The top reason I wanted to visit Crete, the biggest island of Greece, was to experience the food. Cretan food is known for its incredible Mediterranean based food diet. Even though it’s an island surrounded by the sea, Crete is such a huge island that it’s actually more well known for lamb and meat rather than seafood.
One day while my wife and I were in Chania, Crete, we drove over to a countryside restaurant in the mountains called Ντουνιάς (I’m not sure of the English name). Immediately as we arrived, and met the incredibly passionate owner, and watched him cooking traditional Crete food in clay pots over the fire, I knew it was going to be an incredible food experience.
Before eating, I took a quick walk around the farm, to see all the produce and animals they had on their property. The owner was quick to mention to meet that it wasn’t just a restaurant, but a farm. Everything he cooked was from his farm on his land – the meat, the vegetables, the fruit, the seasonings, even the wine. Everything was local and seasonal.
After walking around, I just asked the owner to serve me a few of his favorite dishes of the day. We enjoyed some incredible house wine, bread, and the mountain goat. Everything was purely delicious, seasoned with wine and rosemary, and full of natural Mediterranean herb flavors. We were also served a few more Cretan dishes, all of which were stunningly good.
My only complaint was that we didn’t plan to stay long enough. We had to eat, and then head back to Chania town because I had something else planned that day as well. It’s the type of restaurant you could go and hang out for the entire day.
Ντουνιάς – An amazing authentic Crete food restaurant where everything is cooked in the traditional way by pure love.
Total price – 34.90 EUR for everything
Thank you for watching this authentic Crete food video! – Mark Wiens, Food Vlogger