athens: red door restaurant opening

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although born in athenschristos sourligas grew up in south africa, and has worked in far-flung countries, such as the u.s. and australia. it was down under, during a bartender stint in sydney, where sourligas grew a penchant for japanese food that would be decisive for his career. fast forward to 2015, and the man who originally trained as a chef is back in the greek capital, opening japanese sushi restaurant koi just a stone's throw away from the mighty acropolis. the establishment struck a chord with greek foodies, and it quickly developend into a chain, including branches abroad. and now, only two years on, sourligas further hones his entrepreneurial skills.

sticking to his love for japanese food, launching another japanese-inspired fine dining space. all about yakiniku, or grilled meat, it's unsurprisingly called red door. sourligas upped the ante, picking not only a location in the swanky neighbourhood of kolonaki, but also a setting that entices its discernng denizens. local architecture practice acrm was commissioned to design the restaurant, and created an elegant setting based on the use of distinctly japanese elements, but with speakeasy feel. a staircase surrounded by a lush vertical garden leads to the entrance of red door – mind you, there actually is a red door, clad in leather.

once inside, an elongated space unfolds, featuring a bar captured by back-lit marble panels and brass fixtures, and directly opposite, situated on an elevated wooden platforms, five dining booths, each discreetly shielded by wooden partitions. dining in full privacy? simply close the velvet curtains. the menu at the red door lists a range of premium meats, including wagyu beef and kobe beef, but also various fish, and an abundance of tasty side dishes from the land of the rising sun and other asian countries. so, kick off your shoes, sit back, and dig in. location: odos tsakalof 6 [kolonaki].

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