For Soil restaurant, the journey to a holistic gastronomic experience starts from its Chef’s private garden at Alepochori village. “Soil” reflects the purity of ingredients, the love for nature, and the beginning of something new. The restaurant is inviting guests to gain a truthful and authentic experience from the moment they are welcomed to its beautiful neoclassical house in Pangrati, at the center of Athens. A farm-to-table approach, the specially hand-made ceramic plates for each dish, and ultra-premium hospitality create a personal gastronomic choreography for all guests, elevating their senses in an authentic simple manner.
From a young age, Chef Tasos Mantis has nurtured a strong bond with nature next to his father from Lesvos island, who taught him how to look after their own garden. After returning to his homeland from internationally acclaimed restaurants, he was immersed in sustainable cooking and herbalism, elevating the richness of the Greek land. Over the last 8 years, Tasos Mantis is looking after his own garden at Alepochori village, just one hour far from Athens, always assisted by “maestro-Babis”, his own father. The Chef’s garden is now an indispensable extension to Soil’s kitchen, providing rare Greek herbs, edible flowers, and fresh vegetables in a sustainable manner, creating a new menu for each season.
A two-floor neoclassical building, constructed in 1925, was destined to be Soil’s home in Pangrati. The restaurant is located just behind the Panathenaic Stadium, one of the main historic attractions of Athens, known for hosting the first Olympic Games. Once inside the building, guests are immersed into a luxurious and modern dining environment with unique signs of Athenian neoclassicism and a hidden-gem private garden, hosting guests over the warm months of the year. Both the interior and exterior space got renovated in 2021, guided by Soil earthy philosophy. The wooden floors and the high ceilings of old Athens are mixed with modern and minimalistic design. An open kitchen and a Chef’s table on the ground floor are all boasting an impressive dining experience.