The sun was out, the main square was just so colourful and the shaded tables of the cafes around beckoned, first a single finger invite and then a whole welcoming hand - "Sit, relax, peruse the menu!" And so sitting, relaxing and perusing the menu was the order of the day. I even ate! The "looky-looky" guys touted (BUT really upmarket "looky-looky" guys here: HA! No rip-off CD's, no cheap watches - original prints by local artists only). Lunch was duly had, service great, this was chill-out in the early afternoon with a carafe of amazingly good white wine (more amazing in that it was only a couple of euros!!!)
I think I sat here for about 2 and a half hours over a 10 euro lunch, me, myself, I and perhaps someone special too. The jazz guys were touting, getting a few euros here and there, but the poor little ballon seller didn't have a single sale :( The cleaner cleaned, pretty girls passed - some even smiled - yep, this was a perfect spot for a languid slow lunch!
Favorite Dish: I just had a simple lunch - the "Chef's Salad" which was OK:) But and it IS a BIG BUT - the tomatoes in it were the best I've ever eaten - they just zinged the palate with the slightest hint of mintiness. Hey, I've eaten some great tomatoes over the years but these just stood out from the crowd!! Good wine and good bread too, yet I can still taste those tomatoes now, months later, as I'm typing this - aye they were memorable!
I have loads of photos from here and will eventually put them on a travelogue - patience is a virtue. In the meantime make do with these ;)
This was a magic little find on my first night here on Crete. I needed to eat, it was about 10 pm, a bit blustery and the evening air rapidly cooling and all of a sudden here was this waterfront taverna with a really welcoming glow to it, not too busy but with a definitely local look to it. Yep, right choice - cheery staff, great food, reasonably priced beer (Ach - if I remember correctly I only had ONE - AND AN EARLY NIGHT!!! - Bejeez I must of been tired!!).
The waiter brought my bread and realizing that I was perhaps foreign offered me BUTTER!! "The English ALWAYS ask for butter," he says. HA! Butter is what you put on toast!!
As I was leaving the place was filling up - or perhaps it was because I was leaving ;) Nice place, nice people.
Got this one right :)
Favorite Dish: The Paraglia Special - a major meze for one - absolutely delish!! Tarama, Tzitziki, Humous, Mussels, Squid, Octopus, Tuna, Big Prawns, Olives and all the salad bits. Superb bread, oil. vinegar and lemon and BEER - just over 10 euros, a positive feast!! Then to finish things off a complimentary plate of melon and the ripest ever black cherries (my shirt front has never recovered from them - but I'm not complaining!!)
"We used the Plantation restaurant on most occasions, I liked the layout plus the fact you can eat out in the open at the rear of the ship enjoying the weather and sunsets.
We never had any problems with the Plantation,the staff were always helpful and worked very hard and long hours.
The menu was different everyday,normally themed (Asian,Greek,French etc)
Plenty of different choices,smoothies for breakfast ,full breakfast or cereals,the choice is yours.
The restaurant was kept clean always and most tables were kept clear of dishes etc.
They have a hygiene policy was very good,as soon as you enter the restaurant you must use the cleaning gel provided, use the tongs provided and not fingers.
The only minor moan is ,the travel Agent implied that all soft drinks were free! this is not the case coffee, tea, fruit juices are.but not fizzy drinks.
I personally think this is something ocean Village should address.
Favorite Dish: "Rogan Josh Curry"
"Papadakis" tavern in Rogdia village, at 6km west of Heraclion. A village hanging from a hill ,a superb Cretan cuisine served against an amazing view of Heraclion city and port. As a friend of mine said"it is the only time when i got to eat great food in a place with a view"!
Favorite Dish: Choose between a lot of appetizers like fried rabbit,stuffed zuccini flowers,snails(god,i don't eat them but some people find them great),meatballs(not like the ones you've tasted so far),Cretan cheese,"dakos" salad(tomato,skim-milk cheese,oregano,olive oil served on a barley bread roll),fava beans etc.
And drink good quality "raki"(it is the Cretan variant of ouzo).And nicely roasted meat for the main dish.(i believe fish is not their highlight)
Souvlaki shops in Heraklion town centre never close, feeding locals and tourists 24/7, 365 days a year. The same is true of other cities in Crete and Greece, as fast food has become a basic necessity and souvlaki shops stay open all night, along with chemists’ and service stations.
