Greece is well known as one of the world’s leading holiday destinations. Stunning beaches, outstanding weather and exceptional service are just a few of the reasons, but the nation’s sublime food is a big selling point too!
The country’s delicacies come from Mediterranean cuisine and are inspired by cooking styles seen in Italy and Turkey. Many of the dishes are made up of vegetables, grains, wine and meat and the results are mouth-watering.
The cuisine’s popularity means it is available all over the world as other nations attempt to emulate its winning formula, but there’s nothing that compares to the authentic flavours created in Greece.
Here we’ll take you through four of the best dishes.
One of the most recognisable dishes in Greece, moussaka is served in restaurants across the country.
While there have been many tasty variations created, the original recipe is based on sauteed aubergine, minced meat and potato, with a topping of cheese and bechamel sauce. All these ingredients are layered to create a delectable fusion of flavours.
Other versions of the dish include natural yoghurt, egg and vegetables, so be sure to look around and find a variation that tickles your taste buds.
Where to eat: The Corinna Star Restaurant in Crete’s Chania Town cooks up a delicious moussaka on the picturesque seafront.
This dish is a whopping combination of Greek and American cuisine and will be sure to leave you with a full stomach.
A sandwich with a twist, the Gyro is a delicious mix of meat, fries, tomato and tzatziki sauce wrapped in pita bread. Pork, chicken and beef are three of the most popular meats used, but you’ll find plenty of variations across different restaurants. Vegetarian versions are also available, with an assortment of crunchy vegetables replacing the meat.
If you’re a fan of burgers, this delicacy is likely to be one of your favourites and is a fantastic option to boost your energy levels after a day of exploring!
Where to eat: Hermes in Rhodes offers a fantastic Gyro, but the popularity of the dish means you’ll find it in most restaurants.
3. Greek salad
Salads have a reputation for being light and disappointing here in the UK, but they’re prepared in a completely different way in Greece.
Arguably the masters of the dish, Greek chefs create filling, crunchy and flavoursome options that have made them the perfect summer meal for travellers. Full of tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, feta cheese and olives, the delicacy is full of nutrients to keep you energised in the sun.
The portions here are plentiful and there are many variations available. In a warm climate where hot food will not be the most appealing option, a tasty Greek salad will be a great option.
Where to eat: Chefs at Taverna Artemida in Psinthos, Rhodes are masters of this dish and won TripAdvisor’s certificate of excellence in 2014.
4. Grilled calamari
Greece cooks up some of the world’s best seafood and grilled calamari (squid) is a fine example of the country’s prowess.
The dish is usually served with white wine or zesty lemon to bring out all of the fish’s rich flavours and is served as either an appetiser, or a main course with salad and potatoes. It boasts an incredibly crispy texture, especially when grilled, which helps to give it a truly distinctive taste.
Thanks to the large portion sizes in Greece, travellers are sure to not be let down by this dish. Many eateries also put their own spin on the recipe by adding chilli, mint and other ingredients.
Where to eat: Amvrosios in Preveza offers a fantastic Grilled Calamari, along with a range of other delicious seafood options.