Visited February 2017.
The freshest seafood I’ve ever had in my life!
This place is so good ’til Beyonce should change her lyrics to “if he fuck me good I take his ass to Dourampeis!” ‘Cause Red Lobster ain’t got NOTHING on this place.
This restaurant is about a 15-20 minute ride from where I was staying in Athens in the town of Piraeus BKA where all the seafood restaurants are + any restaurant by the sea. Like I did with most of the restaurants I visited, I googled. This place is ranked #63 of 259 restaurants in Piraeus😱. How that’s possible, I’m not really sure. Now granted that’s in the top 25 percentile, but after you’ve tasted the food, you think “63rd???” Having a degree in Culinary Arts, I would say I’m well versed when it comes to restaurant operation and hospitality. I’ll be the first to admit, I judge. 95% of the time when I do judge it’s subconsciously and I don’t even realize I’m doing it. People hate to go out to eat with me. So to see this restaurant ranked at 63rd, saddens me that not everyone had the experience that I had.
The hotel made me a reservation for 1 at 7:30. That’s when Americans start to eat dinner or just wrapping it up…(usually). When I arrived, I thought I was in the wrong place because the restaurant was nearly empty with only 2 other tables of people. Turns out, the citizens of Greece don’t start eating dinner until about 10:00PM or later. Why that is? I have no clue. 10 PM in America or Greece, I’m usually 3 sheets to the wind, in the Matrix with Keanu Reeves 🤷🏾♀️.
I was immediately greeted upon entry and taken to sign in for my reservation. Pretty standard. Since the restaurant was empty, they let me pick my table. Of course I picked the one closest to the kitchen and door, as I wanted to be able to see everything the staff was doing + make a quick exit if need be. Mistake! It was pretty brisk that night so I was fairly chilly my whole meal. And anyone that knows me knows I hate eating while I’m cold. Actually, does anyone like that 🤔?
The restaurant does offer outdoor seating as well, which is perfect for summer time in Greece since the outdoor space gives off pretty romantic vibes + temps can reach upwards of 100 degrees.
I was given a menu and it was all I could do to not order up every item. Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops, 10+ different kinds of fish and dishes I had never even heard of. You name it. Everything sounded so good. The restaurant is quite pricey (wasn’t surprised as I had already tripadvised it previously). However, I do think that it is worth the price. Not only are the portions big and they charge you based upon weight of the seafood but ITS RIGHT BY THE FRIGGING SEA!! It’s beyond fresh seafood, so yes, you will pay a premium! But hey, “#treatyoself2017” right? P.S. They literally let you pick out the lobster, fish, etc. They will weigh it right in front of you and give you a price right then. Unless you’re really hungry or plan on sharing food, don’t get the listed portions on the menu. They’re the highest priced (obvi), 70+ Euros, when you can get a smaller portion, still end full and have leftover money for dessert or drinks.
I ordered the Lobster + Pasta. My lobster came to about 40ish US dollars and the pasta came with it. As with most restaurants, they brought out bread first. Now I’m sure via the picture it looks like normal bread with garnish + oil, but I swear this bread had some crack in it because I could not stop eating it. Sesame bread + EVOO + seasonings 😋😋😋😋. As with any restaurant I go to, I tell myself I’m only going to eat 1-2 pieces of bread. And as always, that fails and I eat every slice 😕. Don’t judge me. Or do, I don’t care.
They then bring out fish broth. When it first arrived to my table, I thought they had mixed up orders and accidentally brought me something I didn’t order. They kind of just sat it down while I was stuffing my face with bread so I didn’t think to ask right then what it was. I finally got around to asking and the waiter said it was fish broth to help cleanse the palate. Now I don’t normally go around drinking fish broth, so it didn’t sound nor really look that appetizing. But I said to myself, “self, you’re in Greece. Try the damn broth!” BEST DECISION! IT WAS SOOOOOO GOOD! It’s hard to describe the taste (I mean after all it was fish broth), but just know that if you ever visit and they set that fish broth down in front of you, YOU DRINK THAT FISH BROTH!
Between eating all 4 pieces of bread (stop judging me 😩), and drinking the fish broth, I began to get a little full. I wasn’t going to let that hold me back though 💪🏾! My lobster and pasta soon came and as you can see from the picture, I had made a great executive decision in ordering what I did 🤗
One of the great things I loved about this restaurant was how well timed out each course was. It wasn’t back to back rushing plates out, but it wasn’t slow and dreadful while twiddling your thumbs waiting for the next course.
Another great thing about my meal, IT CAME WITH 🍟!! That’s right! I picked Frech Fries as my side (you can take the girl out of America). Sue me 🤷🏾♀️
Fair warning, fresh seafood will taste nothing like Americanized seafood. Being in Greece really made me realize how bad America is at processing food + how restaurants will lie and/or false advertise their product. Take Red Lobster for example. They say their product is “fresh seafood.” They even have the little water tank of lobster as you come in the door. But I don’t believe for 2 seconds that any of their food is fresh. Now don’t get me wrong, I love red lobster and will continue to go there (literally just there last weekend), but I know what to expect and what flavor I expect when I go in there. I think their idea of “fresh” means that it’s not expired yet. Sorry not Sorry.
With that being said, I was very much so taken aback when I bit into my lobster and it tasted nothing like red lobster. And now with hindsight being 20/20, is a great thing. It was so fresh! It was seasoned so well! I usually eat my lobster with clarified butter, but I didn’t even need that with this dish. The sauce from the pasta flavored the lobster enough. Pasta noodles were perfection. Even the tomatoes scattered throughout the dish were fresh and tasty.
It took me a minute to work through the dish though. Lobster was still partly in the shell and then I had to mix the pasta and the lobster and make sure the the sauce to lobster ratio was proportional, it was a mission. Remember how I said I was almost full before? Yeah, well that entire feeling went away once I saw my pasta! I ate it ALL! Afterwards, I was very full and waivered heavily on getting dessert. But then, when the waiter came over to collect my finished plates, I uttered the words “may I see a dessert menu?” It was like an instinct. Dammit!
Each dessert item I looked at or read the description of, I swear it was saying “DONT DO IT!” at the end. But this was my birthday trip and I’m all about #treatyoself2017! While reading the reviews on trip advisor, I had come across quite a few that were talking about the dessert, lokoumades. So I decided to go with that. Lokoumades is a Greek Sweet Honey Dumpling.
I’ve never been happier with any decision in life, ever! These were so good. Fried dough + honey + cinnamon + vanilla ice cream? Basically little doughnuts but 100x better! How can one go wrong? Honestly, this was probably the best part of the entire meal. I paired my lokoumades with a cappuccino. My one regret on this trip is that I left 3 lokoumades balls on the plate because I was too full to eat them 😩😢.
My total came to about 70+euros. Again,thats not bad for a restaurant right on the sea, fresh food and excellent service.
P.S. Staff work in teams. I had about 4+ waiters come to my table. They were also extremely helpful when trying to get back to my hotel. They called a taxi for me and walked me out.
TIP: Call a taxi about 10 minutes before you’re ready to leave so they’ll be there waiting and you’re not rushed.