Dining in Greece

Overview by Globlatrade.net:
Categories of Restaurant
  • Taverna
Taverna refers to a small restaurant serving Greek cuisine.
  • Taverna fare
Some of the more fashionable islands such as Santorini and Mykonos have seen the arrival of fusion cuisine.
  • "Fish Tavernas" (Psarotaverna)
The main focus on the menu is seafood.
Rules For Eating Out
Lunch is usually served between 1 pm and 3 pm and the dinner 8 pm to 10 pm. Rules vary from one establishment to another, but it is generally common to pay the bill directly at the cashdesk or the waiter after the meal. It is common to leave a tip

Price Indications

Economy Meal 5-15 EUR
Medium Price Meal 15-30 EUR
Good Quality Meal 30+ EUR
Food Specialties
- Kourabiedes (butter biscuits): a thick, moist biscuit served traditionally on New Year’s Day.
- Tiropita: flaky pastry with Feta which is the traditional Greek cheese (a mild, ewe’s milk cheese).
- Feta salad: a salad of tomatoes and cucumbers with feta.
- Dolmatdakia me rizi: stuffed vine leaves.
- Tzatziki: yoghurt and cucumber, used in Greece as an hors d’oeuvre or as a sauce to accompany aubergines, fried courgettes or grilled fish.
- Moussaka: aubergine gratin.
- Melitzanosalata: aubergine salad.

In addition, you can find a wide variety of olives such as Kalamata or Bolos, accompanied by a glass of Ouzo which is the traditional Greek drink.
Wines are made throughout much of Greece, but the most traditional is the white Retsina. Other popular whites include Boutari and Cambas, which come from the island of Santorini.  The island of Crete is also known for a variety of good red wines.  The most popular Greek beer is Mythos.
Ouzo is by far the most popular aperitif in Greece and it has a strong anise-flavor.  This liqueur is served with a small glass of ice water, and when the two are combined they form a cloudy refreshing drink. It is very common to have an ouzo during appetizers.
Dietary Restrictions
No restrictions.
Table Manners
Table manners are Continental: the oldest person is generally served first, do not begin eating until the hostess starts, accepting a second helping compliments the host, etc.

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