48 is a genuine adventure, both cuisine- and decor-wise. It is definitely a place worth paying a scheduled visit, so, if you are staying at a hotel in the Kolonaki district - St George Lycabettus or The Periscope, for instance - and have an extra twenty minutes to spare, do take the scenic route around Mount Lycabettus and walk to the restaurant on foot. The restaurant is located a stone's throw from the Panathinaikos football stadium; the entrance is slightly reminiscent of an art gallery in the middle of nowhere (and there is an art gallery - Ileana Tounta - next door to the restaurant). The first thing that strikes you is the spatial arrangement of the interior: there is a bar and a comparatively smallish dining hall with a 6-metre high ceiling and equally high French windows opening to a small courtyard with a stylised pool, spanned by a footbridge, and an old olive tree. In warm weather courtyard tables are available. And despite the fact that, unlike most of the best restaurants in Athens, 48 cannot boast a view of the Acropolis, having to make do with the wall of the opposite building instead, unobtrusive play of light and shade creates a fantastic feel of lightness and spaciousness. The smallest detail has been given a lot of thought: white leather chairs, tableware from Ecruis, glasses from Riedel, food served on colourful glass plates which create an excellent background for the design of the actual dish. The head chef Christoforos Peskias used to train with Ferran Adrià of the El Bulli fame - and it shows. Admittedly, while the food served at 48 is definitely innovative, it is not - unlike the legendary El Bulli fare - overly experimental and makes a point of preserving all the natural flavours. Outstanding gazpacho with basil sorbet and a great assorti of fish - not to mention the desserts, the pride of the 48 restaurant. Anothertravelguide.com recommends opting for the tasting menu; mind you, the servings are not nearly as small as at most similar restaurants. Practically perfect value (flavour) for money (EUR 70). And don't forget it is customary to share food in Greece - you may have ordered some starters or a main course which a table mate of yours may have foregone: no matter, they will be brought a plate as well.
It has to be said, though, that 48 is one of the most expensive restaurants in Athens: starters from EUR 20, main courses from EUR 35.
Phone: 210 641 1082
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