"Top of the line are the homemade ravioli or the matsata (egg noodles, similar to tagliatelle) from Folegandros, served with a rich beef ragout and grated xinotyri cheese from Ios."
Electra Metropolis Roof Garden $$
The five-star Electra Metropolis opened in 2016 and the sunset selfies from its epic rooftop haven’t stopped since. The hotel’s 10th floor roof terrace houses a bar, a restaurant, a small swimming pool, and a full-blown panorama that takes in the Acropolis, Ancient Agora and the National Observatory in Thissio. The view from the inside is still entrancing because the dining room is encased in glass. A modern design lends this fine dining destination a more casual aura than other five-star hotel restaurants in Athens, especially during the day.
The menu is updated twice a year, in October and April. Choose from regional Greek specialties cooked with ingredients sourced from small producers around the country.
The salads are always superb. If they are in season, order the foraged greens, drizzled with a beautiful olive oil and lemon verbena dressing. Or marinated artichokes from Tinos, served with aged pecorino and pistachios. Did you know Greek pasta was a thing? This is the place to try it. Top of the line are the homemade ravioli or the matsata (egg noodles, similar to tagliatelle) from Folegandros, served with a rich beef ragout and grated xinotyri cheese from Ios.
The pastry chef plays with staple Greek ingredients like yoghurt, nuts, and honey, to create impressive desserts. I definitely recommend the chocolate walnut pie served with a delicious mastiha ice-cream. Or, if in season, the refreshing grilled peach mousse served with a lemon-thyme yoghurt ice-cream.