today we’re in Athens, Greece we’re here to
eat and we’re going to be zipping all around town to show you the best food
Athens has to offer Athens’s food culture is vibrant, delicious and steeped in history
this is our third video from Athens and we’re here to hunt down the best local
food watch out for mouth-watering street food, heritage recipes and traditional
Greek food in this four-part series we’ll show you the city’s tastiest food
from hole-in-the-wall restaurants to delicious street food you don’t want to
miss this series get ready for some mouth-watering food
I’m Thomas and I’m Sheena and we’re Chasing a Plate we hope you’re hungry
let’s eat Greek cuisine is mouth-watering
there’s just no other word to describe it and so today we’re going to be
hopping all around town to find the best local food to show you we’re at our
first stop and we are eating one of the most delicious things you could possibly
eat when you’re in Athens and that’s a souvlaki pita “we are very traditional place with no
potatoes no gyros those things yea” souvlaki pita is the
king of Greek street food you’ll see it all over Athens every street corner has
a restaurant selling this dish but why are we at this particular restaurant or
stall? It’s because it’s one of the best in Athens if not the best it’s got a
really long history it’s been around since 1950 and they serve up their souvlaki pita the traditional way so I’ve got it in my hot little hand let
me talk you through it so you’ve got this really thick fluffy pita and
inside we ordered the pork souvlaki so souvlaki is meat which is cooked on a
skewer so you’ve got the chunks of pork souvlaki there there’s big juicy bits of
tomato there’s yogurt there’s parsley some red onions sliced really finely a
little bit of chilli salt and pepper so really really simple let’s get into it mmm
holy moly that was the perfect first bite the pork has a lot of texture a lot
of flavour it’s very smoky and that pita very smoky as well and very fluffy a little bit chewy so it’s got a great
texture, the zing of those freshly sliced onions just add a real delicious hit the tomatoes are so juicy wow it’s brilliant it’s simple and it’s packed full of flavour and Kostas is using his
grandfather’s recipe so his grandfather opened this little what was then a just a
little window selling this dish back in 1950 and 65 years later he’s still
serving up that same recipe that’s a heritage dish right there now that was a great way of starting
this day of eating so souvlaki pita here super common but what you’ll
normally find is a bit of a different take on it they put potato chips in
there so french fries inside the wrap that one’s really really traditional so
super natural super clean flavors it was truly amazing and I love this setup it
was the most tidy together setup I’ve ever seen for a street food seller really
well done he was just super efficient efficient yeah loved it
that was a brilliant start, next stop our next stop is the last surviving
dairy bar in Athens so back in the 1960s there used to be over 1500 of these
traditional dairy bars where people would stop by to grab their milk their
yogurt have a coffee have some dessert but that
tradition is dying out and this place is the last man standing we’re here to eat
some Greek yogurt now anything dairy gets me incredibly
excited so when we booked tickets to Greece the first thing on my mind was
Greek yogurt and check this out this is insane so this is some incredible
looking Greek yogurt covered in honey and some really fresh looking walnuts all
just broken up on top of there and we’ve also ordered some some well cream off
the top really this is what’s skimmed off the top and it’s covered in that
same honey again but I’m gonna start with the Greek yogurt and those those
walnuts and honey mixture ohhh look how creamy it looks get some walnuts missing
the walnuts ohhhhh oh my god ohhhhh I’ve just gone to yogurt heaven that is incredible
it is the creamiest yogurt I’ve ever had and it’s really nice and sour so any
sweetness it’s got is from the from the honey not from the yoghurt itself so I
don’t think the yogurt would be sweetened at all let’s get some more it’s really sour and tangy so I believe this is a sheep’s milk yogurt so it’s
got that extra tanginess from that like nothing else I’ve ever eaten Sheena spoke before about how there used to be thousands of these types of shops
I don’t know how there isn’t still thousands because that is incredible
I’d be eating that every day if I lived here ohhhh the flavor it’s unreal let’s try
this this cream on top once again with that honey all over it look at that
oozy honey it’s a nice runny honey Wow flavour is completely different
there that’s got a real creamy texture so it tastes like whipped cream actually
the texture’s like a whipped cream that’s not been taken all the way and that is
unreal as well I’m gonna go again look at the honey just glistening on it oh man it’s like eating a glass of cream the most silky smooth cream you’ve ever
tasted and then once again the sweetness is just coming from the honey unbelievable, the yogurt I think is not gonna last long that’s gonna get it’s very rich so it’s gonna be great for us to share that it’s gonna be hard
to finish that by yourself but the yogurt is so light and so fresh and tangy it’s going down a treat Athens is a city just full of history
and culture so so far the food today has been had a great bit of history
behind it one place was opened in 1950 the other place opened in 1931 next up
we’re going for loukoumades at a place that’s been around for almost a hundred
years and then you’ve got this sort of history so right behind me is a cemetary
and that was first created in the ninth century BC and was used until the third
century AD incredible history in this place it’s an amazing city and the food
