On our first night in Paros, I kicked off our first night with fresh mussels for dinner. We had each also ordered a small house salad which turned out to be a mistake as the “small” was larger than I would even expect for serving to four people. And it was filled with a variety of cold seafood. I had trouble eating very much – the cold seafood I found to be a bit unappetizing. It did come with grilled bread that had butter and herbs on it though and that was sublime. I’m going to have to try that at home with foods instead of plain or garlic bread.
Our second dinner in Paros was a lot better. We tried a different restaurant, called the Albatross, and made sure to only order ONE house salad which was delicious. It had all sorts of layers and as we ate our way thorough it discovered lettuce, cabbage, beans, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, capers, and little crackers shaped like playing card suits. I tried the tuna tagliatelle, the tuna wasn’t fresh but I wanted pasta and the whole dish was very good. Our meal even came with a free dessert (oh and free ouzo too)- a flakey pastry filled with a sweet egg custard.
We had two really excellent dinners while we were in Santorini. Our first was in the main town of Fira after we had driving all around the island in the windy, windy weather, so maybe that sharpened our appetites. We had met another couple and so we shared fresh bread, taramasalata (fish roe dip), tzatziki, and a plate of beets and sauteed greens. When the tzatziki was ordered the waiter informed us that “only tourists order that” which we found to be quite rude. Maybe it’s true, but it isn’t very customer friendly to trash food choices. As my main dish I had cumin spiced meatballs served in a tomato sauce with roast potatoes on the side.
Our second Santorini meal was in the picturesque village of Oia (pronounced ee-ah). The restaurant we ate at, overlooking the sea and the caldera, was chosen because it was the only one we could find that was open which turned out to be excellent for us because the food was amazing. We started off with some freshly squeezed lemonade. The taramasalata was so good! I think I may have eaten most of it. There was also fava bean spread which turned out to be a bit bland. I ordered the “tomato balls” and they weren’t my favorite. They were kind of like a deep friend fritter or pakora but they had battered hunks of tomato and onion.
We kicked off our first night in Crete, in Iraklion, with pork gyros from a little grill place. They were the most astonishing gyro I have ever eaten. They took a pita, put on one piece of tomato, then added about a cup and a half of shredded pork, stuffed in about two cups of fries and put a dollop of yogurt on top. I’m not in any way exaggerating the amount of meat and fries on this thing. I couldn’t finish mine. On our second night we also got gyros but from a different place. I wanted less meat but they just filled it up with even more fries!
Sadly our first meal in Chania, Crete was the worst we’d had so far. We tried the taramasalata with bread and it was awful. We suspect that it was store bought rather than homemade. My sister also tried the “mountain tea” and said it was like drinking very strong liquid oregano. That found it’s way into a nearby shrub – good thing we had chosen to eat outside. But our dinner that night was very good. It was up a little back street in a small taverna. The waiter/owner brought out a tray of the fresh fish raw that was available and we picked which one we wanted. We both ended up with a really good whole grilled white snapper fish. Of course the meal came with fries, as it seems to be the automatic side here. And we had a good Greek salad.
Well, that is a sample of some of our meals.