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“Friendly, welcoming - love it”

Fagopotion Restaurant
Price range: $31 - $49
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The most accomplished of the waterside tavernas here, Fagopotion has an enviable reputation for its traditional recipes, fresh wild fish caught around the Diapóndia islets and fair prices given a location in the heart of posh ‘Kensington-on-Sea’. Signature dishes include fluffy, non-greasy three-cheese saganáki, succulent, pork-based bekrí mezé, baby squid in late spring, rabbit stew, chard-based tsigarélli (versus the usual wild greens) and melt-in-the-mouth octopus (Christos secret is blanching prior to grilling). Orange cake on the house for dessert.As recommended by Telegraph Travel in 2012....
Reviewed August 21, 2013

We have been returning for some years now and everytime Christos remembers us and there are sweaty hugs all round. Each time the service has been excellent and Christos keeps an eye on his waiters from across the road - always finishing our meal with complimentary drinks, delish cake and greek yoghurt. I have nothing but praise for the simple menu, service and for the man himself.

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1  Thank Nikky S
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Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

We were first beckoned in by a very flirtatious waiter who immediately surprised us with handmade menus written in a blunt pencil no less, and with no explanation of the dishes, some as brief as 'Corfu dish', but none the less we had a table with gorgeous views of the bay and a friendly welcome. The manager, as mentioned in previous reviews is a little 'unorthodox' shall we say, and whilst allowing you to order what sounded like a lovely traditional Greek main course, proceeded to simply insist he choose our starters for us as we clearly could not be trusted! We entered into the ordeal with a light heart as it was obscure but fun! We ended up with a range of starters we otherwise would never have ordered such as pork in a cheese sauce and cheese pie, however bizarrely they were all quite tasty and inexpensive! The rabbit stifado was very tender and flavoursome, a proper Greek dish! We were then greeted with a very delicious and free orange cake and Greek yoghurt and honey for dessert whilst we awaited the bill. It was good fun and value, we would recommend it as it was an experience not easily forgotten!

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Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

Ate here twice, pushy manager though - as in other reviews, he does try and sneak dishes on that you may not want - though they are nice! Food was good, though a little inconsistent... Shame the pushy nature of the owner is a bit overbearing. Let people choose themselves!

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2  Thank DaveCollins66
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Following the reviews from TA we didn’t particularly like the sound of this taverna as we don’t like being hassled. However by the end of the week we had noticed that each and every night the place was very busy and locals were eating here at the weekend. We decided to give it a try on our last evening and are we glad we did!

The menu is unlike any other in the resort in that there isn’t the same amount of choice and it is all handwritten in pencil on what looks like old pieces of card tied together. We had the baked aubergine and saganaki to share followed by the roast lamb cooked in rosemary, garlic and mustard with roast potatoes, Bourtheto and the moussaka. Wow, everything was delicious. The complimentary desert of orange backlava and yoghurt drizzled with honey was a perfect way to end the meal. The service was good, but to be expected as having a little one with us we were in early (in fact first).

Oh and the added surprise of no ‘owners suggestions’ or pushy staff as other reviews commented on, would recommend to others, just sorry we didn’t try it for ourselves sooner.

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1  Thank MarieUK
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Our experience here didn't begin well. Having been promised a great table when we booked, we arrived to find that our table was located next to the road. The restaurant was clearly overbooked and with the waiters arguing amongst themselves and the owner barking at them like galley slaves, I suppose things didn't bode well.

Sitting in the restaurant two hours after arriving, the main course still hadn't arrived and our enquiries as to its whereabouts seemed to fall on deaf ears. In this time, we had not been offered another drink and our presence seemed to have escaped the staff. It was only when I suggested that we might leave that they finally jumped and brought the food.

The 'famous roast lamb' was disappointing, fatty with a non-descript taste and undercooked potatoes. The children's pasta was basic and uninspiring, but at least the salad was good.

The owner claims good reviews from The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, saying it is 'the best restaurant on the island', but if true, the journalists involved should revisit the place in cognito to see what it can really be like. This was by far our worst dining experience of the two weeks and with so many good restaurants in this corner of the island, I would give this place a wide berth.

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4  Thank GMTGMT
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