What: Dionysos Zonars restaurant
Where: 43, Rovertou Galli St. Acropolis|Athens|Greece
Why Go:For its spectacular view to the Acropolis alongside one of the finest menu of Greek revisited dishes in the city of Athens now.
Ideal For: The traveler who is after a true taste of contemporary Athens | The local who loves a fine mix between tradition & novelty.
Dionysos Zonars, the restaurant, has been there forever, lying beneath the sacred rock of the Acropolis, a benchmark of an old-school fine eatery where every tourist that respected himself would go to enjoy a fine dish of lamb or even moussaka gazing at the most representative Athenian view.
But don’t all the above sound predictable and boring to death? Who wants to eat another perfectly squared piece of greasy moussaka?
I am pretty sure very few people do nowadays..
So it was with great pleasure to discover the new revamped face of Dionysos Zonars, a restaurant featuring during my school years on many family occasions, a restaurant I thought would never take me by surprise with its novelty and creativity, was actually the greatest surprise of all the Autumn menus tasted so far in Athens.
The dinner consisted of an 8 course tasting menu with revisited signature dishes plus a couple of Autumn’s new creations.
The overall experience resembled a discreet fine-tuned melody composed by executive and very up and coming young chef Harris Nikolouzos.
The tasting kicked off with my favorite dishes of all, a delicate swordfish carpaccio with marinated beetroot, yoghurt cream and slices of chestnut.
The calamari on smooth orange mayo accompanied with zucchini baby croquettes was one of the highlights followed by a modern take on the infamous Greek spinach pie served a s a salad.
A perfectly cooked lemon risotto with a so so sea bass fillet followed but the tiny succulent lamb chops, a signature dish of Dionysos Zonars, stole the show as it was anticipated.
The Weakest Link: The Wine List