We found this place based on the earlier review from GoodFoodIsImportant, and have to agree that this was a real find. We ate here two times, and had a great experience. Emmanuel is the chef, owner, and chief-bottle-washer. We felt like we were guests in his home. Unlike most of the faceless tourists places, he runs an actual Taverna. The best advise we have is - ask him what he wants to cook. He's proud of his cooking and his products. The first night he brought us fresh Sea Bream for us to examine and once we approved of them, he tossed them on the charcoal grill. We learned that his family has several farms, and after showing us a photo of a bull before and after butchering I believe him. He also had two huge fresh honey combs straight out of the bee-hive still hanging on the drawer. You cannot get fresher. The appetizers were good, the entrees were great, and the desserts were excellent too. He shared toasts of Raki made by the neighbor next door (and as we were leaving we watched the neighbors running fresh grapes in to be pressed for the next batch). He was also wonderful with our kids, from letting our eldest run around watching his kitchen, to pointing out the goat - Nikos - out in the backyard. For as much as we ate the bill was entirely reasonable both times, and well under what the buffet for two people costs at the Port Elounda Resort.
A great experience.
Note that the location is outside on the main-road and not in the town of Elounda. Do not be put off by the location or the low volume of customers. Think of it as a chance to have hands-on service from someone who loves what he does.
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