O Tzitzikas ki o Mermigas, Athens

Each visit to Greece, I have a meal at the restaurant known in English as the Cicada and the Ant (O Tzitzikas ki o Merigmas).

A quaint little restaurant very close to the Syntagma Square, and is a very popular restaurant with locals and can be hard to get a table at lunch time.

It is not the traditional taverna fare, but a modern style using freshest ingredients sourced from around the country.  Crete ingredients feature quite strongly on the menu.

One of the signature dishes is the Tzitzikas salad which as 11 salad vegetables, and a creamy cheese a little like ricotta in texture and drizzle with mustard vinaigrette made withe honey.  It is delicious.

E who has no issues with gluten, was very taken with his chicken dish that was served on in a Kataifi pastry basket and had a sauce made from Mastika.  Mastika is a unique ingredient from the island of Chios – and has a very distinct flavour – which reminds me of Frankincense, which actually makes a little sense as they both are a resin and come from the sap of a tree.

O Tzikikas ki o Mermigas
Mitropoleos 12-14
Athens, Greece


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2 Responses to O Tzitzikas ki o Mermigas, Athens

  1. Great post! I live in Athens and often frequent this restaurant in one of it’s other 4 locations. And ironically – the food you’ve mentioned here is my absolute favourite…not to mention the orange pie with orange cream!

    • Hi Rebecca, Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment. It is good to know that this restaurant is still as good as it was when I was there a few years ago. Great to hear that we also picked the right things to eat – although we missed out on that orange pie …next time 🙂

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