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Sofia Tavern, Crete, photo by placescases.com

Sofia – the turquoise tavern at the port of Plakias, in the southern part of Crete

Sofia tavern rating by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com: 5 out of 5.

August 2021

Seen                5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 5 hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com

Felt                  5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 5 hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com

Heard              5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 5 hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com

Smelled           5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 5 hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com     

Tasted            5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 5 hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com  

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Every restaurant or tavern in Crete has a history. Sofia tavern is no exception. It is named after the grandmother of the owner, who ran it many decades ago in the distant 1969 and then, when in this place, a fishing village at that time, and not a modern resort as now, there were only two restaurants. So much, but enough. A brief account of how she met her husband and a description of her emotions meeting him at his returns from fishing. The restaurant first attracts with its colors – white and turquoise, stylish, without being crowded. Then with being on the beach, with a view of the sea and third with the smile of the owner, who not only has time to talk to you, to make you the center of her attention and that of the staff, but also to teach you a few words in Greek and tell you about her grandmother. When she hears that you are from Sofia, she is obviously excited that your city is called like her grandmother and her restaurant. Then, in addition to taking your order, you see her carrying tables back and forward to accommodate customers. As she circulates around you, you notice great tattoos and tell yourself that you are in the right place because of its energy. Well from that moment on, what could go wrong. The cuisine is typically Greek and delicious, the experience is great!

 See ….

…. The style of the restaurant – white and turquoise, clean and friendly;

…. The bay, the sea and the rocks opposite, hung over it. The knowledge that Africa is opposite makes it even more magical.

Feel ….

…. Fast service, one of the waiters knows many words in Bulgarian, which, unlike Halkidiki, is not a common occurrence in Crete.

Hear ….

…. The surf of the waves. On the south side of the island the sea is rougher and there are a lot of waves.

Movie watching time: 1:13 min.

Smell ….

…. Oregano in the Greek salad, parsley in the shrimp saganaki, smoky grilled chicken bon fillets.

Taste ….

…. Pleasant and ethereal starter dip of thick yogurt;

… Saganaki shrimps are not like the ones you are used to, there is not so much sauce, there are a lot of vegetables and onions – it is delicious, there is no need to dip too much bread and suffer from a guilty carb conscience.

…. “Grandma’s fish” is prepared in parchment with vegetables in the oven. It’s delicious, but I wanted an idea to be more like home cooking, instead of broccoli and cauliflower, with typical local vegetables such as green beans and more local spices;

…. Nice chicken and also shrimp paste;

…. Thyrocafteri, a little different, with more vegetables, a delicious Greek salad and wonderful stuffed vine leaves, which are typical for the Greek cuisine.

How to get to Sofia Tavern in Plakias?

Don’t worry about getting to Sofia Tavern in Plakias. Just use the Google map here by clicking on the red pin of its location and then select directions:

Sofia A, Makedonomachon Stilianou Kelaidi ke Christou Makri, Πλακιάς, Δήμος Αγίου Βασιλείου, Περιφερειακή Ενότητα Ρεθύμνης, Περιφέρεια Κρήτης, Крит, 74060, Гърция

A: Plakias 740 60, Greece

T: +302832031333

Opening Hours: 12:00-24:00

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