• by XpatAthens
  • Thursday, 05 February 2015
Sushi Saturday

At the tail end of a very busy January, with terrible weather and winter blahs - and in the midst of some serious political drama - Saturday arrived with sunshine, warm air and nothing to do. These are the best days - no plan, no schedule, no worries. What does one do on days when one doesn't know what to do? Why, one goes for sushi.

I sent out a Whatsapp message to a friend, and it came back with a ‘Let’s go!’, so we headed toward Syntagma and what has quickly become Athens’ staple sushi restaurant – Koi Sushi Bar.

I’ve written about Koi before. This is probably the most affordable sushi/Japanese eatery in town, with great prices and a simple menu (and as of this week, open in Kifisia!). I’ve been there quite a few times, and always leave stuffed and smiling at the number on the bill. There are some fantastic sushi restaurants in Athens – but for price and value, Koi can’t be beat. Take note: it can get very crowded, especially on weekends, so be prepared to wait. Cash only.

On the way home from the restaurant, right around the corner in fact, I walked by a little shop that I have never noticed before: Soya Athens. It turns out that Soya Athens has been around since 2005 and supplies an amazing range of authentic Japanese food products (foods, drinks, Sake, etc.) as well as tableware, kitchen utensils, etc. The shop is very cute and packed with great stuff. And they even have an online shop. The best surprise is their sushi club, where members can learn how to prepare sushi from a pro!

So Saturday turned into a ‘virtual visit’ to Japan – Arigatou gozaimasu...

Koi Sushi Bar
Nikis 15, Syntagma
210 321 1099

Soya Athens
Apollonos 33, Syntagma
210 323 6324

Until next week,



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