I am not a fussy person and I have never written a negative review before- I can usually find some redeeming characteristic in just about any situation. I guess we happened upon Nikos on an "off" night since it was highly recommended by our B&B host.
It is a nice, pleasant, covered, outdoor tavern with quaint tables. The fast talking "manager" approached our table and invited us to view the fresh fish in the display case and was initially amusing. He was very animated, speaking loudly, "You want the best fish, 80-100 Euro a Kg., or I have the other fish, I can make anything you want?" This immediately intimidated us and so we politely listened and smiled, feeling like we were being hustled---I was hesitant to chose anything since there was no real price mentioned about a portion of the "good" fish, and why would I want the "other" fish? We escaped back to our table to peruse the menu. I decided to be safe and ordered the grilled sword fish and a salad which had a price listed. My husband ordered a shrimp dish with feta cheese. Our friend was obviously displeased and much more subdued as he took our order, especially when we declined the garlic bread. I also want to add that we
no longer received any further "attention", the service was minimal after we ordered off the menu and no one apparently noticed that we didn't eat most of the food.
The salad was HUGE and looked promising as it contained many veggies, small olives and chunks of bread, but it proved to be limp and very lack luster with little taste, no crunch to the veggies as though it had been prepared hours before...even the vinegar lacked flavor. We left it virtually untouched so we were really anticipating our fresh entrees. My husband enjoyed his shrimp, but was surprised that the feta cheese was part of a heavy sauce....tasty but not the light dish he expected. My swordfish was shockingly tough and chewy with a BITTER flavor--I left it after several bites- my husband agreed it was not edible. The roasted potatoes were gummy as though they were leftover, and the rice was tasteless and looked like a packaged "Rice-A-Roni" dish. I have to say it was the worst meal I have ever been served and it was the first time in my life that I left so much food on my plate.
So our experience was not very enjoyable from the start of the fast talker to the disappointing food. I would like to add that we were in Greece for 3 weeks and absolutely savored every other meal- breakfast, lunch and dinner were always above our expectation in every other café, taverna as well as with the street food vendors.
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