Hytra Athens Restaurant

Hytra Restaurant

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Hytra Athens Restaurant

The Design

Hytra brings its 12 years of culinary heritage to the Onassis Cultural Centre. Having opened in 2004 in the gritty suburb of Psirri, it received its first Michelin Star in 2010. Re-locating to the Onassis Centre in 2012, it has created a warm and inviting ambience. The Diversity Architectural Group designed its bar and adjoining bistro, which was inspired by old Greek basket weaving techniques. 

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Hytra Athens Restaurant

Prime Location

Located on the top floor of the Onassis Cultural Centre, approximately 3 kilometres from the city centre, it is the perfect location to enjoy an innovative menu that reimagines traditional Greek flavours. In the warmer months, you can dine al fresco on the 7th floor, with spectacular views across Athens to the Acropolis. 

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Hytra Athens Restaurant

The Bar

The bar services both the fine dining restaurant and bistro. Designed as a social space, it successfully merges a mixed crowd of tourists, locals and business executives. Their inviting signature cocktail list incorporates Greek herbs and spices, traditional syrups, spirits and liqueurs. The ‘Marine Pleasure’ with Mastiha liqueur, sourced from the Aegean island of Chios has won various awards. 

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Hytra Athens Restaurant

The Chef

Executive Chef Tassos Mantis leads a dynamic culinary team. Dedicated to sourcing the best local ingredients, Mantis imparts his creative flare on traditional Greek flavours. Mantis has worked and trained at haute cuisine restaurants including the three Michelin starred ‘Hov Van Cleve’ in Brussels and Funky Gourmet in Athens. He has created a local stir with his deconstructed ‘Spanakorizo’ (spinach, rice, dill and lemon) that has reimagined a cultural favourite.

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Hytra Athens Restaurant

The Food

A true celebration of the raw materials Greece has to offer from the olive oils and produce to the meat and seafood. The dishes are pearls of Modern Greek cuisine. The menu explains that it is ‘bringing new ideas to the table’ and with the ‘eggplant ice cream,’ you can’t argue with that. You have the choice of dining a la carte or eating from a generous eight or fourteen course degustation menu, beautifully paired with Greek wines or signature cocktails. They also provide an ‘Eat Green’ vegetarian degustation menu. 

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Hytra Athens Restaurant

The Wines

Your palette will travel all over Greece with the beautifully curated wine list provided by the very talented wine sommelier, Ioanna Tsiami. From an Assyrtiko in Santorini or a Savatiano in Attica, Greek wines are sophisticated. From the delicate and aromatic, to the earthy and full-bodied, they are grabbing the attention of international connoisseurs. Each degustation course has been well matched and the wines compliment the menu beautifully. 

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Hytra Athens Restaurant

Casual Elegance

Despite the fact that you are experiencing fine dining at its best, there is an overall relaxed vibe with the intimate dining room, stoneware dinner plates and attentive service. Starting at less than 60 euros for the eight-course degustation menu (excluding wines and cocktails) we think it is exceptional gourmet value. 

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Hytra Athens Restaurant

The Bistro

The bistro is a perfect introduction to the food at Hytra. Tables surrounding the bar provide a slightly more casual and vibrant atmosphere. Select from the ‘Hytra Apla’ menu that taps into a local street food vibe, created under the supervision of chef Mantis. You can share several starters over cocktails or enjoy larger meals. 

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On-line booking for Hytra: You can secure a table online here in English

We would like to thank the management at Hytra for their assistance and hospitality. This post was not sponsored in any way and as always, all opinions are our own.

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