On the 21st of June, the longest day of the year and the start of the summer, Marianne and I attended a celebration dinner on the occasion of the 6th month anniversary of Travel Bloggers Greece held at Mana’s Kouzina-Kouzina.It was an inspiring, energetic and beautiful evening as we were in de company of our fellow TBG bloggers and photographer in a beautiful setting enjoying delicious food. For Travel Blogging, this night was all about Teamwork. As for Greece; what could represent Greece more than being in great company enjoying great food. Fellow blogger Rebecca from Life Beyond Border captured this in her article in a few words: ‘We love Greece and we want to promote it’
Is this restaurant with the word ‘Mum or Mother’ in it’s name family friendly ? YES. Mana’s Kouzina-Kouzina (Mothers Kitchen-Kitchen!) serves exactly what a mother wants to feed her children! Healthy delicious dishes from local produced products. This restaurant cooks the way Greek mother and Greek grandmothers traditionally cooked. To me, a Dutch-Italian mother living in Greece for almost 20 years, Mana’s Kouzina-Kouzina represents the very essence of Greek food tradition. Our Greek fellow blogger Christos from A Greek Adventure has described this, as only a Greek can do, in his review here .
The restaurant is located in the center of Athens on Agia Eirini Square and has a view on the Acropolis (!) Is serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (different menu’s) and the menu is changed on a weekly basis. This way you can try something different each visit and this place will never get bored. The traditional dishes come from villages and islands from all over Greece. The kitchen is specialized in traditional magirefta, slow-cooked & baked dishes in traditional pots from all over Greece. This is the perfect opportunity for you and your family to learn more about Greek food and even the areas that they are from. As a mother of 2 very good eaters, I am positive that all children love the Greek pasta, the meat balls, the Greek Pancakes, the Pies and the Mousaka.
Chef Dimitris was explaining us so much about the ingredients and the traditions, do talk to him when you visit with your family! The same goes for owner Stefanos who was there to explain us everything about the philosophy of his restaurant and the way food is prepared. What I also liked is the fact that there are only Greek products here, both food and drinks. Your children will love the Greek lemonades, soda and soft drinks. How promising to see a fridge full of Greek liquors, wines, beers instead of the usual international one! The set-up of the open kitchen allows your children to see the dishes being prepared and ready. Ordering is so much easier when children can actually see the food. The dishes can be adapted to children and small portions are served.
This is a list of the food that we tried:
Chef Dimitris Aivaliotis
- Kiltiritsia from Kvala – Beef meatballs stuffed with bulghur and paprika
- Amorgiano Patatato Moschari – Beef with potatoes in a ceramic pot
- Revithia Sifnos – Made with mint and Korinthian raisins
- Kalogiros of Naxos – Ground Naxian beef with vegetables and graviera cheese
- Mousaka with grilled vegetables
- Kokoras Bardouniotikos – Rooster with mitzithira cheese from Mani
- Artichokes ala Polita
- Flomaria Greek pasta with octopus, ouzo and greens from Limnos island
- Cretan boureki with ksinomizithra cheese, anthotiro cheese, mint from Hania
- Stuffed zucchini filled with Greek rice, mint, and tomatoes from Crete
- Dolmadakia stuffed grape leaves
- Sfakiani Greek Pancake with Mitzitra cheese and honey sauce prepared with ouzo
- Handmade pasta from Pontos with beef and tomato yoghurt sauce and spices
- Pondus spinach pie
- Meat pie with graviera cheese in homemade filo
More family friendliness: it’s location. Near to Monasteraki train station on a pedestrianized area with a beautiful church across from the restaurant. Children can safely run around and play. I felt that I was on a village square instead of in a big city. Fellow blogger Marissa described it on her blog as ‘like you are in a Greek mom’s kitchen in some village.’
An excursion to the Acropolis or any of the other nearby highlights of Athens, can be easily combined with a stop for breakfast lunch or dinner at Mana’s Kouzina-Kouzina.
A final very positive (family friendly) aspect of Mana’s Kouzina-Kouzina’s : it’s price list! Bravo to this restaurant’s management for keeping its prices so low. Great value for money. For 10e p.p. one can eat a home cooked meal of excellent quality.
Thank you TBG and Mana’s Kouzina-Kouzina for a wonderful night out. We will sure be back soon with our families!
Breakfast 08:00 – 11:00, lunch 12:00 – 19:00 and dinner 19:00 – 23:00. Sundays 10:30 – 12:30. Greek traditional brunch , lunch and dinner as above.
Aiolou street 27, Athens.
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We were guests at Mana’s Kouzina-Kouzina. The opinions in this post are our own.
The other bloggers that were present on this evening, each with their own specific field of expertise (such as food, adventure travel, culture, life style) can be found below:
Our celebration dinner was covered by several media including: