Careful, this review was written under the influence of the full moon, 4 friends from Crete (Barbara, Stelios, Iro and Panos) and several shots of Raki.
Let us start with the 4 friends that invited us to this place, a nice bar/nightclub/restaurant with open air setting called San Allote (which means “the old ways” in Greek). It is located close to the habour of Rethymno and along the waterfront, wedged between the popular student bar “50/50” and the Hotel Ideon. Our friends demonstrated how Cretans enjoy the evening: Ordering mainly starters and mezzes and have glasses of wine to “Yamas” the full moon evening. And so we enjoyed the addictive fried Zucchini slices, fried liver, pork in honey and sprinkled feta crumbs, chicken with Parmesan salsa (yummy), smoked pork “Apaki” (one of my favorites), the delicious San Allote salad. All is on the table and shared. The house wine is good and helps watering the mouth. Modest prices. Cretan cuisine with a twist I would call this. Surprisingly there are a lot of empty tables and we learn from our friends that the new owner has changed the style of the place, away from cocktails and disco towards a good kitchen. Clearly, the locals have noticed and we only hear the Greek language here. Give this place a try and enjoy this gem of Rethymno. Sea view inclusive.
N.Plastira, 74100 Réthymno, Rethimni, Greece
698 308 4002