Asterix: A lively, inexpensive bar/restaurant on Batsi beac
Over the years this nice, friendly bar/cafe on Batsi beach has evolved from what was a pretty dingy cafe into a delightful place for a morning coffee, a light lunch with a beer or an evening glass of wine or cocktail. The service is particularly friendly and attentive.
Coffee is lovely, served in individual cafetieres and remarkably good value at 2 Euro (2010 prices). The food menu isn't extensive - mainly toasties and meze selection. The cocktail menu is good and again, very good value.
A nice place to go at any time of the day or night.
Favorite Dish: Good coffee and cocktails
Kandouni: A nice taverna/bar behind Batsi town beach
The Kandouni is situated at the far end of Batsi beach, away from the town and next door to the Cavo Doro restaurant. There's a shady eating area at the front, overlooking the beach. George is in charge of the day-to-day running of the place and he's a friendly, courteous man. His mother does the cooking, so it's all home produced - her moussaka in particular is excellent, and the Greek salad with local cheese is a good eat. The food's not gourmet standard but it's plain, delicious and good value. There's a little bar next door owned by George's sister and her husband - it's nice to sit there in the evening, having a drink before heading off into town for dinner - or, if you're tired, just going next door!
George has put some sun umbrellas and loungers on the beach; when we were there in June he wasn't charging for their use, although you were expected to buy a drink from the bar - not a problem! - it was nice to have one's morning coffee or juice brought out!
There's also accommodation on the first floor of the building - we've stayed there and it's nice.
Basically it's a nice friendly place to spend a lunchtime or an evening - we've sat in there for more hours than anywhere else on our trips to Batsi, and we're already looking forward to next year's visit.
Favorite Dish: Greek salad with local cheese, moussaka
Stamatis: It's always open
Oneof a number of good restaurants and tavernas in Batsi, but this one is open all year round. Good local food, great service and a nice location in a back street with plenty of opportunities for people-watching.
In 2010 the owners opened an extension, a room opposite the restaurant with a fabulous view over the harbour.
Favorite Dish: All goo-quality, especially the lamb kleftiki.
O, Ti Kalo: Lovely place in Batsi
Sited overlooking Batsi harbour, the O, Ti Kalo is small but very, very good. The fish in particular is delicious as is the veal stamnas (cooked and served in a clay pot) and the fourtalia, a large local omelette made to order. Very friendly owner, speaking very good English.
Favorite Dish: Cheese pies, whitebait, fourtalia
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