Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Daphne's @ Athens, Greece

Daphne's has nurtured a reputation as one of Athens' most atmospheric restaurants, though its main claim to fame is having hosted the Clintons for a meal when the former presidential couple visited the Greek capital.

If the weather permits, sit outdoors & savour the romance of Daphne's sculpted garden, a mini-Eden of trees & terracotta. Inside, frescos dominate this tranquil space with plenty of semi-private corners - there's room for nearly 150 customers here.

 
The food is spans 'afelia' (15 euros; spiced pork marinated in wine & coriander), lamb fricassee with 'avgolemono' egg-lemon sauce (19.50 euros), veal with olives & oregano (19.50 euros) & Peloponnese rabbit in wine sauce (19.50 euros). Not bad for a rustic-style dinner, though nothing truly leaped out to haunt our memories for very long.

Daphne's
4 Lysikratous, Plaka, Athens, Greece

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16 comments:

  1. Sean, I absolutely LOVE Greek cuisine, and in my opinion, nobody does better lamb than the Greeks. They cook it perfectly and season it just enough to taste, and....well, I am very exciting about this post. I love the stone finish of this place, it is very warm and appealing, as is the decor. As far as Greek cuisine goes, I have tried lamb souvlaki, rack of lamb and lamb chops...but never lamb fricasee. Sorry to hear that you weren't overly joyed about the dishes here. I am willing to bet that if you ate at a Greek restaurant in Montreal and ordered either lamb chops or a rack of lamb you would have many wonderful things to say.

    I do love the ambiance here, and the lighting is just perfect. Not too dim, not too bright. :)

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    1. Linda: thanks so much for sharing your enthusiasm for Greek fare and for lamb ... now I'm craving some lamb! I'm looking forward to someday visiting more Greek eateries, as we don't have many in Malaysia :) but yes, I loved the ambiance here too, and it was still a memorable and enjoyable experience :)

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  2. What a shame the food didn't wow - Greek food can be sublime and awesome! At least the surroundings were pleasant :)

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, we had some great greek dishes during our trip, but i think this place didn't quite have the flavours that knocked us out. true though, i loved taking photos here :)

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  3. Gosh!!! The place sure takes my breath away. You're there for Chinese New Year, getting away from it all?

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, i loved the intimacy of this restaurant :) ooo, no la, i'm still in KL right now ... these were previous vacation photos that i hadn't posted yet, heh :D

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  4. Fuyoh. You're in Athens for the Chinese New Year? Sweet! =)

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    1. Ciana: heh, that would be nice, but nope, am celebrating with family in KL and just posting some previous holiday pics :D

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  5. Never mind on the food as long as the ambiance and company are right, that's good enough!

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    1. Ken: those other two aspects were definitely satisfactory :D

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  6. The surroundings is pretty spectacular, in a rustic kinda way! Anyway wishing you and your family Goat Xi Fa Cai, Sean! :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: thanks Yen! and yup, it was very cosy and charming; a nice place to spend an evening :)

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  7. Wow, the restaurant looks so pretty! Too bad the food is not as good as the deco and ambiance. :P

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    1. CK: ya, and the food was a bit on the pricey side, but i guess the ambiance made it worth it :D

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  8. Greece! nw that's one place i got to head to tis year! :)

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    1. Rebecca: i think you'd love greece for its sights and its islands, and you'll capture a camera full of stunning photos there! :D

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