Spotlight: The Athenian
— 11 Dec 2018 by Lauren Furey
It's not Boxpark without Greek powerhouse, The Athenian. We're super proud to bring them along to our new customers north of the river at Boxpark Wembley. We sat down with Tim Vasilakis to find out more about their latest restaurant.
Tell us who you are and what you do.
We’re The Athenian. We make souvlaki and gyros just like it's made back home in Athens. Our food is simple, fresh and authentically Greek and we pride ourselves in sourcing our ingredients from small producers back home and the UK. We recently introduced our Vegan Gyros, which our customers absolutely love! We can’t wait to bring our souvlaki to Wembley!
How did The Athenian come about?
The inspiration for our own pursuit of cooking began on the remote mountain village of Vamos on the island of Crete. It was here that a local lady, shared her own secret recipes with us. We spent the evening cooking with her, with vegetables from the garden. We were so blown away that we wanted to recreate that unforgettable experience.
Greece was going through a difficult period at the time. We wanted to help put the country on a positive light and prove that Greece and its people are full of ideas and creativity. Up to that point Greek cuisine was being somewhat misrepresented outside of Greece. We were often disappointed by out-dated, unappetising dishes. There was even confusion of dishes from neighbouring cuisines to Greek ones and our search for lovingly-made, mouth-watering souvlaki was nearly impossible.
That’s why we created The Athenian. To introduce something new, while reshaping the image of Greek cuisine. We want to make souvlaki part of every day diet, something that everyone can recognise and enjoy regularly. By paying us a visit you will find souvlaki the way it is meant to be made: simple, fresh and authentically Greek.
What is your favourite item on your menu?
Our Chicken gyros combined with our Athenian sauce!
Which other Boxpark trader would you recommend to customers?
Poptata! These guys have mastered street fries and they have taken them to a whole different level!
What is your favourite thing about Wembley?
The sports events!
What song best sums up your brand.
'One Kiss' by Dua Lipa. Only replace the word “kiss” with the word “bite”. One bite is all takes, to fall in love with our Athenian Souvlaki!
You can follow The Athenian on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.