Χορτοφαγικό ταχυφαγείο – “vegetarian/vegan fast food place”. That’s what it half-says on the picture.
This hip little street food bar has been on this central corner for a long time, but only relatively recently did it commit to turning 100% vegetarian (there is no special word for vegan in Greek – yet). “We just couldn’t serve meat or dairy products in good conscience anymore”, explained co-owner Fotis when I asked him what drove Zachari & Alati over the edge.
Actually, the name by itself (“Sugar and Salt”) could be a bit misleading if one’s not familiar with the type of food they make here. I don’t know about you, but the two crystalline white substances we add to dishes to improve their taste aren’t the first things that come to my mind when I think of healthy food.
Yet Zachari & Alati, on top of being vegan, is all about just that – healthy food. Don’t let that ‘fast food’ on the sign fool you: their falafel aren’t the greasy balls you might expect to find elsewhere. Instead, these guys bake their goodies.
Last time I was there I tried their falafel alternative, the rovitsa, or mung bean, pita. I also got an almond milk rizogalo – rice pudding. They were both delicious and relatively inexpensive, if you take the top quality as well as local source of their ingredients into account.
Perhaps best of all? This spot is a discus’s throw from all the ancient stuff.