Kapari Taverna in Santorini
Kapari Restaurant is located on the main road of Fira, on the road leading to Firostefani. Owned by Dora and Costas, a husband-wife team, Kapari’s foremost theme has been careful attention to detail, and the owners have successfully created a fine ambiance inside and an equally tasteful exterior to match it.
The aesthetically landscaped entrance of the restaurant is just a prelude to the classic dining area and has a profusion of greenery. Bright bougainvilleas and sunflowers and aromatic jasmine, oregano, sage and lavender create an impressive exterior bathed in natural beauty. The interior has a unique and original hand-crafted decoration by the proprietors, and they have succeeded in creating an elegant effect using reclaimed wood and other waste materials.
The menu is in both Greek and English, and guests are offered advice on what to choose. The cuisine is Greek fusion, wherein traditional dishes are modified and adapted to suit contemporary plates in the most attractive way. The emphasis is on a harmonious blend of old traditions and new imagination. For instance, the pan-fried sesame seed coated feta with honey glaze served at Kapari is a variant of the traditional saganaki. Other equally delicious options include pan-fried Santorinian sun-dried tomatoes with tzatziki; char-grilled garlic oyster mushrooms; lamb kleftiko baked in a clay oven; shrimps with mastic; chicken with fennel from an ancient recipe or chicken with artichoke hearts and mustard. The deep-fried olives or the kapari salad (a rich and wholesome salad of fresh lettuce and zucchini, sundried tomatoes, sunflower seeds and croutons sprinkled with grated cheese and balsamic or honey dressing) are also in the list of specialties at Kapari Restaurant. The dessert list has a fine selection, too.
The bar is well stocked and guests can choose from a wide range of good wines and beer, as well as traditional Greek aperitifs like ouzo and raki. To round off an exceptional meal, there is the famous sweet wine, the Santorinian Vinsanto.