Welcome at Vrasto
Family Tavern at Polydroso Haladri
The family-owned taverna “To Vrasto”, with over 40 years of tradition, situated next to Polydrosso’s gully in Chalandri, has been offering, through the years, Greek cuisine dishes releasing a rush of aromas that take you on a trip down memory lane, always with commitment to quality and friendly customer service.
It was recently fully renovated with great care in order to create a warm but classy atmosphere and a place where customers and regulars, who have become friends over time, feel comfortable and cosy, enjoying private and business meals.
We will be happy to welcome you and make you feel at home.
Our story begins many years ago when, in the mid 1960’s, next to Polydrosso’s gully, in Chalandri, a small grocery store started operating, serving tidbits and wine in the few small tables outside.
In 1969, this grocery store evolved into a taverna under the name “Beautiful Euboea” (“Oraia Evia”) – due to Euboean origins – where people frequenting Polydrosso were coming to drink their wine accompanied by several delicacies. In the years that followed, the specialty dish which stood out was the classic beef stew (“vrasto”), which consisted of beef, potatoes, carrots and celery in broth (consommé). As the customers started using the word “stew” when arranging to meet (“…let’s go for a stew…”, “…we’ll meet for a stew…”, they unintentionally imposed the new name of the taverna, which was renamed to “To Vrasto” (the stew) and became a reference point initially for the residents of the northern suburbs of Athens and later on of the entire Attica.
1982 has been a landmark year for the families Sylira and Fountotou, who have joined forces under the same roof in order to offer honest food in an unpretentious and welcoming place. The sons of these two families gradually started getting involved in the restaurant business; during holidays and free weekends, they wouldn’t miss the chance to work as waiters and learn techniques and gain experience in the mass food service.
Eventually, in 2010, the management was passed into the hands of the younger generation, which brought a refreshing change in the restaurant, always with respect to its history and tradition.
Our main principle, all these years, is the use of top quality ingredients, which starts with carefully selecting our suppliers. Fresh ingredients are turned into home-cooked and original dishes with simple but rich flavour, inspired by our Greek tradition; the menu is structured around a fixed selection of classic dishes and alternating daily specials depending on the availability of fresh seasonal ingredients.
Our reference for good food; Our sincere and honest approach towards customers are the reasons why three generations of customers – with many of which lifelong relationships where developed- trust us; guarantee the timeless character of the taverna, as well as an even better future, always based on the excellent quality/price relation.
The friendly staff of Vrasto welcomes you each time, offering you a fast and discrete service, being always ready to serve you at any moment and meet any need you may have.
Today, by preserving its family character and offering a place to relax and enjoy, daydream and laugh, have fun and escape from the everyday life, we are committed to offer you quality food every day, compensating you, in this way, for your decision to visit us.
Its longstanding experience and knowledge in event organisation makes the taverna “To Vrasto” the ideal choice for your private or business meals. Our quick customer service, professionalism and tastefully decorated areas ensure that your event will be a success.
We can accommodate 10 to 130 people and provide you with a comprehensive offer, tailored to your culinary and budgetary requirements, while always using fresh ingredients.
If you wish to plan a business meal:
• an invoice can be immediately issued,
• pre-selected menus for your guests can be arranged,
• all credit cards are accepted.
If you wish to host a private event:
- the area can be appropriately arranged, even for exclusive use,
- a custom-made menu that will meet your needs can be created together with you,
- a kids playground can be offered during summer,
- “To Vrasto” can be the ideal choice for hosting an event following any kind of religious ceremony, thanks to its close proximity to the Church of Agios Athanasios.
Please feel free to contact us for any help you may need in organising any kind of social and business event that you and your guests will never forget…