The Malabar at The Margi in Athens, Greece
Basking in the sunshine poolside is one of my favourite ways to relax when on vacation. The Margi Resort in Athens, Greece did not disappoint and in fact has a wonderful poolside restaurant, the Malabar. Guests can lounge in the gorgeous cabanas at the edge of the pool and enjoy a menu of elevated traditional Greek cuisine. Lucky enough, it’s a gluten-free friendly restaurant in Athens! In the evenings’ candles are lit and you can dine under the stars and olive trees – how romantic!
The Gluten-Free Friendly Food
The menu focuses on highlighting local Greek dishes and locally caught fish. There is always a wonderful catch of the day dish that highlights the freshness of the fish. The fish is grilled over a hot flame and served with grilled vegetables. I swear I could taste the ocean because that is how fresh the fish was! Greek dishes are very meat and vegetable-forward which is great for me since I am always on the hunt for gluten-free dishes. There are a variety of starters and mains that are gluten-friendly as well as vegetarian!
Lamb is a commonly used protein in Greek cooking, so I had to give it a try. The lamb was tender and juicy and retained a lovely kick from the ginger broth that it was cooked in. The lamb was served with the stewed eggplant and a simple herb salad.
Other dishes on the menu like the Rib-Eye in the bearnaise sauce can be made gluten-free upon request which is nice. This was specified on the menu, so it is great that modifications like this come listed on the menu. This way I do not have to rely on the waiter to tell me which dishes can be made gluten-free or vegetarian. To my dismay none of the desserts were gluten-friendly. It would have been a wonderful finish to dinner.
A team of talented barmen are at the ready to shake up every cocktail imaginable. Sure you can choose a cocktail off their extensive list, but I highly recommend asking the team to surprise you as the team loves to mix custom cocktails.
If you are not in the mood for cocktails, the bar is fully stocked with organic fresh farm juices. It is my favourite way to stay hydrated in the heat while simultaneously getting my vitamins and fibre.
If you’re looking for an amazing place to stay in Athens, Greece that also happens to have an incredible poolside restaurant, check out The Margi Luxury Hotel!