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Salumaio d'Atene, Kifisia

Left: Sardines on toast with sundried tomato, simple but so intense!. Right: the whimsical garden outside Salumaio, it's not unheard of to have dinner al fresco in the middle of the winter here!
When I posted pictures from Salumaio on Instagram, I immediately got comments from locals saying how much they love this place - that's a good start, I thought! 
Salumaio is nested amongst the shops and whimsically lit palm trees of Kifisia, Athens' northern refined suburb. It's a foodie destination, with a lovely menu full of mix-and-match dishes ... innovative pasta, refined French cuisine - see my smooth chestnut velouté - and Greek nouveaux cuisine. The tiny, garden-like restaurant is attached to a well-stocked Italian deli.
Cocktails are lovely, the old-fashioned was strong but well-balanced and they can make Espresso Martinis the traditional way, if you ask nicely, no baileys or cream.
Expect to pay around 45euros per person, that includes a starter, a main and a cocktail each, which is steep for Greece as we were told, but reasonable considering the quality and presentation of the dishes.    
Starter: Chestnut velouté
Italian influences: Pappardelle with prawns and a dash of caviar
An oldie but goodie: Steak topped with baked Foie Gras! Oh my!

After a weekend full of fondue in Geneva, I thought I'd go light... thankfully, my wish came true in the form of a smoked salmon salad with avocado and grapefruit!

Left: A hint of Miami, with all of the palm trees dotted around Kifissia. Right: Chef's entrée - celery velouté


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