Ostria restaurant: tasty food at Ostria
We loved the location of Ostria taverna, a picturesque corner, they have many tables outside, great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Their menu isn’t really extended but we tasted some good foods here, everything was freshly cooked and the prices were very good like we weren’t in expensive Hydra anymore :)
The service was very friendly but someone may find it weird because of their style (jokes about their foods etc)
We tried keftedakia(meatball) for 4,6euros, they were really good, mavromatika(beans) for 4,6euro they were good too but a bit more oily that I’m used to, the chicken fillet (6,2euro) was good too and we tried a politiki salad (with white-red cabbage, selin, carot, coloured pepeppers & garlic) which they suggested (6.2euros).
It was also nice with good homemade sauce but they also have greek salad(6.2e), green salad(4.7e) and season salad(5.4e).
We washed the food down with beer but you can also try ouzo (3e for a glass or 6.8e for a small bottle) and wine (3,5-6e for half litre or white, rose or red wine)
The bill came up to 30euros
Thanasis: souvlaki at Thanasis
This is a typical place where you can order some souvlaki, the cheap tasty way in Greece to eat something without paying a fortune. You can eat it there (not much space inside but its lovely outdoors at the alley), of course you can take it on the go like most of the greeks.
The Pita Giros(which is what most people know as pita sandwich) costs 2e, the simple kalamaki(small pieces of meat grilled on a skewer) 1,5e and they have some simple salads for 4e
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Gonia: Gonia cafe/pub
There’s no really big differences between the cafes in front of the port but the service or the prices are some of these small things that turn the balance.
Gonia (means corner in greek) has what a typical greek cafeteria usually has, coffees and drinks but also a good menu for food:
You can order some light food here like salads (6,5-9,5e), pizza (9-11e), spaghetti(6,5-9,5e), talliatelles(9,5e), risotto with mushrooms(8,5e), club sandwich, beef burgers(9,5e), veal steak(12,5e), chicken(9,5e) spoon dessert (4e), waffles, ice creams, or have breakfast (5-10e).
Nescafe costs 3e and cappuccino/chocolate 3.6e.
What we liked was the fact that they have bootled beer(500ml for 3e, cheaper than all the other cafes next to them
Porto Fino: Porto Fino
Porto Fino is the third café we tried in front of the port, actually it’s the first one you see as you exit the hydrofoil. I guess this is the reason they charge 4 euro for a chocolate or a beer.
The service was bad/rude and definitely they had the most expensive prices in the row of cafes with nothing special to offer.
Café Sinialo: Café Sinialo
Café Sinialo is another café like Gonia that faces the port, I can just copy what the other café offers with only different prices and (a bit slower service)
By the way the nescafe costs here 2.8euro and the chocolate 3 euros We just went there because Gonia café was full but we didn’t really care, we played back gammon anyway :)
Cristina Manolis Taverna: It's very good, I should know!
There are undoubtedly many very good restaurants on Hydra, they wouldn't survive otherwise. We happened upon this place, purely by chance, whilst looking for a coffee one morning. As is the local custom apparently (my ex-girlfriend was Greek) she just wandered into the kitchen to see what was on offer that night, and decided that was where we were eating. Very good call (she's seldom wrong about these things). I always like to try new places but we ate there every night we were on the island - it was that good.
I know for a fact the fish is fresh because I met the waiter on his way to the harbour one morning. I know the meat dishes are freshly prepared every day, because I've seen them doing it. I also know that the "village" stew was one of the finest Greek dishes I have ever eaten (and I've eaten in a lot of Greek places). Just for an example, my ex had seen a really lovely lookng fish in the display, but wanted it oven-cooked to a particular Greek recipe that wasn't actually on the menu. No problem, it came up quickly and exactly as she wanted it.
Cristinas espouses what for me is the essence of good cuisine anywhere - the best, freshest local ingredients cooked simply and well - there is no substitute.
Service is good and the healthy mix of tourists, expats and locals stands testament to the quality of the place. Given the standard of the food, you won't actually pay an arm and a leg for it either.
Oh, and to wash it all down, the ridiculously cheap local housewine is first class.
What more can I tell you - if you're on Hydra, you must eat her at least once.
The price band I have quoted includes a fair amount of drink as well!
