For those making the trip to the Lasithi Plateau, heading back to Agios Nikolaos, you will pass through a village named Mesa Potami. You cannot miss the Mariana Restaraunt, resplendant in it's blue and white elivery, with spacious car parking to the rear.
Every year we find the owner, nicknamed Onasis (due to the fact that he built this place on his own, and was held to be a great success among the villagers having earned his money at sea, saving it for many years in order to build the place)
The food is great, cooked by his pleasant mannered wife, and you wil be showered with mountain spring water, fruits from his fields (his garden as he calls it), delicious bread from the church and lots of annecdotes about his time at sea in Bristol and Pembroke.
Nice surroundings, pleasant company, great food (there are even 10 rooms available for rent which he usually rents to hunters in the 'off' season.
If passing, give it a visit...... make conversation with the owner (who looks not unlike Uncle Albert from Only Fools & Horses!) and he'll sit with you and chat 'til the cows come home - and if you smoke, he'll be pushing his Greek cigarettes on you forever!
Really refreshing change from the tourist places, even though it is a tourist place, and ask him if he knows where you can buy a hand-made wooden spoon.. his father in law makes them in a village (which you can't miss) on the way to Agios Nikolaos, and he is - apparently - over 100 years old.
Poetic license?............ you decide. But the spoons do exactly what a spon is supposed to do!
Restaurant Marianna, Mesa Potami
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