A foodie’s top 10 guide to Kefallonia

9 Oct

Find my recommendations for Kefallonia here

1. Sesto Koroni
A hidden gem on the hill above Koroni beach. The menu may only include 5 dishes but in this case, less is definitely more. Our suggestions would be the mouth-watering souvlaki, the hand-cut fried potatoes and the Greek salad. Go around 7 pm and enjoy the food and ice-cold beer while watching the sun dive in the Ionian Sea.

Sesto Hill Bar. Photo by Stella Printezi

Sesto Hill Bar. Photo by Stella Printezi

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Sesto Hill Bar. Photo by Stella Printezi

2. I kaliva tou psara (The fisherman’s hut)
By far the best taverna for fish in Kefallonia. Right on the beach, sixties ambience and, of course, sea-view. Here, you will only find fresh fish, and occasionally lobster, crab and calamari that they catch on their own every day. Table (and fish!) reservations are highly recommended!

Taverna at Zola via Rob Plasschaert, flickr

Taverna at Zola via Rob Plasschaert, flickr

3. Alexandros
If you crave traditional Greek cuisine or grilled mini-steaks, then Alexandros is what you are looking for. Hidden at the end of Divarata village, just at the beginning of the road to Myrtos beach, it is open all year long inviting you to discover the authentic Greek delicacies.

Traditional Rooster dish. Source: jgrande, flickr.com

Traditional Rooster dish. Source: jgrande, flickr.com

4. Aristophanes
At the beginning of the de Bosse pier, sea view on the outdoors and cult ambience on the indoors. The miniscule calamari and Simian prawns (garidaki simiako) are an absolute must.

Simian prawns. Photo source: tavernoxoros.gr

Simian prawns. Photo source: tavernoxoros.gr

Aristophanes taverna. Source: www.aristofanis-kefalonia.gr

Aristophanes taverna. Source: http://www.aristofanis-kefalonia.gr

5. Kiani Akti (Blue Seaside)
A unique opportunity to dine while listening to the melodies of the sea beneath you, as this taverna is built on a private wooden pier just a meter above the water. All the seafood meze are really good, and this may be the only restaurant on the island offering raw shellfish.

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Kiani Akti restaurant on the pier. Photo source: travelstyle.gr

6. Erasmia
If you are a meatball fan then you should definitely try Erasmia’s traditional meatballs. Made by beef and pork with the addition of fresh herbs, these cherry-sized little meatballs are crunchy on the outside and full of flavor on the inside; one cannot simply stop eating them! Definitely among the best meatballs in Greece!

Erasmia’s mini meatballs. Photo by Stella Printezi.

Erasmia’s mini meatballs. Photo by Stella Printezi.

7. Kouloubis
Famous for its whole roasted pork, this restaurant in Agona is no secret to the locals. We also loved the pork chops and the enormous salads.

Roast pork. Photo source: ikoinoniamas.blogspot.com

Roast pork. Photo source: ikoinoniamas.blogspot.com

8. Xasteria
For meat lovers again, Xasteria’s excellent cook knows all the secrets of roasting and grilling meat! Our suggestions would be the grilled liver, the sausage and of course the traditional Kefallonian meat-pie.

Local meat-pie. Photo source: greekrepices.blogspot.com

Local meat-pie. Photo source: greekrepices.blogspot.com

9. Vinaries
Vinaries specializes in seafood meze. The tables are made out of wood and glass and each one has a little window in the middle where the owners have put sand and beautiful shells.

Vinaries restaurant. Photo source: www.kefalonizw.com

Vinaries restaurant. Photo source: http://www.kefalonizw.com

10. Sesoulas
And, for dessert, have you tried the traditional Kefallonian mandoles? They are roasted almonds covered in caramel and look like little precious rocks. They come in two colours: ruby red or golden brown (honey has been added to the caramel) and are simply irresistible! You can find them almost everywhere on the island, but my personal favorite is a traditional sweet shop in the center of Argostoli called Sesoulas. Great idea for a gift from Greece!

Mandoles. Photo source: www.e-kefalonia.net

Mandoles. Photo source: http://www.e-kefalonia.net

Stella Printezi, Yannis Apergis

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6 Responses to “A foodie’s top 10 guide to Kefallonia”

  1. Paul Dillon (@paul_01) October 10, 2013 at 19:04 #

    Yummy. Plenty of ideas for my next trip. Thanks.

    • stellaprintezi October 11, 2013 at 14:30 #

      Thank you, Paul! 🙂 We are waiting for your suggestions too!

  2. D November 21, 2013 at 15:24 #

    Thank you. Many ideas for the next trip

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