"PLATANOS RESTAURANT" Lunch in Paridisi in Evia

Trip Start Sep 22, 2011
Trip End Sep 24, 2011

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Flag of Greece  , Euboea,
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

All over Marmari we had seen signs promoting a specific restaurant, " Mouries" was the name and we though to have our lunch there. Upon reaching the village however, we noticed that there was a coach from Athens taking all people to the nearby restaurant and there was nobody at the one we originally planned to go.

To be honest, there was much work going on in the yard of “Mouries” and if we wanted to have lunch we had to sit indoors.  It was a lovely day and we did not want to spoil this outing.  Sitting out would be a problem from the noise of the work which was in progress here.


Seeing Yianni approaching because he recognized somebody and he started talking with him, and later moving towards the entrance I called him back and we arranged to sit at the neighboring restaurant which was crowded but this did not bother us at all.

There were mostly retired people coming from Athens to Marmari by ferry for a day trip. Much later when they finished eating and drinking they started dancing. They were energetic and looked very happy. For an Athenian, the idea of getting out of the huge city makes them lively and I guess this was the reason of their happy faces.


We, on the other hand found the older owner of the restaurant Mr. Yiorgos whose nickname is Yiovanis. It is with this nickname that he is known all over. The restaurant “Platanos” is a family business and seeing him around we asked him to join us. Yianni's grandfather comes from one of the nearby villages and as always my husband tries to find people who might know his family. I love stories from older people and I was all ears hearing about life in the village, him telling us about his sheep and goats, and the story of the restaurant that goes on from generation to generation.

He showed us with pride his grandson who will undertake the business in the long run and mentioned the fact that the boy is a student now studying to become a chef. This restaurant opened in 1893 by Mr. Yiorgos the great grandfather who had the same name. The funniest of all is that the grandson is named Yiorgos as well.


We did not regret coming here at all. We had a good company, good food and much action going on with the old pensioners with their dancing.

Of course on another visit I might go to Mouries Restaurant as I am sure they also have just as good dishes as this one.

I had the tastiest chops of a lifetime here. The reason is that sheep and goats in certain places in Evia drink sea water and this makes the meat delicious.  Has anybody else heard this?


We were served the freshest and greenest bean salad only been picked from the family’s garden earlier that morning. Everything was local, and the red wine was the wine the family has for their family which they make themselves! Everything was top quality, tasty and fresh.


In all it was a nice half day trip which we enjoyed.







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Hope you enjoyed your lunch?

greekcypriot on

I not only enjoyed lunch, but I had the most tasty chops ever....haven't you read my comments?

geoffleeds on

This place really appeals to me : I`m a country boy at heart . Give me a place out in rural areas anyday .
The restaurant is charming and inviting . Greek country food is like its people : wholesome , tasty , and enough to fill you to the brim .
I do miss the taste , and the smell of lovely Greece .

mmbcross on

You really travel so much around Greece you should write a guide book or set up a info website.

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