With a leaning very much towards traditional Greek cuisine, Andros has some lovely restaurants serving everything from fresh seafood to goat. We focus here on the restaurants in and around Chora but over time will add more from across the island. If you would like to mention a worthy restaurant not listed below or if you have something to add to what we have said, please use the comments box below to add your own reviews.
Located up a little stepped alleyway about half way up the main road in Chora, this gorgeous little restaurant is beautifully done out and feels homely as soon as you enter. Chairs and tables outside are complemented by bougainvillea growing all around them and friendly staff serve great quality food. Skalakia serves traditional Greek cuisine but oh do they do it well. Highlights from the menu include the lighter than light mini cheese pies that literally melt in your mouth; home-made mousaka whose fabulous mix of flavours and uniquely delicate topping make this the best I’ve had; and goat in lemon sauce that is so tender and tasty your mouth will think it’s gone to heaven. Skalakia is a small, family run business, whose great recipes, inviting restaurant and pretty terrace make this a really wonderful place to eat which in turn makes this a busy restaurant with a great atmosphere.
Endochora is just what Andros needs – a fresh and imaginative restaurant serving Greek classics and modern versions of many traditional dishes. We particularly loved their Haloumi, fried to perfection and covered in a delicious grape coulis; the endochora salad – a clever mixture of pine nuts, walnuts, raisins, figs and lettuce in a tangy mustard dressing; and the chicken special of the day, which came in an amazingly flavoursome creamy mustard sauce and was served with rice. The inside of this restaurant was a hubbub of gentle chatter, while chairs and tables outside on the main strip make for a perfect spot to watch the world go by, perhaps over a dessert. We very much enjoyed their chocolate tart, which was a conglomeration of pastry, chocolate mousse and icing sugar that was rich, light and wholly enchanting. We would recommend anyone looking for something a little bit different in Andros to visit Endochora.
Enalion can be found at one end of the strip of restaurants between chora and the town’s main beach and is a great place for a romantic meal, looking out over the sea and the lighthouse of Chora and enjoying their great quality food. Enalion has a great selection of fresh fish, based on what is available locally that day. We tried the beyond delicious fresh sardines and the kefalades, a small fish found in the waters around Andros, that was light and tasty and perfectly cooked. We accompanied this with a very nice Greek salad, peppers stuffed with a deliciously spiced local cheese and a delectable shrimp saganaki. On another visit (we just had to go back!) there were large skewers of pork kontosouvli roasting over a barbecue. The meat was tender and bursting with flavour. And as we sipped on local wine, we watched the evening cast its shadow over the Aegean sea as the sun went down behind the mountains and thoroughly enjoyed our fabulous fresh food.
Tucked away in a corner behind a derelict building at the bottom of Chora, with a superb view across the sea towards the far end of the curving bay of Niborio, you would never know Nonas was there, except that the quality of its food and cosy, intimate atmosphere precedes it and word of mouth brings many to this lovely little seafood restaurant. Sitting out on their terrace, we enjoyed a dish of fresh fish – we tried the sea lamprey, which was delicious; linguini with a generous amount of seafood in a rich and flavoursome tomato sauce and the small squid rings, delicately fried giving them a light and tender taste. We loved the gentle buzz at Nonas, as locals chatter away, enjoying the fresh home-cooked flavours on offer and enjoying the refreshing sea air.
Perched high up on a hill in the tiny village of Ipsilu, way above Chora, sits Asimolefka. The restaurant has panoramic views across the town and the Aegean sea, which can be enjoyed right from your table, and is a perfect place for an early evening photo as the sun dips behind the hills, casting its warm glow across the valley. But don’t just go for the scenery, go for the food! They have a great menu of traditional Greek food and local Andros specialities, but their piece de resistance is the lamb. Reared in their own farm, they serve the delicious and tender meat in a number of ways, including fricasseed in a white wine sauce, and any number of daily specials, but our personal fave was the grilled chops. We don’t know how they do it, but the combination of crispy, juicy and tender along with an explosion of flavours from local meat marinated in local herbs was simply amazing. Oh, and the portion sizes were huge! Family run Asimolefka has friendly waiters, beautiful views and amazing food. One not to be missed!
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