sea, J.L Coquet Limoges porcelain dinnerware, Riedel wine glasses and 3 made in hand leather menus, a beige one, symbolizing the land where one can find the tasting menus, a Bordeaux red for the wines and a green leather cocktail menu..
The Menus – Voyages Extraordinaires by Jean Charles Metayer
A truly extraordinary journey starting from France going down the entire Mediterranean with Greece as a final destination :the place where the chef and the team have picked as a second homeland.
As Metayer has stated before:
“In these voyages extraordinaires I am putting together the finest culinary moments of the two homelands of my life: France and Greece, Greece and France, combining treasures of my Atlantic Ocean and sea jewels of the Mediterranean Sea, creating with my heart, mind and soul plus my entire twenty – year expertise, drawn from my work in leading kitchens of the world alongside top teams of cooks but also from my personal wanderings, all of which today have brought me to welcome you in Athens, Greece, at Le Pavillon – my very own home.
Our Tasting menus are the creative synopsis of my life and culinary philosophy:
A fine marriage between extraordinary quality Greek produce and French Fine Dining techniques where the 2 seas meet the Greek land having always as a backdrop the couleur locale of Greece”
Both voyages extraordinaires include highlights of some of the chef’s very popular signature dishes like the red mullet with pastourma and a smoked eel mousse, the roasted lobster scented with Peru coffee beans, stuffed cannelloni served with peanut butter and hibiscus vinaigrette, the crayfish from Chalkida on a bed of octopus carpaccio served with black sesame pasta, the roasted duck caramelized with Mavrodaphne and cacao nibs and many more.
The Wines – Great International and Greek classics and beautiful surprises
The Voyages Extraordinaires wine-pairing aims to make the guest feel the terroir in the glass maintaining a delicious dialogue with the essence of food.
The wine menu is being curated by Greece’s leading sommelier George Loukas alongside the House’s sommelier Christina Andrea and it combines great International and Greek classics with joyful discoveries from all over the world.
In Bordeaux as well as in Burgundy, no great names in the French prestigious wines are missing as well as an extensive selection of top etiquettes from Northern and Central Greece and the islands are all here.
The connoisseur though can also experience lesser known wines from all over the world and Europe, Austria, Spain or even Israel.
31 Perikleous St. Chalandri, Athens, 210 6815774
Open all days except Mondays – 19.00-12.30