Chania is crammed with restaurants, especially on the harbour front, but just off the beaten track is Xani.
It is only a couple of minutes from the harbour, but in a quiet back street. They have a member of staff in one of the busier shopping alleys telling people it is there. It is opposite the synagogue and there are no passers by to disturb your meal. The staff are very friendly. I don't know if it is family run, but it feels like it.
The service is really friendly and genuine. We have just returned from our second trip to Crete and made sure to find it again. We ate there twice this week. The menu features all the usual Cretan fare, but not just the dishes you find in most. I had goat in wine sauce and lamb baked with cheese. I noticed smails on the menu too.
We were brought olives and bread as we sat and a small dessert and raki at the end (which all the restaurants give you), but also a huge plate of melon. There is no extra charge for this. When we went back the second time they knocked 20% off the bill as they recognised us. They didn't make a song and dance about it, just deducted it. I am not saying they will always do that, but we did feel like valued customers.
On one of the evenings they also had some delightful guitar/lute music played live.
I thoroughly recommend it, not just for the food, but for the whole feel of the place.
starter and main with a jug of wine cost around 55 euros for 3 of us.
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