During our stay in Athens at the Herodion Hotel we spoilt ourselves with an incredible dinner at POINT a, the elegant roof top bar and restaurant which is located on the 5th floor of the hotel. It was our final night in Europe before we were flying back to Australia and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend our evening than indulging in delicious Mediterranean cuisine, sipping on unique, delicious cocktails and enjoying an uninterrupted view of the Acropolis and Parthenon.
The restaurant is incredibly sophisticated and stylish yet offers a wonderful, relaxed atmosphere. Set on a wooden deck floor with stylish furniture and breathtaking views we guarantee you will want to spend your entire night up here! The roof top boasts breathtaking views of the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum and we were able to watch a magical sunset over the Acropolis. We’re convinced that POINT a has without a doubt, one of the best, uninterrupted views of the Acropolis in all of Athens!
POINT has an extensive menu of unique and delicious cocktails and serves delicious Mediterranean cuisine with traditional Greek influences. We loved the very clever Greek names of the cocktails and spent a good 15 minutes trying to make up our minds as they all sounded so delicious! I opted for The Kraken which was a wonderful combination of Cachaca, Mastiha, Gin, Pineapple puree, Grapefruit juice, Hibiscus infused agave, Fresh lemon juice, M.B. Apricot liquor, Ginger water and Grapefruit bitter!
Dan chose well with his Olympic Flame as his cocktail came with tapas on top which we were very impressed with. The Olympic Flame comprised of Sailor Jerry rum, Bacardi, Fresh lemon juice, Strawberry puree, Chamomile syrup infused with spices, M.B. cacao liquor, Basil and Fig marmalade. It was topped with a loukoumas which was described to us a Greek Donut and was filled with manouri cream cheese and topped with honey and sesame seeds, it was the epitome of delicious!
As we were enjoying our cocktails, what we thought was a centrepiece for the table arrived. The centrepiece was a small gold tree with branches, leaves and olives. We were encouraged to pull the olives off and were blown away to discover that they were actually green olive oil sorbet and olive ice cream which had been designed to look exactly like a real olive. We were amazed and savoured the rich, smooth flavour which was delicate in taste and an unforgettable start to the meal! We were also served fresh, rustic wholemeal bread with olive oil.
For our entrees I chose the Loukoumades as I was so impressed with the one which Dan was served as a tapa with his cocktail. My ‘Greek donut’ was mouthwateringly delicious, filled with manouri cream cheese and topped with honey and sesame seeds. I literally could have eaten about 10 they were so good, although I’m sure my waistline wouldn’t like that too much.
Dan opted for the Lamb Kebabs for his entree whcih were beautifully presented, perfectly cooked and were finished with a delicious pistachio crust.
Every single bite of our meal to date had been perfectly cooked, beautifully presented and left us wondering about just how the next course could possibly compare. I’m happy to say that our mains did compare and were again, uniquely and delightfully presented and tasted amazing. The wonderful sommelier who had an excellent knowledge of both Greek and International wines, assisted us in choosing the perfect wines to pair with our main courses.
Dan is a big pork lover and so for his main course chose the Caprico which was pork grilled on lemon leaves and served with lemon curd. The chef at POINT a hails from Crete and so this recipe came all the way from Crete to Athens and it was so good that Dan didn’t say a single word until his plate was empty!
We’d been lucky enough to enjoy some incredible seafood during our travels around the Mediterranean and most recently through Greece on Kos, Santorini, Paros & Mykonos! I wanted to finish our time in Greece with seafood and so chose the Fried Cod Tempura which was served with beetroot and a lemon aioli sauce. The beetroot was fresh and wonderfully sweet and the lemon aioli sauce paired perfectly with both the cod and beetroot. It was beautifully presented and if it is possible tasted even better than it looked!
After so much incredible food we weren’t sure if we’d both manage to fit dessert in and so decided to share a Black Lemon. The black lemon was a delicious lemon sorbet coated in a dark chocolate shell and was the perfect combination of sweet and sour to end our evening.
I truly cannot think of a better way to have spent our final night in both Athens and Europe. Whilst we were excited to be moving across the world to Australia and starting our lives there we were full of mixed feelings after having an incredible few years in the UK and an unfortgettable few months travelling around Europe. Our evening at POINT a allowed us to relax, soak in everything Athens had to offer and enjoy a wonderful evening together filled with sensational Mediterranean cuisine with a twist.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend POINT a to anyone seeking an excellent restaurant where you’ll be looked after from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave and be treated to a night of unforgettable cuisine and drinks whilst you soak up the incredible views of the Acropolis and Parthenon. In addition we found both the food and drinks menus to be very reasonably priced with our meal and drinks coming to less than €90 which we were very pleased with, especially with the view we are treated to from the restaurant and the excellent service we received.
“POINT a is more than a restaurant, it is an experience not to be missed”
Rovertou Galli 4
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