In the beautiful Medieval village of Pyrgos Santorini, inside a recently restored 18th century mansion
I have recently discovered Botargo Seafood restaurant, a new addition to the island’s restaurant scene boasting unique views to the Aegean Sea, private dining rooms and a great cocktail bar.
If you are in Santorini or already have gone a few times and are tired of the typical caldera-cliff
romantic dining then head to the village of Pyrgos Kallisti located on the highest hill on the island enjoying incredible panoramic views .
At the the bottom of the village there is a traditional type of Greek village square with local shops and tavernas – one of the nicest things is the walk uphill through the tiny paved streets heading to Botargo restaurant
on the top of the hill.
The mansion sits gracefully in the middle of a wild and the same time serene landscape
right next to the church of Virgin Mary.
During the day its front yard is ideal for a lazy champagne day under the sun while in
the evening the Botargo Bar is perfect for pre or post dinner drinks – when in the bar -you will love
the terracotta walls, the frescoes on the ceiling and the dim sensual light coming from the graceful chandeliers
The rest of the dinning areas are minimal white Santorini style rooms ideal for the winter months and on the back ground a small balcony with 3 tables and a sea view is the piece de resistance spot to enjoy a romantic meal under the moonlight.
The summer menu featured Greek seafood and fish dishes with a creative touch – the winter menu is “under construction” at the moment, out the 1st day of November.
From the dishes I tried the fish soup was always good as was the sea urchin salad and the stuffed sardines with Santorini cherry tomatoes capers and garlic.
The sea food pasta and risotti were poor on the summer menu as opposed to the main dish fish options like the tuna and the sea-bass that were balanced and tasty plus of course the catch of the day that has never been disappointing
These days the restaurant serves small dishes and nibbles up until the winter menu is ON the 1st of November.
If you find yourself in Santorini, visit Botargo for a great cocktail and a beautiful painting exhibition inside its premises happening now
Ph Antonis Eleftherakis