Tucked away on a quiet street in the municipality of Chalandri, Mystikos Kipos restaurant is a welcome respite from the ordinary taverna food you find Greece. Their inspired dishes are based on some of the meals you would normally find in tavernas, yet the sophisticated culinary skills of the chefs makes them far from ordinary.
Their cuisine is among the best I have tried in Athens, and it definitely can boast value, quality and taste for money. If this restaurant were in Mykonos or Santorini, or even in central Athens, its menu would be priced higher and definitely be on many people's top restaurant lists.
Some examples of the imaginative cuisine include: A silky smooth fava purée paired with smoked eel and rose peppercorns; filetted ζαργάνα (needlefish) cooked to perfection and stuffed with fennel and sweet squash; kantaifi pastry stuffed with cheese, παστουρμά (cured smoked beef) and paprika; taramas served with wasabi in a cocktail glass; seabass ceviche served over a bed of seaweed and dressed in a citrus marinade with rose peppercorns.
As a foodie, I could continue listing more of the magical dishes, but instead I would rather stress the restaurant's creative explorations of Greek cuisine. THIS is what makes Mystikos Kipos so special. In addition to the delicious food, the service is hospitable and friendly. The space is cozy and simply decorated with the back patio made to look like the secret garden of the restaurant's name.
Foodies, families and groups of friends will find something on the seasonally changing menu that will suit their palates, from the uncomplicated palate to a more discerning one.
Unpretentious, creative food that pays homage to traditional Greek flavours while expanding the possibilities of what Greek flavours can be.... definitely worth regular visits.