We were heading to Patras to catch the ferry back to Venice. The kids were complaining. They were hungry. This place popped up on Google Maps. It took a lot of zig zagging to get there. The whole time my Italian mother-in-law was looking at me like, "What is wrong with you? Really though?!" So the pressure was on.
The owner walked up to our table and spoke Greek to us. We only spoke English and Italian. He motioned to us to wait a bit.
In about 5 minutes, his son pulls up the restaurant in his car and rushes up to our table. He then starts to tell us the menu. He spoke perfect English, but we had to ask him to repeat certain "sections" of the menu again. He had to no issues with that. He was patient with us.
We told him we would like this, this, and that. He then told us about his preferences. That helped us out quite a bit. You usually don't get that kind of advice at restaurants. So we decided to take his advice.
The starter that the owner's son recommended to us was perfect. He described it as "Greek sushi." It was tiny, raw sardines in a perfect blend of vinegar, oil, and herbs. I've tasted this before several times in Italy, but not like this. Don't tell my mother-in-law but these sardines torpedoed hers. So good!
Besides the starter that we ordered, they also gave us another one for free. This plate consisted of fried zucchini balls. These were very tasty.
We ordered some different and some simpler dishes for the main course. The kids tend to order things like fried calamari. Food that almost every restaurant in Greece will have on its menu. They didn't have fresh calamari that day, but the way they cooked it was special. They used a different type of batter that really made a difference. After about two weeks of eating the kids left over calamari, we were pleasantly surprised.
We weren't looking for dessert at the end of the meal. This was the end of our two week trip around Greece. All the adults at the table were quietly thinking about diets.
Well, that didn't stop dessert from coming anyway. The owner brought out two plates that were on the house. The first plate was the usual melon plate that almost all restaurants will offer you for free at the end of a meal. The second plate was a surprise. It had candied oranges on them. My mother-in-law and wife liked these so much that they wanted to buy some to take home with them. Well, the owner's son had already left. So the owner called his son and we explained to him we would like to buy some. He explained to his dad what we wanted and then went on to tell us about the recipe and his grandmother who makes them. It was fun and interesting to hear the story. In the end, we paid about $7 for a good size jar to take with us.
Last Bit of Advice
Let the kids run around, across the road, by the beach while waiting for the food to arrive.
This place is well off the beaten track. But it is definitely worth a visit. The food was great and the prices were reasonable.