Crete has long been a beloved holiday destination, with its understated elegance, warm hospitality and focus on absolute relaxation. This is what is promised by Daios Cove with their new offering, The Beach House, an unpretentious open-air restaurant serving the incredible dishes by Head Chef Sotiris Arabidis and his team.
Nestled into one of the hidden private coves on the island of Crete, the restaurant has been designed to blend in beautifully with its natural environment. Featuring rustic textures such as wood and stone, and music to complement the sound of waves lapping at the shore, it gives off a bohemian beach shack vibe, but with a generous dose of luxurious elegance on top.
I was lucky enough to dine twice at The Beach House during the Daios Cove press trip, including on the first night of my stay, and loved the relaxing atmosphere.
On the first night of the trip as I started reading the a la carte menu, which features a range of Mediterranean and Eastern dishes crafted from local ingredients, I was even more impressed. I eventually settled on the sea bass ceviche with fermented ‘leche de tigre’ for an entree. The seafood was incredibly fresh and delicious, and the citrus tones of the ‘leche de tigre’ complemented it beautifully.
For the main, I chose the chicken shish kebab with yoghurt and spearmint sauce, sumac and whole grain pita bread. It was a hearty, Mediterranean meal that’s simplicity perfectly matched the dinnertime ambience. The serving was also incredibly generous; so much so, in fact, I had to skip dessert!
On the third day of my stay, I again visited – this time for lunch, ordering the mouthwatering pan roasted scallops with onion butter. Again, the presentation was beautiful, and the scallops were cooked to perfection to bring out their natural flavours.
Later on, once the sun had gone down, after dinner at the Taverna, we again returned to The Beach House – this time in search of sampling their expansive cocktail menu. By night, the chilled-out sounds are replaced with more upbeat tunes, willing the party to begin and continue long into the night.
The Beach House is very proud of its cocktail menu, and for a good reason. Devised by the team from The Clumsies, Athens’ hippest cocktail bar which was recently crowned the 6th best in the world, the menu is indeed a delight. I had hoped to sample it more extensively, but one taste of the signature Golden Fashioned – a sweet cocktail crafted using banana rum, Agourida Red grapes and honeysuckle – and I’d found my go-to drink.
Life was pretty good as I reclined in The Beach House, Golden Fashioned in hand and enjoying the warm and modest Cretan hospitality. All in all, the relaxed atmosphere paired with delectable food and drink, makes The Beach House a big winner in my book.