Matsuhisa Athens

Address: Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni, Athens, 16671, Greece
Telephone: +30 210 896 0510

- Expensive

4.4

The gorgeous seaside setting almost outshines the sushi at Nobu’s Athenian outpost.

Matsuhisa Athens injected some much-needed pizzazz into the revamped Astir Palace hotel resort in 2008. It’s still the place to be seen on summer nights. I’ve had better sushi elsewhere, but never in quite such beautiful surroundings. The flashy bronze, wood and mottled marble décor can’t draw attention away from the stunning sea views. Time your visit for the sunset – unforgettable.

Food and drink
4.4
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Food and drink
4.4
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Ambience
4.2
90%
Location
5
90%

Food and drink

With only a handful of Japanese restaurants in Athens, Matsuhisa doesn’t face much competition. The dishes are all dazzling to look at, but occasionally disappoint. I’d go for the new style sashimi in an olive oil and lemon dressing, the sashimi salad, and Matsuhisa rolls. The chocolate bento box with green tea ice cream is a winner. The sake selection is extensive, but the signature cocktails by Dale DeGroff are unmissable.

Recommended dishes

The blackened cod, of course. For a full immersion into the Nobu experience try the seven-course omakase tasting menu, which is (relatively) affordable at €70 a head.

Ambience

Cigar-chomping, yacht-sailing yuppies and their glossy, tanned girlfriends make up the majority of the clientele. It’s a name-dropper’s paradise. The music is loud and clubby; I’d prefer a less intrusive, more Zen-inducing soundtrack.

Service

Predictably polished and well informed. Although the constant, self-conscious greetings shouted in Japanese can be a little grating.

Location

The glass-fronted restaurant takes advantage of the seaside location in the Astir Palace Resort. It’s part of the resort’s private beach-fringed peninsula in the swanky seaside suburb of Vouliagmeni. It’s a 45-minute drive from the city centre and not accessible by public transport.

 

Price advice

Be prepared to dig deep. Top-notch Japanese food – and that view – don’t come cheap. Expect to pay more than €100 a head.

 

Tables to book

Obviously the tables closest to the seafront are the most coveted. I like sitting up at the sushi counter and admiring the chefs’ mildly terrifying knife skills. You don’t have to book at the Martini Bar upstairs. It’s more intimate, with hand-carved wooden furniture, delicious cocktails and bento boxes.

 

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Great views / scenery
  • Nightlife
  • Romance
  • Design and architecture

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