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August 15, 2014

Restaurant in Promiri: Fabulous Menu, AMAZING Desert…

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We’ve arrived in the Greek hilltop village of Promiri,  It’s dark but this is Greece in October and it was still a balmy twenty five degrees.

Our in-laws have warned us that this is no tourist restaurant, the menu will be made up of whatever meats, fish or vegetables are available on the day, so the favourite dish you had last week or even yesterday might not be on the menu  and it’s the most “local” in style of all the restaurants they have found in their twenty one years of visiting this region.

Himself and I love this idea but we worry a bit about our fussy children.

We decide to have a wait-and-see attitude and if push comes to shove they may well be dining on bread, fries or rice, but who knows, a small miracle might happen and they might also be hungry enough to try something new. (Well, I live in hope). The restaurant is on a small square and outside is the massive tree that is one of many local landmarks. I’m assuming it must be at least one hundred years old.

Inside the restaurant is full and almost completely with locals, but wither that’s because this is a well kept local secret or because  it’s the last week of the official tourist season I don’t know. I’m not sure of the name of the restaurant  (I think it’s “Ortas”) so I took a photo of the serviette with the details.

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There is a sign on the wall that I ask about, our in-laws don’t know either so we ask the friendly waiter who explains that it’s a left over from the “old days” when every commercial establishment was required to show what sort of category it was in, this sign therefore declares (because this is a restaurant) that this is “Establishment type number four”.

There is also an old style cabinet that houses a set of  wine taps, an old painting done in the Greek Orthodox style of  the Last Supper and in complete contrast, a new beer bottle that’s been heated and stretched so that the neck has both been decapitated from the rest of the bottle but is still at the same attached.  Later in the evening, whilst we are having desert, the chef comes out from the kitchen and joins some of the locals at a nearby table for a drink and a chat.

The meal here is “unconventional” compared with the menu’s we have experienced so far in Greece, but fabulous all the same. The waiter is a young man who speaks good English so he explains the menu and we all take pot luck and choose something different. The meal was amazing: I will keep the fried fish on Palio Trikeri Island in first place as the best meal I’ve had in years, but this is a close second.

It must be said though that although the island had the main course beaten, the same could not be said for the desert. The desert here was brilliant, fabulous and amazing all rolled into one… the desert we had was the  “Pièce de résistance” of the meal and consisted of marinated walnuts in sweet syrup on yogurt with whole cloves inside … and this was beyond FABULOUS!  (and finally I find a Greek desert that is not cloyingly sweet!).

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Buttery toast ready for spreads …

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Fabulous aubergine in smoky cheese sauce…

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Kid fries…

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Establishment Number four…

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Fabulous pork in lemon and white wine sauce…

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Lentils…

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Little fried fish…

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Tasty grilled pork fillet…

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Spicy sausage in eggy omelette style…

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The Chef comes out…

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Desert: marinated walnuts in sweet syrup on yoghurt with whole cloves inside … drool-worthy!

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2 Comments »

  1. Wow, I’ll take a little of each please! YUM!

    Comment by Carrie — August 20, 2014 @ 12:29 am | Reply

    • If I went again, no matter how good the main course menu, I’d be severely tempted to just skip straight to desert and stuff myself with those amazing walnuts LOL!

      Comment by kiwidutch — August 20, 2014 @ 9:42 am | Reply


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