09 February, 2013

Kalypso @ Palaio Faliro

A Tuesday evening we ended up in Palaio Faliro. We were heading for a Cretan taverna, but then we found it closed down. Not wanting to take the car and move to another place, we just settled to enter a taverna next door.

It was called Koutsouki Kalypso and we had no idea about it.

It is quite a large place and it was so that I could not count how many tables there were. For was a weekday evening in mid of the crisis, there was quite a lot of people. We were seated where most of the people were seated, which was an enclosed space between the main building and the pace outside. The indoor building looked lovelier, but the Greeks like to eat outside and that was why everyone was here. Greeks...

The strange thing was that this restaurant does not give normal menu with price. On the table there is a list of items without price and the patrons tick the check boxes. I do not know how about you, but I have difficulty deciding the order without knowing how much it is costing me. Fortunately GH is one who order food without looking menu, so we managed to decide.

Grilled bread and tzatziki, which was fresh and right density. Quite good.

Horta (boiled green) was also very good. Oil, lemon and salt were served separately so that we could season how we liked.

Pork souvlaki turned up like this. No garnish at all... on the plate. Actually it was served with fried potatoes, but in a separate plate. By the consequence, the souvlaki looked rather lonely. I found it too dry, but GH said he loved it.

Even better was veal (mosharisio) bifteki, although this one looked lonely as well. Very meaty, juicy (well, by Greek standard) and flavourful. It was one of the best bifteki we have ever eaten.

The side of fried potatoes were hand-cut, freshly fried. Not too oily, sweet, not burnt, perfect fries.

The desserts were on the house. Fruits (banana and apple) and loukoumades with honey AND chocolate. Evidently this grill-taverna is reputed for these doughnuts. Personally, loukoumades are too heavy after the dinner, but do not intend to deny that they were very good ones.

The total bill came to 31 Euro and the fiscal receipt arrived without request.

In this period of crisis, when 2 of you can eat for 20 Euro using coupons, this is not the most economical solution, but we appreciated that all the dishes we are here were very good example of each genre. For us, it is rare not to dislike even one dish in one meal at taverna. Was it a chance? We have to go back to try again.

Kalypso - Καλύψω
Pentelis 41, Paleo Faliro
Πεντέλης 41, Παλαίο Φάληρο
Tel. 210 9422513
Mob. 6944 606208

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