I can’t believe I haven’t written anything about what we ate in Greece! Those who know me well will know how strange this is. In Greece we lived off seafood. How could you not when it is all so fresh, and cheaper than at home! Our favourite thing to do was order half of the menu, which allowed us to try a little of everything!
In Athens my godfather took us out so dinner to Ydria in the Plaka. We chose it because it had a cute outdoor area and was slightly away from all of the tourist shops. There we ate far too much food having ordered octopus, calamari, saganaki cheese, zucchini fritters and salad. The restaurant had a great atmosphere and friendly staff.
Most of the restaurants we ate at were recommended by our hotel- and we enjoyed everyone of them! We first ate at Fanari, where we were treated to a spectacular view of the sunset. While I thoroughly enjoyed my swordfish, Lucy has often said that her stuffed calamari was one of the best meal she ate in Greece. But for truly amazing seafood you need to head to To Pinakio in the village of Kamari. The family that own the restaurant are fishermen and all the fish they serve is freshly caught everyday. All of the fish was beautifully and simply cooked, allowing the freshness of the fish to shine through. For spanakopitas and various tasty treats we frequented Bakery Svoronos, which is in the centre of Fira. The prices are reasonable and everything is fresh. I am actually craving one of their spanakopitas as I write this!
People were not wrong when they said we would have the best food in Greece in Crete. Cretan restaurants are more generous, not only with their service but also with the free alcohol and food you get at every restaurant.
In Heraklion we discovered Kastella after scrolling through TripAdvisor, it has been the best TripAvisor recommended restaurant we have been to yet! We liked it so much that we went there twice. The service was impeccable and we soon felt as though we were friends with all the staff, so much so that we had a few drinks with the staff on our final night.
While the dinning experience at Kastella was impeccable the best meal we had in Greece was in Chania at Ta Chalkina. Located along the harbour, this restaurant has a menu that is unique to those surrounding it. Ta Chalkina focuses on traditional Cretan cuisine, using local produce. We indulged on mussels, prawns (the most amazing prawns you will ever eat), stuffed mushrooms, lamb cooked with thyme and honey, potatoes and myzithra cheese. Do not leave Chania without trying this restaurant- its worth going to Chania just to eat there!
Like with most countries there are certain local specialities that you cannot leave without eating, for us that was loukoumades and bougatsa. So much so that we spent most of our final day in Heraklion trying to find them- it was much harder than we anticipated! In the end we stumbled upon Fillosofies a cafe in the centre of town.