Hidden inside an unassuming arcade on Lekka Street, near Syntagma Square, To Triantafyllo tis Nostimias is named after the owner, Triantafyllos, which means rose in Greek (yes, even men can be called Rose in Greece). The name roughly translates as “the rose of deliciousness.”
Don’t be fooled by the modest surroundings. This is one of the few places in downtown Athens where you can eat fresh seafood at reasonable prices. Triantafyllos, who hails from the island of Lesvos, personally picks out the freshest fish from the Varvakios Agora (Athens Central Market) every morning. Whitebait and sardines are offered in two variations—flash-fried or pandremenes (butterflied, grilled and topped with raw onions and fresh herbs). Other standouts are pan-fried red mullet and grilled cuttlefish. For vegetarians, there’s a spectacular fava (pureed yellow split peas) topped with olive oil, capers, and onions, the lightest kolokythokeftedes (courgette and feta fritters) and fabulous patates tiganites (thick cut French fries). It closes when the food runs out—usually around 7 pm.
Triantafyllo is currently closed for renovation.