GARBI

As you drive along the Athens coast, (or the Athens riviera as people have tried to dub it) there are fewer places than one would think that are worth spending your money. When you think of Greece, immediately your mind goes to beaches, souvlakia and ouzo. Garbi restaurant (not tavern) is located in one of my favourite suburbs, Kavouri. It is one of the most exclusive places to live in Athens where rents are sky high and the beach is a stone throw away. The restaurant is located next to the large Apollon Palace Divani Hotel so you can get a mix of tourists and a Greek crowd in the summer. Although typically a fish restaurant, you can also some meat dishes here.

It is located literally on the beach with one of the best views of the sunset. It is also one of the best times to go and eat there because it is after the day crowd has gone and before the night crowd arrives. Depending on what you order, prices range from 20-50 a person, although I usually pay around 30 (including tons of table wine). The food is good, the prices are reasonable (if you consider the location) and the view is priceless.

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Most of the food here is of a good standard, but if you know what to order, it can be excellent. For starters I usually begin with the roast eggplant and feta in the oven, along with the fava, grilled octopus and fried shrimp. For mains I strongly recommend their fresh grilled fish- although pricey- they know how to cook it. This is rare along ‘the riviera’ as restaurants and taverns often overcharge and overcook the fish. Each time I have had fish here, it has been delicious and worth the price. Also try the grilled salmon (always delicious and perfectly cooked) or shrimp kritharoto if you want some carbs with your seafood.

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To top off your meal, go for the local Greek white wine- a classic in most taverns. It is a dry white Moschofilero that suits seafood. They also have a good wine list, but if you are like me and drink a lot, it can double your bill easily. At the end of the meal, you are usually treated to something on the house-normally fruit or a shot of mastiha by the typically Greek, friendly waiters. The same staff has been there for many years, and although they may seem a bit stiff, they have a great sense of humour and make up a great team. Overall definitely worth a visit both for during the day with friends or for a romantic dinner at night.

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