Malconi's: Mediterranean ‘nouvelle cuisine'

Malconi's: Mediterranean ‘nouvelle cuisine'

Get away from predictable standards: Giannis Kosmadakis reworks the classics of the deep blue sea's shores a gourmet journey Odysseus would have followed.

In Athens, everyone knows Malconi's. The tradition involves getting together at different times of day and night. You go there for a morning coffee, return for dinner, make an appointment with friends for a drink, and go there as a family for brunch on Sunday. Midnight strikes and, just like Cinderella, the restaurant turns into a music bar keeping night owls up until morning.

It specialises in Mediterranean cuisine with a slight inclination towards that of Italy. And the chef Giannis Kosmadakis combines these to create inventive and always successful dishes.

Try any of these surprising combinations: linguini with fresh black truffle, foie gras butter and sage, risotto with peanut and mascarpone sauce, chicken leg glazed with white and black sesame. For dessert, try the mascarpone tiramisu soaked with marsala and cocoa. If there is anything more deliciously regressive and addictive, we don't know what it might be.

Patriarchou Ioakim 43 & Ploutarchou 23

106 75 Athens

+30 210 724 8920

Menu: around 30 EUR