“The new place to eat! Fresh ingredients, modern twists on traditional flavors and a supreme house red wine!”
We are locals that live abroad on a visit during the Easter break. We decided to catch up with some friends over a glass of wine and as we strolled through the 25 August street to visit this new place in the area of 'Agios Dimitrios'. As some of us were not fasting (sinners!) we thought to try out Paramana instead of the traditional and bit expensive fish taverns in the area. Paramana looked fresh, relaxed and with a modern ambience. The waiter suggested to try the house red and he was so right!!! It was perhaps the best house red wine I have ever tasted and at a bargain price! Even its temperature was spot on!
The waiter presented us with a selection of mezes from the 'paramana' (if you have kids they will love that) and we handpicked the cretan savoury cheesecake, a meze of squid with local herbs and fava beans with sun-dried tomatoes. He informed us that all ingredients are fresh and seasonal, therefore the mezes on offer differ every time. Sustainable sourcing and local fresh ingredients - is not this how all restaurants should work?
All of the meze plates we tried were excellent and appetizing!As for the mains, they was a good selection of dishes with plenty of fish, meat and veggie options. For mains I got my beef steak cooked in 'medium-rare' perfection. Alas! A place that cooks steaks properly (Greeks tend to overcook their meet)! My partner got the seafood risotto which she found divine. Our friends tried out the (5) sausages that came with handcut chips and three different sauces to dip in. The red wine was keeping coming to the point that the owner offered the last one for free... imagine that happening in UK!
When we asked for the bill, we were offered a traditional treat of local drinks (raki) and lemoncello as well as a hefty portion of semolina halva. We were so full but we had to try! Semolina texture is not for everybody's taste (i.e. my partner) but I enjoyed it!
The bill was less than we expected and considering what we ate, the quality of the ingredients and the amazing wine, we regarded it as a bargain!
Paramana impressed us with its relaxed environment, their modern twists on traditional local tastes and their hospitality. Strongly recommended.
PS The toilets were clean and tidy
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