Harilaou Trikoupi 135 & Ekalis, Nea Erythrea, Athens , 14671
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds
Expert review of Apla
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discreet and intuitive. The maitre d’ keeps a close eye on proceedings.
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.
Look out for special set menu deals. Otherwise expect to pay at least €50 a head.
More information on Apla:
- Price guide:
- Fusion, Mediterranean
- Harilaou Trikoupi 135 & Ekalis, Nea Erythrea, Athens , 14671
- +30 210 620 3102
- Opening times:
- 7.30pm-12.30am Mon-Sat. 1pm-6pm Sun.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times
- Free tags / Keywords:
- celebrity chef, Mediterranean fusion