The view to Vourkari port, the fresh catch from the sea and the man himself are probably all better reasons to visit one of the most famous restaurants in Kea (than the lobster pasta). Yes, that is also delicious, buttery tasting and with the perfect combo between tomato sauce with the special lobster flavour. But Aristos is so much more.
A long-lived family tradition, Aristos first opened in the 1970s by Aristos himself. The owner’s daughter eventually took over, who purely out of luck married one of the guys working there since 1983… also named Aristos! The couple have been making the dining experience better by the years and have recently expanded nextdoors.
I was lucky enough to visit recently and was taken by the hospitality of the owners and the personal touch at whatever we requested from them. And trust me, we were quite a difficult bunch! After ordering the entreés, we went inside to look at the day’s fresh catch with Aristos himself.
Fresh and bright red mullet were our choice, big enough to “hold” on the grill, as well as a range of the Greek classics such as grilled octopus, marinated anchovies and some tasty seasonal salads to go with them.
Vourkari is the place to go at night, with the usual boat crowd passing by and tending to their mobile sea gear. Aristos’s got the perfect view to the numerous sailing boats and a very pleasant outdoor space for dining.
Once we finished dinner, we climbed up the stairs to Zeus Faber, the bar on top, and enjoyed the view from the open-air terrace. Cocktails were not so special but the chilled summery vibes as night fell was more than enough for the perfect washdown of a delicious dinner!