To Psaraki in Santorini, One of Greece’s Best Fish and Seafood Tavernas

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Grilled sardines stuffed with onions and parsley
Grilled sardines stuffed with onions and parsley

To Psaraki

Where: atop of the Port of Vlyhada, Santorini

Owners: Thanassis Sfouggaris and Angeliki Synetou

The Food: The food on their website is described as “simple and honest food” and is true to a certain extent, as ther plating has this simple yet exquisite elegance that I think captures and elevates what Greek food is all about.. While the dishes are simply prepared and likely not using 20+ ingredients, they are simply prepared and plated, with a simplistic panache that I like.

The menu features some local Santorini ingredients like their cherry tomato, zucchini, local cucumber, yellow split peas and they also feature their own take on some Greek classics like dolmades, fried calamari and grilled octopus.

Emphasis is on fish and seafood and the menu can (and will) vary according to availability. Don’t be disappointed if a menu item isn’t available to order – they serve only the freshest ingredients and Angeliki will be pleased to offer an alternative. There are always specials of the day and one or two light desserts of the day.

What to Drink: Psaraki has Cretan Tsikoudia (Greek grappa), Tsipouro with anise an array of Ouzo brands from throughout Greece. You can order carafes of local Santorini white wine or try a bottle of Greek wine from Santorini or from an other part of Greece.

There are also beers and I recommend you order something like Fix or one of the beers from Donkey brewing company from Santorini.

Setting: Vlyhada is a small fishing village with a closed marina for boats and there’s also a nearby beach. It’s located about 20 minute drive from Fira and it’s located in the southern end of the island. To Psaraki is located roadside, perched above the marina and offering you a fantastic view of the Aegean and the boats coming/going out of the marina. A must for all foodies visiting Santorini.

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