31 March, 2013

Where We Ate in and around Leonidio 2

Continuation from the previous post.

After a short stop at Leonidio, we continued for Elonas Monastery and for Kosmas Village.

I did not know what we could expect from the village. It is somehow similar to one of picturesque villages in Pelion and there are several restaurants and cafeterias; definitely more touristic than Leonidon.

We stopped at a grill restaurant called Basaram, because it had their menu outside. I always prefer to study the menu actually going into restaurant.

Inside, there is nothing particular. Many of the patrons seemed to know the place, but they ate and left quickly, as if they had other destinations.

Although the interior decoration does not say much, it has a good view of the village.

They had a couple of curious stuff like wild boar, but, we ordered conservatively. Here are homemade biftekia. The portion was rather small, but for 6 Euro, I guess it was fine.

They were good, but I prefer the mince to be more coarse, while GH was very happy with them.

I was excited with this boiled goat, instead.

The meat was tender and the fat was sweet.

We had also a tzatziki, cabbage salad, a 500 ml of rose wine (they did not have red), and some pieces of apple on the house. The total bill was 20.50, again with receipt without any prompt. Excellent. Again we were very happy.

Basaram - Μπασαράμ
Kosmas, Arkadia
Tel. 27570 31413

After we wanted to have a galaktoboureko, as many people were eating it cafeteias, but when we arrived, it was sold out. A shame.

We did not feel hungry in the evening, so we just ate some spinach pie we brought from Piraeus at our room.

Next day (25 March 2013).

After having participated in the service at the local church of Sambatiki, we went to the village above called Pragmatefti.

We had a Greek coffee at the kafenio/mini-supermarket in the village. It is "THE" shop, because there is any other.

I wonder why the Greek coffees taste better in the countryside. A mystery.

We had a hiking in the mountain (they told us that there is a hiking road from Pragmatefti to Leonidio, but we did not spend so much time) and left Leonidio. For lunch, we needed to eat fried cod, because it was 25 March. We headed for Tyros, which extends along the sea.

We found only a few restaurants open and stopped at a one called Flisvos, because it had a bit more people than the others.

It is just in front of the sea and here is the view from our table (unfortunately the weather wasn't particularly good).

They had meat as well as fish/ seafood, but no magirefta (stewed stuff). We ordered fried calamari and fried cod.

Fried calamari was probably fresh and cost 8.50 Euro. Expensive but very sweet and satisfactory.

Fried cod with garlic mash was rather small for 6.50 Euro. Maybe because of the strong popular demand. Tasted all right, though.

Together with peppery cheese paste (tyrokafteri), salad and 0.5l of white wine, the bill was about 25 Euro. Our most expensive meal during this trip! Ha ha ha.

Flisvos - Φλοίσβος
Paralia Tyrou, Tyros, Arcadia
Παραλία, Τυρός, Αρκαδία
Τελ. +30 2757041316

After the meal I wanted to eat something sweet. So we made an extra stop at Agios Andreas. It is a modern village with an attractive central square.

We found a cafeteria/ mezedopoleio called Stou Kapela (Στου Καπέλα). They did not have Greek sweets like Galaktoboureko or Portokalopita that I wanted, so I settled with Profiterole, which turned out to be pretty good.

It cost 3.50 Euro and together with 2 coffees, the bill came to around 7.50. Quite a difference from the price in Athens.

That was the last thing we ate during the travel. We returned with a positive impression.

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