Aleria first opened in 2006. The owner, Nikiforos Kehayiadakis, decided to take the risk of locating it in the upcoming Metaxourgio area of Athens. Focusing on the combination of exquisite cuisine and wonderful design, he succeeded in creating one of the best and most beautiful restaurants in Athens.
The designer Sofia Kehayiadaki, managed to strike the perfect balance between luxury and ambience, creating a restaurant which is quite formal but still unpretentious, cozy and full of elegance.
Everywhere around there are decorative elements that draw your attention due to uniqueness and ingenuity. It may be the very original light fitting over the bar, which has been made of empty wine bottles hanging upside down, or the ground floor surface which in certain segments is made of clear glass, allowing glimpses into the once basement cellars, now transformed into indoor gardens.
Equally unique is also the space of the internal yard, where the restaurant is housed in Summer. The paved area provides the required privacy and relaxation, while still in the centre of Athens. Even here, it is interesting to observe the unique tables made using mosaic motives that used to be on the floors of the original building.
Beyond the exquisite design, it is worth visiting Aleria to taste the food it offers. While adopting from the start a " Nouvelle Cuisine Grecque" philosophy, the dishes are always equally creative and imaginative, as they are delicious. Chef Gkikas Xenakis who is in charge in the kitchen since September, has already presented excellent examples of his talent and abilities with creations such as wild mushrooms ragout with trahana and parsley sauce, slowly cooked pork belly with celery root puree, coriander sauce and picled onion and foam rice with bitter chocolate with white rice mousse, cinnamon and lemon sorbet.