My mom and I went to Agios Nikolaos for some food and relaxation. She had been to Ag.Nik three times before, but never to this resturant. It opened only last year and has yet to build the reputation it so well deserves.
We were directed to GOLD by the people at the well known restaurant La Strada, just a few steps away. They gave us a voucher for a free glass of vine, and we didn't hesitate. At GOLD we were very well recieved, so we decided to dine there the next evening.
So we did, and had one of the finest meals ever. I had the fresh Sea Bream with three kinds of sauses. My favourite was the ginger sause. Delicious! Mom had some very good lamb chops. We shared a salad with a gorgeous parmesan shell. A feast for the eye, as well as the mouth.
Later in the week we made a second visit to GOLD. I couldn't resist having the Sea Bream again, with some nice macedonian wine. Mom also had the Sea Bream this time. Both times we were treated to a little something to drink, on the house, after dinner.
The service was flawless on both occations. Everyone on the staff was very nice. GOLD really deserves more recognition and we wish that more people discover this great restaurant.
Go for GOLD. You won't regret it!
Favorite Dish: Fresh Sea Bream, that I had both evenings, with the ginger sause expecially.
Address: R. Koundouroy, Agios Nikolaos
Phone: +30 28410 22966
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Neon is the place with the best view in town. You sit in a beautiful garden-restaurant directly above the famous lake of Agios Nikolaos. Where else can you see lake and sea from one view? The friendly greek owner is an artist, which you can feel in the athmosphere of the whole place. We had a great English waiter with that typically english humor. I can only recommand,- if your in Agios Nikolaos,- don't miss NEON.
Favorite Dish: The food was exellent. I had a greek salad, then a fish-dish with rice and a wonderful greek desert for very, very little money.
Address: NEON, 8,N. Plastirastr. Agios Nikolaos, Crete
Directions: you shall see the sign-board allready from down the lake. Just follow the steps along the left lake side.
Phone: ++30 28410 28842
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We were on holiday in Agios Nicolaos and we went for dinner to La Strada - Italian Restaurant.
We ordered for a starter carparccio. They gave us a plate with (cheap) smoked beef!! floating in olive-oil with a few tiny pieces of parmezancheese and two leaves of rocketsalat!! And they clame that they are a real Italian restaurant. Shame on you!!! They also added a tip on the bill. i will be the judge wether a give a tip or not.
This restaurant thinks that all tourists are fouls when it comes to food.
And when you complain about it they donot handle it very well.
Save your mony and go to a real greek restaurant for Mezedakia. The place to be is Hrisofillis.
The food is very, very good.
A real chef.
A real chef
Favorite Dish: Nothing, after the starter we left!!!
We had a very satisfying dinner at the Okeanos restaurant. The seafood was fresh and excellently prepared and the service polite. It has a great location write by the Limni or Lagoon with seating both by the water and inside. We took a table by the balcony in the building and enjoyed the lovely view together with our meal.
Favorite Dish: The grilled octopus was excellent. Grilled to perfection was neither too soft not chewy. Drizzled with olive oil, it really was one of the best I have ever had.
Directions: It is the last restaurant on the right side of the lagoon as you enter it from the harbor.
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The owner of this place (I don't remember it's name, but it's the first one around the main loop of the lagoon) talked us in with his charm and patter. He had just opened up, it was a new place, we would be his first customers... And he had lots of stuff for vegetarians, including veg moussaka. After we ordered we found there was no veg moussaka after all, "mistake in the kitchen". So we would have something else... The service was slow but the food (whatever it was we had) was OK, I certainly don't remember it being bad. Maybe they had just opened up, and the slow service and "mistake in the kitchen" was teething troubles. Who knows.
Favorite Dish: Not the veg moussaka, that's for sure.
This was my stand-out meal of our stay in Agios Nikolaos. We ate at this place twice too, our first meal in Ak Nick (lunch the day we arrived) and our last meal there too (if you exclude breakfast at Eoliko on the morning we left). The owner was all you hope a Greek host would be. He talked us through various things that he had to offer, most especially the things that were not "run of the mill" and recommended us a very splendid wine, which was one of the best we'd had in Greece. And no, I can't remember what it was.
Favorite Dish: The best "giant beans" of the trip, maybe ever.
"Country Greens" - yes, cabbage, broccoli and kale cooked Greek style.
"Village bread" - like bread only much nicer!
