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“Great dining.”

Mixalios Grill House
Ranked #4 of 38 Restaurants in Koufonissi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$19
Cuisines: Greek, Grill
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Dining options: After-hours
Description: Mixalios GRILL HOUSE is a family-owned restaurant that was established in 1999 and offers a wide range of dishes with ingredients that are all locally sourced, either from our own farms in Koufonisia, but also Keros and Naxos. Mixalios, our grandfather, grew up in the neighboring island of Kato Koufonisi, where he still has his farm of goats and sheep. Every day, all through the year, at 5 am, Mixalios takes his boat and goes to Kato Koufonisi to take care of the animals and comes back by sunset. But the family also has goats on the uninhabited island of Keros, where they graze freely. Only one fresh-water well exists on the island, by the shore, and all animals descend every day from the mountains to drink from there. Between May and June, Mixalios and his son, Giannis Prasinos, visit the island early in the morning, place a large flat stone on the well’s opening blocking access to the water, and this allows them to easily capture animals waiting to get a drink! Giannis, the owner of the GRILL HOUSE, also has small farms at Ano Koufonisi, where he feeds his cows, free-range roosters, and pigs. All the animals are fed grain that is grown by Giannis himself on his lands both at Ano and Kato Koufonisi. Anna, our grandmother, makes three types of local cheese, prepared from our own cow and goat milk on a wood fire, using a traditional recipe. We serve xinomizithra, a soft, white, sour cheese, which is light in fat; ladotiri, which is a sharp, hard cheese, aged in oil; and feta. Yiayia Anna, also makes rakomelo, a sweet liqueur with raki, cinnamon and a mixture of honey and sugar. Maria, Gianni’s wife, makes “halva” pastry, which is made with semolina, cinnamon, and syrup. It is topped with her specialty, a “spoon sweet” made with fresh carrots. Enjoy your meal!
Reviewed 24 September 2017

We went here having read the reviews on Trip Advisor and were not disappointed. What a setting, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Good choice of food on the menu and when received it was well cooked and mainly accompanied by amazing freshly cooked chips. No frozen chips here. One of our party of six had the beef steak and it was enormous. At first look it would almost have fed all of us. Local house wine was good and not expensive. Without a doubt our best dining experience on Koufinissi.

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Reviewed 17 September 2017

A nice restaurant, very polite people, but their meat dishes (the thing we were there for) were not as great as suggested (by previous reviewers). We tried kontosouvli (could not eat it all because it didn't taste good) and pork souvlaki (tasted average). The prices are slightly more expensive than similar restaurants, so the place is definitely not good value for money.

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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Nice lamb chops but the tone was not something special... Dimitris the waiter was very friendly........

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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

We had the saganaki to start- best we had so far in Greece. We had the baby goat and veal. Both delicious meals and large portions. Totally worth a visit if your on the island. We visited on our last night and wish we would have gone earlier. We would have gone back! Staff was kind and welcoming.

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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Decided to try this place based on other reviews but certainly won't be repeating that mistake.Firstly you have to treck 400m down dark dirt track roads to get there but ok then we were seated in what can only be described as a gravel carpark almost in the dark with someone's dog barking its head off at the stray cats,that set the scene for what was to follow.We ordered our food in the expectation that this would make the previous comments worthwhile,the starters & wine arrived & were quite good,that's when things went wrong,firstly my lamb chops arrived,although nice enough certainly not worth the hike in the dark unfortunately my partners grilled chicken fillets didn't,so I started mine expecting hers to follow in a few minutes,by the time I'd just about finished my food hers was plonked down in front of her without any explanation or apology as to why it was so late.Her first mouthful made it clear, it had clearly been forgotten & left on the grill far to long & had all the succulents of a bit of leather & was totally inedible.At that point we called the waiter for the bill & although when we relayed our disappointment they removed the cost of her meal from the bill unfortunately by then the poor meal & service coupled with the thought of a cross country hike in the dark to get home had ruined the evening,so people be warned

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