Reviews of Restaurants in Stalida or Stalis by Julie Morgan
Artemis Tavern - il Camino italian restaurant - Minos restaurant
or Stalida on the north coast of Crete is a little oasis sitting quietly
in between it's much noisier neighbours of Malia and Hersonissos . When
I first visited several years ago there was a definite demarcation line
between the 3 places. Now, sadly I fear that it's all starting to blur
along the beach road!
It does, however, still seem more family and older couple orientated,
and out of the peak season months seems to be almost deserted by midnight.
There are lots of tavernas, restaurants and cocktail bars. Some 'English'
pubs serving full English breakfasts and 'Irish' bars catering for people
that can't manage without that touch of home for a week or two! Look carefully
and you can still find traditional Greek cookery in Stalis.
The main beach road of Stalis seems to house most of the tavernas, on
this road the Anthousa Hotel seems to be the most popular landmark. To
the left of this is a restaurant that is one of my favourites. Artemis,
It leads directly onto the beach with doors on the front for when it's
too windy or raining. The seating is very comfortable, the atmosphere
very relaxing as you sit glass in hand watching the sunset over the gently
rolling sea. Bliss! Food wise, they do the usual mix of English and Continental
dishes and an excellent range of Greek specialities, my particular favourite
is a starter for 2 people called Pikola which is a selection of courgettes
(zucchinis) aubergines, sea food, and cheese (saganaki) cooked in a light
batter very much like the Japanese Tempura. Absolutely delicious. They
have an extensive wine list, the staff are very friendly and it's all
reasonably priced. What more could a person wish for?!
the right of the Anthousa Hotel and again directly overlooking the sea
is Il Camino, they have seating both al fresco and totally under
cover. This is the place to be if you want entertainment from the staff.
Over the road from the restaurant is the kitchen where you can watch one
of the chefs making pizza bases, these are occasionally tossed across
the road to the waiters to brighten a dull evening up, narrowly missing
passers by, in fact my memory of this place is sitting across from a young
boy, aged about 10, wearing a pizza base on his head (uncooked!) all through
dinner, obviously the passer by that didn't get away! Being the centre
of attention obviously made this young lads night.
As well as the Italian element to the menu there is a good range of grill
cooked meats and Greek dishes, the Souvlaki is particularly good, the
house wine of a good standard and again all reasonably priced.
Dwyers Irish bar further down the road is a taverna called Minos.
This place seems to be run by an eccentric Greek man who walks about
tempting people in by singing. His voice, not being the best in the
world probably puts more people off, however he must be doing something
right, it's quite a small place but always packed full to the edges
and the last time we went we had to climb over a wall into the shop
next door to get out, thus saving angry glances from other diners as
we would have had to have asked three tables of diners to stand up for
us to get out! This worked quite well for me as it was a good excuse
to buy yet another handbag whilst my husband paid the food bill!
Food wise, although there is the usual selection, we opted for the pizza
here as we'd seen other diners with them and it lived up to all expectations!
A large base covered with wonderful toppings and excellent value for money.
Perfect with an ice cold beer. This is not the place for sitting and soaking
up the ambience of Crete, more a place to pop for food before you go on
elsewhere but definitely worth a visit.