We met some local Greek guys in Santorini and they recommended us to try Koukoumavlos restaurant, which was supposed to be the best restaurant on the island. They told us it was expensive, but we wanted splurge one night, so we did not mind. The place is not only famous for its excellent dishes, but also for its spectacular view. You could see the entire Santorini from its balcony. Koukoumavlos Santorini
Koukoumavlos is a critically-acclaimed gastronomic destination. It is housed in an original sea captain house of the 18th century. The interior of the restaurant offers a refined romantic setting, while the terrace offers stunning views of the caldera. It is tucked away from the crowds in a quiet corner of the town of Fira.
The highly creative and colorful cuisine is created by chef and owner Nikos Pouliasis. The food, the view and the service are all outstanding. The place promises you a truly memorable visual and gustatory journey. The place prides itself of having a carefully selected wine list. They recommend a different type of wine for every item on the menu. They have some of the most interesting wines produced locally in Santorini, where the volcanic soil offers an infusion of unique character. The wine list also showcases some of the best vintages produced in other parts of Greece. Finally, it includes an unparalleled collection of wines and champagnes from around the world. From bold reds to balanced whites and fragrant champagnes, there is a glass that pairs perfectly with each dish on Chef Pouliasis’ inspired menu. If you are adventures, you can also try the Yellow Donkey beer which is typical of Santorini.
The Tasting Menu of Koukoumavlos Santorini
We tried the tasting menu. Everything in the menu is served with colorful fruits and flower petals. Many of the dishes come with chocolate or fruity sauces. The tasting menu started with the fava bean puree that was served with a fruity sauce.
The second appetizer was grilled shrimps with peaches and apples in a yogurt sauce. It was tasty and fresh.
For main course, I had a choice between meatballs or fish.
My friend had the fish and I chose the meatballs. The dishes were all tasty but a bit large for a tasting menu.
The last course was a large ball of Muscat ice-cream with sliced cucumbers on the bottom and chilli sauce. It was very flavorful.
After dinner, we got some complimentary dessert wine. The service was excellent. The servers were stylish and kind. The price of the tasting menu was 50 euro each. It is not cheap for Greece. Koukoumavlos was an interesting culinary experience for me. I felt like the food was not very authentic, but overall it was an excellent dinner. I felt like the food resembled certain Asian flavors with its sweetness and fruitiness. If you are looking for real Greek food, I don’t recommend this place. If you are looking for something different and a wonderful terrace view of Santorini, you should definitely try this place.
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