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“Pretentious owner, long waits, poor service, we left hungry - avoid this place”
Review of Ta Kalamia No Menu

Ta Kalamia No Menu
Ranked #21 of 75 Restaurants in Nidri
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Healthy
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Good for: Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Our friends stumbled upon this place and were charmed about the colorful Europalette loungers in the front of the shop and decided to have a few drinks here and ultimately made a reservation for 6.

The resto looks really cool and eclectic, and to be able to get to the back (patio) area you are walking through the kitchen which is unusual and interesting. The garden & patio look charming with the mix & match table clothes and lanterns and fairy lights. It does really look sweet, the toilets were the cleanest I have seen during our trip to Greece.

This was the good stuff. Now the less good.

Once we got there (before the table was ready) we tried to order drinks which took over an HOUR to arrive, even though there were less than 10 guests in the entire venue.

We were finally shown to our table and were explained the house rules and were asked what is the budget per person (25 EUR) and if we have allergies.

There is NO WIFI, so if you are a traveler who wants to call the kids / parents / dog sitter or anyone back at home, send over a few pictures etc. and you are looking for free internet, well you will not find it here. Our 2 friends were already upset about this.

The pretentious owner even proceeded to give us a pep talk why it is good that there is no internet and proudly mentioned that when she sees someone playing on their phone in this restaurant she takes the phone away. We all found this appalling, she did really come off as the headmaster of a Prussian grammar school.

As for the food - which is supposed to be unique, and changing every day, based on the veggies in season - we got the same menu as mentioned here in several reviews. Again, this is the amount of food we got for 6 PERSONS for 25 EUR EACH meaning a 150 EUR grand total:

1) Green, sour, very light vegan soup (one for each person) - not nice

2) Exactly 6 slices of toasted bread with some tasteless paste (we asked for more bread but never got any) - OK, but not enough

3) 2 bowls of mussels which were quite nice, but the liquid it was cooked in featured way too much curry and cinnamon (overwhelming quantities of curry and cinnamon characterized the rest of the dishes, too) - OK

4) 2 tomatoes stuffed with sprouts and quinoa, or some other kind of veggie filling, plus the inevitable cinnamon curry overdose

5) 1 grilled medium sized fish

6) 9 pieces of prawns in a very salty, cinnamon & curry overdose paella like dish (it was made of pasta and not rice, but the small pasta that is the size of a rice grain)

Between the courses we waited approx. half an hour every time. Drink orders were collected twice during the entire evening. And there were guests at 4 other tables, so the place has not even been 10% full. Incredible.

After the "paella" we were hoping there will be a little bit of something more to eat, but nothing came - not even a server telling us: this was it.

So it is past midnight at his stage, and we are realizing we are not getting anything else (they did not bother to show us the dessert menu) when we asked for the bill. After half an hour the lady appeared and informed us that they don't take credit cards - with the good old excuse: "the POS terminal broke down".

The bill was 210 = 150 food + 60 drinks (drinks were OK). For 150 EUR, meaning 25 EUR pro person you can get your belly full pretty much in any restaurant we have been to during our trip.

So we paid and proceeded to leave, when the owner lady - the one who lectured us about the usage of mobile phones, and also the one who has not looked at us for the last 3 hours, never bought us bread, and never asked if the dishes were OK - is standing in our way and and wants to give each of us a hug, like we were besties.

We are not besties, we were leaving hungry, and overall dissatisfied with the dining experience. Avoid this place.

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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Let them drive you trough the space and time of luxurious food for the budget you have in your pocket. Owners are real blessing to us earthlings and they just make you feel amazing. Service is like neverending story and if you are keen on having an orgasm while you eat this is the right place. Wherever you stay on Lefkada come to Nidri, but first make an reservation its the best method for them to have everything organised and to provide you an amazing service.
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Simply the best restaurant in the Ionian. The best ambiance. Fantastic food. Eat here. Trust in the Chef. Revel in the beautiful service

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Reviewed 11 September 2017

This has to be one the best places we ate at during our stay in Nydri. The place is very quirky which we like, but it's not to everyone's taste. We were told by our host Isabella that our dishes would be based on what our budget was, and by whether we chose the fish or vegetarian option. As my wife is not too keen on fish we went the vegetarian option, we were asked if we liked prawns which we said yes so our main dish consisted of eight very large king prawns. We were totally stuffed by the end of the evening. The chef made us feel very welcome when we arrived and also helped Isabella and the other waitress/sou chef in serving our food. I would highly recommend this place.

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Reviewed 24 August 2017

I couldn't believe a restaurant like this existed! Came across this restaurant by chance and it was by far the best experience regarding food I have ever tried! The staff were so friendly and talkative! We ended up getting a photo with all of them! It was also my first time trying some very interesting and daring food but it was all so delicious! We did not reserve seats and arrived early before the kitchen even opened but we were greeted by a very warm nice waitress who seated us in a beautiful area to wait and then gave us our seats! It is truly a beautifully designed restaurant that is very unique. Each course is unexpected yet mouthwatering and beautifully presented! You give the waitress a budget and it's amazing value for the food. The whole family enjoyed it! The drinks were outstanding as well. 10/10 recommend it's a great experience and a must! Best restaurant I have been to! Recommend sitting outside - fewer people and very pretty scenery.

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