You can buy a pitta gyros or pitta souvlaki that you need both hands to hold and which is guaranteed to fill you up for several hours. It will cost you only 2.50 Euro.
If you want to try a different flavour should order a “psomaki me souvlaki” or a “psomaki me gyro” (small loaf with souvlaki or gyros), a combination first offered in Heraklion by Thraka souvlaki shop: a small grilled loaf with the bready centre removed, filled with meat, tomato, onion, yoghourt and chips. A pitta souvlaki in fact, but with bread instead of pitta.
The best view by far! Marina cafe is the ideal place for daytime to have a cafe or refreshment and a light snack, viewing the majestic Koules castle and all the small boats on the marina of the old port.
Favorite Dish: Have a cold coffee and relax in the scenery of an old cretan - mediterreanean port.
Pagopiion is a bistrot on the beautiful st. Titus sq. It is open all day long until late and you can have here a cold beer, coffee and if you want to eat, you can choose from its eclectic dish menu.
Favorite Dish: What makes Pagopiion really special to me is the place where it is located. On my favourite st. Titus sq. which is beautiful day around. However Pagopiion is worth visiting for itself. An eclectic place on its interior and on its dishes as well.
Heraklion is appreciated in Greece as having nice seafood restaurants, the so-called "ouzeri". The best ouzeri for me is "Vardia" on the port. Eat here roasted octapus and squib and shrimps and fried small fish "marida". Accompany them with a greek salad and ouzo.
Make it on a late lunch at about 3-4 o'clock and afterwards have a coffee a sweet dessert and then go to sleep! Beloved habits!
Favorite Dish: All the seafood served. My favourite is squib, but try them all.
Fast food to remain tuned with your life back home! Goody's is the greek reply to the Mac Donald's and it is very successful throughout Greece.
Favorite Dish: You don't need my recommendations. You probably know what you like here and what not.
It is a small grill souvlaki restaurant with few tables. You can eat here or take away the best souvlaki in town, and let me tell you in Greece!
Favorite Dish: Ask it "Thraka with gyros". You will take roasted bread filled with gyros (pork meat) and potatos, tzatziki and tomato.
Any other dish you choose is really delicious!
The best chocolate dessert you will find on the island and not only, named "trouffa".
Barbarigos is a pastry-coffee shop where you can buy trouffa and other pastries and if you want to sit there to eat it and have also a coffee or a refreshment.
Favorite Dish: Trouffa of course, see it on the photo, it is like a small ball. I don't know exactly the recipe, but I know it is delicious, don't miss it. It is about 1Euros per piece. BE CAREFUL: Only Barbarigos pastry shop has this delicious trouffa. It is located is on Psaromiligon str. on the back side of Lion's square.
Trout and salmon roasted in a fabulous mountain scenery. It is both a fish farm and a tavern, serving the fish they maintain. It is located on the south side of mountain Psiloreitis, about 50 km south of Heraklion city, close to Zaros lake, see the tip about Off the beaten path. The tavern serves trout and salmon from the fish farm and also any other dish you expect from a tavern. George the owner is a friendly, young man, keen to help you with whatever information you need about the region.
Favorite Dish: Roasted trout of course! It comes from the pool in which it is maintained, right to your plate. Of course it gets roasted on the way!! For a fish which is about one portion (approx. 320 kgrs) you pay 8 Euros.
A cafe on the Lion's sq. famous for its cheese pie "mpougatsa". Come here, order a coffee, preferebly a greek one or a nice instant cold "frape" coffee and a "mpougatsa". Relax and enjoy the delicacies starring at the people going around, the sq. is always crowded!
Favorite Dish: Mpougatsa and greek coffee... and a newspaper!
Have you heard about cretan - mediterranean diet? Here is a nice day restaurant in the heart of the city to taste some home-like food.
Favorite Dish: All vegetable stews. Avoid meat and fish which you can eat to any other taverna and eat here some cooked vegetables. Believe me they are delicious, based on fresh locally produced vegetables!
This restaurant is right between the ocean and the busiest road in Iraklio, so it offers a mix of the good and the bad of the city. The food is generally good, as is the service... we ordered pasta and fish and were more than satisfied with both. The view on the ocean side is quite nice.
Favorite Dish: Generally good food, especially enjoyed the tomato soup.