Some days ago I introduced you to the charms of Santorini cuisine and today, I’m not just going to tell you what to eat but also where to do it – I’m about to show you the three best restaurants on Santorini! I feel like I’m getting a little cocky over here and I’m sorry!
But let’s not dwell on my rudeness or our food will go cold. While in Santorini, I had the pleasure of visiting some of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to and I’d love to share them with you! Whether you’re after a steaming plate of seafood, traditional Greek food or something a little more experimental, my list has got you covered. Let’s kick it off with some freshly caught fish, shall we?
It doesn’t matter whether you’re after a low-key lunch or a luxurious dinner – Psaraki tavern is laid back enough for a midday snack and fabulous enough for a full-on supper. Either way, you’ll be thinking of that meal for months to come.
My favourite dish was a grilled seabass fillet served with steamed greens and buttery potatoes – caught near the marina below that very morning, it made for a simple meal with a lot of taste. I already raved about the chloro cheese spring rolls in a previous post, but let me give you one more example of why Psaraki must be added to your Santorini list. Have you ever eaten a fresh mackerel? Perchance. But have you ever eaten a fresh mackerel with crispy pita bread, fennel shavings and sweet paprika? No, you haven’t. But you should.
Psaraki tavern is extremely difficult to find – you will have to drive through winding roads and follow tiny signs hidden behind bushes. But trust me when I say that this is a treasure hunt well worth the reward awaiting you at the end.
I discovered this lovely restaurant completely by chance, while sunset hunting in Fira. I was absolutely famished and the wind was so strong that I had two choices – go for a lovely meal or stumble down the jagged rocks to my death. I pondered the options for about zero seconds and quickly picked a table by the window, so that I could watch the sunset while I gorge on Greek food.
I’m a woman of my word, so that’s exactly what I did. I ordered stifado – a hearty beef stew cooked with red wine, vinegar and cinnamon and garnished with pearl onions. It was impeccable – the meat melted on mo tongue and the sweetness of the spices made this into a heartwarming comfort food. But that wasn’t enough – I finished the meal with a fantastic chocolate lava cake and a glass of Vinsanto dessert wine. I’m not sure why, but the wind could no longer blow me off my feet after my meal at Mamathira…
Located right next to Santo Winery (a place you should definitely add to your Santorini itinerary), Villa Gem looks extremely luxurious – almost too luxurious for my taste. It’s a little heaven with sparkling chandeliers, turquoise accents and elegant white furniture that overlooks the caldera… and that’s not even the reason why you should come here! The food is just as heavenly as the views, if that is even humanly possible. The dishes sound simple at first – rice, pasta, salad – but there’s always an unexpected twist. A dash of Martini in your risotto, smoked salmon and Vinsanto wine in your spaghetti or prosciutto with white grapes in your salad – the combinations may sound a little strange at first, but they just work.
What do you think about the local cuisine?