The Athenian: Greek Beer and Gyros

After J and I returned from Santorini, we did not expect to guzzle Greek beers until we eventually headed back some day – maybe to explore the Acropolis in Athens or monasteries in Meteora that balance upon tall rock outcrops. However, when we got wind of Greek beers at The Athenian in London, we made time to go and check out the casual Greek eatery. Read on for our thoughts on The Athenian Greek beer and the food below. 

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The Athenian has a few branches in the UK. In London, you can find these Greek eats in Victoria, Shoreditch and Elephant & Castle and the Southbank Food Market. The newest location is Tooting, but we stopped by The Athenian White City in the middle of a Saturday afternoon. The open-plan Athenian was comfortable and full of light. The benches along the wall even had blankets to use in winter, but with lovely July weather, a few visitors decided to dine out front.

The Athenian Greek Beer & Gyros - London

At the recommendation of Panos, the friendly manager, we selected our Greek craft beers for the afternoon. Fix came first, followed by Argo, Chios and Fix Dark. I have to confess that my own beer palate is quite limited, but Fix was a nice light summer beer that went down smoothly. J thought the  Argo Golden Ale tasted a bit more like an Amber, and although I enjoyed the first taste, I thought it had the aftertaste of a copper penny. I also enjoyed the cloudy Chios wheat beer and found the Fix Dark beer surprisingly sippable. 

The Athenian Greek Beer, Gyros & Courgette Fritters - London

If you need some food to soak up The Athenian Greek beer, you’re in luck. We weren’t sure what to expect when we ordered these courgette fritters, made with courgette, milk, eggs and feta cheese. The outside was perfectly crispy, but I couldn’t taste the tangy feta, and the rest of the ingredients are quite mild in taste. If you want something cheesy, just dive right in and order the cheese croquettes, instead. 

The Athenian Gyros & Greek Beer - London

We also ordered on pork gyro and a combination beef-lamb souvlaki. They both came in a pita, served with chips (aka: fries) and salad vegetables, with a cool, refreshing yogurt sauce. The difference? The pork gyro meat was shaved from a cone of meat that was turned over the fire on a spit. My ‘beef-lamb’ burger wrap was more like a sausage in the pita. My advice? Go for the gyro!

The Athenian Greek Beer & Gyros - London

We loved the concept of The Athenian, which was nicely illustrated on their tray paper liner.  Even though the food was made to order, it came out quickly, and Panos was very kind. The Athenian in London is a good place to go when you’d like casual Greek food done well – or if you have just returned from holiday in Greece and you need a tasty top up.
 The Athenian Greek Beer & Gyros - London

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