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Le Grand Café d’Athènes: the new buzzing bistro in the 10th

The Grand Cafe D Athenes restaurant inside room in Paris

© Sophia van den Hoek

It’s the new hot eating venue everyone is talking about. The Filakia gang has just opened the perfect Mediterranean bistro on Faubourg Saint-Denis— smack in the new wave of hot trendy spots all over Athens.

The beach is never very far...

The idea of Chloé and Benjamin was born from a simple fantasy which did not exist in Paris: finding all the animation and delights of Antiparos taverns and holidays in Greece with a typically Parisian atmosphere.

Check out the equation of coolness = the best Greek salad of Paris + super colourful plates made by a small Greek artisan + nicknacks picked up in tag sales + very attentive service—all in a stylish atmosphere, designed by Studio Parisien. In short: the holiday must we all dream of!

Greek mama cuisine … but better !

You are at the best Greek in Paris. And with reason. CheffeChloé Monchalin (trained by Pascal Barbot, Joël Robuchon, Michel Troisgros) signs a series of small signature dishes to be shared around a magnum of rosé, a bottle of good natural wine, a sparkling lemonade or a Greek-style Spritz. Mamma mia!

Normal, Chloé has nabbed all the family recipes from her Greek mother-in-law, sourced with the best Greek products.  And the result is tops.

An outstanding menu

A terrific salad (€10), tzatziki from outer space (€5), amazing olives, fab courgette fritters, grilled lamb chops “by the kilo” as a group (70 per kilo), and let’s not forget the good old kebab sandwich or its veggie version (18), mussels with spicy tomato sauce (13), melt-in-the mouth squid in a potato salad (13), crunchy fries, or feta psiti (7)and baby mint that transports you on the spot to the beach.

For dessert: the frosty Greek yogurt (7) might make your head spin, just like the loukoumades” (10), these famous hot fritters to be dipped in a chocolate sauce.

Yummy breakfasts

You like coffee? Well, you’ve hit the right spot: here there is culture! Served “Greek style”, prepared on the spot with the coffee grounds— in freddo cappuccino, espresso or iced coffee mode—each person’s taste will be satisfied.

To be tasted in the morning starting at 8h30am: koulourias, these amazing small golden breads with sesame to be smeared with house tahini, a plate of fresh fruit or a Greek yogurt with pistachio granola. A series of musts even when you have a hangover.

 

Open every day from 8 :30 am to 11pm.

Also discover: Filaka, the ultimate high of the Greek sandwich and Yaya, the Greek table of Juan Arbelaez finally in Paris.

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