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“It's good to be back” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Well of the Turk

The Well of the Turk
Kallinikou Sarpaki Street | Splantzia, Chania Town, Crete, Greece
+30 28210 54547
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Ranked #24 of 293 Restaurants in Chania Town
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Moroccan
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Singapore, Singapore
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“It's good to be back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Two weeks in beautiful Crete in full October sunshine with temperatures soaring to the 30's was a welcome escape from the dreary rains of Northern Europe and so too was the stunning Byzantine inspired food at The Well of the Turk. What could be better than to forget the economic miseries rained upon us recently with mouthfuls of colourful, delicious food shared with friends .... each plateful a holiday In itself, alive with texture and favour. I've eaten here before and the menu with all the favorites still firmly available (please keep it so) appears to have more mezze to choose from along with daily dish(es) chosen from market fare with an eye to offering something special at a great price - something new to help eek those pennies out? We kicked off with a selection of mezze and followed with salads and a few more substantial plates. Silky hummus & smoky babaghanoush scooped up with toasted pita, lahmacun with its savory/sweet, spicy lamb topping was delicious with a dollop of natural yoghurt , chicken pieces in filo (cigars) were gently spiced and moreish as were the aubergine meatballs and vegetarian moussaka. The salads were a burst of flavor and colour - the avocado & orange fresh and tasty while the beetroot salad offered chunks of this wonderful purple pink vegetable married with fresh leaves and herbs in a tangy dressing : sublime and healthy too! Slow cooked lamb tagine with a side of couscous was rich and tender, the shish kebab was truly beautiful to look at but even better to taste. One of the newer dishes we tried was a courtette tart made with feta and other local cheeses, served in a really crisp and flaky shell it was both light but bursting with subtle flavours. Every dish showed the same care and attention to detail. There's a new side garden with pretty twinkling lights which is just as well as the local council in their wisdom were busy digging up the lane in front of the restaurant (why now and not after the season's ended?!) however, with the promise to replace the old surface with pretty stone, benches and flowers next year this restaurant should be more atmospheric than ever. We lingered long and ended our evening with complimentary desserts flavoured with orange or rose water rendolent of another world .... and raki too, the local digestive. Delicious!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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76 restaurant reviews
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“Reliably interesting food in Xania's 'old town'”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We returned to the Well with friends during an Autumn visit and found the place as beguiling as ever. There is a new 'garden' in the ruins at the side of the restaurant where it was still warm enough to sit out and enjoy Jenny's delicious food. She makes the best Babaganoush and Hummus we have ever tasted and her Lahma Jun remains a firm favourite. We also had Apaki (local smoked pork) with Rocket and two other salads - each presented and dressed beautifully and made with the freshest produce - which included avocados and oranges and beetroot with a mixture of salad greens.The Lamb Tagine and Aubergine meatballs were both excellent. All our desserts were wonderful - including a very light and delicate cheeesecake, home made baklava with ice cream and an amazing chocolate cake. The place was busy as ever, filled mainly with locals/regulars who remain loyal to this very special place. The service was friendly and the house wine good - as usual. We found the prices very fair in relation to the high quality of all the food we had. The Well remains atmospheric, despite the fact that the small square where it is located is being resurfaced - thank goodness for the new garden and the reality that you can get to the place from Sifaka Street as well as Daskaloyannis Street - from which access is likely to be more difficult for the next week or so.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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“old town fare”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Different as illustrated by its title. Food excellent, we ate from the specials board and had house wine. Remarkable cheap for the quality. The meze was excellent.

Visited October 2012
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Manchester, England
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“something slightly different”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

We had 2 excellent meals at the Well of the Turk. The menu is a bit different from most Chania restaurants, not so traditional but with a more Middle Eastern flavour. The presentation is very high but the service can be a bit slow on busy evenings. The chickpea fritters were a highlight - you get so much more than the description suggests. Highly recommended.

Visited September 2012
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

probably should have stuck to Greek food in Greece, but wasn't particularly impressed with the food. It wasn't bad, but not impressive either. It wasn't cheap.

Visited September 2012
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JennyPayavla, Owner at The Well of the Turk, responded to this review, October 10, 2012
Dear Patricia,
I'm sad to read that your expectations weren't fulfilled at our restaurant. It is always disappointing for me to hear about the inability to venture outside of the routine tourist cuisine that so often prevails in many travelers' dining experiences. Although our menu doesn't reflect stereotypical Greek taverna cuisine, we use all local, seasonal ingredients (most often organic) and strive to put a new flare on old favorites from the whole of the Mediterranean, including Greece. So even though we are called "The Well of the Turk", it is a salute to the Ottoman history of the area and the building we are located in rather than an indication that our food is not Greek! As for our prices, although to a degree they do reflect the quality of our food, to our customers' delight this year we have actually lowered our prices as a measure of solidarity in these difficult times.
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