02 July, 2013

What We Ate in Evia - June 2013

Using the long weekend of Whit Monday, we traveled to Northern Evia. Here is what we ate during the trip.

We took the ferry boat from Arkitsa to Edipsos at 9 in the evening of Friday. It should take about 2 hours or less from Athens to Arkitsa, but it took us full 3 hours because of a traffic accident on the National Road.

The boat trip was only about 40 min, but we felt quite tried when we arrived at Edipsos, so we decided to have a light dinner break.

We walked about 100 metres or along the seaside road and entered this grill place called O Gyros tou Dionysi (The Gyros of Dionysis) which looked relatively busy.

We could have eaten just souvlaki wrap, but chose to have a portion of Kondosouvli of Zygouri, just because we have not seen it before. It is evidently mutton.

The meat had that sheepish smell, but the fat and meat were sweet. Although it was difficult to eat because of bones, it was quite good.

Together with a simple salad, tzatziki, bread and beer, the bill came to 17.60 Euro.

It is ideal place to grab something when you leave from or arrive at the port, as it is just in front.

O Gyros tou Dionysi - Ο Γύρος του Διονύση
Miaouli 2, 28is Oktovriou, Loutra Aidipsou, 34300, Evia
Μιαούλη 2 & 28ης Οκτωβρίου, Λουτρά Αιδηψού, 34300, Εύβοια
Tel. 22260 24623

Our destination was Agios Georgios Lichados in the north west Evia. It is a fishery town which became a small and low-key resort with lots of rooms and restaurants.

We stayed at a hotel called Antonis which is also fish taverna (many restaurants in Ag. Georgios have rooms as well). I do not recommend Antonis as hotel (our room was smelly and the cleaner did not even bother to collect trash bag even once during our 3 day stay), although it was cheap (30 Euro a night for a double room including breakfast).

The centre of the exercise no doubt is the fish taverna of the same name (the both places are run by a young couple called Antonis and Fotini, by the way), which can be the best restaurant in Agios Georgios. It was always full for a couple of days we stayed there.

We ate at the same place twice (unfortunately we cannot eat more than once at restaurant while we travel due to our weak digestive system).

Here are some of the memorable dishes.

This is gavros marinatos offered by Antonis (i.e. not charge). It was really good, if you like the genre.

Fried gavros, which was in very generous portion.

Perfectly fried.

This is garidomakaronada (spaghetti with shrimps) for 2.

So we were told, but it was not enough for 2 of us. We were charged 15 Euro for it, which was fair, but if we were charged 30 Euro, it was poor. We never learnt if there was a mixed up in the kitchen or in the bill. The king prawns were good (but - sorry to be so grumpy - I do not understand why the Greeks do not clean the guts when they cook prawns; it is not acceptable for us East-Asians).

Antonis - Αντώνης
Agios Georgios Lichados, Loutra Aidipsou, 34300, Evia
Άγιος Γεώργιος Λιχάδος, Λουτρά Αιδηψού, 34300, ΕΥΒΟΙΑΣ
Tel. 22260 33051

After a meat at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, we could not eat dinner anymore, but we stopped at a sweets shop called Athina. It was supposed to sell loukoumades, but when I tried to order, I was told that it would take 30 to 45 min. to cook, so I settled at karydopita with ice cream.

It was all right, but I am not sure it was worth 4.50 Euro (probably not).

On our way home, we stopped at a roadside grill called Koryfi in central Evia.

This is a plate of red beets (pantzaria) and skordalia (garlic and bread paste). Beautiful.

We had 2 main dishes, the one was goat in read sauce served with spaghetti and the other was biftekia with fried potatoes.

Both were delicious. OK. Spaghetti were over-boiled to death, but that is how the Greeks eat their noodles (we might well stop calling spaghetti these Greek noodles, as it sounds too Italian and is misleading), but it was just a detail.

The worst thing for me was that they did not give us fiscal receipt. In rural parts like this, taxman is still a distant entity.

Koryfi - Η Κορυφή
Kamaritsa, Agios, 34400, Evia
Καμαρίτσα, Άγιος, 34400, Εύβοια
Τελ. 2228025470

Over all, we ate quite well during the trip. It is a big PLUS for me to choose travel destinations. :)

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