Favorite Dish: The village beef stew (can't remember the proper Greek name for it). I have eaten a lot of Greek (including home-made) food and this was just about as good as it gets.
The ex-Mrs_planxty, however, asked for another mention of the oven baked fish! I did have some of it and it was outstanding.
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"Anemoni" confisserie: Sweets like sin...
You think your blood sugar levels are low? Then it's just a short walking distance from the port to "Anemoni" confisserie. Ice cream, cookies, a large variety of sweets made locally, or even coffee are sold or served on spot (there are tables outside). Particularly try the local delicacy (amygdaloto or zakharobaklavas) which are guarranteed fresh. Over the years I should advice you to taste the candy with plum, chocolate cream, walnut and covered with chocolate. Simply delicious, so much that you can become addicted.
Mrs Flora runs the confisserie and her two suns (John and George) are the ones responsible for the delight in your palate.
"Anemoni" is open from the morning till late night.
Sunset: Clifftop romance
The Sunset would be a typical Greek resort restaurant, were it not for its position perched on the cliffs next to Hydra Town. Food is good, but avoid the fish - VERY overpriced. Go for the view, and the next night find a back-street taverna for cheaper wonderful fish.
When we were there, a dolphin and her baby swam past, cutting a pattern in the darkening sea. This was unusual enough for all the waiters to rush to the edge of the terrace to look as well.
Favorite Dish: Wine: Strofilia (white)
Also the tzatziki is good, with lots of dill, but perhaps not enough cucumber.
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Sunset restaurant: Dinner with view
If you opt a fine dinner with excellent view watching the sun setting and money doesn't matter, then "Sunset" restaurant is your best bet on the island.
Located a bit off the main port on the way to Kaminia, it enjoys wonderful views (see additional pics) over the sea and the Peloponnese coast. Arrive there just before sunset to enjoy colors and serenity.
It is more pricey than average on the island but it's cuisine is more "classy" meaning it has more international touch. Anything from meat to salads and seafood (expensive indeed) is served outdoors. If you arrive early enough you can find a table just at the end of the balcony to enjoy undisturbed views.
I'm not a frequent costumer, I have been there as guest in formal occasions but service and food in all occasions was excellent.
Taverna Lazarus, Mandrakhi: idyl
Friends own a house in Mandrakhi, so we hung out here a great deal. The place was very welcoming and friendly - usually sat outside in the courtyard/terrace, overlooking the bay. Away from Hydra Town, a quieter option.
Favorite Dish: All the usual Greek staples.
Right next to the (dis)embarkation point of the ferries is this outdoor cafe, spreading as it does along the seafront prom. Great place to people watch (locals and tourists) - excellent place to start the day with a Greek breakfast and coffee.
Favorite Dish: Breakfasts and snacks throughout the day.
Taverna Mavramartis: sunset
Fabulous location on the waterfront about 2kms west of Hydra Town, overlooking a flotilla of little boats, and a perfect location for the sunsets. Another of the quieter spots away from Hydra Town.
Favorite Dish: Usual Greek staples
Kodylenia's taverna is situated on the waterfront in the area of Kaminia. Point of report the ideal setting the nature makes with the sunset. Down at your feet there is an amazing fishing harbour with wooden boats and local fishermen.
Kodylenia's Taverna is open from March up to the end of October. The place is accessible on foot (15 minutes' walk) or with traditional boats and high-speed water taxis.
It serves fresh cooked food and fresh fish. Every morning the owner runs around in order to gather the fishes of the day. The music is splendid and it creates a climate of mental well-being. Calm, relaxation, a fantastic journey in the dreams in the splendid shades of the imposing rocks all around.
Easier to find is the Sunset Restaurant which sits on the ramparts overlooking the rocks where everyone swims just beyond the harbor. The food is excellent and the view is too. Great place for dinner or lunch and an ouzo and meze while you watch the sunsets that Hydra is famous for. Say hello to George, an old friend and North Carolina resident who cooks and helps run the place during the summer. Lots of fish dishes and great kalamarakia. Try the Garides saganaki which is shrimp cooked with cheese in tomato sauce.
The most traditional restaurant by far is Leonidas Taverna in Kala Pigadia. Excellent food and friendly staff. You should better call and make reservation before you come because it is small and popular.
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