Hidden amidst the heaps of old furniture and other odds and ends for sale, Cafe Avissinia offers a welcome rest from the hustle and bustle of the market. The food is tasty, good-quality, traditional Greek cuisine with an Mideastern twist, but you will return for the warm, bohemian and even exciting environment. The colors are deep and suggestive, the old, traditional floor tiling is almost aristocratic and the walls are filled with expressive paintings collected over the years. Often, there is live music, the real authentic one. At night, when the flea market is closed, one can watch the bright moon converse with the Parthenon from the top balcony, or simply allow the Cafe's multi-colored lights and magical mood to envelop them in its seductive embrace. The view is stunning.
The food is absolutely the best in the area, Greek cuisine at its best. The grilled eel is truly magnificent, cooked to a buttery perfection! The same goes to the sardines wrapped in vine leafs and the ones grilled. Simple still delicious, the Greek way of cooking.
We ordered the moussaka and I am so happy I can eat this delicious Greek dish in their magnificent verandah, exactly the way my grandmother use to cook it. Bliss!
Do leave room for deserts because they are simply amazing. The rose petals spoon dessert tthat comes with the pannacotta is divine!
Cafe Avissinia, is the best ambassador of Greek gastronomy and the wealth of our cuisine, but what is also an absolute A plus is that Koufonikola's hospitality is alive and vibrant. They know what service means, and believe me this is rather difficult to find now days.
Kinetou 7, Avissinia square, Monastiraki
tel 210 3217047