GB Roof Garden Restaurant & Bar Athens, Greece
On the 8th floor of the Hotel Grande Brentagne you will discover the GB Roof Garden gluten-free friendly Restaurant and Bar. The expansive balcony gives diners a breathtaking view of Greece’s natural and architectural beauty. The Parthenon and the Acropolis and the Lycabettus hill are all visible from the restaurant. These structures are truly majestic.
A Gluten-free Friendly Restaurant
The menu focuses on traditional Mediterranean dishes that the team has modernized with haute cuisine techniques. I appreciate when menus denote dishes that are gluten-friendly; however, GB Roof Garden’s menu only highlights the vegetarian options, so you are reliant on the servers to knowledge. Fortunately, the majority of the proteins were gluten-free, so I basically had my pick on the menu! You can almost consider it a gluten-free restaurant in Athens!
Flame-grilling is GB Roof Garden’s method of choice for cooking their proteins. From the catch of the day to the Seabass or Sole, all three of the grilled fish entrees sounded marvellous. The Grilled Seabass is wrapped in fig leaves, a common practice in Mediterranean cooking. On the other hand, the Grilled Sole sits in a wonderful broth surrounded by freshly steamed mussels. Nothing beats fresh seafood while dining seaside!
I love a good steak and the steak of the day looked enticing, but it is the Grilled Cutlets and Slow Cooked Leg of Lamb that caught my interest. To my dismay, the dish is coupled with a gratinated pasta making it a no go for my gluten-free diet. I am sure if I really wanted the leg of lamb, I always could have asked to substitute the pasta for a salad or something else. Ultimately I went for the steak and it was grilled to a perfect mid-rare with a lovely sear from the grill.
The portion sizes for the entrees were small, so I had plenty of room for dessert. At the helm of the dessert, team is Chef Patissier Arnaud Larher. There are so many desserts to tantalize your tastebuds with, but none of them are gluten-free. Such a shame as they sounded exquisite.
You can never go wrong with a luxury hotel restaurant. The staff are always attentive and go the extra step to make your experience special. Not to mention the view from the 8th-floor balcony took my breath away and only added to the spectacular experience. I always welcome the opportunity to dress up and don my prettiest stilettos. Diners are asked to dress elegantly, so leave the beachwear, flip flops and shorts at home. It is worth noting that though the food was delicious at GB Roof Garden, it is a modern reimagining of traditional dishes. The plating is unique and something you would see in a magazine. Hopefully, the GB Roof Garden will reconsider its dessert menu to include a gluten-free offering.