I should start by saying that I absolutely love the Canal Bar. My husband and I make a point of visiting it several times whenever we're in Elounda. We tend to just drop in for lunch after a day on the beach at the other side of the peninsula or swimming from the rocky cove just around the corner, but this time we managed to fit in an evening there too.
Firstly, and most importantly, the quality (and quantity!) of the food is excellent, although it's not just that which makes it a special place. It's very simple, unfussy traditional Greek fare and seafood, but it's done excellently. Portions are very generous too. We're both hungry, food-loving types, but a plate of fried squid, a bowl of Greek salad and some bread leaves us stuffed for lunch (and we usually struggle to finish all the salad).
I can't quite understand why other reviewers have said that they find it expensive. I suppose if you look at the cost of fish per kilo on the menu (as is usual in Greece), it may seem pricey, but you would pay an awful lot more at some of the waterfront restaurants in Elounda, which while they are perfectly good, are not a patch on either the quality or the location of Kanali.
Our usual lunch there of a plate of squid, a Greek salad, bread, two soft drinks and two Greek coffees came this time to 22 euros - that's just less than a tenner each.
Our evening meal, which comprised three 'appetiser' dishes (and included the squid again), a salad, bread, two beers, a bottle of water and two coffees came to 37 euros.
You can't really go wrong paying that for an excellent dinner in a beautiful location.
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