Dining at Funky Gourmet is a great experience in many aspects. First of all the restaurant is located off the beaten track, a few blocks from Metaxourghio metro station in the center of Athens. Then it has no signs at all on the outside indicating a restaurant, but only a discreet doorman ready to let you in if you have booked a table.
Funky Gourmet’s dishes are innovative and creative, very creative. They resemble new Nordic cuisine in some aspects, yet with a very Mediterranean touch. Bread is served as a dish paired with beer to combine both products’ yeasty flavours, clever. What comes to menus, you can choose between 2 degustation menus (short and long version) and a choice menu (2 different choices for starter, main and dessert + surprise side dishes and an optional cheese course). Current menus can be checked online.
Thepickytraveller took the choice menu and the most memorable dish was a surprise side course: Greek salad in the form of white granita looking like snow (see picture above), with small shovels as spoons. It really tasted like Greek salad and was totally unexpected (molecular gastronomy at its best!). Main course (Beef cheeks and its pairing) was also very interesting with different seasonings, each one totally changing the taste of the dish. Cheese course was disappointing though (what is this vanilla brioche exactly for…?) and dessert copious with maybe a bit too much ice cream.
Staff was friendly aside from a quite stiff sommelier. One special thing to note: the restaurant clearly informs you in the booking confirmation of the time frame within you are allowed to complete your meal before the table has to be freed for next customers. This leads to rather fast service and short waiting times between courses (nice), but also kind of a rush towards the end of the meal with the feeling of a ticking clock (not so nice). No time left for an espresso to finish.