Nestled in the shadow of the Acropolis is a Michelin star restaurant in a central Athens neighbourhood of neo-classical villas, wrought iron balconies and red-tiled roofs among a jumble of low-rise apartment buildings stacked like dice. The area of Psyrri is also cluttered with tourist shops, coffee shops and tavernas. But the nightlife is popular with Athenians too.
Bistro-style Hytra – with its uncluttered, contemporary black, tan, silver grey and red interior – won its first Michelin star in 2010. In May, just before the intensely long, sizzling Greek summer gets going, it moves to the Westin Athens Astir Palace Resort in the very upmarket coastal suburb of Vouliagmenis and becomes Galazia Hytra.
The restaurant, located on a pine tree scented peninsula, overlooks the smoky blue Saronic Gulf and her islands – a billion-dollar view any day of the year. The summer version has just won its own Michelin star. Hytra is molecular gastronomy writ large, with lots of foam and artistic twists on Greek food. Highlights on the menu at Psyrri: appetizer of trahanas with gnocchi of mizithra and caramelized chicken skin 17 euros; main course of sea bass with barley shaped pasta, avgotaraho, and fennel leaves 35 euros; dessert of custard, peanut praline and sorbet mandarin 12 euros.
Hytra: Navarhou Apostoli 7, Psyrri GR – 105 54 Athens, open during the winter months. +30 (210) 3316 767 or +30 (217) 707 1118. firstname.lastname@example.org
From May: Galazia Hytra: Apollonas 40, GR 16671, Vouliagmenis, tel: +30-210-890-2000, www.astir-palace.com
Dress Code: Smart casual. Chef: Nikos Karathanos. Parking: On-site parking available. Hours: Sunday to Thursday 7:30pm – 12am; Friday and Saturday from 7:30pm – 1am; Closed Monday.