At Oscar Suites & Village Hotel in Platanias, Chania, we are passionate about food and drink and we love to make our guests happy. To this end we have amassed several insider’s tips regarding the top 5 restaurants in Chania. All of the following establishments are geared towards maximum enjoyment of the senses; but won’t break the bank in the process. Yet the list is in no way exhaustive, so stay tuned for more intel about Chania’s superb culinary offerings.
A great variety of indigenous aromatic herbs, seasonal fruit and vegetables; in fact more than 500 different types; used raw in salads or cooked in several ways. An array of delectable, trademark local cheeses-gruyere, galotyri, xinomizithra, athotyros, staka- made with sheep and goats milk. Thick and rich olive oil; aptly named “Crete’s liquid gold”. Creamy, fragrant honey. Dusks made from wheat or barley. Plenty of fresh fish and seafood; lots of snails; some baby lamb or goat. Fiery raki and strong local wine.
These are the staples of the Cretan nutricion; which is no wonder world famous for its wealth of aromas and tastes as well as amazing health benefits. Of course what makes a world of difference is none other than the raw materials used- packed with goodness, straight from the sun kissed, blessed Cretan terrain.
At Oscar Suites & Village Hotel in Platanias, Chania, being of the epicurean school ourselves, we are very well aware that great food and drink is one of the most essential parts of your holidays. With that in mind we have compiled a list with the top 5 restaurants in Chania; Some are modern; others more traditional, yet all are to be found within a logical distance from Oscar Suites & Village Hotel in Platanias, Chania. Though different in terms of style, decor and proffered cuisine; they all stand out for their enticing gastronomic creations and welcoming atmosphere. We strongly suggest that you give them a try!
Dounias: Crete’ s Slow Food
In the mountainous countryside of Chania, amidst the majestic snow capped peaks of the Lefka Ori, you’ll reach an extraordinary place where time seems to stop still. This is the realm of Stelios Trilirakis: The chef-patron of Dounias (which means “the world”), revives ancient Cretan cooking techniques-you’ll only see wood ovens, wood stoves and roasters here- to create simple but delicious, time honored recipes with fruit and veg from his own organic garden and meat from his animals. Whether vegetarian or non-vegetarian, all dishes are slow cooked– in line with the slow food principles- and literally melt in your mouth. Plus the service is warm and friendly and the natural setting quite striking.
Boasting a one of a kind, nostalgically romantic setting, as well as wonderful seafood, this fish restaurant is unfalteringly-and justly- featured in most of the best of Chania lists. Located in a small, quaint fishing port in Tabakaria; where the 19th century tanneries of the city used to be; Thalassino Ageri serves mouthwatering traditional recipes such as cuttlefish with fennel and green olives, sea urchins or fried moray eel with garlic sauce. The best time to go is at sunset; to enjoy the great views along with the delicious food and welcoming atmosphere.
To Monastiri Tou Karolou
In the quaint, narrow street of Chatzimichalis Dalianis, in the heart of Chania old town, it is one of the most picturesque cafe-restaurants, located in a 16th century former Catholic monastery. Nowadays, with due respect to its architectural identity and history, it has been transformed in a multifaceted space: Exhibition area and art studio on the first floor; cafe-bar- restaurant on the ground and the beautiful courtyard. Cocktails are renowned here; and so is the rock-alternative music and overall vibes. Certainly a great option for a night to remember.
Housed in a 15th century Venetian building that once served as a Turkish hammam, it is one of the most characteristic restaurants in the old town. Tamam (which means “all good” in Turkish) serves traditional greek food infused with several eastern elements: After all Crete had been successively dominated by the Venetians, Egyptians and the Turks; while Chania had served as a trade center for the Jewish, Arabs and Europeans. Throughout the ages, conquerors and collaborators alike, left their indelible marks in architecture, history and culture; and this of course includes the local dietary habits. Nowadays you’ll sample mediterranean delicacies, along with some gems from the Cretan vineyard in an distinctively artistic setting. Plus you’ ll get to enjoy all the buzz and hubbub of passers by on the quaint cobblestone street.
Valentino Pasta & Grill
Last, but not least in our present top 5 restaurants in Chania list, is none other than our very own Valentino Pasta & Grill at Oscar Suites & Village Hotel in Platanias, Chania. Designed to satisfy the most discerning food and wine aficionados, it is a striking; yet cordial and welcoming all day restaurant; open from early in the morning till late in the evening. Starting with breakfast, arguably the most important meal of the day, it offers an enticing array of local delicacies, many of them organic and home-made within a lively and friendly setting. As the day progresses, Valentino Pasta & Grill beckons with its ample gastronomic delights; A huge variety of mouthwatering dishes made only from the finest quality, locally sourced ingredients; to be savored amidst an enchanting scenery. Whether for a quick (or lazy and extended!) lunch with friends or a cozy dinner on a special occasion, this is the place to be!