Maybe you’ve come to visit Santorini to celebrate a special occasion – a wedding, an anniversary or an important birthday. There are many great restaurants where you can go for fine dining on the island. But what about that super-special, once-in-a-lifetime place to eat? A place that will blow your mind due to the inventiveness of the menu and the creativity of the chef? Koukoumavlos is THE place to experience the best haute cuisine in Santorini!
Koukoumavlos – a short history of haute cuisine in Santorini
Renowned Chef Nikos Pouliasis set up Koukoumavlos in 1989 (the restaurant celebrates its 30th birthday in 2019). It has a reputation for being one of the best restaurants in Santorini, and consequently the whole of Greece. Over the years Koukoumavlos has won numerous awards, including the Toque D’Or for thirteen consecutive years. Chef Pouliasis is also known for his ability to transform ordinary ingredients into extraordinary original dishes. He is constantly inspired by Santorini and its produce and he certainly doesn’t stick to the rules!
What to expect from the creative menu…
Expect unusual combinations of ingredients and a true gastronomic adventure! Each dish is like a work of art. Many elements being weaved together to create something truly original. Upon reading the eclectic menu, you’d be forgiven for thinking that some combinations might not work. You’ll be surprised. There’s a wide range of starters to choose from. The notable scampi with a white chocolate, lime and ginger sauce served with golden herring carpaccio. Or gyros of marinated veal cheeks, tzatiki cheesecake and bergamot chutney (prices start at €16).
Celebrating 28 years at the top…
Main courses wow with such delights as lamb shoulder served with broad bean mousselline, dates and black chocolate. Or sample the beef fillet, chloro goats cheese sauce and black garlic mousse. You can also choose the Degustation Menu which celebrates the 28th anniversary of the restaurant (€74). Choose from sea bass tartar, grilled shrimps, ostrich burger or salmon followed by mandarin chilli ice-cream.
Finally to finish your exquisite meal you can opt for the highest quality cheeseboard or from a selection of desserts. A firm favourite is the dark chocolate mousse with Vinsanto, cocoa paste and blueberry sorbet. In addition another showstopper is the white eggplant tiramisu on a praline base with a citrus sauce and cherry ice cream.
A drinks menu with a difference…
Furthermore you can expect some of the best wines in Santorini and beyond on offer (click here to see the wine list) to complement your extraordinary meal. Vintage champagne will make your special occasion even more memorable.
Trip Advisor Reviews
“Excellent continental cuisine and new twists to traditional Greek food. The service is exquisite and the rooms are of old world charm. As a result It is pricy but very enjoyable.” – kawidd
“We went to Koukoumavlos because it was a special anniversary dinner and had an exceptional experience. Sunset aperitifs, great service, fine dining, and chocolate mouse to die for!” – dangstadt23
Finally to find out more about Koukoumavlos, view the menu and experience haute cuisine in Santorini click here to visit the website.