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By Lena Harizopoulos

What: Premiere Restaurant, Athens.
Where: Athaeuneum Intercontinental hotel
Why Go: For the amazing view to the acropolis, the young yet established French chef Jean Charles Metayer and the good wine list.

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Lenasblackbook at Premiere restaurant with Jean Charles Metayer and his team

Premiere restaurant belongs definitely among the top 5  fine dining experiences in Athens.
It is the perfect dinner on a summery evening, sitting at a comfy round table gazing the Acropolis while the breeze is caressing your hair.

Well at the moment we are actually not experiencing summery weather and this is one reason we are not regulars at Premiere restaurant but let’s take things one at a time:
The chef has been one of my favorites for his refined work and his French background.
It is always refreshing, experiencing good French food when not in France, especially when ths comes with the back up of a 5 star hotel, Intercontinental, and a very well balanced wine list.

The foie gras I tasted the other day was orgasmic and I must have had it with tons of warm bread rolls which were very goo too.

 

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Jean Charles Metayer at Premiere restaurant

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Jean Charles Metayer at Premiere restaurant

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Crab roll with beetroot jelly

Crab roll with beetroot jelly

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crab roll by Jean Charles Metayer

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The bad news: Premiere may have a warm ambience, I can perfectly sit at its bar and sip a glass of Malbec while gazing the Acropolis, but the rest of the place reminds me constantly that I am in a hotel and I don’t like that. The tables are small and do not resemble the grand, round ones they use during the summer months on its open air terrace.

I am looking forward tasting the truffle from the Peloponese as the chef has promised and let’s hope Premiere restaurant will be introducing more fine raw materials so Jean Charles can create fine dishes.

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Ph Mike Tsolis