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Karakaxa Mezedopolio (Agioi Anargiroi-Athens, Greece)

by Zoi Evangelia Papafotiou

Karakaxa by Dimitris Zalakoudis and Stavros Tsirbas in the area of Agioi Anargiroi, is the definition of a modern tavern. Warm and welcoming space, decorated with wood, stone and retro objects, ideal for friend gatherings.

Small, tasty and affordable dishes to share in the middle (called meze), suitable for spirits (like tsipouro and ouzo), beers and wines. This is the logic of the list. I’ll start with the “fetakia” (it means little feta pieces), the most interesting version of the famous feta-honey-sesame combination I’ve tried in a long time. Large slices of breaded feta, sprinkled with plenty of sesame seeds, lightly fried and served with a few drops of honey and a little crushed walnut. Served extremely crunchy with a subtle sweetness that breaks down the saltiness without “choking” the dish.

The “tigania” (in means made in a pan or tigani) has its honor in the cuisine of Karakaxa as it is prepared in four different versions (with pork, beef, chicken, sausages). We tasted the classic with pork, juicy and well-cooked with plenty of peppers and a nice tangy wine sauce. The “kapnisti” (it means smoked), as listed in the menu, has soutzouki sausage (in Turkish sucuk), apaki (smoked and salted pork with origins from Crete) and conventionally cooked slightly orange (flesh and juice), spicy flavors with intense aromas. The “skioufihta” (Cretan pasta with a small, spiral shape) was extremely tasty. Made by hand, they smelled full of butter and mizithra cheese.


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We paired our appetizers with rose wine from the bag but the small well-chosen list of drinks never went unnoticed. Agioneri (by Tsililis) and Babatzim of the tsipouro list, Pitsiladis and Varvagiannis of the ouzo list, Ikariotissa and Mamos of the beer list are just a few to mention.

The music, at a discerning level, was moving to the rhythm of the new wave of folk and rebetiko and as we have been informed, various bands perform often live in Karakaxa.

Opening Hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday – Friday 17:00 – 02:00
Saturday – Sunday 12:00 – 03:00 
Contact Details
51 Agion Anariron
135 61 Agioi Anargiroi, Greece

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