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“Unique in Loggos”
Review of Tolis Taverna

Tolis Taverna
Ranked #9 of 12 Restaurants in Loggos
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 12, 2012

The charms of Loggos are many and obvious, deriving mainly from the harbour and the buildings fronting it. Many of these buildings house restaurants, and nobody can be blamed for making sitting in front of any one of them and enjoying excellent food with a world class view. However, if you were to walk round the corner and up the lane, you will find Tolis' grill. Your reward will be a meal unlike any other you will have in Loggos.

There are no linen tables cloths to be found here, no fine china or heavy cutlery. You will not find a well weighted and eye pleasing wine glass, nor an award winning Marsanne to go in it. What you will find is ever industrious Tolis, his wife and mother, his chef and their grill.

That grill gives up food that haunts my dreams in the winter. Well seasoned, simply cooked lamb, Paxiot chicken, rabbit, whatever is available. Souvlaki, gyros, prawns saganaki; if it can be cooked over charcoal and flame on a spit, it will come to your table on a heaving platter with delicious potatoes and excellent tsatsiki. These things are subjective of course, but the tsatsiki Tolis' mother makes is by far the best I have ever tasted, and hands down the best to be had in Loggos. She's not shy with the garlic, and for that she has my eternal respect and gratitude. Try the tsatsiki!

The food is simple, yes, but I cannot conceive of a joy greater than
fresh, local produce cooked simply and well by somebody who knows what they are doing. Add to this a charming host and very reasonable prices, and the whole is very hard to beat. This is clearly attested to by the number of local families I have seen eating there in the couple of years I've known it. Children play on the lane outside, in the chaotic, vocal and kinetic way that children do. They are pacified nightly by Tolis, who hands them a gyro, and there is peace for its duration.

We were lucky enough to be around a few weeks ago when many a local musician convened to play and sing. Far from being a Greek night put on for the tourists (by 11 o'clock, we were the only non Greeks left - when we left around 3 a.m. it was still going strong), this was joyous, raucous and very real. Young and old men and women packed the place with songs of love and loss, which Spiros played the accordion and Elias played his bouzouki. It is testament to Tolis, his family and their food that this was the venue for such an arresting gathering.

7  Thank SamSam358
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

We had wandered past the Tolis a number of times and put it on our 'to visit' list so the sight of a spit roasting pig in the window one afternoon drew us back in the evening. This a traditional back street taverna only a stone's throw from the harbour front and it attracts many tourists and locals alike. When we seated ourselves it was early and empty except for a few locals drinking Ouzo but by the time we left every table was occupied. We were able to just walk in and get seated but the table next to us has been reserved by a family of 3 and it certainly wouldn't harm to reserve a table particularly on Sunday in high season when the whole of Loggos feels busy.
We had traditional greek starters and salad followed by roast pig served with fries - my husband thought he had rather a lot of fat and skin with his portion but we took that away in a doggie bag for the local cats so nothing was wasted! The meat was succulent and beautifully seasoned with herbs. Many had their meat served in gyros with a salad or fries dish on the side. The open red wine was served warm (we thought this was because it was kept in the kitchen area) which took a little getting used to but as it cooled to the outdoor temperature it was very palatable. The service was friendly and welcoming. It wasn't any cheaper or more expensive than the tavernas on the front - our meal with bread, starters, salad, two spit roast mains, 2 bottles of water and a litre of open red wine came to 55 Euros. We would definately go back.

1  Thank HeatherC064
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

Tolis and his family have been in the restaurant business for decades and this really shows in the quality of the food he serves and the friendly service from him and his wife Afroula, with the occasional help of his mother Soula when needed. The grilled meats are superb, crisply basted and marinated on the outside and melt-in-the-mouth delicious on the inside. There's a good range of starters and salads including Tolis' Special Salad which is virtually a meal in itself, but our favourite was grilled cheese on a bed of green leaves and tomatoes dressed with balsamic - yummy!

The taverna's location isn't the best in Loggos but if you can tear yourself away from the seafront views you'll find excellent food at amazingly good value. Hearing local accents is always a good indicator of a hidden gem and one night we sat next to a party which included the Mayor of Paxos, so there cannot be a much better recommendation than that!

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5  Thank Xenos
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

My husband and I returned often to this taverna off the harbor front for a variety of reasons. The location in a little plaza off the main drag and by a small church courtyard lent a sense of authenticity and a chance to actually hear the Greek language in use by the patrons. Kids living on the island apparently used the plaza to ride their bikes and play catch games and the adjacent pizza and ice cream shop was an evening hang out for the men of the island.
The prices at Tolis also reflected the sincerity of the owners. In most cases, the tab for two people at this taverna was significantly under 30 euros as compared to 40-50 euros in other spots, and the food certainly did not suffer. I don't eat meat but my husband does and he enjoyed the dishes he chose. I enjoyed the ubiquitous Greek salad but also traditional stuffed tomatoes and a very good grilled feta and spinach stuffed red pepper. The appetizers like the zucchini balls were also up to snuff. in addition, Tolis stocked a lovely and fresh beer from a microbrewery in nearby Corfu, Corfu Beer Real Ale. My only complaints were the fried potatoes which, like most in Paxos, were on the soft rather than crispy side (though this may be a matter of taste). All the members of Tolis team-- his wife, Afroula, his mom, Soula, the two chefs and assistant were gracious and genuine in their interactions with us (and we had interactions with them all!) and provided another level of intimacy in what should always be a special and tailor-made experience: the meal.

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1  Thank Jasonides
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Loggos is the most picturesque port on Paxos and most of its restaurants are on the harbour-front, with good views. Some of these restaurant put on airs and graces, their food is a little disappointing, over-internationalised, perhaps, and the prices seem a little high. Some are rather too close to the road through the village and the car emissions detract from the enjoyment of the food. But step off the harbourside near the abandoned soap factory and find Tolis Taverna in its narrow street, a dozen tables set out on decking, next to a tiny church with scented flowers beyond its railings, and a resplendent, tumbling bourgainvillea growing to the roof of the houses on the other side of the restaurant, and you will discover a traditional taverna with good food in abundant portions, reasonably priced. Tolis' mother, Sula, directs the tiny kitchen, serving up daily specials as well as the stock fare of Greek cooking, to her own recipes. Tolis Taverna specialises in grills and roasts. Through the kitchen window you can see the lamb or kid turning on the spit; the sliced roast meat is served tender with chips. Try the lamb chops, perhaps, eight or ten of them (small, on the bone) in a portion, grilled on an open fire. Or a kebab of pork cubes, salted and burnt on the outside, crunchily offsetting the tender sweetness of the perfectly cooking inner meat. Quaff from a simple jug of house wine. Start the meal with an appetiser of grilled vegetables served with an oil, balsamic vinegar and honey dressing; or deep fried zucchini balls. Tolis will probably offer your dessert as a gift at the end of the meal. Finish the evening and continue your good mood by strolling back for the night, past all those diners on the seafront who have unknowingly not had such a good meal as you but spent more. Sigh with contentment at the good life you are living.

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2  Thank Cassini
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