Our trip back to Greece’s Mani region this summer spanned a time period that included both our wedding anniversary and my birthday. . . what better place on earth to celebrate such occasions, right?
While our days were busy with ‘chores’ related to purchasing a house there (see last week’s post) we did give ourselves our anniversary evening ‘off’ and spent it dining at a hotel restaurant that came recommended highly on TripAdvisor and had also been included in as a Top Choice in Lonely Planet’s guidebook.
This wasn’t your run-of-the-mill hotel restaurant. The setting was one of the most magical we’ve seen in Greece ~ in the midst of an olive grove at the side of the sea. It just doesn’t get any better than that!
Restaurant Elies is part of a small bungalow-style hotel complex of the same name one mile north of Kardamyli (also Kardamili) town. The setting and the décor – from the blue and white cushions in the bar’s open air lounge to the yellow and olive green colored tables and chairs -- couldn’t have been more Mediterranean. We’d want to incorporate both of these ideas when decorating that new house, we’d decided. . .
As night approached, the restaurant transformed from its daytime casual to nighttime elegance with white table cloths and candles.
And the menu offered such a foodie feast it was difficult to decide what to eat:
We finally made our selections – fried giant white beans starter, sea bass on a bed of wild greens and rigatoni with a fresh basil pesto sauce.
Wish I’d photographed dessert but by then I was in such a state of (foodie) bliss the camera was long forgotten. If you get to the area, we’d highly recommend this place as a ‘must visit’.
We’ll continue the story of our house buying trip to Greece on Thursday. . .hope to see you then!
For restaurant or hotel information: www.elieshotel.gr
Linking this post up with Mosaic Monday and Foodie Tuesday