I'm sure there was more. I'm sure there was something to do with potatos, maybe a potato stew thing.
It was all very, very good and in a lovely spot on the edge of the lagoon.
Directions: On the front of the lagoon, but on its "short" side, so to speak. That is to say, not the length of the lagoon that is jam packed with tavernas, but the side that runs about 90 degrees to that. It's the last taverna. See the third picture for an idea.
We ate here twice too. The first time we ate here we just had pretty standard fare - pizza and pasta I think - not even Greek. It was nice enough though, and it's right by the sea and a very pleasant location for a spring evening's meal. The owner (or waiter - it's hard to tell at a lot of these places) was very friendly and chatty and mentioned that he could do for us something special - veggie souvalaki (souvalaki is a Greek kebab of skewered meats) should we come again. So that's what we did, and it was really lovely. It was wifes most stand-out meal of the holiday - helped by this friendly waiter/owner who always stopped to chat with us whenever we were passing on our days out too.
Favorite Dish: Veggie Souvalaki
Directions: In the picture below, the last building at the left. Walk along from Kitroplatia beach, past Thalassa and it's on the same row, but as I said, the last buolding.
So good we ate here twice. The place specialises in both Greek and Italian food and has shuttered frontage that is opened up when the weather is good. The first time we ate there it was closed up, so we were indoors. The second time it was opened up so, even though we were at the same table, we were outdoors. Food and wine here was lovely - or else we wouldn't have gone back!
Favorite Dish: Not sure, again, time fades the memory. I think that I had risotto at least one of the times and wife probably had some sort of past dish. All I really remember is that it was all really lovely and the staff were friendly and efficient too.
Directions: Go to the top of 28 Octovirou and turn 90 degrees right.
The Cretan Embassy is another very colourful place. It would be lovely to dine outside in its garden but we couldn't the day that we went as the owner was experiencing staff shortages and she couldn't cover outside as well as in. So inside it was that we ate. I believe that the building had indeed served as some sort of consulate in its past.
Favorite Dish: We had something that was not quite a mezze - it consisted of a variety of more substantial dishes than a mezze does, each being more akin to a small portion of a main course. I don't remember everything that we had but it did consist of veggie moussaka, stuffed peppers & tomatoes and some sort of potato dish. Time fades the memory.
Pelagos is a well known and much reported upon taverna in Ag. Nick. The building and garden are very colourful and in the fading sun of a spring evening they look even more lovely. Famous for its seafood it is also quite good for mezze, though not the most outstanding mezze that we ever had.
We went into this place most days too - not the cafe/restaurant downstairs but the Internet cafe/bar upstairs. Out front it has a balcony with fantastic views across the lagoon, and inside lots of internet terminals. The drinks here were the usual affair, various beers, wines and juices and the obligatory frappes. Beers came with a good sized portion of snacks, as is often the way in Greece.
Directions: Off the main street, 28 Ocovirou, overlooking the lagoon.
We spent a fair bit of time each day at this place, usually around lunch time, or between breakfast & lunch. We'd just sit at one of the tables overlooking the beach and read our books while sipping on whatever took our fancy - fresh orange, frappe, wine... The owner was an amiable chap and he'd always make a joke of "there's no hurry - take your time", knowing that we were there for the duation. There were lots of other people who were regulars too, one group we named "The Ag. Nick Mafia" and that may have been no joke for all we know!
Favorite Dish: (Geek Style) Sandwiches & Greek Salads, along with various beverages.
Directions: Right by Kitroplatia beach, central Agios Nikolaos.
This place was fantastic. It's right on the front by the harbour (not the lagoon) close to where the excursion boats leave from. We went there for breakfast every day after we discovered it - which amounted to aboyt 5 times I think. Breakfast was a tasty but simple affair - pain chocolate, croissants, chocolate croissants, bagels, stuff like that. The drinks were exquisite though, all number of varieties of chilled coffees - chilled mocha, chilled cappucino, chiled latte, chilled espresso, chilled "hot chocolate" (go figure). I tried something different each time.
The waitress (who is in one of the pictures) got chatting once we became regulars and she was very sweet. She told us she had visited England once, but didn't know where she had gone to. It was near and airport and had a big park with a big castle. We assume it was Windsor.
Very classy, magic atmosphere, discrete Greek music, on the board of the lake on the other side of the touristy taverns
Favorite Dish: Best octopus in olive oil & oregano, anchovies marinated & calamari...