Category: Athens

Liondi

June 29
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Although vegans can eat at Liondi, I don’t recommend you do. It’s not that the restaurant is bad – it isn’t. It’s just that there are other more tasty and less expensive options for Greek dining in Athens. 

The Food:

Do not be fooled by their large vegetarian menu, there are very few vegan options. Gemista, a very typical Greek dish consisting of a stuffed pepper and tomato with rice, was the best vegan option they offered. So thats what I had. Paired with a side Greek salad (sans cheese), there was more than enough food to last 2 meals. The gamiest was delicious, cooked full of flavor and served with a side of Greek potatoes (yum!). The salad lacked spices and thus flavor, when compared to Greek salads elsewhere in Athens. 

Masina

Greek, (few) Vegan & Gluten Free Options
September 8
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To say that my excitement was built up about this restaurant and then shattered would be an understatement. I had heard that the food was great and that there were lots of vegan options. Unfortunately, my experience at Masina was nothing short of disappointment. 

I will agree with those that think that the vibe at Masina is great. Because it is. The decor is lovely and speaks of Greek authenticity. As well, the staff at this restaurant do deserve credit for being lovely, inviting and attentive. However, that is where the positives end.

Upon entering Masina’s, I discovered that my options for food were extremely limited. Greek food has so many naturally vegan dishes that are extremely delicious, so I was very disappointed to find out that this restaurant did not have most of them. Dishes that I’ve grown to love over my last couple years spent in Greece, like Dolmades or Gigantes Plaki, were nowhere to be found. Instead, I settled on Greek salad without the feta, which can be found at (almost) any restaurant in Greece and it was pretty standard.

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