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Already acclaimed for his work outside Athens, also having had experience abroad, the young chef Alexander Tsiotinis has established his Athenian headquarters and is now making his mark on the city's culinary scene in an elegantly designed restaurant with a semi-open kitchen, where you can see him perfecting the exceptional soup with lobster and truffle, or the intricate lamb ravioli with olive crust. Its cuisine, creatively Mediterranean with a French background and scrumptious surprises is indeed appealing. The degustation menu is certainly worth trying.
(Oumplianis 14 & Diocharous 27, tel. 2107228812, ctc-restaurant.com - Metro: Evangelismos)


The Sowl
In Thissio, the touristic heart of Athens, the one-time building of Otto’s stables (he was the first king of Greece) has changed radically. Nowadays, you enter and find yourself in a leisurely parallel universe resembling a hacienda, with comfortable furniture, ethnic vibes, distinctive lights and balconies full of plants. Having a significant bar-team, coffee and Mexican food, this new space has suggestions for all hours and all moods. Depending on the day, you may come across projections, exhibitions at the in-house gallery, musical happenings, fashion events and much more.
(Herakleidon 10, tel. 2103450003, thesowl.com - Metro: Thisio)