Posted by: DG MARYOGA | 27/09/2011

Dining out at Themed Restaurants and Savouring Ancient Greek Tastes


Gastronomy, a word derived from the ancient Greek language (gaster=stomach and nomos=law), is the art or the science of Good Eating  which determines a strong relationship between the senses and the food and it influences the Mind and the Body.  It also includes entertainment that is well-connected with the prandial preparation and the presentation of the food and occasionally,it adds a new ritualistic dimension, resembling a real ceremony.

Ancient Dance from a red-figured Crater (410-400 BC) a pleasant exercise to stay slim

 In the depths of ancient Greek times the art of regulating the stomach involved discovery,taste,experience,research philosophy,understanding  and the timing and duration were mostly emphasised.There are plenty of wise quotes referring to food or wine,such as Epicurus’ (341-270 BC)  ” The root of all pleasures is the satisfaction of the stomach”, Euripides'(480-406 BC )  “If there is no wine,there is no Aphrodite, Astidamas’ (4th cent BC)  “If the  man fills up with wine he becomes unkempt,if he just drinks a little,he becomes thoughtful” and so many others that prove the relation between our food and our senses and not only that.

Scene from a Symposium.The flute-players entertain the guests.Brygos painter,London,British Museum

In the centre of Athens and not far from the Acropolis,there is a most particular,themed restaurant  where the customers travel back in time,2.500 years back,in the 5th century BC and they have a memorable experience.The extraordinary dishes at the  ‘Archeon Gefsis’ themed restaurant are all based on forgotten ancient recipes and they are blended with philosophy and culture,served in an absolutely authentic atmosphere that  it rather makes you feel a thinker than a diner.Thorough research over ancient Greek writers and ancient Greek texts and manuscripts brought to surface priceless secrets and methods which the owner(s) of the  ‘Archeon Gefsis’ restaurant have adopted and top chefs carry them out efficiently.

Satyrs dealing with wine production.Greek black-figured amphora 540 BC. Museum Universitas Würzburg

 In a stone-walled hall with candle-abras creating the mood or at an open air patio  with candles and incense burners, waiters and waitresses with their plaited hair,wearing flowing red chitons (Grecian robes) and sandals offer you preprandial  drinks,rosemary water or pomegranate juice, but, always  in earthenware cups as ancient Greeks didn’t use glasses.I have to admit that historical traits are kept faithfully and later on you enjoy the delightful dishes without using any forks,only spoons,knives or your fingers.Ancient Greeks never used forks.I suppose it is something that has to do with Poseidon’s trident … Soon,tasty appetizers with sweet fruit-sauces arrive,just enough to whet your appetite and start enjoying fresh rich salads with seeds,sweetened with honey and delicious roast meats or fish,flavoured with wild herbs.Pine nuts,poppy seeds,fennel,artichokes,mastic,leek,radish,garden rocket,grated goat cheese,a real parade of flavours to satisfy your taste buds and make you feel you are a guest in a symposium.

Tragassaia

 And while you sip your wine from your clay cup you recall Aristotle’s words that : People who get drunk on wine sleep on their face,while the ones who drink barley wine sleep on their back.Because the wine makes the head heavy however the barley wine gets one dizzy…

Wine, Beers and Aristotle's Words

 I decided to write and publish this post not only to share my unforgettable experience there,but also to speak highly of the inventive minds who conceived and materialised this concept.The ‘Archeon Gefsis’ themed restaurant is a well-established restaurant in the centre of Athens which rightly has received great reviews from quality magazines and newspapers ( The Time magazine,the Guardian newspaper) and has also been featured on TV channels such as the  BBC,the Travel channel and the Discovery channel.                                                                                                                                                 http://www.archeon.gr/en/symposium

To tell you the truth,I have copied some splendid ideas from their fabulous dishes and the presentation of the food which  I apply at home and take the pleasure of preparing and organising not only the food but also the ritualistic  procedure …

Gastronomic Adventures ...

Fantasy and Colourful Salads

 Well,Gastronomic Paths and Tasty Words …

And as ancient Greeks said :  Efdipnias !!!

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  1. Hi dear Doda!… A great post, my friend …. So the etymology of the wod Gastronomy is eloquent and it very well reflects the Ancient Greek Idea of Healthy Mind in Healthy Body…Very interesting!
    I love the way you dig into History and show us these extraordinary dishes.
    Thanks so much for sharing!. I send you a big virtual hug and all my best wishes. Aquileana 😀

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    • It’s mutual as I love the way you dig into the Greek mythology!Your rich related posts are filled with obvious or obscure references to lost civilisations and cultures through the Supreme Olympian Gods who governed the infinite universe and manipulated the power of the natural laws.Was it poetic imagination or do we have to do with distinguished non-mythical personalities?Whenever mythology obtains evidence,we let history speak … Thank you for liking my post and the word “anatomy”,I love parsing names and words … lol ~ Sending Hugs of Friendship your way ~ Doda 🙂 xxx

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  2. What a wonderful post. I adore Greek food and cooking so it was a pleasure to read.

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    • I am so glad to hear it ! Greek food is fine and quite healthy,but the experience in this specific restaurant is unforgettable ! They serve dishes based on ancient recepies and they are all just delicious!Hope all is getting well with your books 🙂

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      • Aw, thank you. That’s really kind. The Greeks do have some wonderful restaurants. Of everywhere I’ve eaten abroad, it’s some of their restaurants and food there I remember best. I remember reading somewhere that their recipes haven’t changed in hundreds, if not thousands of years. This one sounds totally unique but not cheesy.

