29 January, 2015

Σούμα Κολοκύθι @ Agios Dimitrios

A Friday evening, we visited a new restaurant called Souma Kolokythi in Agios Dimitrios. The occasion was that I have read good reviews and then found 15 Euro discount coupon online. I have a long list of restaurants that I want to visit and it seems that I am visiting first those offering limited-time discounts.

So, Souma Kolokythi. According to what I read, souma is a strong alcoholic drink made from figs and kolokythi is pumpkin. I read also why they named it so, but I am afraid that I am too lazy to repeat.

The place is about 10 minutes walk away from Agios Dimitrios metro station. As it is not facing main street, you won't easily see it unless you look for it.

As you see, there is quite a large outdoor space, which should be the main dining area in warmer seasons. Now that it is winter, all the tables are indoor. The indoor space isn't so large, so it is recommended to reserve a table before you visit.

The restaurant serves only dinner from Wednesday to Sunday and it opens at 19:30. We arrived at 20:00 o'clock and there was no other patron. The decor is industrial style and the kitchen is open; when we entered, there were 2 chefs and later arrived 1 or 2 helpers.

The menu is relatively short, with 2 or 3 additional dishes of the day. There are dishes without meat, but fish/seafood was none.

A bottle of water, grilled bread and accompaniments (sun-dried tomato paste, olive oil+balsamic vinegar and 4 black pitted olives) were brought to our table without request. The water seems to be 1 Euro and 1 Euro for bread p.p., 3 Euro in total.

The tomato paste (which I think was mixed with red pepper) had very strong flavor and we liked it very much. The others were nice, too.

First to arrive was smoked aubergine paste (melitzanosalata), 4.50 Euro.

It came in a generous portion. The taste was quite mild, with least garlic, oil and salt, so much so that we eat it on its own easily, without bread. I loved it.

This is chicken and Naxian graviera cheese salad with lemon dressing, 7 Euro.

It is not evident in the photo, but there are slices of grilled chicken under the mound of cheese. Due to the presence of croutons, it is quite filling. It should be eaten rather as a starter than a side salad. GH liked the chicken very much.

This was one of the dishes of the day, fried potato with eggs and cheese, 6 Euro.

The potatoes had a proper potato flavor. I would have preferred them to be a bit more crunchy, but still pleasant. With 4 eggs and generous amount of cheese, this was very filling. It was served as a starter, but from the calorie point of view, it is easily be a main course.

At this point, we were really full and almost regretted that we had ordered a main dish, which was pork shank with pumpkin puree for two, 14 Euro.

A shank is mostly bone, but still it was a lot of meat.

To be honest, I did not like so much the shank, because it was rather dry; one side was OK, but the other side was probably overcooked in too high temperature. The pumpkin puree with mint (a very Greek combination), however, added desired moistness to the meat.

Until about 9:30, the restaurant was totally empty and we felt lonely. But then, it filled up suddenly. It looks that the most of people eat from 9:30 on.

The total bill with a bottle of Alpha Weiss beer (3.50 Euro), the total bill came to 38 Euro (I paid 23 Euro plus tip because of the coupon). We ate well and plenty.

We would revisit, but maybe after some time, expecting the menu to change somewhat.

Souma Kolokythi - ΣΟΥΜΑ ΚΟΛΟΚΥΘΙ
Omirou 27 and Ifigenias, Agios Dimitrios, 17236. Attiki, Greece
Ομήρου 27 & Ιφιγενείας, Άγιος Δημήτριος 17236
Tel. 210 9766565

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