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The Athenian (Bar, Restaurant)

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Tooting Market, 20 Totterdown Street, Unit 3, Tooting, London, SW17 8TA
Cuisine: Greek
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1) Remember that Greek holiday, where you sat in Athens, feeling the sun on your shoulders, the buzz of the city around you, and in your hands was succulent charred meat, chewy bread, and garlic sauce. Now you can recreate that feeling in Tooting Market at The Athenian.

2) Well, maybe you won’t experience the exact same feeling (see: sun on shoulders), but the buzzy Tooting Market can compete for (the start of) a great night out in London. It’s full of appealing restaurants, bars and food stands. It’s the kind of place that you walk around making promises to come back soon, to eat at that one… and at that one… and at that one.

3) The Athenian is one of this year’s newcomers to Tooting Market, but judging by the level of bustle in the kitchen, it’s doing pretty good business so far.

4) It’s a food stand that focuses on that winning combination, found in many worldly cuisines: simple meat and bread (think burgers, kebabs, pepperoni pizza - there’s a theme). But The Athenian does it in the Greek style which means gyros (meaty shavings) and souvlaki (skewered meat), and they do it tasty, speedily and with a fair amount of change from a tenner.

5) However, the real, stand out dish at The Athenian is their version of meat and bread, only without the meat.

6) The Athenian vegan gyro is unbelievably naughty vegan food. This is not for vegans who see their body as a temple. This is for vegans who hanker after the greasy feel of mayonnaise and the way it coats the inside of their mouth. This is for the vegans who miss biting down and having salty meat juice cascade down their chin.

7) This isn’t just for vegans.

8) If you feel like you haven’t quite hammered your arteries enough, they offer a really good array of fried sides, such as crispy halloumi chips and chewy cheese croquettes (they do salads too but life’s too short).

9) You can either run away with your food to gorge yourself somewhere in private, or there is a small area in the market that has wipe-clean tables and benches where you can eat.

10) This is not a place to linger, but a place to eat good quality fast food quickly and then move on to check out some of the best bars and wine shops in Tooting.
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