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Rue de l’Argonee, 22, 1060 Midi, Brussels, Belgium
  • Athènes is a very interesting and special in a way Greek restaurant in Brussels which has nothing to do with what normal restaurants offer
  • I think that the food here is the closest thing you can get to home-made food
  • Not the best area of Brussels but I really fancy it since you will find cheap restaurants from many different cuisines that will very much approach the original tastes
  • If you are acquainted to the Greek cuisine you will agree with me
  • Overall, I really recommend Athènes, if you are not in the mood for something really fancy and classy of course

    • by fumantsu
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      The first time I ended up in Athenes was completely random. Since then however, I am going pretty often I can admit. Athènes is a very interesting and special in a way Greek restaurant in Brussels which has nothing to do with what normal restaurants offer. I think that the food here is the closest thing you can get to home-made food.

      The place is located in the area of Gare du Midi, just a few steps away from the train station. Not the best area of Brussels but I really fancy it since you will find cheap restaurants from many different cuisines that will very much approach the original tastes. Most restaurants around are Arabic and African but you will find a Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and other, like Athènes for example.

      The atmosphere in the restaurant is really calm and welcoming. It s not the typical Greek restaurant with the blue and white colors and the ancient-style


      columns and statues around. It is rather very simple and quite adjusted to the Belgian style; maintains however its Greek elements. And it is not a fancy place at all. The most interesting part of the Athènes experience however is the way the cuisine works. In the menu you will find only the starters, the salads, the deserts and the drinks. For the main courses you’ll have to go in the kitchen yourself and check what the cook has prepared. To me this is awesome and a guarantee of the hygiene and quality of the place. I mean the kitchen just open to the clients? That’s really rare and what I would call confidence, isn’t it?

      The food itself is generally prepared in the oven in big metal baking dishes which makes it soooo home-made and tasty as well. If you are acquainted to the Greek cuisine you will agree with me. You will find many ...


      • typical Greek dishes: Moussaka, Papoutsakia (something like Moussaka but lighter), Pork or Beef in Lemon sauce, Lamb Frikase (lamb cooked with green herbs and served with a sauce of egg and lemon), fish in red sauce, Youvarlakia (something like meatball soup), etc. The choices you have to accompany the main course will normally be couscous (which by the way it s not popular at all in Greece), rice, spanakorizo (rice with spinach), oven baked potatoes or some pasta.

        The portions are generous, something which holds for the salads and the desserts as well. There is a small selection of salads with the Greek one being the star of course. It also worth trying the desserts; I love the Galaktoboureko (sth like milk-cream pie), and the baklava with coconut. There are also some very typical and rare to find abroad wines. If the weather is good (rare in Brussels but it can happen) I recommend that you

        try the cold Retsina; it is a quite cheap wine, flavored with pine resin and with reaaaaaaally long history. Tsipouro and Rakomelo are two very traditional Greek spirits you can try. Of course there are beers and refreshments as well.

        Another strong point of the restaurant is the prices. The main courses cost something like 6-8 Euros, the salads between 3-5 and half liter of Retsina wine for example would cost around 4 Euros. Generally, you can maintain a low budget and eat decent food in decent portions. To me, Ouzo and the rest of the spirits do not really worth, since they are served in glass-portion with the price being around 4 Euros: kinda overpriced I would say.

        Overall, I really recommend Athènes, if you are not in the mood for something really fancy and classy of course. Not to forget, the first Friday of every month there is live Greek music; no extra costs applied.




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