13 September, 2014

Telescope @ Haidari

We visited to a cafe-restaurant called Telescope in Profitis Ilias Hill of Haidari in late August.

Profitis Ilias Hill is not as famous as Lycabettus, but it commands equally impressive view of Athens and Piraeus.

This was not the first time for us to be here. It was around 3 years ago. We came here for a coffee. The name of the cafe-restaurant then was Epopsi.

I did not see it changed much. Only tangible difference was that there are now several telescopes which patrons can use. To my regret, we forgot to try them ourselves, although there was one near us.

Here is the view of Athens in the dusk.

The occasion was to use a discount coupon I bought from Internet. So our experience of food might not be typical.

Here are the starters. Fried rolls and dumplings and salad with chicken.

This is my main course. I think it wanted to be teriyaki salmon, but it was way too sweet. The rice wasn't totally cooked. The veal dish GH ordered was better.

To be honest, I did not appreciate their cooking. On the other hand, the price isn't so high as you would expect from such place. Main dishes are around 10 Euro.

As it is a cafe, the drinks tend to be slightly more expensive than at tavernas or casual restaurants (beer was 5 Euro). However, all in all, if you are not too fussy about food and don't mind paying a tiny bit of extra, I am sure that you can have a quite nice time here.

Of course, if you order only coffee, it is cheaper, but the cafe/bar section is not as comfortable as in the restaurant section.

And, in the restaurant, you can reserve a good table in advance and make sure that you see this while you eat.

Profitis Ilias Hill, Haidari, Athens
Λόφος Προφήτη Ηλία, Χαϊδάρι, Αθήνα
Tel. 210 5812047

06 September, 2014

Thissio View @ Thissio

I do not remember exactly when, but GH and I went to Thissio View for a coffee.

Thissio View (or Θέα Θησείο) is a cafe restaurant on Apostolou Street, just next to Chocolat and Athenaion Politeia.

It wasn't the first time to be there, but it was the first time on the roof top.

It has a really good view to Acropolis, Agora, and Lycabettus Hill.

I do not remember exactly how much we paid for coffee. It was expensive, but not more expensive than at other nice cafes in the area, so it should have been around 4 Euro.

I ordered waffle. I should have told them I wanted vanilla ice cream, though. Again, I do not remember how much it was, but should be 6 or 6.50 Euro.

The best section on the terrace is reserved for restaurant. I checked the menu and it was expensive. But, again, it is not as expensive as, say at Dionysos.

If you order 1 salad, 2 burgers and 2 beers, you can get away with 50 Euro, I guess. They have the menu on their website, so if you are interested, check it out.

The service wasn't professional and the waiters were oblivious and inattentive. But, here you come for the view and not for service or even for gourmet experience, so it is fine, as well. However, if you are coming here for food, it is strongly recommended to reserve a good table with the best view.

Thissio View
Apostolou Pavlou 25 & Agias Marinas, Thisio, Athens
Αποστόλου Παύλου 25 & Αγίας Μαρίνης, Θησείο
Tel. +30-210 3476754