On our third day on Santorini we decided to check out some of the wines so we stopped in at Santorini Winery for some taste testing. For only 5 euro you can taste 5 wines and also get food to match the wines as they come out. With the two white wines bread was served, and with the reds a platter was bought out with cheese, salami, olives and sundried tomatoes. The finale was the impressive Vinsanto – a sweet red wine which has aromas of cinnamon, honey and vanilla along with citrus fruits. The Vinsanto was accompanied with the most simplest of dessert but we were left fighting with our spoons for the last dollop. The dessert was yoghurt that had been flattened out on the plate and then covered with sweet grapes and their syrup. Heavenly!
On the last day in Santorini we went on one of the many sunset cruises which takes you to the volcano that could erupt in 60 years, the hot springs (that weren’t that hot) and then to lunch on Thirassia island. Straight of the boat on Thirassia there was a row of restaurants on the water all offering similar souvlaki’s – we settled for Kamapa which seemed to have the biggest seafood souvlaki’s we could see. The seafood mixed grill was huge and had on it; lobster, prawns, oysters, crab, octopus and shrimp plus it came with the most succulent lemon potatoes and Greek style rice. We also had some rather tasty cheese balls and a prawn souvlaki to share.
The end of the cruise landed us in Oia – the magical end of Santorini where all the postcard pictures are taken. We noticed a restaurant that stood out from the rest – it looked older and breathed quality so we booked a table for later that night. We made our way back to Oia around 9:30pm that night to end our Greek trip on what we hoped would be the most memorable meal of the trip. We were not disappointed. The interior of 1800 was very old world and charming, the service faultless and not pushy like down town Thira. At the time we had no knowledge of the place – now reading their website, the history of the building is remarkable and I cannot wait to go back there one day.
For entree Lauren and I shared The Rabbit (that is how they name dishes) which came with eschalot and orange juice sauce, warm brioche with fresh herbs and rhubarb sautéed with warm eggplant. This rabbit was simply the best rabbit I have ever eaten. For mains Amelia and I had The Pig which was pork belly rested in the oven with chocolate cereals, lime sorbet and with extra sauce filled up in a plastic burette that was inserted into my pork belly. Back track. Yes I did say Lime Sorbet. Yes when I cut through my luscious pork belly I did spoon some sorbet onto my meat and yes it was delicious. Who thinks of this stuff?? Magical. I am a massive pork belly fan and this was up there with the most delicious – 9.5/10. I would have given it 10 out of 10 if I could have one more piece!
Lauren had The Fish which was Sea bass stuffed with prosciutto and cooked in a artichoke broth along with artichoke cream and vegetables. This was exquisite also, cooked to perfection with creative flavours and according to Lauren 9/10. For dessert I had the Ivoire chocolate which consisted of white chocolate mousse flavoured with lime on a chocolate biscuit.
The charming Oia bought our Greek trip to a memorable end. I was so glad we made the effort to get out of Thira and have an amazing evening – it was definitely one to remember.