La Maison du Grec Café in Athens, Greece

Restaurateur Ntoumis Konstantinos who, after years of managing eateries for other owners, has started one on his own. Located in the affluent suburb of Kifissia, the café designed by Thessaloniki-based architects Minas Kosmidis, slots neatly into the locale’s leafy streets.

The interiors feature an airy main dining room adorned with updated homages to classical Greek architecture, such as patterned mosaic tiles and a sculptural antefix carved from solid wood, while mismatched chairs create eclectic pops of color and visual contrast. A mezzanine and inner courtyard at the back modeled on old Athenian houses shields customers from the busy city streets.

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The setting is topped with a café menu of light dishes by acclaimed Greek chef Dimitris Skarmoutsos. Commendably, local cheeses and cured meats, plus ingredients for traditional pies and tarts are sourced exclusively from small-scale Greek producers. The restaurant’s loyal clientele however, return for relaxed breakfasts of scrambled eggs and cinnamon-spiced tomatoes with handmade Zea bread, a heritage recipe that has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity due to its purported health benefits and gluten-free credentials.
La Maison du Grec
Kasseveti II, Kifissia

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