culture here is pretty incredible so there is a history and a food culture
dating back three and a half to four thousand years it’s unreal numbers we’ve ordered up our loukoumades and
these are as fresh as fresh gets they came straight out of the hot oil so
check them out they’re basically a Greek doughnut I suppose so deep fried dough
covered in a honey syrup there’s a lot of crushed walnuts over the top and also
cinnamon and the smell ohhhh it’s heavenly I’ve just gotta dive right in, wow okay so the loukoumades is really soft it’s not
dense and doughy at all it’s very crispy it seems amazing they are light as air they
shatter when you bite into them because they’ve got this really crispy outer and
the inside is really pillowy the honey syrup is really sweet and there’s a
beautiful fragrance from that cinnamon the walnuts also add a really great
crunch I can’t get over how light and fluffy
they are they are a great texture and loukoumades are a really popular Greek
sweet treat and I can totally see why this place has been churning loukoumades out since 1923 so it’s a bit of an institution we had a walk around the old town of
Plaka and up near the Acropolis to work up an appetite for our next spot we’re
off to eat a meze feast now meze is made up of small dishes really
savoury small dishes they can be hot or cold and you
snack on them over drinks we ate here the other day and it was amazing this is a
really traditional place there’s a lot of meze places all around the city
especially in the centre you’ll find a lot of very touristy places this place
is not touristy at all and the meze is incredible most of our meze has arrived and this is one good looking spread so let me talk you through what we ordered this here is
saganaki which is fried cheese it comes with some olives and some pickled
chilies this here is tzatziki the famous Greek dip made of strained
yogurt and cucumber there’s a whole lot of olive oil chucked over the top there
too, marinated anchovies one of my absolute faves, this here is a behemoth of
a Greek salad so cucumber, red onion, oregano, capsicum
tomato and a whole slab of feta, our fresh calamari has arrived
that’s deep fried calamari or squid let me just pop that there ohhh it smells real good and then we’ve got a little pitcher of wine which I’m just gonna pour look at that and
then some freshly toasted bread to go with it all and I absolutely love this style of eating, you just pick away slowly, have some drinks it’s a really
social way of eating let’s get into the time critical food first so the saganaki
I’m gonna get that lemon juice all over it and you don’t want it to cool down
otherwise it will turn a little bit squeaky so I’m just gonna get this bit
right here oh yeah
fried cheese I mean no word can explain how good it is right, it’s just very
lightly floured, there’s a whole range of different types of cheeses for saganaki I’m not really too sure what that is but it’s very salty very pungent and it
goes perfectly with these pickled chilies not overly spicy but very very vinegary
and tangy they sort of cut through the the saltiness of the cheese but now the
other dish that’s gonna cool down really quick the calamari but first of all
how juicy are the lemons? We’ve got this lemon tree at our Airbnb and we’ve
been grabbing lemons off of that and they are just full of juice and so so tangy
oh they’re out of this world all right let’s get this lovely bit here perfectly fried the squid is still super
tender that flouring on the outside the batter is really crisp and crunchy and
it’s well seasoned so it’s got a lot of flavour mmmm this is a truly spectacular way
to eat food I love that the dishes are quite small so you can get a massive
spread they’re all very affordable as well so you don’t feel like you know
you’re restricted in just getting a big spread of different things and that’s
why we’ve got this brilliant makeup with the salad and the fish dishes and the
dip and the cheese we’re really able to sort of go to town let’s get some of
this tzatziki oh wow oh it’s super creamy it’s got a really strong parsley taste and that
olive oil on the top it’s really coming through strong it’s actually oddly a
little bit of a chilli taste but I think that might be coming from the olive oil
so it might be quite a spicy olive oil so has a real zing to it definitely one
of the more interesting prepared dishes on the table for me
are these anchovies so they’re pickled in vinegar but they’re pickled with
chilli and parsley you can see that all over them and they’ve been drenched in
olive oil and so that pickling gives them a
beautiful tangy flavour I absolutely love these little guys anchovies sort of
any form are good they’re just an amazing wee fish and this particular way it
works really well so these are these aren’t hot so these can just sit
and you just pick away at them really really good and something I’m just
really getting a flavour for in my mouth is that tzat, tzatziki that
I had before the spiciness is not from the olive oil it’s garlic I’m getting a
huge garlic hit now anchovies are incredible let’s assemble
the ultimate mouthful of Greek salad all right I just want cucumber, red onion, feta also a huge chunk of this tomato Wow again it’s the produce that’s the hero
so you can really taste the sunshine almost in those tomatoes, the feta is
very very creamy, the onions very bright and vivid and as is the cucumber like
it’s very simply dressed it’s literally olive oil and then the dried oregano over it but
that’s all it needs because the produce is of such good quality this place is awesome
it’s just packed full of locals it’s just a lot of old guys sitting here
having a beer, snacking on some small plates this is exactly the type of eating
that Thomas and I love to do when we’re travelling