Alatsi

Price guide: Mid-range

Vrasida 13, Ilissia, Athens, 11528

Price guide: Mid-range

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By Rachel Howard, your Athens expert

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#16 of 25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
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4.5
Ambience:
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Service:
4.3
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Location:
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4.0
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Singles, Celebrity spotting, People watching, Romance

Expert review of Alatsi

Power lunching and people watching over authentic Cretan dishes.

Restaurants that showcase Greece’s regional cuisine are cropping up across the capital. Alatsi specialises in rustic Cretan fare: like dakos (barley rusks topped with tomatoes, basil, capers, olives and myzithra cheese), or kaltsounia (fluffy cheese pies drizzled in honey). The Cretan diet is said to be the healthiest in the world – it’s also one of the tastiest.

Food and drink: 

Products are flown in daily from Crete to ensure authenticity. Meat is all free range and the ingredients are sourced from small farms. Owner Stavros Theodorakis’ mum still cooks many of her signature dishes such as gamopilafo (literally, wedding pilaf – a satisfyingly rich lamb and chicken risotto). Alatsi means salt in the Cretan dialect. Rock salt is used liberally and tsikoudia (the local equivalent of grappa) flows freely.

 

Recommended dishes: 

Apaki (smoked pork) with pita bread, gruyere and grape must is a good example of the no-nonsense but delicious specialties. The baked chickpeas with bitter orange and rosemary are very good. The bougatsa (custard pie) flown in from Iordanis in Chania daily, has legions of devoted fans.

Ambience: 

The bright, modern space isn’t remotely folksy or rustic. Owned by an influential TV journalist, it’s popular with an older crowd of politicos and journalists.

 

Service: 

Enthusiastic, youthful, and efficient. Owner Stavros Theodorakis is still there most nights, meeting and greeting the movers and shakers.

Location: 

An unlikely backstreet just behind the Hilton Hotel. Central but definitely off-Broadway.

Price advice: 

Around €25 a head. Generous appetisers are between €7.5 and 9.5; mains €14.5; desserts €6.

Tables to book: 

The two large tables on the mezzanine are popular for privacy.

 

More information on Alatsi:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Greek
Address:
Vrasida 13, Ilissia, Athens, 11528
Telephone:
+30 210 721 0501
Website:
http://www.alatsi.gr
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
1pm-1am Mon-Sat. Closed Sun.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Cretan, Casual, Good value

Have you been to Alatsi? Would you recommended it?