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“Excellent food and nice garden!!!”

Aphrodite Garden Restaurant
Ranked #10 of 64 Restaurants in Pythagorion
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed December 3, 2013

One of the best restaurants in Pythagorean with many nice recipes from the Hellenic gastronomy and wines from the Hellenic vineyards!! The deferent in this restaurant is the professional , honored executive chef-owner Mr. Vaggelis !!

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

This wasn't the first time I went to Greece. And I can promise you, that wasn't the last time. But this was the first time that I was here at Aphrodite Garden and again, I can promise you, that wasn't the last time either.

This was a new experience. A new culinary experience. It was as though all the Greek Gods had gathered for a feast, and each spice and saveur was a gift of tradition and myth. Am I exaggerating? I think not.

The vegetables, they come from Vaggelis Bilibas' personal garden. Planted with the dishes already in mind, and harvested by hand. The olive oil comes from the family's own olive grove. You not only see, but you taste that this is all about a love for food, a passion for food, but also a wisdom. And that is what makes the difference. It is this love and passion and wisdom that distinguish the best of chefs. Yes, I choose to declare that Vaggelis Bilibas is one of those. He is offically claimed as one of the 250 best chefs in Greece.

And maybe with these words, I can personally thank Vaggelis. Thank him for his love and passion and wisdom for food.

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1  Thank Marion K
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Good food have to visit if you are there. I have been there many times and Always taking greak food. Sometimes you have to waite a liitle to long for your bill but try there Stiffado and you forgive them :)

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

We have been in Pythagorion several times, and had lots of good dinners. But this year we discovered Aphrodite garden restaurant! What a nice place! Fantastic food and wonderful atmosphere. Vaggelis and his staff made the evenings great! :-) We will for sure be back next year, and are already looking forward to visit Aphrodite garden restaurant! :-)

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Reviewed September 21, 2013

There are a number of reasons to visit the Greek islands. But the cooking is hardly ever mentioned as a reason for pilgrimage. Overcooked pork chops, variations of the same-same gyros, slices of tomatos and cucumber upgraded by a mysterious feat of magic to be called a "salad", bland moussakas that you'll find better in Helsinki or Stuttgart, deepfried this, deepfried that.... tzatziki on everything and non-stop bouzouki in the background.

Look no further. At Aphrodite Garden you will find something far far better, lightyears away from the "feed-the-gobble-up-anything-tourists" clichés at the harbour side tavernas.

Vaggelis Bilibas is a chef, honoured this year by the Hellenic Chefs association "Chef's Club" to be one of the best in all Greece. http://www.chefclub.gr/

Vaggelis runs a Greek restaurant to be sure, but his training and knowledge of classic, international (read: French) cuisine shines right through. My only wish is that he would let it shine through even brighter - and that his diners would start demanding it of him !

So here's what I had:
* Apéritif: a glass of cold (but not icy) Golden Samena, the semi-sweet, rich whitewine that is the hallmark of Samos http://www.samoswine.gr/uk/6.html
* Tomato soup, sooo simple, aromatic, full of flavour, burning hot
* Lamb shank simmered in beer and rosemary, elegantly presented
* Two-cake dessert: a cheese-youghurt cake and a slice of moist sponge cake, both garnished w/ a homemade wild sour cherry compote/preserve.
* Wine: a pitcher of house redwine, served slightly "cellar cool", like a Bourgogne or Beaujolais. It was excellent (I've had several house redwines in Samos that were barely drinkable, so "excellent" knocks your socks off here)

DO_ASK_FOR_DESSERT ! DEMAND_DESSERT !

Because if you don't, the waiter certainly won't offer it by himself - and you'll miss out on something truly fantastic.

The mind-boggling, horrible truth is, that since dessert is not a big thing on the Greek "tourist menu" (yeah, we'd rather take an ice cone on the harbour, stuffed with the industrialized Carte d'Or crap made from skimmed milk powder and E-numbers) - it is considered to be almost rude on the part of the waiter to even ASK you ! I almost fell off my chair, when Vaggelis told me that.

In other parts of the world, France in particular, the dessert is the jewel in the crown ! You simply MUST take dessert, to round off your perfect meal by satisfying your sweet tooth.

Vaggelis Bilibas is a passionate chef with a potential that could take him far on the culinary scene.

Greece is going through tough times these years, and you can feel that as a visitor on Samos too. So I guess, one has to to respect the stiff dilemma of whether a chef should go with the mainstream, play it safe, hide his light under a bushel and do like all the others - simply to secure a minimum of income - OR if he should stick to his guns, be true to himself, spread his wings and trust that his culinary skills and passion for excellence will prevail at the end.

I root for Vaggelis to stick to his guns and unfold his wonderful talent - and I can't wait to go back next September.

The fact that the man is the handsomest devil in the entire Aegean Archipelago (and then some) has - of course - nothing whatsoever to do with my enthusiasm...... ;-)

http://www.aphrodite-restaurant.gr/home_en.html

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