WARNING: Heavy food post ahead, DO NOT CONTINUE READING if you are hungry! :p
There is always a risk eating in an island like Santorini where tourism is their main income. Food can be more expensive than anywhere else (because duh, you are trapped in an island you don't have a bloody choice man) and taste can be yucky too. I did some research beforehand but because we wanted the trip to be a relaxing and spontaneous holiday, it wasn't a full-on research cos we just wanted to explore the island naturally and let the surprises surprise us! :p
So I shall skip the yucky ones and mention only the note-worthy ones, which I figured are still a lot. And I sincerely hope this entry will help you to find your way to some good food if you are travelling to Santorini next year (cos they are officially closed now until April next year)! :)
Homey & Warm Service @ Santorini Mou, Oia
Unlike a lot of crowded restaurants nearer to the sunset viewpoint, this very humble and homey tavern located on the other side of Oia was quiet when we visited them. It has a very good review on Trip Advisor and it was only about few steps away from the villa we were staying so we decided to give it a try.
|'Thanks for your smile' is their very friendly tagline! :)|
|Celebrities dined here okay!|
|Me with my flying hair and the Malaysian flag and Deardo with the black cat that loves climbing to only men's laps!|
|Boiled Greens, 5.80 Euro.|
|Tomato Fritters, 6.90 Euro.|
|Stuffed Lamb, 15 Euro.|
|Chicken Roulette, 10.50 Euro.|
Great hospitality, awesome food without a hole in your pocket, this place is a must-go if you are in Oia! It is one true example why you should try smaller taverns instead of crowded restaurants nearer to the tourist attraction!
Oia, Santorini Island,
P.C. 847 02,
Oia 847 92, Greece
Tel: +30 22860 71730
Awesome BBQ Meat @ Random Restaurant with only Greek Name, Oia
Hidden in a small alley towards the sunset viewpoint at Oia, the restaurant only has a Greek name or perhaps something like BBQ Restaurant as their name. That's it. But they sell traditional Gyros and Souvlaki that's for sure but we were there to have full set of dinner, and that is BBQ meat dishes.
|Sorry I couldn't get the name of the restaurant, but I hope the photos help!|
|One of the most famous dishes in Greece - Greek Salad.|
|Say what? Pork Chop in the big portion???|
|Us enjoying our dinner!|
|While little doggy gets nothing from us... :p|
Classy Service and Food @ Kyprida Restaurant, Oia
It was another random pick as we failed to find the restaurant I wanted to go to on the day we were supposed to celebrated my 30th birthday.
|I super love the interior of the restaurant!|
|Some breads to start with.|
|Birthday dinner for me? Wait till you see the last restaurant on this list!|
Tel: +30 22860 71979
Delicious Gyros @ O Souvlaros, Fira
We first ate at this humble restaurant simply because it was not too far away from the apartment we were staying in Fira/we were hungry/it was raining. Run by a very humble, friendly but knows minimal English owner (again, not all Greeks are rude), the cafe surprised us with so much of smiles and yummy Gyros (the owner told us it's pronounced Gyro, no 's')!
|Small, humble restaurant like this is where you get the friendliest service!|
|Tomato Fritters to snack with.|
|Deardo's ultimate favourite dish throughout the trip is definitely the Gyros at O Souvlaros!|
Near Ermis Shopping Centre
Tel: +30 22860 23225
Get your Chinese Food Fix @ China Restaurant, Fira
I just gotta say this... Chinese businessmen are still the most aggressive lots. LOL! It's hard not to notice the advertisement this restaurant has placed all over the island, including in Oia! That is why even when I was in Oia I knew if I'm craving for some Chinese food I know where to go! Ha!
|Very Chinese-looking restaurant with pictures of Tun Mahathir's visit on the wall!|
|Cantonese Fried Rice, 6.90 Euros.|
|Chinese Mushrooms with Broccoli, 8.90 Euros.|
|Shrimps Fu Yung, 13.90 Euros.|
|Yum Cha in Santorini!|
|Mummy's happy, baby's happy too! :)|
In the town of Fira
Tel: +30 22860 24760
Best Moussaka on the Island @ Naoussa, Fira
One other famous Greek dish to try is Moussaka and I kept myself away from ordering the dish until I get to Naoussa because this is where rumous has it that they serve the best Moussaka in the entire Santorini island.
|Sunset view from the restaurant and how we Asians just can do anything for pictures.|
|Deardo and his Greek beer which can be cheaper than orange juice!|
Fira Town Santorini
Next to the Central Orthodox Church,
Fira 84700 Greece
Tel: +30 22860 24869
Our BEST MEAL of the entire trip @ Sunset Tavern/Sunset in Amoudi, Oia
Ohhhhh... Thank god we finally found this tavern a day after my birthday! But because we didn't drive, we had to walked down all the way from the top by stairs that have smelly donkey dung to get down to the restaurant and then walked back up again after that! Imagine doing that when you are pregnant, ladies!
|Here we are, finally! :)|
|Looking out to the sea and sunset!|
|This was how close we were to falling into the sea!|
|This guy can grill!!!|
|Deep Fried Zucchini, 5.50 Euro.|
|Grilled Fish, by weight. Ours was 15.93 Euro.|
|Grilled Octopus, 13 Euro.|
|Seafood Spaghetti, 19.50 Euro.|
|Probably the most romantic dinner I've ever had in Santorini, or in my life!|
All that food, an orange juice and a bottle of water, plus the priceless dining experience, the bill came up to 58.92 Euro, and if you do the math, that's about RM300. I have no complain at all man! This is the ultimate place that you mustn't miss in Santorini!!!
Sunset Ammoudi/Sunset Tavern
Tel: +30 2286 071614
Haha, I'm sure you can see we ate quite a lot during our trip in Santorini! And these are not all too but we were there for 5 days-4 nights so I guess we did explored quite a bit. We were quite sick of eating out on the final night we ate instant noodle and some awesome Greek Tomatoes for dinner at the apartment! :p
*I have no idea what happened to most of my photos here that they are so pixaleted. Ish...
Read my earlier entry on food-hunting in Athens here.