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 www.varoulko.gr.