By chance we found this small restaurant listed in our "The Greek Islands" (Eyewitness Travel Guide-revised 2002). Rarely did I heed much attention to this section of our guide book, but I must confess, this was a real find and treat. Souda town is not really overly tourist oriented and serves mainly as a large ferry port and military garrison town. Located very close to Chania, and within a 10 min drive from our hotel, we decided to search for this eatery. As the information was 12 years old we did not even know if the establishment still existed.
We asked once for directions and found it with no problem there-after. Located just off a main-street along the road leading to the yacht-harbor and looking much like a diner, we were thrilled we made the effort to drive and find O Mantas.
Even with our limited means of communication, we were able to select food from the menu and the vitrine containing the day's special dishes. We had their cuttlefish in wine sauce and Calamari as well as some delicious cooked vegetables. We only ate there twice, thus could not sample all of their offerings, but feel confident that the restaurant's popularity with locals is not unfounded. Everything we ate was delicious. We ate early around 6-7 pm, thus avoided the locals that only start coming in after 9 pm. I must also add that the prices were so reasonable, I thought they had made a mistake on the bill. It is priced for locals - not tourists - therefore so inexpensive.
If you are in Chania and have your own transportation, do make the effort and trip to Souda to try this excellent "down to earth" traditional Greek diner. Free and ample parking is available a few hundred feet down the street at the yacht harbor.
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