We came to Naoussa on the advice of our hotel which recommended this place as they like to eat there. "Good staff", they said, "and really good food". With that we hunted it out (which took a while as they have a different location for the winter than for the summer season).
The restaurant faces the caldera with a covered patio at the front of the restaurant that stretchs the enter width of the front of the restaurant, it is well worth getting a seat in front if you can. A nice touch is that this area has heaters during the winter which was a first in our 4 days in Santorini.
FOOD: we ate mezze style with a selection of starters and a salad with a large local beer, an iced coffee and a large bottle of water. We had the silky eggplant dip with their herby grilled pittas (a must have and probably the best thing we ate), their eggplant croquettes which are fried crispy n the outside with soft still chunky eggplant inside which gave it texture despite it also being very smooth (a close second favourite). The cheese croquettes were also crispy golden batons but we did not think this was the strongest dish which we tried and we would opt for something different next time. We also had a Greek dish - the name escapes me - but it was a filo pasty roll which is stuffed with cheese, ham and also fried - the flavour is very similar to a Croque Monsieur. This is very rich so you don't need more than one starter portion I would say between 4 people as two batons arrive and they are quite large. Too much for one person I would think. There was also a cabbage salad which sounded unusual (aside from coleslaws, cabbage is not a common salad ingredient for me). The salad has peppers, cabbage, carrots, celery etc all of which are cooked and then served cold with a vinegarette. I realise this probably is not selling it but when you've had many rich dishes this was quite refreshing and welcomed. It is also something we would probably try at home, it is not unrecognisably different to a sourkraut in taste but milder. We also ordered a baklava to take home which is thick, dense, flaky and rich with hone and pistachios. It was on their daily special. As appears to be the custom in Santorini, we received a complimentary dessert which was like chocolate, nutty mousse with a light white chocolate cream on the top. Sweet and pretty good.
SERVICE: probably the most polished we've had inn Santorini. The staff are knowledgable about the menu, the chef himself came out a few time to talk to us about what we were ordering and was passionate about his ingredients and making sure we ate well. The staff are attentive but not smoothering - some places in Santorini we have noticed they are usually completely absent and you have too make a point to get their attention
VALUE: the bill came to €45 which we thought was very good and well worth it. I was probably one of the best meals we've had in our 9 days around Greece.
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