In my experience it is common on the Greek islands to find some excellent seafood on offer in the tavernas… my recent visit to Zakynthos underpinned this. Bream, king-prawn, swordfish and tuna seemed to be the most popular offerings for main course, while calamari, mussels, octopus, prawn and whitebait were popular starters.
I tucked in to fried squid a couple of times (calamari is a favourite starter of mine) and tried something new too; whole small squid stuffed with feta cheese and grilled… very nice too. I also enjoyed prawn saganaki (fried prawn topped with fried cheese) and garlic prawns as seafood starters.
Most of the tavernas I visited offered prawn and swordfish in various forms, but one eatery in particular impressed me with their use of herbs and spices to lend subtle flavours to their dishes… I’m thinking about To Paradosiako Taverna in Alykes, somewhere I would urge visitors to Alykes or Alykanas to visit.
Just look at this prawn casserole served with orzo pasta and topped with fresh parsley and crumbled local feta… a definite move away from the more traditional Greek fayre, but a beautifully delicate dish so full of mouthwatering flavours. And for those seeking something more substantial, there’s this…
Described as a Seafood Platter this dish consisted of a man-sized swordfish steak, grilled octopus, seafood risotto, grilled king prawn and prawn croquettes served with a baked potato and salad… a truly huge and very tasty meal.
Incidentally ‘ to paradosiako’ literally translates as ‘traditional’ and to all intents and purposes that’s exactly what To Paradosiako Taverna looks like, a traditonal Greek taverna… don’t be fooled though, once seated you’ll find not only traditional Greek dishes, but also food with an international twist.
To Paradosiako Taverna – Highly recommended by Usky!