This was the first restaurant we tried after our welcome meeting on our first night, but we certainly did not feel welcome here. The food was very nice, even though we just had a pizza and fries, it was delicious. However, the man standing on the door did not even break a smile as we entered, and the waiters constantly paced up and down past us, which did put us on edge as they were not smiling or friendly at all. This was a shame as the food was nice and I would have loved to sample some of the pasta dishes,but it put us off going again, there were plenty more welcoming restaurants to try.
This would be our second choice out of all the restaurants we tried in Lassi over 2 weeks. We went here twice. We both had steaks, which were well cooked,and good quality. The sauces we tried during both visits were very similar, but still very good. The staff were very friendly but not over the top. One night instead of bringing us complimentary Ouzo with the bill, they brought us nearly half a watermelon, which was deliciously mouthwatering in that heat. Would recommend to anyone. The chocolate cake (Chocolatina) here was also the best kefalonian chocolate cake we had tasted. Well worth a visit.
We went here twice during our two week holiday and can not fault it. It is very romantic, you sit on a balcony overlooking the sea and watch the sunset whilst tucking into delicious food. We had chicken wings in teriyaki sauce, prawn crackers, then aromatic duck and pancakes and chicken in black bean sauce with noodles. Everything was perfect.The service was also exceptional they couldn't have done enough for you. Chinese food in restaurants is always more expensive but in this case, definately worth it, for all of the above plus a litre of wine, two pints of lager and a large water it was about £35, which I thought was fine for the quality of service, food and most of all location.
We have been to Lassi for the last two years for our fortnight away and have visited the Olive Press both times, this year we came twice, as the Souvlaki (kebab) was the best I had tasted. It came with a lovely side salad,pitta bread and chips. The litre of House Wine was also very reasonable. In fact everything tried here (steak, chicken in red sauce)was well cooked (chargrilled)and tasty.It is also a great setting, with the vines hanging down, very romantic and greek.
Sirtaki has to be the most over rated of all of the restaurants in Lassi. We had noticed how busy it was so thought this must be a good sign, this was not the case. My boyfriend had probably the most expensive dish (steak) and that was just average, and I had the cheapest(Souvlaki)and I am sure that it wasn't real chicken , it was like rubber. Also, I have never come across such miserable staff, they virtually threw the food at us, however we did notice that when a greek customer came in, they would bend over backwards for them.
We were looking forward to going here, as the location was lovely, set high up, with a sweeping red carpet. It was quite windy though, so tie your hair back otherwise you'll be eating it all night. We ordered, Pepper Steak and Chicken Marsala and wine and water. We were waiting for the bread and drinks to come and the waiter walked over with our meals, within 2 minutes, if not less. So this totally put me off. My chicken pieces was very poor quality,and the pepper steak was just steak in gravy, no pepper that we could taste. It totally put us off, we were finished within 10 minutes of sitting down. 'Luckily', after the main course we had to wait nearly half an hour for an ice cream.
We stayed here for two weeks during July (before schools finished)and it was very peaceful, especially by the pool, although would of been great if pool bar was open. We found numerous creatures in our apartment (1 bedroom appartment, which was same price as studio)including spiders, red centipedes, and ants, but we bought some great insect spray to keep them out. The maid was very friendly also.Great views out to sea. The hill was a bit too much to take in the mid day sun, but we hired a car for 8 of the 14 days so we didn't have to make the climb them many times. It was a nice stroll down to Lassi in the evening though, when the sun went in. Leave your stillettos at home though!
We had no delays from Birmingham to Kefalonia, the first two weeks of July. Airport rep's were fine. Transfer was OK, only going to Lassi. However as we were staying up a hill the bus dropped us and our cases at the bottom, and we were told to wait for the arranged taxi to come. One did come soon after, but that doesn't help when there are 10 people to take up. We ended up waiting for the taxi to come back, which may have only been 10 minutes, but in that heat,when you first arrive, we could do without. Our Rep was fine, I think he was called Barry, and seemed to have a good knowledge of the island. We came to Kefalonia last year and stayed at the four star Mediteranee, so it is unfair to comment on the accomodation in comparison, as it was basic, but the price reflected that.
Magical Place, definately go, especially in June and July, no queues,and much more atmosphere.
To be fair, all the operators do warn of the currents and advise you not to swim, if you go to the beach and swim, it is your decision. There is a lifeguard, who , whilst we were there, did tell everyone in the water to get out as it was getting rough. However, there was still the odd idiot ignoring this advice. I loved this beach and have come back to Kefalonia this year as loved it so much last year. It is stunning and definately worth several visits if you have a car. I would say early July is the best time to go, as thats when we have been both years and it is very quiet, very few tourists.
We have stayed in Lassi for the last two years (in late June & July) and absolutely love it. We are in our mid twenties, and when on holiday want to relax, go for meals out, and generally wind down, and Kefalonia is the perfect place to do that. We have stayed in both a 4 star Hotel (Mediteranee) and a 2 star apartment(Eleftheria), although air con made the heat a lot more bearable, we had fabulous time both years.Lassi is basically one road, where you find the restaurants & bars, all the bars are not plastic chairs at the side of the road, but have lovely gardens, fountains, palm trees, etc, and So Simple bar even has leather sofa's to relax on whilst sipping cocktails! