Apla

Price guide: Expensive

Harilaou Trikoupi 135 & Ekalis, Nea Erythrea, Athens , 14671

Price guide: Expensive

By Rachel Howard, your Athens expert

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#9 of 25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.8
4.8
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.8
4.8
Location:
3.3
3.3
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds

Expert review of Apla

Inspired fusion food from the godfather of modern Greek cuisine.

After almost two decades in the restaurant business, Chrysanthos Karamolegos is still one of the hottest chefs in Greece. His signature style is a melange of Greek, Middle Eastern and Asian ingredients and techniques. It’s experimental – but almost invariably successful. This neighbourhood restaurant has a loyal following among the affluent residents of the city’s northern suburbs.

Food and drink: 

The seasonal menu varies a lot with each visit. Typical dishes are calamari marinated in basil, lime, lemongrass and chilli, sea bass in ouzo vinaigrette, sardines with fig chutney, and roast lamb with harissa.

Recommended dishes: 

I’d come here again and again just for the desserts. Strawberry and mascarpone mille-feuille with a basil and balsamic reduction is the perfect summer pudding.

 

Ambience: 

Apla attracts an older crowd and lots of couples on dates. The main dining room is spacious and warmly lit. Mellow jazz burbles away in the background. But the interior design lacks the imagination so evident in the kitchen. I prefer the garden, where tables are set between giant potted plants strung with fairy lights.

 

Service: 

Discreet and intuitive. The maitre d’ keeps a close eye on proceedings.

Location: 

Awkwardly situated in Nea Erythrea, a non-descript residential suburb about 40 minutes north of the city centre. Handy if you happen to be staying in Kiffissia though.

Price advice: 

Look out for special set menu deals. Otherwise expect to pay at least €50 a head.

 

More information on Apla:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Fusion, Mediterranean
Address:
Harilaou Trikoupi 135 & Ekalis, Nea Erythrea, Athens , 14671
Telephone:
+30 210 620 3102
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
7.30pm-12.30am Mon-Sat. 1pm-6pm Sun.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
celebrity chef, Mediterranean fusion

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