During my current world adventure, I just HAD to visit Santorini.
And boy was I glad I did. Apart from the breathtaking sunset views (which are exquisite), I was blown away by the level of culinary offerings.
Only 200m from our bedroom in Imerovigli was the most delightful little restaurant, Mezzo. Perched up on the rim of the caldera, it not only has breathtaking views but simply superb food. We ate there 7 times in a week. We tried to venture out but were simply blown away with every meal. They don’t have a website but check them out on Trip Advisor. Here are some favourites picks from our visits.
Top left: Delicious Meat Balls served with a yoghurt sauce & fresh cut chips.
Top right: Squid Risotto with oozing squid ink & chilli.
Bottom left: The Summer Salad dripping with a sticky sweet dressing.
Bottom right: Surprise dessert brought out by the chef.
These are the Eggplant Rolls, eggplant rolled around a soft goats cheese & topped with sun-dried tomatoes. Heaven!
The Seafood Spaghetti
The days catch, Grilled Octopus.
The Grilled Goats Cheese, was actually the best I have ever tasted.
I would love to tell you what exactly this is. But all I know is that it is a tower of bread, goats cheese & tomato delicious-ness topped with capers & olives. Divine!
We were usually so full we couldn’t fit dessert, but here are 2 of the desserts we tried. Left: One the left is the Banoffi cup, which was a decadent layer of caramel, layered with bananas & cream and dusted with chocolate. On the right is the Cheesecake of the Day.
When we did end up making it past Mezzo, we stumbled across Anogi (also in Imerovigli). It doesn’t have a view but you the food makes you forget Santorini even has views. It had quite a decent line for the early time of 9pm (quite early on the Grecan clock). After a short wait we managed to snag a table, and geeeeeeeeeeeeeez did we score!
To start we had the Calamari, cooked to perfection drizzled with a lemon oil dressing.
This was the highlight of the meal (maybe of the whole trip), the Prune & Pork Bag, which was an absolutely delectable bag of prunes, pork served on a creamy rice. The sticky sweet flavour & melt-in-your-mouth pork makes this the perfect meal.
The Cod Fish with side of the local Fava (pureed Fava beans) did not disappoint.
The Traditional Greek Cheesecake was the perfect way to end the night.
Venturing out to Firostefani, we decided to “treat” ourselves to a 5 course degustation at Mylos Cafe. The restaurant is perched up on the cliff of the traditional village of Firostefani. Headed up by Chef Michaelis Kalavrinos, every course was adventurous, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented.
In the main town of Fira, we heard from the locals that Naoussa Tavern served Greece’s best Moussaka. After some market research. I tend to agree. It’s a simple restaurant that serves authentic and good value food.
When exploring the main town of Fira, we stumbled across Sphinx. This restaurant has the enviable position enjoying uninterrupted views of the Caldera of Santorini. It is a perfect place to watch the sunset. Serving international cuisine, we opted for Italian.
Starting with Vegetable Soup, and having the Truffle Fettucine and Burnt Sage Butter Ravioli for main.
For dessert we popped past Lolita’s Gelato for the island’s best gelato.
Ambrosia (Oia): This restaurants offers you one of the island’s most tranquil and dreamlike terrace views of the Santorini volcanic sea caldera. Serving fine Mediterranean and modern Greek cuisine. Unfortunately when I attended, the service was appalling.
Ginger Sushi Lounge (Firostefani): Perched on top of the volcano’s rim, nestled on the footpath adjacent to the main square of Firostefani. Serving traditional Japanese sushi, sashimi & locally caught fish.
Melenio Cafe (Oia): A traditional greek cafe which we were told had the BEST greek desserts. Unfortunately they were closed when we tried to go due to the whole-island electrical blackout.
Dimitris Ammoudi Taverna (Ammoudi): Perched on the water’s edge, this authentic seafood restaurant is the perfect place to watch the burning Santorini sunset over some traditional greek food. Check out
Santorini 2013 Year of Gastronomy for some more recommendations.
The Macadame. xx