For those who've never been, Goules Tavern is situated in the hills to the south of Rethymno. A pirate is said to have grown weary of the sea and having set out to distance himself, established this small hamlet back when. A friend of ours just completed a stone villa overlooking the town, so down the stairs past the church, dining at the restaurant of owner Kostas Chamogiorgakis is an added bonus for villa guests. And how.
Authentic is the term for simple food prepared to perfection, served on fresh linen, and with genuine Cretan hospitality. During our three weeks on Crete we dined at some of the most notorious restaurants on the Island, and at several village establishments of a type. Not one excelled at preparation, bio-diverse ingredients, rich flavor, or culinary art like this establishment.
To give you an idea, the village is hidden down country roads not much better than goat paths. Finding it for the first time is, a tiny bit of a chore. We arrived early for lunch, Cretans take these meals after two. Out of literal nowhere 20 tables filled up in almost an instant, as we dined and talked, the effect was one of those "aha" moments. I cannot recommend this Crete eatery highly enough.
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