If you’re staying in the centre of Athens, you will have to travel a bit to get here, but it’s going to be worth it. Walking into the hidden backyard of this restaurant in suburban Kifissia feels like you’ve travelled all the way to Thailand. The décor is Asian hippie chic with hanging lanterns, a jumble of customised antique furniture, and plants climbing up the walls and dangling from the ceiling. This bar-restaurant, owned by the same people as Madame Phu Man Chu, is the successor to the legendary Bar Guru Bar, one of the few Thai restaurants in Athens in the noughties.
They call their cuisine ‘Asian soul food’, inspired by flavours of Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Soul food or not, there’s plenty to devour here, and it’ll all leave you feeling tangy and warm. We always start with the fish and shrimp dumplings, for they come with the most delicious of dipping sauces. The menu claims it’s as simple as soy sauce and lime, but we swear there’s a secret ingredient in there, as we’ve resolved to eating the dumplings with a spoon to scoop up as much of the sauce as possible. The fried shrimp, Thai fish cakes, and chicken satay are also keepers. Our favourite curry is the red one with shrimp, coconut milk, vegetables, Thai basil and jasmine rice. And call us unadventurous if you must, but we get the Pad Thai every time. At least we switch between chicken and shrimp. The taste of tamarind is just perfect.