Address: Fira Santorini – 84700 Cyclades Islands, Greece
Telephone: +30 22860 24509, 23673
It is not an exaggeration to say that Santorini is insanely beautiful. Located in the Aegean Sea southeast of Greece’s mainland, Santorini is an island internationally famous for its pristine cliff side white houses.
Archipelagos Restaurant, located on the caldera cliffs of Fira town, the capital of Santorini, is a long-standing Greek restaurant housed in a captain’s house that was built in the 1860’s. Fira can be heaving during peak seasons, and this restaurant, which has a homely indoor dining room and an idyllic outdoor terrace, offers an oasis of calm in this popular town.
This restaurant offers a world-class sea view – the limitless blue sea viewed from the outdoor terrace, which faces the cliff and the volcano, is simply magical.
We were starving and helped ourselves with some bread that came with a tomato paste and some olives.
(1) We started off with a Greek salad (€12). The usual components – tomato, cucumber, green pepper, onion, feta cheese, capers and olive – were fresh and lively. Not that it was a huge problem, but the ingredients were quite chunky and we had to do a fair bit of slicing ourselves!
(2) We shared another salad, the Arugula salad with Mastelo cheese (€12). Mastelo cheese is a type of Greek white goat cheese, and the Mastelo in this salad came from Chios, another island in Greece. The dry figs provided light but sensuous sweetness to the salad, while the orange dressing was fruity and utterly invigorating. We were so in love with the sheer tastiness of this salad that we immediately ordered another portion of it!
(3) The Fried Squid with caper sauce (€11) was moreish – the squid was very crispy on the surface and had an excellent bite, while the caper sauce helped balance out the fattiness of the squid.
(4) The Seafood spaghetti (€22) followed. The oceanic flavours of mussels, shrimps and squids were extracted into the sauce, making for a vibrant and flavour-packed dish – we savoured every bite of this vibrant pasta!
(5) I adore the crispy-skinned, succulent grilled fishes in Greece (see the grilled fish I had at ITHAKI in Athens), so we ordered the Fresh fish of the day (seasonal price) at Archipelagos. The char-grilled fish skin was absolutely scrumptious, and the clean, natural taste of the fish, lightly drizzled with lemon juice, was superb. Our only complaint was that the fish was a tad on the dry side.
(6) We didn’t order any desserts at the restaurant, as we had already eaten some frozen Greek yoghurt before lunch while we toured around this breathtakingly beautiful island.
If you haven’t tried some frozen Greek yoghurt, drizzled with Greek honey and sprinkled with walnuts, you are missing out on some of the yummiest desserts on this planet! Trust me – Greek honey and walnuts are the best toppings you can have on frozen Greek yoghurt!