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Sunset Taverna – Santorini, Greece

After a 3 hour hike from Imerovigli to Ammoundi Bay at the base of Oia, we were posed with three options for lunch – all of which I’ve read are fantastic spots so we couldn’t go wrong.  We quickly decided on Sunset Taverna and we are so glad we did!  By far the best meal we had on the island!!!  We started with the delicious local fava which looks similar to hummus but tastes so different.  Made with Santorini favas – more like yellow lentils – this mild dip is the perfect start to any meal.  Most restaurants seem to serve it with chopped red onion and Greek oregano (some add tasty capers).  It’s perfect on it’s own or with some fresh bread.  Because we ordered it everywhere we went, next we had to go with the saganaki.  SO good here!  One of the best by far!  With the fresh lemon juice on top it honestly doesn’t get better.  Yum!  For our main course we chose the fresh sea bream.  Such a great choice!  Light in texture in flavor, it’s the perfect fish for a meal that won’t leave you feeling heavy.

Do yourself a favor and go here if you’re ever on the island.  They’re open for lunch and dinner and their fish selection changes daily depending on what the fisherman bring in that day.

The outdoor grill

Waterfront is an understatement

The fabulous view

Santorini’s local fava

Saganaki

Fresh sea bream

Milos – New York, NY

I found out about Milos on Gwyneth Paltrow’s newsletter GOOP which featured New York.  I knew from her write up that it was going to be a pricey meal (she didn’t disappoint there) however, being Greek and having high expectations, it ended up being one of the best meals I’ve ever had!

The space is fairly large with white walls, tall ceilings and every seat was filled.  We had an 8pm reservation and were there until 10pm something.  New York is a non-stop city that’s for sure.

If your wallet can stand the price tag, put this place at the top of your list.  I am already looking forward to going back to NYC and having a delicious dinner at this fabulous spot.

I loved this detail…heads of garlic were used to hold down the cheesecloth used as a wall separator.  Brilliant!Just like in Turkey this past summer, we got to go pick out our fish for dinner.  Fish is flown in twice daily to the restaurant so you know you’re getting it fresh!Octopus – sashimi grade Mediterranean octopus char-grilled
Grilled Calamari – stuffed with Cretan Anthotiro, feta, manouri cheese, and fresh mint.  Served with fava, saffron.Grilled sea bream – served with olive oil and lemon sauceOur little fried fish:)  I can’t remember the name of it but it was recommended that we get it fried and holy cow was it good.  It was so buttery and tender.  I could have eaten a few of this little guys.And to end the night…what else would we order at a Greek restaurant besides Loukoumades?!

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