First things first: I had no idea what molecular gastronomy is until Maria talked to me about it a few years ago! With photos! And excitement! And then she shared the bill amount and I lost interest for a while! But humans tend to overspend when they want to celebrate a special occasion and so did I the other day!
What is molecular gastronomy?
In very simple words: Molecular Gastronomy blends physics and chemistry to transform the tastes and textures of food. It’s a style of cuisine, in which chefs explore culinary possibilities by borrowing tools from the science lab and ingredients from the food industry, resulting in a modern cuisine with unexpected results.
What is Funky Gourmet?
Funky Gourmet is an award winning (including some Michelin stars) restaurant specialising in molecular gastronomy since 2009. The dishes are mostly based on traditional greek recipes. With the necessary twist of course! It must be the best restaurant in Athens and TripAdvisor seems to agree, as it’s been awarded as such for a few years in a row!
Where is it?
Funky Gourmet is located in the Keramikos neighbourhood of Athens (more details at the bottom of this post). The restaurant is housed in a neoclassical building, surrounded by similar beautiful buildings in a small pedestrian street oozing with old athenian charm!
Its interior is muted and minimal.
What about the food?
The star of the show is, of course, the food and its presentation!
Let’s have a look at some of their dishes!
And last but not least, the dessert that I had: The Chocolate Explosion! It’s chocolate “pearls” filled with orange, that you should eat with your mouth closed, so as to avoid any accidents/embarassment! Have a quick look at how it’s presented! Very impressive!
How much does all this cost?
3 different menus are there to choose from, in various prices, ranging from the Choice Menu at 90€ to the Degustation Menu 1 with wine and drink pairing at 240€ (both prices per person)! You can choose 1 of the 3 menus with or without the wine and drink pairing and the price will change accordingly. They can, also, adjust the food of the menu based on your dietary requirements.
I know what you’re thinking! It’s EXPENSIVE! I know! That’s what i thought, too, when Maria was talking to me about it with excitement the first time! I loved the idea, but I put it in the back of my mind. Until I had a special occasion to celebrate.
It truly is a unique experience and everything (from the food to the service) was excellent! I do use TripAdvisor every now and then, but since anyone can submit a review, it surely is not a perfect tool to judge. But the fact that Funky Gourmet has been ranked among the 25 best restaurants in the world for 3 years in a row (top 10 in 2013 even!) on tripadvisor.com says a lot about it!
As in 2016, it is the only restaurant in Athens that offers molecular gastronomy and it’s (one of) the best places to dine in the city without a doubt!
Would you be willing to spend such an amount for this experience or do you think it’s not worth it?
Address: Paramithias 13 & Salaminos, Keramikos, Athens, Greece
Telephone: +30 210 5242727