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Cuisine: Traditional Cretan, Creative Cretan, Mediterranean
Best for: Ambiance, Romance, Special Occasions, Organic/Sustainable, Creative Cuisine
Price range: 21-30 €
Outdoor Dining, Non-Smoking, Credit Cards accepted, Catering
Set in a magnificent 1530's Venetian villa with an impressive, romantic multi-tiered courtyard, Avli may well be one of the finest restaurants on the island of Crete. The eclectic interior décor, art collection and table settings all add to the unique ambiance. The cuisine is innovative Cretan, with so many mouth-watering selections that it is difficult to choose. All the salads are superb, especially the house salad with greens, green apple, pear, avocado, walnuts and roquefort dressing. For real Cretan cuisine you can't beat the young mountain kid with honey and thyme or again taking creative license with sea bass in a lemon-saffron sauce with arthichokes and asparagus. There is a beautiful wine cellar with more than 450 labels to choose from.
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Reviewed by: uta wagner (germany)
Reviewed by: J DOCTOR (GREECE)
Reviewed by: Yo (Greece)
Set in a magnificent 1530's Venetian villa with an impressive, romantic multi-tiered courtyard, Avli may well be one of the finest restaurants on the indeed a very eclectic interior and exterior table settings. The medieval atmosphere of Crete is pouring out in the dining areas.The cuisine is a refined form of Cretan quisine, with many interesting courses. The salads are as they should be an maybe a pinch better. The wine is quiet fulfilling for all pallets. A very nice atmosphere and place dine, in the romantic setting of Rethymno.
Reviewed by: Arpad Abonyi ()
Avli Restaurant, Rethymno
On our recent trip to Crete, we had the good fortune to visit an outstanding restaurant in Rethymno, called AVLI . We arrived there for lunch, and sat in beatiful garden with a lots of exotic plants and flowers, which provided a great atmosphere for delicious meal we were about to have. The culinary experience under the Cretean sky was a reminder to me why I loved Greek food, ever since I was a university student back in Canada. Crete has some very interesting specialties, such as the stuffed tomato appetizers we ate, with bulgur, fresh herbs and yoghurt dressing (very refreshing on a hot hot day), Among the delicacies, we had zucchini flowers filled with local fresh cheese called anthotyro and traditional smoked pork with grilled mushrooms. I cannot forget to mention two memorable courses---Mountain Goat with honey and thyme and Lamb with wild mountain greens in lemon sauce. But none of this great food would have been complete without the great refreshing salads. If you are on Crete, and you want to have a meal to remember, then going to Alvi, It is a must experience. I cannot finish without mentioning the wide choice of wines which the restaurant offers--including very substantive local wines, that will surprise you to no end.
Arpad Abonyi, Kaunas,Lithuania
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