the national athens

Spanakopita has always been one of my favorites.  What’s not to like about spinach, feta and flaky leaves of filo?  One of our pastry chefs, Pinar Brummer, was quick to point out this dish is called “borek” in her native Turkey.  Now that we finally have local spinach, Pinar is making spanakopita, or borek, for our lunch menu.  We serve it with a shephard’s salad with sumac, another Turkish favorite.

Spanakopita has always been one of my favorites. What’s not to like about spinach, feta and flaky leaves of filo? One of our pastry chefs, Pinar Brummer, was quick to point out this dish is called “borek” in her native Turkey. Now that we finally have local spinach, Pinar is making spanakopita, or borek, for our lunch menu. We serve it with a shephard’s salad with sumac, another Turkish favorite.

Spring Break Prix-Fixe Dinner, $25

March 10th & 11th, Wednesday & Thursday

It’s finally starting to feel like Spring in Athens.  It’s spring break week and we’re getting some long-awaited for warm weather and sun.  To celebrate, we’re offering a special three-course prix-fixe:

Wednesday & Thursday, all night, $25

1.

Chopped salad with greek yogurt, sumac, crisp pita

or

Lima bean soup with mint-crème fraiche

2.

Lamb tagine with couscous and early-spring vegetables

or

GA shrimp in soupy saffron rice, spring Vidalias and pickled local turnips

3.

Strawberry shortcake

or

Meyer lemon profiteroles with blueberry sauce

Argentine Wine Dinner at The National, 3/3/10

Less is More…   It seems like everyone is talking about Argentina these days, and for good reason.  The vineyards down south are producing great wines at a great price.  Although mostly known for their inky-red Malbecs, Argentina’s whites just might be the next sleeper hit.

Argentine Wine Dinner

Wednesday, March 3rd, 6:30 pm

6 wines/6 courses, $55 per person

sparkling to begin:

Pascual Toso Brut NV (100% chardonnay)Torrontes 2008


1. avocado salad with crab, shrimp, and scallops with citrus vinaigrette
Pascual Toso Torrontes 2008

2. butternut squash flan with arugula-almond-parmesan salad
Pascual Toso Chardonnay 2008

3. grilled spicy Italian sausage with braised heirloom beans and grilled peppers
Pascual Toso Malbec 2008

4. traditional baked beef empanadas with salsa golf
Pascual Toso Reserve Malbec 2007

5. matahambre: stuffed flank steak with red chimichurri
Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2007

6. shortbread cookie sandwiches with dulce de leche