Saturday, September 13, 2014

A delicious lunch at Kitchen Bar in the trendy port area of Thessaloniki, Greece

I also visited the atelier of
Thessaloniki's most famous designer yesterday afternoon,
for pre-lunch cocktails and some discussions on fashion.

Yesterday, in Thessaloniki, Greece, living a Travelife, we had lunch at a trendy restaurant right by the sea.

It's called Kitchen Bar, which sort of reminded me of another trendy restaurant in another part of the world: Test Kitchen in Cape Town, South Africa.

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THE BEST RESTAURANT IN AFRICA

Test Kitchen is the best restaurant on the African continent, and I had a 13-course degustation dinner there when it was still relatively new, back in 2012.

Since then, Test Kitchen has won numerous accolades and consequently it has become quite hard to book.

THAT SAME FEELING,
BUT IN A MORE PICTURESQUE SETTING



Interestingly, Kitchen Bar has that same sort of contemporary, simple and hip atmosphere.

The place was packed with lots of beautiful people, and the open kitchen was staffed by lots of intense-looking young people who look like they're on a very serious mission.


Just like Test Kitchen. 

Except Kitchen Bar is right by the sea in Thessaloniki while Test Kitchen is in a very industrial neighbourhood of Cape Town.

In general, I'm not a big fan of trendy restaurants as I don't follow trends at all and I am so not one for going with the crowds.

A REALLY GOOD CHOICE.
AND THE BEST SUITE IN THESSALONIKI.



But someone else had chosen Kitchen Bar for lunch.

And as I have been on a partial detox of cucumbers and tomatoes anyway, I didn't really mind where we were eating in Thessaloniki.



I chose the restaurants for Santorini and Athens, but I hadn't done much for Thessaloniki except to book for myself this pretty wonderful presidential suite from where I'm blogging tonight.

This room is literally the best suite in the entire Thessaloniki. More on this in a later blog entry.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE



Anyway, what a surprise.

I looked at the menu at the outset, and it looked pretty uninspiring -- a mix of Greek specialties and generic cafe food like pizza margarita and some kinds of pasta.

I suggested: "Let's order all the Greek specialties and just share."



So I did most of the ordering, and we got a Greek salad, a Greek risotto with octopus, a roast baby pig, and a couple of other Greek dishes.

What a surprise. Everything was so good.

TWICE EVERYONE'S APPETITE.
AND MEMORIES OF MOROCCO LAST JUNE.



There went the detox, as I think I ate twice the volume of everyone else. Including of a very chocolate-y pie for dessert.

That was so worth the calories.

The Greek risotto, too, was absolutely delicious.



It reminded me of an excellent Moroccan risotto I had at the Royal Mansour in Marrakech last June.

That had blown me over, being such a simple and tasty dish -- and the Greek risotto with octopus today was pretty much the same.

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TRAVELIFE WITH US

MOROCCO



Then after lunch, we walked around 90 minutes to burn off some calories before heading back to the hotel.

I for one couldn't wait to get back to my presidential suite in the best hotel in the city last night, and, boy, is it ever so comfortable for a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.






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