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“We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Kastri :)”
Review of Kastri

Ranked #54 of 107 Restaurants in Kalymnos
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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“We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Kastri :)”
Reviewed July 26, 2011

My husband and I have just returned from 10 days of pure bliss in Kos and Kalymnos (as per the other review - Tripadvisor please change the spelling from an i to a y!).

We stayed in beautiful Emporios for a week and in the Themelina studios (review to follow) - and we had the best holiday ever! Part of what made it such a fantastic holiday was the food, drinks and service at Kastri. Maria is a marvellous cook - her food is exquisite and beats the food served at the other tavernas along the shore in Emporios.

A MUST try is Maria's Zuccini balls (yum, yum, yum) and her Moussaka is also to die for I hear (didn't get a around to trying that). There is always a variety of fresh fish to try - we had sea bass, white bait and on our last day sword fish was on the menu. Salads are great with the freshiest, most yummiest feta you'll ever taste, portions are generous and you will almost always be guaranteed to get some water melon after every meal (Greek custom).

We ate and drank here throughout most of our holiday - you are able to use the free sunbeds if you eat here and they are right by the sea - perfect :) Quite possibly one of the best restaurants I have ever been too with amazing views of the bay. It's great to spend all day flitting between having a dip in the clear sea and having a bite to eat / drink or an ice-cream in the shade along the shingle beach at one of Maria's shaded tables. Go on a Friday night and you'll even be treated to a street Greek night - with locals from all around descending upon Emporios.

We loved it here and we are in no doubt that we will holiday in Emporios again will most certainly be dining at Kastri - a real treat!

  • Visited July 2011
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3 Thank Mojo-Jojo28
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“The best food in all of Greece! Warmest hospitality and amazing beach!”
Reviewed June 26, 2011

We stumbled across restaurant Kastri which is pretty much how we found out about all if Kalymnos, note it's spelt with a Y not an I, but trip advisor haven't changed it yet! This beautiful island has been the best place on earth we have ever found, and being some 40+ years old we have been fortunate enough to travel the world including many repeat visits to the Maldives and other luxury destinations, yet this island has a magical presence about it that once you've drunk from the fresh flowing mountain spring water you will always return and they could not be more right! We have never been made so welcome by so many kakymnian people and the best of these is MARIA who owns and hosts restaurant
Kastri, at the end of the road in Emborios. Most people won't make it this far to discover the beautiful beach town of Emborios and even those that do then choose to sit at the wrong restaurant and they miss out on the best food we have ever tasted in our 12 years of travelling around Greece! Marias is the second restaurant in on the right, you can find a table in the beach there under a grape shade, the freshest food ever, so fresh Maria picks specially selected vegetables from her own garden and creates recipes that leave you wanting for more and more. The fish, octapus, squid all grilled on a real charcoal flame BBQ, marias bread is to die for, a whole handmade olive loaf appeared with the warmest smile that is Maria herself. Just how does she create and bake food that is so damn amazing, we could not figure it out, but then when maria comes to join us and share her warmth that is truly Greece we find out she's been baking donuts in new York for 20 years and has returned to her home kalymnos, well, lucky all of us! We simply cannot tell you his amazing each dish is here, the portions are incredible and the dishes so different to any other restaurant has ever served, this is real Greek home cooking by a true expert! Were we the only ones to notice? No! Even antonnio carluccio the famous chef and restaurant owner stayed here and didn't leave, sampling all marias recipes, pinching most and writing his book on med cuisine with them! Good for him sharing marias secrets, she proudly shows us the book and his letter, well Antonnio we agree with you, if you want simply the best food in Greece you MUST go to visit Maria, ask for her by name and you will make a friend that will not only make your holiday complete but you may just make a friend too, like so many have before. We cannot wait to return, Maria has inspired me to learn Greek, m
Bake bread and return to kalymnos and emborios, which itself is well worth taking your scooter, car or hopping on the bus too. It's so simple to get there yet it's probably the most idyllic area in all of kalymnos and therefore the best place in Greece we have ever found, we hope you find it too and explore the food which made our holiday the most enjoyable trip ever to anywhere!

  • Visited September 2010
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3 Thank Adrianandterence
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