Join the French Revolution at L’Audrion
Introducing not just exquisite French fare, but a whole new revolutionary dining concept, that of a ‘cave à manger’, L’Audrion offers a fresh twist on the wine bar experience, where you can savour impressive wines and sample from deli-style food menus.
When Marie-Laure Bocabarteille, (living in Greece since 2013 and loyal subscriber of Athens Insider and Bonjour Athenes), scouted around for a venue to showcase French wines, Plaka wasn’t the first choice. But as all serendipitous coincidences, not only did Marie-Laure’s original idea of a wine cellar morph into a restaurant once she met Chef Alain Parodi, she set up base in the heart of Athens’ tourist district, instead of her initial choice of suburban Nea Erytrea.
L’Audrion offers a refreshing break from the plethora of tourist traps with mediocre offerings that abound in Plaka. A combination of the names of Marie-Laure’s daughters, Audrey and Marion, L’Audrion presents a stunning selection of wines that can be bought at house prices and a mouth-wateringly wide array of France’s finest charcuterie, cold cuts and cheese. Insider recommends that you stock up on the paté and homemade terrine – rustic France at its most authentic. If you’re peckish, the menu boasts of classic French bistro morsels: foie gras, beef tartar, boudin or blood sausages, escargots a la bourguignonne, pork with sour choucroute and, of course other Gallic staples such as succulent beef cheeks with homemade puree, and some less-French fare such as the absolutely delectable risotto with lemon zest and truffle.
Within just two months of opening, L’Audrion is packed to the gills, even on weekdays and their Sunday brunches are proving to be hugely popular. Marie-Laure hopes to pass on her love for the French grape through wine appreciation classes at the cellar with sommelier Georgios Marthalamakis on a regular basis. From April, L’Audrion will be open from noon.
Plateia Filomousou Etairias 3, Plaka. Tel: 210.3241193, www.laudrion.gr