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12 March 2009

Café Abyssinia

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Café Abyssinia in Monastiraki

Chloe from has some of the best food pictures (and generally some of the most beautiful blog pictures) around. She also has a recommendation for the Καφέ Αβυσηνία (Café Abyssinia) on her Things I Like page. Yesterday, wanting to go to a new place for once, I went there with good friends.

The place is truly beautiful. Loved the look of it from the start. It was almost empty when I arrived and it stayed more or less that way till we left. OK, we were a little bit early for Greek eating habits, but still it made me wonder.

The food was quite good, the right mix of the usual dishes, variations and old traditional stuff that you won't find so often. Subtly seasoned, good taste. What we didn't like so much was the prices. OK, it's a nice place, with a great atmosphere... but come on! More than 60% more expensive than some of the place we usually go to?

We didn't even take some of the more expensive food choices and still the bill was a bit striking. They also have the lousy habit of making the portions really small. 4 slices of grilled Χαλούμι (Haloumi - a very nice cheece from Cyprus) for something like 6-7 Euro? It's not that I can't afford it, but I start to feel like "they touch my ass" as they say in Greek ("σου πιάνουν τον κώλο" - approximately "they take your money and make fun of you on top of it").

I wonder if it's really worth for them to have the shop empty and make their money with some tourists and the weekend nights when they probably have more work. With a little bit more logical prices I'd go there more often. Anyway, if you're in for a night where the eye eats as well as the mouth and don't mind to spend a bit more, the Address is: Café Abyssinia, Kynetou 7 (Plateia Avyssinias), Monastiraki, Tel. 2103217047.

As for the picture: Chloe's blog really got me inspired to try a little bit harder on my own photography. This morning I discovered that two of the pictures I had taken could be linked to a panorama (with a piece of free / open source software called hugin), so that's what I did... you can click on the picture for a somewhat bigger view.

Posted by betabug at 12:04 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
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Re: Café Abyssinia

Abyssinia is one of our favourite places (wife & I). I agree with you that they are a little on the expensive side but personally, I have never had a problem with the quality of the food and a lot of places around Monastiraki are NOT very consistent. Apart from a transisional period a couple of years ago, they have been a very consistent and well kept establishment.

One thing you might have missed which makes this place a well kept secret: did you dine upstairs or downstairs?

If you were downstairs, I recomend you visit again and sit upstairs. "You will remember me" (θα με θυμηθείς) as they say in Greek.

Posted by: aris at March 13,2009 19:34
Re: Café Abyssinia

Actually I had checked out the place upstairs, but I prefered the more "airy" atmosphere downstairs. I can imagine that most places around Monastiraki are not really on the quality side of restaurants and the Abyssinia sure is a safe and nice choice there.

Posted by: betabug at March 13,2009 19:44
Re: Café Abyssinia

This is a very good blog post! Keeping blogging!

Posted by: Brianna at March 16,2009 05:07
Re: Café Abyssinia

Thank you Brianna! Hope you had a good grade for your work on Athens, I think that you did a very good job there!

Posted by: betabug at March 17,2009 14:12
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