Posted by: Debra Kolkka | May 18, 2017

Lunch with Leo

Leo was our delightful waiter at 2 Mazi in Athens. We were not surprised to learn that he has another job as an actor.

Leo is on the left with former chef and current chef.

A friend sent us some restaurant suggestions for Athens and 2 Mazi was on the list. We took a while to find it only to discover that it was just around the corner from our hotel. In our defence, not all street names are written in English and we can’t read the Greek alphabet.

The summer restaurant is beside the winter room in a little courtyard. There are some quirky decorations. I love the hats used as lightshades.

Leo charmed us immediately as he explained the menu with obvious pride and delight. We knew we were in for a treat.

The amuse bouche was delicious, egg whip and fish roe.

There were 2 types of bread, focaccia and carob bread, served with tarasamalata butter.

I ordered pork with celeriac pure. Leo added the egg lemon sauce.

Jim’s lamb was also excellent.

We don’t usually have dessert for lunch, but we expected it to be wonderful and it was.

Jim had chocolate in several forms.

I had apple pie.

Thank you Leo for making our lunch a fun experience and thank you to the chef and his team for the  delicious food. Leo reminds me of our lovely friend Luis, from Paris Boheme in Lucca. It is always fun to be with enthusiastic people.

2 Mazi is creative Greek cuisine. Find it at 48 Nikis St, on the edge of the Plaka district in Athens.


  1. The restaurant looks delightful and that lamb…!!!

  2. Love the meal and LEO…..the pork reminds me of the suckling pig I had three times at al Corso… try to still go when you return.

    • We will try to get to Al Corso.

  3. And a good time was had by all! That looks delightful – were they tiny Brussel sprouts on Jim’s plate?

  4. What a wonderful experience for you both. It makes such a difference to your dining experience when you get restaurant staff that take pride and pleasure in their jobs. The food looks fabulous.

    • Yes, the whole experience was great.

  5. Oh Deb… looks so devine… the food as well as Leo!! Glad you are having a grand holiday… Jim looks happy Jxx

    • It was all delicious and good fun.

  6. Loving this blog on Greece. My grandfather came from Syvota on Lefkada on the Ionian Sea. We loved our visit but now would like to visit Santorini, Athens etc etc. your account is really wonderful and helpful.

    • We loved our visit to Greece. I have many Greek friends in Australia so I knew we would meet friendly people.

  7. The food looks really wonderful here! That’s very restrained not having dessert for lunch-I’ve never been able to manage that đŸ˜‰

    • The food and atmosphere were great. We could not resist dessert.

  8. My goodness, everything looks divine! The bread and dessert especially.

  9. Lovely post as always Debra! The food looks so amazing!!!

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