Many of my friends have asked me what the best thing I ate was while I was in Greece. Although there were a ton of delicious meals we had, there was one culinary experience that stands out the most. Cris had read about this place in Athens where there was no menu, and you were simply given whatever they were serving that day. We thought it sounded like a very cool, underground local spot, so we decided to stop by for lunch one day.
The restaurant itself is not located in the nicest neighborhood and there is an overwhelming stench of fish from all the local fish vendors selling their daily catch. Do not be deceived though, because once we approached the doors to this underground cafe, we were pleasantly surprised. The interior is lined with huge barrels of homemade wine and the place is bustling with local Greeks. When we sat down, the waiter ripped a piece of white paper and placed it on our table, along with a huge piece of bread and a copper pitcher of wine. Since he spoke little english, he asked us to come up and point to what we wanted in the kitchen. We decided on two fish and two types of stew, which was all they had.
The fish was the best fish I have ever had. It was perfectly seasoned and was very easy to eat considering all the bones. We also had the chickpea stew which was full of amazing flavors and tasted even better when we dipped the bread into it. The last dish was the pasta chicken stew which was equally as good and had a nice little kick to it. After all of the food and wine and bread, we were sufficiently full and had huge smiles on our faces. The total came out to 30 Euros which the waiter just wrote with a sharpie on the white paper table cloth. Needless to say, it was an experience that I will definitely always remember.
Diporto Agoras: Sokratous 9, Athina 105 52, Athens, Greece