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“The best Cretan meal I have had in ten years”
Review of Dounias

Dounias
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Drakona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $31
Cuisines: Greek
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Ntounias restaurant is a traditional Cretan restaurant with authentic tastes cooked in the wood oven, even the bread is hand made and cooked in the restaurant. Most ingredients are taken from the family farm and many are harvested from the neighboring area. Stelios is a unique person with love for life and cooking, and this spirit you can see, smell and taste in his food! When you visit Ntounias, take your time as we will produce to you to taste our plates, which are different every day. The restaurant is located at Drakona village, east of Therisso village at Keramia, Chania prefecture in west Crete.
Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

The home-made organic olive oil with sage, rock salt and warm home baked bread was incredible and each dish that followed was equally good.

3 of us ate until we couldn't move and the bill was €37 including wine and a soft drink.

For me, this is a must-visit taverna that is more than worth a long drive!

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5  Thank Leon F
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

After having driven through the beautiful Drakona gorge I and my girlfriend became hungry and just happened to pass by Ntounias. We were sharing the restaurant with 4 other guests and got there rather late. As we met the owner he apologized that his english was not very good and that the service of this restaurant was not very good. We asked to see a menu but he said that unfortunately he could not serve everything on the menu as there was not a lot of food left but that he would like to invite us to see the kitchen so that we could make up our minds when we saw what he had to offer. In the big kichen with a lot of ceramic artisan pots we were guided to what remained of the dishes of the day. Many things smelled wonderful and we could not decide what to order so instead we asked if we could pay a reasonable amount to taste a few dishes. Upon this he gave us a warm smile and said that he of couse could do that. We got a glass of wine and home made rustic bread with local full grain. He then started to bring us dish after dish and more wine as we found that each dish provided a new set of honest and delicious flavours of spinach, sheep, olive oil, goat cheese and other vegetables and fruit. Me and my SO ate and talked and after two hours on a gastronomical trip previously or since unseen we asked to get the dessert and the bill. The owner told us not to stress and to enjoy the view. We got blankets and shirts and saw the sun setting over the cretan hills and were served dessert. As we asked about the ingredients and cooking he explained how cretan food had come to be and how the poor farmers would use only what was locally grown, we were then invited to see the winecellar and to see how the delicious bread was made and were invited to try a few of the cheeses and wines that he makes. Leaving the restaurant we were more in love than ever, with inspiration to cook slow food ourselves and live a life with a pace that makes the soul come to balance. The food was delicious, the cooking honest and only using produce from the absolute vincinity, and the hospitality first rate.

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1  Thank JohanMoller
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

I'm not the first to discover Dounias taverna,and yes it's all true......the owner he like to define him self as a farmer insted of a chef,wich it's true.He is very passionate about his product.Rabbits,chicken,piglet,all raised on the spot.All cooked on the charcoal.
It deserve the 1st place on TA,even if food is not about competition......

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Thank laydonnn
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

Drakona is way up in the White Mountains of Greece above the spectacular Therissou Gorge. The view is literally 360 degrees across to sea, hill and mountain. The restaurant – just outside Drakona in the direction of Therissou – is raised on a circular 'plinth'. There is ample shade and you feel you are eating in the heart of an amazing view (which indeed you are).
It is possible (desirable even) to go to the kitchen and to choose your dishes. The food is all natural and biological. It is cooked slowly in a dramatic array of ovens. We had a Tsatziki like no over I've ever tasted. Enough garlic to keep all vampires at bay for a week and made with goats' cheese I believe. The salad was ample and delightful; bread, baked locally, was completely delicious.
For the main course we shared goat and also lamb in paper. Both as good as they get in Crete, and that is saying something. And of course 'patates' (chips).
The local krassi was very tasty (white).
The free sweet at the end used their local yogurt and berries picked from a great tree shading the restaurant.
If you drive there (and you are hardly likely to walk) the easier route to navigate from the north coast is via Therissou - taking you up the wonderful gorge. We came the other way and it would be almost impossible without a sat nav.

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Thank AnEnglishmanInGreece
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

We came upon the mountain village of Drakona, south of Chania, having driven through the scenic Theriso Gorge. It was approaching lunch time and we happened upon this little taverna on the road-side, completely ignorant of its Tripadvisor accolades. There was a young woman outside with a small child and we asked her if the taverna was open. It transpired she was the owner's wife and she immediately invited us inside and through to the kitchen. We were presented with a wonderful array of traditional cretan dishes in colourful pots, on the stove and in the oven. As each lid was lifted, releasing a fresh set of tempting aromas, a choice became more difficult. This was effectively a live menu in real time! In the end we chose several dishes to share, including slow-cooked beef with potatos, beetroot with yoghurt, mixed vegetables and herbs, stuffed vine leaves and courgette flowers. We were invited to taste the home-made wine and chose their very palatable and refreshing white, served in a copper jug. We were then ushered across the road and seated on a shaded terrace with splendid mountain views, to await our food. The surrounding tables gradually filled with a range of clientele, a number of whom seemed to be return visitors. A starter of fresh bread and tzatziki duly arrived. Over the next two hours we enjoyed a delicious, wholesome, laid-back culinary experience, served with passion, humour (and limited english!) by Stelios the owner. It was just delightful, and we could happily have sat there all afternoon, chatting to the other customers and enjoying the atmosphere. With a delicious free dessert of yoghurt and locally grown berries and the inevitable flask of raki, the bill for both of us came to less than 25 euros! When we returned to base I checked up on Tripadvisor, and it was no surprise to find its number 1 rating and travellers choice award. An unforgettable experience, not to be missed!

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1  Thank Daleswalker52
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