Psariston Seafood Tavern, Athens, Greece – Ψάριστον

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I have started going to this tavern in 2004. It was colleagues from Thessaloniki who took me there, and started drinking tsipouro from the moment they sat down. Apparently the owner – chef is from the North and serves two types of tsipouro, with and without anise (Pimpinella anisum). But this is not about tsipouro, it is about seafood, so I better get down to it!

Over the four years that I visit the tavern regularly, it has evolved for the better and is now at a level that I can recommend it as one of the best seafood places in Athens, without any doubt.

Its name plays with two greek words, one being “psari” ie fish and the other “ariston” ie best. By combining the two words, the imaginative owners imply that they serve the best fish, “ps-ari-ston”, a word that does not exist in the greek dictionary. But this is not about language, it is about seafood, so I better get down to it!

Graffiti on the wall
Graffiti on the wall

The inside of the tavern is – on purpose – a kitsch assortment of above average proportions. In a strange way, you have the feeling you are on an island.

The inside
The inside

The “Psariston” salad is quite fresh and creative, as it has tomatoes, some feta cheese, olive oil, capers, parseley, balsamico and lightly marinated gavros.

Psariston Salad
Psariston Salad

The “married fava” dish is also very good, as it combines the “fava” with tomatoes, onions, ans capers.

"Married" Fava

The octopus dish that came next is another interesting combination: sliced grilled octopus, hot peppers, crushed feta cheese and fresh tomato cubes all in one!

Octopus with hot peppers and fresh tomatoes
Octopus with hot peppers and fresh tomatoes

The grilled “chtenia” came next, they were juicy and loaded with flavour! (I cannot translate their name.)

Grilled Chtenia
Grilled Chtenia

Finally, the medium sized grilled squid was tender and sweet. Perfect!

Grilled Squid
Grilled Squid

Practical Info. The tavern is right next to the AB Grocery Store opposite the Olympic Stadium on Kimis Avenue. It is better to call in advance so that they give you instructions, or even better, get a taxi, so that you can enjoy the good ouzo and wine served.

Psariston, Kalavriton 16, Neo Herakleio,

3 COMMENTS

  1. Mαααα .. που εισαστε εσεις τοσο καιρο; Ενας Αθηναιος γραφει στα αγγλικα και παρουσιαζει χρωματα, αρωματα και νοστιμιες.
    Μαα να ειναι τοσο κοντα μου και να μην την ξερω, αλλα θα μου πειτε με ενα μηνα που ερχομαι.. τι να πρωτοδω.. που να πρωτοπαω; Συντομα θα ανεβασω κατι σχετικο που επισκεφτηκα. Χαρηκα αφανταστα που σας βρηκα αγαπητε.

  2. καλώς ήλθατε στο φτωχικό μας Δέσποινα, τιμή μας! σας ομολογώ ευθέως και άνευ αισχύνης ότι η μετανάστευσις μου από το γκουγκλ μπλόγκερ στο γουόρντπρες οφείλεται αποκλειστικά σε δική σας επιρροή…
    μη στενοχωριέσται για τα μέρη εις τας αθήνας, θα σας κρατώ ανήμερη με την πάσα αναφυομένη και εκκολαπτόμενη ευκαιρία…

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