botrini's – greek abundance
Botrini’s is the restaurant from Chef Patron Ettore Botrini, a Corfiot Italian with a long history in gastronomy. Ettore was born in Corfu, studied in Switzerland and received culinary training all over the world. In 1999 he followed up his father at the famous restaurant Etrusco in Corfu and in 2011 he opened his dream restaurant Botrini’s in Athens. A few years after the opening it is already one of the most famous restaurants in Athens. Ettore is also known from Greek television and has received several awards during his culinary career.
His restaurant Botrini’s is located in an old school on a big street in the suburbs of Athens. The building is divided into several dining rooms and a big open kitchen. The white and modern interior gives a spacious feeling which is extended by large dining tables. Diners can also eat outside on the terraces in front of the building. The dining rooms offer place for about sixty guests but the capacity can be extended with the outdoor area.
The team at Botrini’s consists of about 17 persons (including eight in the kitchen) and is highly skilled and professional. In the kitchen, Ettore is assisted by Stefatos Tasos and Nikos Billis. Nikos lives for gastronomy and received training in world-class restaurants such as Noma. Restaurant Manager George Apostolites has been working at the restaurant since the opening and educated himself from sommelier to skilled maître. The current Sommelier, Klearhos Kanellakis, is very passionate about his beverages and serves almost exclusively extraordinary Greek wines, beers and liquors. It is a pleasure to let him choose his favourite wines and to discover so many beautiful products from the Greek country.
The kitchen philosophy is based on Greek classics that are prepared in creative, contemporary ways. The chef works primarily with beautiful products and he and his team prepare these ingredients using different old and new technologies. Ettore is a conceptual thinker and emphasises storytelling in his dishes.
The meal starts with some ‘Mezes’ and the first round is the ‘Journey to the Mediterranean 2014’ where guests are served a map topped with a dozen regional snacks. The dish ‘Travel around the river Aliakmonas 2014’ is another good example of the conceptual approach: several ingredients from the biggest river in Greece are combined into an impressive dish, presented in a rectangular glass bowl and finished with smoke. The dessert ‘Like a sweet “Tzatziki” 2012’ incorporates all the ingredients from a traditional Tzatziki, but in a sweet version. Tasty and interesting!
While the food is inventive, tasteful and creative, the Chef and his team could benefit from adding some finesse to the menus. Some plates are quite abundant in ingredients and flavours, resulting in the loss of some of the components. Nevertheless, Botrini’s remains a very good choice to sample creative Greek fare in a beautiful environment in Athens.
Botrini’s scored 78 points of 100 points in our rating system. View our Top 60 of the world. Back to the reviews.
By Sven & Adriaan
Vasileos Georgiou Defterou 24
Halandri 152 33 Athens
Phone: +30 21 0685 7323