Robert K. Stephen (CSW)
A little treat some 25 kms from Thessaloniki in an outer suburb of Peraia on 27 Atkis Street right on the waterfront of Peraia is a wonderful restaurant which we can translate into Psarotaverna i.e. Fish Tavern.
Peraia used to be a quiet little seaside retreat for the citizens of Thessaloniki where they could chill out and swim. Some had summer residences. It had been some 10 years since I had last been there and the little town has exploded. The waterfront remains relatively unchanged. The nicest way to get there from Thessaloniki is to take a ferry which offers seasonal service.
What has not changed is the Psarotaverna. Its outdoor tables are right on the beach. It’s always crammed with the lunchster crowd and its stellar taverna style food is guaranteed to impress and at very reasonable prices. The seafood is fresh and as with all its food so very well prepared. Their brand of ouzo, Babbayanni is excellent and locals will often just have ouzo with their food instead of wine. It is spicy and hot with a good dollop of anis.
Aside from the ouzo their fried zucchini and eggplant are delightfully smokey and tempura like.
The fried calamari melt in your mouth. The mussel’s media are steamed in a casserole with feta cheese and hot peppers. The bourordi is oven roasted red pepper and feta cheese. The tzatziki creamy and chunky with just the right amount of garlic. The Gavros are small smelt like fish fried crispy just right which you need to douse in lemon.
The octopus was grilled and lightly charred to perfection. Obviously these folks are masters of seafood!
If you like seafood this is the place for you and the portions are generous. A meal like this in Canada would set you back a chunk of change but prices are reasonable here!