Sunday, 28 July 2013

Dining & Wining in Ithaka

Here we are, as promised, once again to talk about the quiet island of Ithaka. 

  
This time we thought it could have been useful to chat about food, wine and restaurants. Just the basic information to survive in case any of you is going there soon.
First of all don't expect only fish or seafood. The culinary tradition on the island is really Greek: lots of meat especially lamb which is everywhere. A couple of places would also serve wild goat, if your palate is brave enough for such a strong taste.
I have to admit that for 2 foodies (and sometimes tripadvisor addicted) like us, finding places to eat on Ithaka hasn't been that easy. The web doesn't offer that many info on the subject so we had to be adventurous!
Let me start from the place we liked the least that was called Sirines
The service was so dramatically slow, that when the food finally arrived we were so hungry, we literally jumped on it and totally forgot about taking pictures. And unfortunately the quality was just average.
Lovely location on a pedestrian internal square of Vathi but not an experience to repeat.
Further up on our personal chart there is Kohili, that is a quite rustic taverna on the harbour of Vathi. It was suggested by the owner of the apartments where we were staying (Forkis apartments).
The starter of baked feta, with sesame seeds and honey, was delicious and came in a big portion. Not to talk about the grilled prawns that followed shortly... 















A very nice place. Simple food and not expensive. The perfect dinner after a long day of traveling.

Just next to Kohili is another little restaurant with an Asian twist. Manu, owner and chef, is Vietnamese and offers a mix of Greek and Asian dishes which are extremely cheap and well made.
My tempura cod was excellent and the stir fried veggies extremely tasty. We normally tend to eat local, but this time we were tempted by the menu and Manu's hospitality! 


A couple of special notes...one for the bill that was the lowest of the entire holiday and the second for the funniest waitress ever...a bit patchy but super-funny!

Last but not least on our list is Polifemus, a little gem in Stavros. In their lovely garden we tried octopus, stuffed peppers, lamb, moussaka, Greek salad, the house wine and a strong local spirit (so strong that it deleted any memories about its name)...just the 2 of us!

  








Rustic and genuine cuisine. All very good, friendly service and fairly priced.



And since we were staying in an apartment we also had the chance to test the local products with our own cooking skills. The result was yummy....and the view of Dexa bay the best companion for a relaxing dinner on our little terrace.

 














A little addition on this list is for a taverna in Sami, that deserves a special mention. We stopped there before getting on the ferry to Piso Aetos. We were served fresh quid in front on the sea. Unfortunately we cannot remember the name but it's the last one on the road of the ferry port and was suggested by the lady at the ticket office. If you are hungry while waiting for the ferry, don't miss it. Don't expect anything sophisticated but the food is great and very cheap.

To finish off with wine, we often drunk Robola from Kefalonia and a couple of other local wines and beers, but for more info we will divert you to our `sister blog` Winehippie

We should have stimulated your appetite enough with these pictures...so we will leave you with that hoping this list will be helpful!

Buon appetito!

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