Koukoumavlos: Dine With A View at One of the Best Places in Santorini

September 2, 2016

Sunset from Koukoumavlos

We met some local Greek guys in Santorini and they recommended us to try Koukoumavlos restaurant, which was supposed to be one of the best places in Santorini. They told us it was expensive, but we wanted to 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 is a critically-acclaimed gastronomic destination. It is one of the best restaurants in Santorini. 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. There are many restaurants in Santorini, but only a few offer such spectacular views as this one does. So if you are wondering, where to eat in Santorini, try out Koukoumavlos. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 The highly creative and colorful cuisine is created by chef and owner Nikos Pouliasis offers one of the best restaurants in Greece. The food, the view and the service are all outstanding. The place promises you a truly memorable visual and gustatory journey. It is by far one of the best restaurants in Fira, Santorini. The place prides itself on 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. Restaurants in Santorini, Greece offer tasty red wine, produced locally on the island. Koukoumavlos has one of the best selection of wines out of all the restaurants in Fira.

Yellow Donkey Beer - best places in Santorini

Yellow Donkey Beer of – best places in Santorini

The Tasting Menu of Koukoumavlos

We tried the tasting menu. Everything on 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.

Fava Bean Puree - - best places in Santorini

Fava Bean Puree – – best places in Santorini

The second appetizer was grilled shrimps with peaches and apples in a yogurt sauce. It was tasty and fresh.

Grilled Shrimp in a Yoghurt Sauce with Peaches - best places in Santorini

Grilled Shrimp in a Yogurt Sauce with Peaches – best places in Santorini

For the main course, I had a choice between meatballs or fish.

Meatballs

Meatballs

My friend had the fish and I chose the meatballs. The dishes were all tasty but a bit large for a tasting menu.

The Fish

The Fish

The last course was a large ball of Muscat ice-cream with sliced cucumbers on the bottom and chili sauce. It was very flavorful. Food in Santorini in most restaurants offer traditional dishes, rather than a mix of flavors. This restaurant is recommended to those with more adventurous taste buds.

Muscat Ice-Cream with Cucumber

Muscat Ice-Cream with Cucumber

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 you want to be dining with a view of Santorini, you should definitely try this place. Koukoumavlos won’t disappoint you. It is certainly one of the best restaurants in Fira, Santorini.

View from Koukoumavlos

View from Koukoumavlos

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Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.

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