Koukoumavlos, which means "owl" in Greek, is also Santorini's most genuinely romantic restaurant and its most awarded restaurant for gastronomy.
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THE MEANING OF ROMANCE
When I say "genuinely romantic," what I mean is that it's not a staged dramatic restaurant in some luxury resort.
Rather, it's a wonderful old-fashioned restaurant in a very old building in the heart of the town.
It also has great decor, a fantastic terrace, and a killer view.
Well-heeled residents of Athens, as well as foreigners from other parts of Europe, who have vacation villas in Santorini have been his regular clients for years.
So it's more of a fine dining local restaurant patronised by foodies rather than a tourist restaurant serving typical Greek food.
|We had the best dinner table in Santorini tonight|
A REALLY ENJOYABLE EVENING
What a lovely evening, and what an enjoyable time we had.
We really laughed all night long -- that is, when we weren't enjoying the food or having the most philosophical discussions about Travel, Life and Love with Koukoumavlos owner and chef Nikolas Pouliasi.
Chef Nikolas -- or Niko, to his friends -- kept us enthralled with very deep insights about life, in between cooking us the most amazing courses of food himself.
Talk about extreme multi-tasking here.
More on this in a later blog entry. For now, let me say that if you're a foodie headed for Santorini, make sure you schedule at least one dinner at Koukoumavlos.
Koukoumavlos is one of the top 15 restaurants in the whole of Greece, and it's won a whole slew of food and gourmet awards.
Chef Niko has cooked for the who's who of Greece and the world.
All the movers and shakers of Greece eat here when they're in Santorini, and even United States President George W. Bush has dined here. He also cooks for the Russian millionaires, the Hollywood celebrities, and European royalty who visit Santorini.
Everyone in the know eats here because the restaurant is really lovely in a very authentic Santorini way, and in a very original Niko way, and the food is the best on the island for non-traditional fare.
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
As for the restaurant itself, it was love at first sight for the restaurant, as Koukoumavlos Restaurant is exactly my type.
First, it has a very artistic and yet natural feel. It was filled with antiques, curios, paintings, mirrors and objets d'art that obviously had been collected over its 25 years of existence in Santorini as a restaurant.
Yes, Koukoumavlos is celebrating its 25th year in business this 2014.
NO ARTIFICE OR PRETENSE
This is obviously a work in progress over 25 years.
Second, nothing matched but everything looked good together -- which is just how I like decor, in general.
Third, the view of Santorini's famous caldera from a table on Koukoumavlos' terrace is second to none. This has got to be the best dining table on the island.
A SIMPLY DELICIOUS DINNER
The food, too, is creative, original and absolutely delicious.
I can't even describe what it's like because it's nothing I've had before. I almost dare to call it experimental or molecular gastronomy, but it really isn't.
Tonight we had seven courses for dinner and about two bottles of wine. Everything was strange, unique, amazing and delicious.
It was the perfect way to end a very relaxing stay in Santorini, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.