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“A true Cretan experience”
Review of Taverna Akrohoria

Taverna Akrohoria
Ranked #66 of 122 Restaurants in Elounda
Cuisines: Greek, Seafood
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

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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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Every now and again one finds a great little place which no-one seems to know about, and that's a real shame. When a restaurant isn't overly busy, having a huge array of fresh seafood, waiting for people to turn up and eat, can be a challenge. But they can get it to order, which is how we managed to get some delicious lobsters.

We stayed down the road in Porto Elounda, but wanted to try somewhere outside the resort. We could, of course, head into the town of Elounda (& we did), but we wanted to try somewhere a bit nearer. After a bit of research, we found Taverna Akrohoria - 15 minutes walk from Porto, but along the main road - it is far better to take a cab. The location is on the main road from Elounda, direction Agios Nikolaos, if you are heading South, then it is on the left about 200-300m before the Shell Station, on the opposite side of the road. For those staying in the Porto Elounda, Elounda Beach, Aqua Sol area just south of Elounda town, you turn right onto the highway from the main access road, and Akrohoria it is about 500m on the right (a signpost and a couple of small tables mark the spot).

On our first visit we tried a selection of starters (cheese puffs & courgette balls where my favourite), followed by grilled white bream and a Greek salad. For me, there's nothing better than good food, prepared simply, without spoiling the natural flavour of the underlying ingredients. That's exactly what we got, and it was delicious. We decided then to come back later in the week, and pre-ordered the lobsters.

When we returned a couple of days later, the two huge lobsters were waiting for us - one was the standard rock / spiny lobster, the other was a strange, prehistoric-looking creature, rather like a Moreton Bay Bug (any Aussies out there?) but far bigger. The two crustaceans weighed in equally - just under 1kg each. The lobsters came simply grilled over wood (decorated with sparklers), served with olive oil & lemon, and a Greek salad. It was, without doubt, the best meal of our trip - we told the owner, Emmanuel, "We'll come back next year" - that's a bit of a stretch, but if we return to this part of Crete, we will definitely go back - there's so much more of his cooking I want to try.

On a final note, the greeting we received was wonderful and heart-felt. Emmanuel, his wife Eleni, and his sons made us feel really welcome, and the younger of the boys (I'd guess 10 or 12 years old) entertained us with some Bouzouki music. They really did everything they could to make our two evenings truly memorable. Highly recommended.

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