Ive only just found that phillipos is on trip advisor after going there with my GF ( now wife) in aug 2010. This was my 7th visit to this amazing island & it never fails to throw in a highlight. But i didnt think it would be from a little taverna on a side street off the beach road into gouves. on arrival to the taverna we were greeted by phillipo himself who i can only describe as a greek Mr Bean which really made my GF & i have a chuckle so you can imagine what it was like trying to order our food. Anyway he & his staff were excellent in explaining the dishes/mezzes of his family run buisness. He recommended we try the carath of rose wine with some fresh baked bread with garlic & herb butter. we then ordered our starters which were shrimps saganaki which i have had in other tavernas in other parts of crete & also other islands of greece & this dish was by far the best i have ever tasted. my GF has always been a bit sceptical on greek food but was herself in awe of this dish & it was only a starter. after the starter we ordered more rose which was also very nice & seemed to be goin well with the dishes we were having. on to the mains which we just couldnt wait to indulge in. my GF opted for garlic lemon & herb chicken with Greek roast potatoes rice & seasonal veg. while i opted for the slow cooked lamb kleftico (lamb casserole) with Greek roast potatoes. the food was absolutley fantastic with amazing taste. i had to admit to myself and my GF that this was the best greek food i had eaten & that this place is a little gem. phillipo & his staff were very courteous & we had a fantastic meal...he introduced us to his mother who was preparing all the meals while his father was cooking all the meats. we finished our meals with lemon sorbets to freshen & clear our pallets but not for the wanting of having more of this delicious food but on a different evening...which we ended up doing on a few evenings of our weeks break. still excellent. My wife ( now ) & kids are going back to gouves this year in 2013 & hope with with fingers crossed that this gem is still there in all its delicous glory. would appreciate it if anyone has recently been there to let me know if its still open.
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