Athen’s Oikeio & Mediterranean Food

Oikeio is in the Kolonaki neighborhood of Athens.  It sits on the corner of a hill with shaded sidewalk seating and a refreshing breeze. Oikeio Athens

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The restaurant’s name means family or belonging to a home.  It’s the perfect name to match the restaurant’s warm and welcoming vibe, which is very mom and pop.   From all the online reviews, reservations is highly recommended due to its popularity.

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Sidewalk seating at Oikeio

Oikeio has been on the Michelin Guide for years with its Bib Gourmand award.  It’s quality food that doesn’t break the bank.  In other words, best quality for the price.  It’s definitely not a white table-cloth or anywhere near as stuffy as some of the three stars.  It’s a perfect place to get some home-style cooking and be on your merry way.

The service was good and the waitress barely spoke English.  She appeared to be the daughter of the owner who was sitting and relaxing a few tables over from us.  She tried her best to communicate in English and she was a huge sweetheart.  The food was serve fairly quickly after we ordered.

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Sidewalk seating at Oikeio

The menu has a large choice of traditional Greek, pastas and a bit of international fare; but, it excels at Greek.   In addition, Oikeio had lunch specials.  The great thing about Oikeio was the food tasted fresh and crisp, which isn’t unusual for Greek food.  However, there are a lot of Greek restaurants with old tasting food.  Now, Oikeio’s dishes:

  1. The Chilean Sea Bass:  The fish was slice in half and thrown on the grill with its scales.  It was serve with slices of lemon and sautéed veggies.  The flavors of the fish was very clean and wasn’t drown out by the overuse of sauce.  With all Sea Bass, it could be boney and difficult to eat.  This wasn’t any exception as we repeatedly pick out the bones.

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    Chilean Sea Bass
  2. Pastitsio:  The Greek lasagna came out piping hot with slices of tomato on the side.  The layers included feta cheese, bay leaves, meat sauce and a bit of wine for taste.  Unlike its Italian cousin, the dish wasn’t overwhelming or heavy.  The flavors were very pleasant and the feta cheese didn’t overpower the rest of the ingredients.

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    Greek Lasagna aka Pastitsio.
  3. Pork Belly & Fries:  I have this addiction to pork especially pork belly.  Also, I have this addition to fries.  Those two joined will make me an extremely happy camper.  Oikeio combine two of my favorite things with mastery.  The grilled pork belly skewers had a crisp bite to it.  The perfect balance between lean and flavor.  The piping hot golden fries slightly topped with salt and pepper complemented the pork belly like Klay Thompson complemented Stephen Curry.  It was easily my favorite dish of all the things we ate there.
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Pork belly, pita bread and fries.

Overall, Oikeio is a must stop for quality food.  It’s one of the most popular taverna in the city.  I highly recommend the restaurant to people who enjoy large portions and savory dishes.  The fresh ingredients and local products give you some assurance your diet is going to see the light while you’re in a city known for its indulgences.

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    Service - 8/10
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    Presentation - 8/10
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    Flavors - 8.5/10
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    Ambiance - 8.5/10
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    Decor - 8/10
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Summary

Oikeio offers home-style cooking in an environment that matches it’s name. The flavors, ingredients and wait staff make the Bib Gourmand a Michelin star experience. Must try is the pork belly and fries.

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