Varoulko, for a Michelin-starred seaside dinner

gastronomy - fish
Varoulko, for a Michelin-starred seaside dinner

Ten kilometres south of Athens, the port of Piraeus is home to Varoulko, a Michelin-starred restaurant where seafood and fish are elevated to fine dining.

Its Greek chef Lefteris Lazarou spent his entire childhood on boats. From a young age, he worked alongside his father, who was a ship's cook, before taking his place in the galley. After a few years on cruise ships, Lefteris finally returned to terra firma and Piraeus, his home port, and in 1987 opened a restaurant, which he called “Varoulko”. With its exceptional view of the Mikrolimano marina and the constant coming and going of the ships, this establishment seems to almost float on the water. In terms of cuisine, Greek specialities, fish and seafood feature highly on the menu, complemented by organic regional vegetables and Cretan olive oil. Be sure to try the cuttlefish served on its ink, the catch of the day served with cream of beet, broccoli, black garlic and Béarnaise sauce, or aubergines papoutsaki, a traditional stuffed aubergine dish, reworked with minced shrimp, bechamel infused with verbena, basil oil and graviera, a local sheep's cheese. An outstanding menu which has enabled the restaurant to retain its Michelin star for some 20 years, a first for a Greek chef.

Akti Koumoundourou 54
104 35 Piraeus

+30 210 522 8400

Menu: around 40 EUR