Botrini’s Restaurant, Athens, Greece

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I recently visited Botrini’s Restaurant in a suburb of Athens, Greece.

Hector Botrini is one of the best chefs in Greece today. One might call him controversial, as he has followed the “Kitchen Nightmares” trail of Chef Ramsey’s TV show, hosting the Greek version of the show.

But cooking is cooking, regardless of how much you like the personality of the chef. So lets get to the real thing.

Botrini’s Athens restaurant opened in the summer of 2011.

As expected, the menu is short, and is divided in two parts. The “a la carte” and the “set menu” part.

My companion and I both had the set BOE menu.

Amuse Bouche

It all started with a Mediterranean “map on a tray” with the amuse buche. Nice presentation and a fun way to start the meal.

Anchovy and Red Pepper Terrine

The star of the tray was the anchovy and (sweet) red pepper terrine. This was an exercise in balance. The sweet pepper, balancing the sour anchovy. In my view the result was perfect. I would love to see this terrine as a first course.

Olive

Close second the “olive”, accompanied by cheese and pastry concoctions.

Copa with melon and shrimp a la planca

First: Coppa (capicollo) with melon and shrimp grilled on a metal plate (a la planca). The shrimp is hidden under the cone of coppa, sliced very thin. Wonderful combination of surf and turf, with the icy melon bringing you down to earth.

Corfu fritura, feta cheese snow flakes, and stuffed sardine

First: Corfu Fritura with feta cheese snow flakes and stuffed sardine. The inverted fragment of a cone on the left side is a “sponge” that has absorbed tomato juice. The ball to its right is made of “lavrak(i)”, or Mediterranean seabass, next to it is a shrimp, and then there is another ball of seabass, and two pieces of squid. You cannot see the stuffed sardine. On the right side you can see the “snow flakes” made of feta cheese. Overall, a tasty dish. I would have preferred to have less seabass and more stuffed sardines.

Bio chicken

Second: Bio Chicken. Cooked on a metal plate, deskinned, the bio chicken was juicy and tasty.

Goat

Second: Goat served with sea garlic cream, on a bed of koum kouat and sweet and sour “Mavrodafni” sauce. I particularly enjoyed the goat. Perfectly cooked, tender and moist.

Goat detail

I would like to make a special mention to the somelier of the restaurant, who served excellent greek wines from producers who have small volumes and therefore are not available in the retail stores. And the wine was included in the price of the set menu!

Although the restaurant was busy on a Friday night, the service was excellent.

Overall, great value for money, the complete dinner for two costs less than a meal in an ordinary fish taverna.

I will definitely visit Botrini’s restaurant again!

6 COMMENTS

  1. The square of anchovy!!!! Αδυναμία ο γαύρος το ομολογώ αγαπημένε μου Νίκο. Λοιπόν το Εστιατόριο του Έκτορα είναι κοντά στο σπίτι. Δεν το έχω επισκεφθεί. Η αλήθεια είναι πως έχω παρασυρθεί από διάφορα που ακούω. Για τις τιμές του κυρίως σε σχέση με την ποικιλία επιλογής. Τες πα. Η εμπιστοσύνη στο πρόσωπό σου τα σβήνει όλα. Απ όλα τα πιάτα το Corfu Fritura with feta cheese μετά απ το γαύρο πάντα θα ήταν οι επιλογές μου και φυσικά ο sir Somelier από κοντά!!
    Πολλές καλημέρες καλέ μου φίλε και δάσκαλε, καλό μήνα με το καλό οι γιορτές να μπουν στα σπιτικά μας

    • Κατερινα!!!!! να πας να το ευχαριστηθεις. Καλες γιορτες με υγεια και χαρα.

  2. στην haute cuisine δεν είμαι καλή μαθήτρια, αλλά με έπεισες να πάω…

    αυτό το map on the tray πολύ tempting 🙂

    και το copa with shrimps and melon mmmmm

    • Ναταλια!!!!!! Ευγε για την τολμη και την εμπιστοσυνη προς την ημετερα εξοχοτητα!!!!! Οι γευσεις στον χαρτη ειναι οντως δελεαστικες. Οσο για το χοιρινο, και τις γαριδες, αξεπεραστα….

  3. Αψογη παρουσιαση και απο γευση κατι μου λεει οτι θα ειναι το ιδιο εντυπωσιακα! Αν και δεν ειμαι φαν της συγκεκριμενης κουζινας και συνηθως κατευθυνομαι σε πιο παραδοσιακες επιλογες, θα ηθελα μια φορα να δοκιμασω για να βγω απο την περιεργεια…

    • Αξιζει, και ειναι και λογικο στην τιμη για αυτο που προσφερει.

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