Fine Dining at Varoulko Athens

Dining at Varoulko was memorable on two levels: the view and the food.  

Fine Dining at Varoulko Athens

Behind Varoulko is the famous Greek chef Lefteris Lazarou. In 2002, he was awarded a Michelin star, making Varoulko an international hot spot for seafood.

The Space at Varoulko

Varoulko is located in an up and coming area of the city called Metaxourgeio.  It doesn’t appear to be a fancy type of restaurant on the outside. In fact, Metaxourgeio is in the process of being gentrified to it has a few rough patches.

We were seated in a center table on the rooftop.  The dining area was completely open with a distant with a bright view of  the Acropolis. An inspirational setting in an unassuming neighborhood.

The Menu at Varoulko

Then came the delightful seafood dishes. I indulged in a series of tastes suggested by the chef.  His creations were so creative, a beautiful abundance of carefully paired flavors.

Salmon and sorbet anyone? It works.

Here is the menu:

vegetable soup with eschalot onion flavored with parmesan foam

egg with kagiana cream and smoked eel

marinated fresh salmon with fennel sorbet

crispy fillets of red bream sauteed on fine slices of country bread, served with smoked aubergine mousse

grilled amberjack with celery root mousse and pumpkin marmalade

olive oil chocolate mousse and vanilla ice cream

*Please note that since this post was written in 2012, Varoulko has moved to a new location in Athens, near the port of Piraeus.  It is now called Varoulko Seaside since it is now located on a sea facing location in the district of Microlimano harbor. Check their new website

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    Fine dining in Greece is something I’ve dreamed of doing. I can’t wait to cross this off my travel bucket list. That menu sounds absolutely delicious!


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      Marissa Tejada

      I hope you come one day soon, Heather! You’ll love the cuisine here.


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