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        • Once again thankful for your rich and praiseful comment!
          I had been away from WP for a long time and I try to catch up Thousands of emails in my inboxes,I’m trying hard to survive … lol.. Anyhow,thanks for being responsive!I quickly passed through your recent posts.hope your books are going well ! Best of luck ! I have to come by again and check out more details! Thank you ~ Enjoy a beautiful summer evening 🙂

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          • Lol, it’s difficult to be away and then come back. yep, there’s the email Everest for a start. But lovely to see you back, x

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            • Only difficult ? Almost impossible to respond extensively …
              But,I’ll do my best,at least to show signs of life …lol
              Happy Sunday 🙂 xxx

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              • I like to understate. It gives one hope!!!

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                • What a clever and sweet lady you are!You covered the “plain truth” in such a soothing way 🙂

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                  • Hee heee.. Let’s be clear no-one likes the bald truth of anything xxxxx

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                    • What a lovely ping pong comments we exchange,dear Shey!
                      You have made the burden of the catch up duty lighter 🙂 xxx

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                    • Ha ha… that is of course our very great minds…. Oh and yep an understanding of that email Everest, my darling xxxxxx

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  3. This sounds like a very fun, unique, and inspiring restaurant. Thanks so much for sharing it, Doda. 😀

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    • Thank you dear Jet for your rich comment ! Indeed,it’s a marvellous place to dine and have fun.The atmosphere and the service are excellent too.Tourists from all over the world dine there and they just love it.

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  4. Thanks a million Andrew for appreciating my post.After coming back from our holidays in some European counties last summer and I was just about to organise my stuff and my future posts on WP & Flickr,our beloved,furry family member,Edward,passed away.He was 14 years old,an adorable Lab.You believe it or not,We felt extremely devastated,although we knew it was unavoidable.I was so depressed that all my pastime activities were just pure vanity.The new furry members,Hermes and Heracles do their best to amuse us. Meanwhile,my yahoo inbox and the Outlook started becoming nightmarish.Piling up every single day,with me looking at them apathetically and unable to respond.You might find it too far-fetched,but that’s how I felt.
    Now,that I feel better it’s a bit difficult to answer all the emails,but I’ll give it a try by posting something on both platforms,just to break the ice,you know,before leaving for UK.Thank God we are not there now that you have heatwaves.I am sure August will be much cooler in UK,cross your fingers.
    BTW,any plans for Greece this summer ? I’m so delighted I spotted you on Twitter,Andrew.Hope you don’t mind my R/Ting some of your wondrous posts.Right now,microblogging is very convenient for me and most time-saving,my only problem is that for a couple of months now I can’t tweet any pics,I am fed up with the phrase : Tweeting a photo is Timed out.So I tweet some old ones from WP or Flickr.I think it has to do with their server as lots of Twitter members from all over the world are complaining about this malfunction.
    Warm Greetings
    Doda

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  5. Wonderful post!

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    • Thanks kindly my friend for reading and liking my ‘Archeon Gefsis’ post.
      I have also to thank you for sharing with us your brilliant post :
      ‘We Will Never Give Up’
      Yes,we will Never-Ever give up …until we are fully justified …
      Greetings

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  6. excellent post!!!you travelled us all around the world of tastes and smells.It’s common knowledge that the preparation of a dish hides many secrets and of course cook’s imagination!your post depicts the combination and the strong bond between our past and our present,concerning our cuisine…and culture.Very smart idea to communicate our country’s civilization!!! bravo…D

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    • HI,Lady D and many thanks for reading my ‘Archeon Gefsis’ post .
      My husband and I have dined many times there and each time we experience something different.The authentic atmosphere and their menu based on ancient Greek recipes, are out of this world.
      Potatoes, rice, tomatoes, pasta and of course coca cola are excluded from their menu and it goes without saying why …
      Next time you are invited to join us and enjoy a private symposium which you will never forget.
      Past and present hand in hand for a better future,my dear.Alas,we undergo a crisis of values apart from the financial one.
      By the way,the medical conference in Stockholm was as successful as expected and the weather was surprisingly pleasant.
      Greetings

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  7. hello there Doda
    i was searching the other day for ancient Greek dishes,and i was amazed by the use of honey in almost every dish.
    by “mistake” using honey in food as a preservative,they invented the sweet-sour sauce.
    i think the place of Ancient Greece could be heaven for healthy food.

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    • What a coincidence in space …!
      ‘Great minds think alike’ ,searching for ancient civilization and culture stuff,through every possible way,having a strong belief that when there is past there is always future…
      The divine art of the bees,producing honey,scented with the aromatic nectar of thyme,rosemary,lavender,orange blossoms …
      Our flora and our temperate climate favour the production of this marvellous thick substance and ancient Greeks knew very well its beneficial secrets.
      Seemingly,a good preservative for food and a good guard for our stamina.
      Ancient Greece was heaven for health food and health thought.
      Thanks George for coming by and commenting.

      PS: Your ‘All hope is gone’ is an extraordinary B&W.

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  8. This is so special, Doda. It’s a great travel experience for an evening. I love excellent food and I have long explored many different cusines both when dining out and preparing my own dishes. Food is wonderful. And when you also have the taste of the setting it is even more delightful. All goes into making a complete adventure.

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    • Thank you Gretchen for reading my ‘Ancient Tastes’ post.
      Digging into different cuisines brings out numberless new delicacies and little secrets to please our refined palate Besides,invaluable spiritual material comes to surface,ready to satisfy our voracious mind.
      There is so much history,culture and rich heritage of knowledge behind every cuisine.
      Apparently,the relevant milieu totally intensifies the feeling.

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