A couple of months ago, while we were walking in Tzitzifies, we came across a taverna called Palia Xanthi, which I have never heard of. Although it was an odd hour (around 6 o'clock in the afternoon, if I remember well), there were some people eating there and the food looked promising.
So we returned there last week.
The place is rather large. There was smell from the fireplace and kitchen. You'd better avoid coming here with nice clothes because the smell sticks (we regretted afterwards).
The menu contains usual starters, a variety of simple salads, a variety of fish mezedes and main dishes (but not big fish), and again usual grille meats. One thing that notably lacking was Mageirefta (stewed or oven baked food). No moussakas, no pastitsio, no meat cooked in tomato sauce, no stewed vegetables.
And I did not notice anything exotic either, except for Kavourmas. But I have no idea about the food in Xanthi and I might be wrong.
Here are grilled bread with oil and oregano, tyrosalata (which was tyrokafteri), and horta.
All of the above were pretty good with fresh green olive oil.
The fried potatoes came in a big portion, but the oil was slightly stale.
We wanted to order Midopilafo (rice cooked with mussels), but they did not have it. So we decided to try one meat dish. This is a portion of Keftedes (7 Euro).
They looked like biftekia, but the texture was not as meaty. It was like balls of mince treated with a pinch of soda, which gives a bouncy consistency to the meat. I know a Turkish recipe of such meat balls. They were not bad, but I don't think I want to order again.
The "Married Sardines" instead were our favorite of the night (6.50 Euro). These were fillets of sardines facing each other and slices of tomato in between.
A bit salty, but they made a good accompaniment to Vergina Weiss beer that we ordered.
The total bill came to 28 Euro, including a bottle of water (sort of obligatory order) and there was no free dessert or drink.
The price was fair, if not cheap. It seems that during the weekend they have live music. We should be trying one of these nights.
Palia Xanthi - Παλιά Ξάνθη
Pisistratou 87, Tzitzifies, Kallithea, Athens, Greece
Πεισιστράτου 87, Τζιτζιφιές, 17674, Αθήνα
Tel. 210 9403855