The MICHELIN Guide Athens 2021 was unveiled today, 19 November. It is published in digital format only – you can view the listings here on the website and on the free MICHELIN Guide iOS and Android apps.
Two Restaurants Newly Awarded One Michelin Star
CTC was added to the MICHELIN Guide 5 years ago and has recently moved to a new location. Experienced chef-owner Alexandros Tsiotinis leads guests on an 11 course ‘Voyage’ which takes in Greece’s culinary history and blends bold flavours with subtle innovation and originality. His enthusiastic serving team also help to create a charming and truly memorable all-round experience.
A new addition to the 2021 Guide, Pelagos is run by Head Chef Luca Piscazzi, who formerly led the team at Two Michelin-Starred La Dame de Pic in London. This stylish, understated restaurant is set within the Astir Palace Hotel, on the Vouliagmeni Peninsula, and boasts stunning sea views. Seafood-based cooking blends refined French techniques with prime Mediterranean ingredients and is characterised by creativity, sophistication and bold yet harmonious flavours.
Retaining their Stars for another year are Spondi (Two Michelin Stars) and Botrini's, Hytra and Varoulko Seaside; all One Michelin Star.
One Restaurant Newly Awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand
Two restaurants – Nolan and Oikeîo – retain their Michelin Bib Gourmand for 2021. Joining them is Cerdo Negro 1985, a new addition to the guide.
At this small taverna, brothers Konstantinos and Yiorgos have combined their Greek heritage with a passion for Spanish cuisine, and their great value, generously portioned dishes – mostly cooked over a wood fire – are packed with flavour. The brothers are wonderful hosts and, with the music turned up loud, there’s a buzzy vibe to the place.
Five Restaurants Added to the Main Selection
- Aleria sits within a carefully restored mind-19C former residence and the jewel in its crown is its lovely walled garden. Classic Greek ingredients are showcased in interesting, colourful combinations.
- At Le Pavillon, the chef-owner welcomes every diner personally. Seafood-focused cooking respects classic techniques but flavours are more delicate than the typical bold Mediterranean style.
- Okio has a cool atmosphere and a laid-back vibe. Touches of originality are added to traditional Mediterranean recipes to create vibrant dishes with some bold Asian flavours; fish and shellfish are a focus.
- Splendid art deco Athénée has been loving restored by a family team and is once again a place to be seen. It opens all day and serves something for everyone, from Greek classics to sushi and afternoon tea.
- Annie Fine Cooking is a homely, colourfully decorated neighbourhood restaurant which spills out into the tree-lined street. Cooking celebrates the country’s produce, with natural flavours and a distinct balance of sweet and sour shining through.
Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides