Restaurant Pirofani: good food and service
On our first evening, when strolling around in Skala, we were overwhelmed by the number of (Greek) restaurants. At last we decide to have our first diner at Restaurant Pirofani; they call themselves a ‘fish tavern’. Pirofani has a nice terrace, more or less overlooking the harbour of Skala.
We had a (big) fish, with lemon sauce, a Greek salad and as dessert the ‘famous’ Greek yoghurt with honey. Nothing fancy, but it tasted very well and was very cheap. Next to the fish dishes Pirofani offers traditional Greek menus and meat dishes too.
It has also very friendly and helpful staff.
We were very satisfied and Pirofani became our favourite restaurant and Alex was our ‘private’ waiter for the next days.
Restaurant Pantelis: lacking atmosphere
We had seen this restaurant – with its tables along one of the main roads in Skala - a couple of times and it looked very charming, especially in the evening.
For a change we decided to have diner at Pantelis. Because it was rather chilly that evening we had a table inside the restaurant. But it was rather disappointing: a dining room without any atmosphere, a not very friendly staff (one of the few times we met unfriendly Patmians) and the food was also not too good.
Loza: excellent views for free
Café(teria) Restaurant Loza is located in Chora and is an ideal place to finish your visit of the Monastery of St. John or after a walk through the labyrinth of alleys in Chora.
Have a warm or cold drink, a quick snack, lunch or dinner.
Loza has some really nice terraces and the excellent views of Skala are for free.
Cafés on the central square: watch Patmian life
It is absolutely impossible to miss the two side walk cafés on the central square of Skala. One is called Petrino and the other just Plaza. Both do have covered terraces and offer a cool place in the square to sit and relax having a cool or hot drink or a lunch. I never expected, but they both offer really good cappuccinos.
If you are sitting on one of the terraces it is great fun to watch Patmian life; mostly very quiet and peaceful, but vibrant when one of the cruise ships is embarking its passengers. They all seem to be in a hurry to ‘do’ the tourist sights and some shopping.
Sunday morning there was also a (tiny) market with a couple of vendors.
Ostria: More mezes
The Ostria is right on the sea front and has a sort of terrace out front. My first impression was "expensive/tourist trap" - seafront, seafood....however it is EXTREMELY cheap and EXTREMELY good valu. The seafood platter for 2 - prawns, maridhes (whitebait), kalamari and taramaslata would have made a full meal had we not been abnormally hungry that night and was priced at 12 euros. There's a good selection of seafood (swordfish souvlaki and the like) and oven dishes (we had a delicious plate of braised liver to share). This quickly became our favourite place to eat in Skala, with the occasional foray to Hiliomodi for a change of scene.
(Oh and inside is rather nice too!)
To Hiliomodhi: Mezes!
To Hiliomodi has a simple, reasonably priced mezes menu. Seating is either in the lane behind the building or on the smallish roof terrace (6-8 tables). Food is simple, but very tasty - mixed grilled fish, grilled prawns, gigantes. We went in Ocotber and it was packed with travellers and locals every night!
Favorite Dish: Mixed fish and grilled prawns
Meloi Taverna: Oven food to die for!
This taverna is set at Meloi beach. Very welcoming and with excellent food and loose retsina. We NEVER eat lunch in Greece, yet we had lunch here nearly every day (even detouring here by foot from another beach!)
We also walked over one beatiful still, moonlit evening!
Favorite Dish: Everything is excellent -
Stuffed potatoes (NOT potato skins actual potatoes!)
Aubergines with tomato and feta (and I don't even LIKE aubergines!)
Fish in lemon sauce