Kolonaki’s latest Asian arrival is an all-round achiever that serves up large portions of flair, along with exotic flavours.
If you’re looking for an authentic but not tacky, classy yet not pretentious, restaurant for your khimchi and miso fix, Woo Woo promises just that.
Seasoned restaurateurs Yiannis Morakis and Takis Didaskalou’s latest foray in a long line of extremely successful Asian-tilted eateries around Kolonaki (Peruvian-fusion Nikkei, Japanese-inspired Izakaya to name a few) transports you to Korean street markets and Thai food stalls with all the flavor, minus the grime.
“Woo Woo,” Takis insists, “is a family-style, all-day restaurant with comfort food, designed for sharing.” The dishes are almost all wok-based, with Chinese, Korean, Thai and Japanese influences.
Chef Stamatis Skriapas (of Cavo Tagoo and Kiku) helms the kitchen and serves a small but satisfying menu geared to satisfy your Asian cravings – everything from the barbecued Korean-style grilled lamb chops to Chinese dim sums to the more refined Thai lobster ceviche with mango to that Japanese staple, calamari tempura with ponzu sauce – one addictive flavour bomb after another, oozing largesse and generosity.
Located just above Malconi’s, at the same venue that housed Cabaret for decades, at the intersection of the bustling Patriarchou Ioakeim and Ploutarchou streets, Woo Woo is a contemporary interpretation of Asian architecture and design with minimalist details. Asymmetrical bamboo light fixtures adorn its impressively high ceilings and even the landscaping is spot on.
Expect to pay around 11 to 18 euros for mains (except the pricier Black Angus rib eye) and between 3 and 7 euros for sides and desserts. Wash it all down with some inspired cocktails and live music (in this case, a delightfully pleasant surprise!).
Patriarchou Ioakeim & Ploutarchou. For reservations, call 694.494.5471.
Insider Weekly, January 10, 2018.