"Fine dining" takes on a whole new meaning to me after having dinner at the luxurious Canaves Oia Hotel in Santorini. Between the breathtaking views of the island's majestic caldera, the attentive service and the divine gourmet dishes, I think it's fair to say that this was one of the most memorable meals of my life.
Serving modern Mediterranean cuisine with a Santorini-inspired twist, the dishes prepared by chef Andreas Evagelatos define gourmet gastronomy. We started off the evening with a variety of dips, including fresh Greek olive oil and herbs, eggplant and olives. (They also thoughtfully supplied me with gluten free bread so I could enjoy it all.) We then indulged on the grilled vegetables with goat cheese and the rocket salad with watermelon and tofu. Our hors d'oevres were light and refreshing, scrumptiously foreshadowing what was to come.
Grilled vegetables with goat cheese
Rocket salad with watermelon and tofu
For our main courses, I feasted upon the pork tenderloin in a savory honey mustard sauce with potatoes, while Jen enjoyed the lamb chops with an herb crust and oven potatoes. Naturally, all of this was accompanied by a fine bottle of Greek wine. We finished off the meal with an exquisite crème brûlée to share. Needless to say, we were in foodie heaven. Without a doubt, the chef's culinary creations were perfectly executed.
Pork tenderloin in a honey mustard sauce | Herb crusted lamb chops with oven potatoes
The friendly staff made a genuine effort to ensure that we had a memorable dining experience, which impressed me just as much as the sublime views of the sunset and the caldera. Not to mention, the hotel itself is a dream come true. Canaves Oia quite literally embodies paradise. Bougainvillea drifts down trellises towards the glistening pool, a sea of white envelops the quiet suites, and picture-perfect panoramas can be admired from any angle. Mark my words, I'll be coming back and staying there one day. Until then, I'll be fantasizing about the decadent meal we enjoyed at our sunset dinner in Oia.