Housed in a restored mansion (a historical stone-walled building) in the center of Heraklion since 2014, the rustic-style establishment of Peskesi is widely regarded as one of the finest restaurants in Greece, having received numerous distinctions of excellence, including a #1 spot in the category of Greek and Regional Cuisine at the Restaurant100 awards of 2019.
Everything in Peskesi is strongly tied to their farm-to-table beliefs, offering traditional Cretan cuisine with long-forgotten flavors and rich aromas. Each dish is made with ancient techniques and traditional methods, bringing you the freshest meal possible every day! The menu boasts a wide array of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices, so it is the ideal destination for everyone. Notable dishes include the battered zucchini flowers and revered high-quality meat cuts, like the slow-cooked goat or pork on the spit, as well as tasteful vegetable salads, shrimp platters, and various pasta dishes!
Peskesi offers a plethora of top-tier desserts for you to enjoy after your meal, such as its unique carob mousse, some baklava, or a mille-feuille pastry dish. In addition, you may try Peskesi’s very own raki drink (plain or flavored), have some delicious fresh tea, a homemade fruit beverage, or a bottle of wine from its extensive hand-picked list! Plus, one may visit the bar area for an unfiltered, locally-produced beer or a high-end cocktail! Also, Peskesi hosts olive oil tasting and food pairing experiences, both serving perfectly as an appetizer.
On top of that, Peskesi’s Organic Farm, established in 1998, is situated atop the uphill Charaso Village. It is a farmland area spanning 30 acres, hosting over 120 different varieties of fruits and vegetables, including herbs, olive trees, beehives, and domestic animals, making a strong effort to preserve organic farming! Should you visit this organic farm, stop by its Kafeneio to taste the products, along with a cup of tsikoudia.