We looked forward to our dinner at the Almira Beach having checked it out in the daytime and admired the situation, which is lovely. When we arrived we were brought some water, which we wanted, so that was fine. Our starters of Greek salad and courgette balls were delicious. Things started to go a bit pear-shaped with the wine order. This is the first restaurant of many we have found in this area which does not offer local wine by the carafe. I should say we normally pay 7 to 9 euros for a litre and it's always been very good. So we accepted the waiter's offer of bottled wine, which he said was 'local'. Sadly we failed to check on the price (it turned out to be €17). It wasn't local either, unless you consider Halkidiki to be local to Crete! However, it tasted fine. As we were used to buying 1 litre carafes (which lasted our whole evening) the 700 ml was nearly gone by the time we had finished our starters so it was only then that we checked on the price of the wine before committing to another bottle. On hearing it would be another €17 we decided to stick with water (our choice, surely?). This was met with a very sniffy response from the waiter who muttered something like 'you thought it was expensive, did you?' as he walked away. We were left astonished at this dismal customer service as in no way had we been unpleasant or nasty in our manner. Well, yes it was expensive, actually. If you are used to spending €9 isn't €34 a lot more, albeit for more, higher quality wine? Now some good news. The fish kebabs were unusual, fresh and beautifully cooked. They were delicious. My mushroom risotto was tasty but rather salty. As we have a low salt diet at home this may be down to personal preference and so we didn't complain about it, though I left half of it and was drinking water through the night. Then we got some delicious freebies of raki and chocolate cake. In conclusion, all the staff but one were really friendly, the setting was magical and the premises immaculate. Would we go back? No, never. A thoughtless, of the cuff remark by a waiter ruined the evening for us. And, in case he's wondering, yes, we can afford €17 for a bottle of wine. I often spend that and more, but shouldn't it be my money, my choice?
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