When visiting Koutouloufari, this is one taverna that is impossible to miss, just take a brief walk along the main street of an evening and you'll see the pizza chef spinning the dough on a terrace, right over the street! I've never seen him drop one yet, but watch out for flying pizzas, just in case!
The guys working there are very friendly and not in the slightest bit pushy as you walk past; just a friendly 'hello', an invitation to look at the menu, and a smile and wave if you decide not to go in. If you do decide to eat there, the seating is up a flight of stairs onto an open-air terrace, and makes an very pleasant setting for watching the world go by as you eat and drink.
The food itself is fantastic, they do a beef dish cooked and served in a mini crock pot which is out of this world! The meat melts in your mouth and is so full of flavour I can still imagine the taste of it now. The portions are a good size as well, big enough to fill you up nicely, but not that big that you end up waddling down the road later or leaving half of it because there's just too much.
Their pizzas are well worth a try as well, made fresh in front of you, none of this processed Dominos crap we get over here. The meat and veg they put on them is very generous, fresh, and just can't be beaten. In fact I'd quite like one right about now, but not sure they'd deliver to England!
As with many tavernas in the area, the wine is out of the barrel, and is extremely nice (if you like dry, full bodied red wine that is), and we got through a fair bit of it; a half litre caraffe cost around 4.50 EU, about the same price as a bottle of wine from Asda. Considering you can pay over £10 for a bottle of wine in the UK, I'd say that's reasonable value. There were also the complimentary post-meal Rakis to contend with as well, a very nice touch I feel, as you very rarely get anything complimentary in England. This seems to be a common theme in Koutouloufari, after a meal the taverna will give you a drink with the bill.
As mentioned before, the guys here are really friendly; the next night after eating here, we walked past and the guy on the front asked us how we enjoyed our meal the night before, and when we wnet in a few nights later, the waiter that served us even remembered what we'd eaten!
All in all, I can't recommend this place highly enough and can't wait to be back there.
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