Glyfada’s New King of Bling
Dubbed as a departure from other lounge restaurant bars in the area, Glyfada’s swanky new arrival Blends (run by the same peeps as Moorings in Vouliagmeni) puts a contemporary spin on Mediterranean fare with a side-order of high-art. Sudha Nair-Iliades dons her glad rags to test it out.
Glyfada’s shiniest newest kid on the block Blends is the perfect gathering place for shared plates with friends, late beats and an exuberant city vibe that just won’t quit.
Dressed up in muted shades of grey with pops of neon green, Blends boasts a collection of over 400 rare and artisan wines and spirits, meticulously curated by sommelier Alexandros Papadopoulos to provoke envy among his Glyfada counterparts .
Master mixologist Myrsini Spaneli then takes these top-shelf tipples and weaves them into cleverly-crafted signature cocktails that have their own inspired alchemy when combined with the seasonal menus that are brimming with fresh kitchen produce. Match that with tasty tapas dishes fresh from Blend’s top-of-the-line Josper grill and the party quickly warms up.
Chef Kostas Lolas’ (who earned his spurs at Porto Sani, Halkidiki) delivers another adventure right to your table. His pedigree and passion for flavour and technique drive a food philosophy that combines healthy Mediterranean influences with the best of contemporary dining. (Our table roamed diversely across the menu’s offerings and relished all of our picks: quinoa salad with salmon and guacamole sauce, chicken tikka, and wild mushroom risotto with gorgonzola and black truffle).
In keeping with its motto of ‘blending the senses’, Blends joins the ‘Art a la carte’ movement with a winning collaboration with Artion Galleries. It’s a clever move which adds character but also makes perfect business sense: what better way to gently coax a captive audience of potential clients to slowly fall for artworks over a glass or three of wine!
The Blends Philosophy is “see, feel, taste, smell & listen” and visitors to this high-spec establishment, designed by architects Molindris + Associates, are encouraged to tour the various Blends spaces and enjoy multiple choices at all times of the day, depending on your mood. Old world sybarites will adore the upstairs Prive Cigar Lounge; a real den of indulgence with its cushy armchairs, mood lighting and cosy fireplace. Expect to pay around € 35-50 per person for a fulsome Blends experience.
Blends, Foivis 19, Pl. Nymphs, Glyfada. Tel: +30 211.182.1711.