Prefecture of Heraklion Restaurants
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Alkion Restaurant, Agia Pelagia: Kleftiko not to be missed!
The Alkion Restaurant in Agia Pelagia is family run and all Greek staff. Right on the beach overlooking the lovely bay. It has a play area for children which is great for parents wanting some peace to dine! Children can draw pictures and have them put up in the 'gallery'. Friendliness is the name of the game in the Alkion (probably meaning Kingfisher) and the hospitality is second to none. Kostas, your host, speaks very good Enlgish along with quite a good command of a few others as well! The restaurant always has lots of visitors from Finland, France, Holland, Germany, Russia and many others so always someone interesting to talk to. Some come along and try it!
Moussaka is my favourite dish in the Alkion. Manolis, the chef, just seems to have a way of making it - juicy and VERY tasty - also larger than most restaurants!
Eptiatorio Spitiko - ΣΠITIKO: Home cooking in the middle of Crete
As we walked through the town in a search of good Cretan food we came across of this place.There were no menu (or at least not in any language that we could read) so we got invited to the kitchen where gracious host let us look into every pot and pan. We chose two dishes that we split. One was an octopus stew and the other was a bean stew (see pictures). The food was fabulous, we would definitely make an effort to go to this place once more in our lifetime :-)
EΣTIATOPIO ΣΠITIKO - Eftiatorio Fpitiko - Eptiatorio Spitiko
PASIPHAE Taverna: Good place to Park and to eat
The large car park is free and you can park there with no obligation to go into the restaurant, as you walk out of the car park they give you a small flyer for the Taverna which has a map on it and they tell you which way to go to Knossos which is only a short walk away.We had a drink in the Taverna before walking down to Knossos and had something to eat when we came back out. The food was good and price was maybe only slightly above what we have found to be average.I had Souvalaki which was both tasty and well presented and friendly staff that remembered us from earlier. The tables are laid out around olive trees so it’s a nice place to sit and just have a drink if that’s all you want.
Various: Pizza in Greece
I decided to write this tip due to some people complaining about there pizza's in a Restaurant(Blue Sky) in Gouves.Pizzas in Greece are not like the Pizza you get in Italy. They are more like American ones. A bit like cross between a Pizza and a cheese flan with their high sides and cheese fillings. Look on them as something other than a pizza and you will find them very nice.
Around the Morozini fountain in Iraklion here are some very nice looking cafe's some of which specialize in Bhougatsa which is a flaky pastry filled with cheese or cream and then drizzled with honey. In the mornings when the first Ferries arrive many people make their way to these cafes’s to get their 'fix' of this delicious delicacy.We went to one of these called Kipkop which has been there since 1922 and had Bougatsa with Honey, it was LovelySampling Bougatsa is a MUST if you visit Heraklion it is lovely
Mithos Restaurant – Taverna: Inviting (Gouves)
This is a Large Taverna on the main St in Gouves, inviting and well decorated in a traditional Greek style, Friendly service and we had a nice ‘Gyros me Pita’ and a drink here for our lunch on the first day. They do some reasonably priced set meals and the menu looks very interesting, we certainly plan to visit here again. (05/07/08)We went back again on 12/07/08 we had a set menu for 2, Greek salad, mixed grill and glass of wine for €25. Nice Greek food, nothing fancy just good Greek Fayre. Would like to try some of the other items on the menu (although not the set menu’s aimed at tourists)
Starbucks: They're everywhere (Iraklion)
We were surprised to see a Starbucks in Heraklion, and decided that as we were both thirsty anyway, we would go in and see what it is like. All the coffee’s looked the same as back home, except for a “Green Tea Frappuchino”, although it said this was for summer so we may have missed it back home. I had a water while Evan had a sparkling Sanguinello orange juice, definitely not something they serve back home. We also both had a double chocolate muffin, which had a large lump of white chocolate in the middle, and was delicious. Also, we sat outside and it all had a nice cosmopolitan feel.
O gyros gyrizei
Gyros is traditionally made of pork. In recent years chicken gyros has appeared, thanks to its low fat content. Recently the doner kebab has also shown up, made of mixed lamb and beef mince.In the Greek gyros, the pita bread is not cut open to insert the meat and vegetables, That is the Cypriot pita, which has a different flavour to the traditional Greek variety.There is also the version in half a small loaf of bread with the centre removed, which is basted and grilled like pita bread.In northern Greece gyros is served with mustard or ketchup instead of yoghourt. In Athens, gyros does not include chips and is smaller than the portion you’ll eat in Crete.Make your own...This is probably the best way of enjoying a healthier gyros with quality ingredients. Ready-made pita bread is sold in all major supermarkets and pork is readily available. Recently, special herb and spice mixtures for...
Skewered pork meat, a traditional Greek dish. It is served with french fries and there is also chicken, lamb and swordfish souvlaki.Apart from the classic pork souvlaki, you can also try chicken or any other meat. One shop in Athens even serves ostrich souvlaki. All these variations were invented to provide a different taste, and also contain far less fat and cholesterol than pork. In restaurants (but not souvlaki shops) the souvlaki is larger and threaded on a metal skewer. You can also order swordfish, prawn or vegetable souvlaki.The traditional kebab is also cooked on a spit but it’s not called a souvlaki. It’s made of lamb or pork mince with spices and looks like a big elongated meat patty.
Cafe Divina: towards the campsite (Gouves)
There are some tables on the other side of the road next to the sea, some at the front of the building and some inside were their is a Bar, Lounge and children’s play area. Out at the rear they have their own Apartments.I had a very nice Mousaka and my son had Grilled Chicken, Both were very tasty and nicely presented. The Mousaka was a little different from normal as as well as the normal layers of meat and Aubergine it had a layer of Courgette.
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