As the world awaits the results of the 130 million euro bailout to Greece, the local Chabad Shliach Rabbi Mendel Hendel increased his investment in the Jewish infrastructure and opened a new Kosher restaurant in the nation's capital.
Gostijo was the name chosen for the restaurant. The word, which is derived from the Ladino language, refers to a meal prepared specifically to be sent to a neighbor.
The new restaurant which features a full meat menu with Sefardi delicacies from local and international cuisines has already attracted the attention of local news outlets and international bloggers.
The "Athens Magazine," a prominent magazine geared for the young and hip professionals in Athens carried the headline "Gostijo: Are you ready to discover the Jewish kitchen?" and described the food and service of the new restaurant.
"The Daily Secret - Athens In English", a blogger which dedicates himself to give you each day "one amazing secret about your city and asks that you share it only with close friends" was all praises about the new restaurant he discovered:
L'Chaim! We discovered what must be the only Kosher restaurant in all of Athens!
Hidden away in Psyrri, Gostijo serves delicious food prepared in accordance with the rules of the Jewish religion, namely: absolute cleanliness, carefully segmented preparation between meat and dairy and, of course, no pork.
Apart from being Kosher, Gostijo's food also takes you on a delicious trip down the Mediterranean coast! Stop in to try the chickpea-based falafel, the eggplant and fried tofu (brought in especially from Israel!), meatballs in four different types of sauce, and sfougato (an airy omelette with vegetables).
Whatever you do don't miss out on the house specialty, huevos jaminados, which are cooked for an entire night with onion peels. Try it and think of us!