What better way to convey the Mediterranean “joy of life” than with the concept of “meze”? Dating back likely to ancient Greece, the word is said to come from the Persian “mazze”, meaning taste or snack. Right from inception, meze’s purpose was to be shared, and of course, to accompany alcohol (in particular, ouzo and tsipouro). To the uninitiated, a meze session usually amounts to numerous small portions of low cost, easy to assemble food, served in saucers: a sort of mouth entertainment, if you like, that keeps you in the moment and symbolises abundance. Fried fish, grilled octopus, battered vegetables, all sorts of creams, olives and bread are expected at the table. Declaring “one of each” to the waiter is the simplest order ever! Nowadays, meze is enjoying a big revival in Athens. Experienced chefs are revamping the genre from the ground up, with exceptional ingredients and unpredictable results. Follow us through some unmissable new Greek meze stops.