One of the major attractions of Kefalonia is the food, with a number of restaurants catering for tourists with a mix of traditional Mediterranean dishes and those of other European cultures. Below we run through some of the best.
Based in Lourdas, Andromeda opened its doors in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since. The restaurant is open between May and October, with the rest of the year dedicated primarily to various events, most prominently weddings for which Andromeda is extremely highly regarded. The restaurant looks out over the ocean, and offers a menu which takes traditional Greek dishes and adds a little spin on them, like the seafood risotto and oven baked rigatoni.
To the west of the island in Argostolion is Casa Grec, which offers a variety of cuisine from Greek to Italian and French. The atmosphere is one for both families and couples to enjoy, with a candlelit courtyard setting the scene. Halloumi salad and mushroom tart are nice treats to enjoy, while the pork in red wine with walnuts is another one to try. While Casa Grec is a little more expensive than many Greek taverna, a meal for two is still good value at around £35-£40 for starters, mains, desserts and wines altogether.
Any restaurant named after a god of wine must be pretty confident in its abilities, and the Dionysus restaurant in Lourdas need have no worries of living up to the name. You can choose to sit indoors with the air-conditioning on hot days, or out in the courtyard to take advantage of the cooler nights, but wherever you sit the meal should live up to the billing. With an attached olive grove and vegetable garden to source many ingredients from, the food is fresh with special praise reserved for the pizzas cooked in the wood-oven.
The Flamingo is for anyone based in the east of Kefalonia, and more specifically anyone around Skala. The menu is primarily traditionally Greek meals such as souvlaki and moussaka, although for dessert you’ll have extremely indulgent choices, most notably the enormous chocolate cake on offer. Generally speaking The Flamingo is a peaceful restaurant, which may be a little surprising given it is constantly busy with both tourists and locals visiting on a regular basis. Dinner for two with dessert and wine will be somewhere in the region of £35.
Our second restaurant in Skala is Siroco, where traditional Greek dishes are cooked in traditional fashion, either in a stone oven or even over coal fires. Stuffed tomatoes and peppers are a real favourite in this region of the world and one of Siroco’s specialities, but those who want a bit more meatiness in their meal may want to try the pastitsio, a dish of beef mince, onion, macaroni and cheese. The restaurant sits in Old Skala, giving you a view of both the traditional churches and houses and also of the forests beyond.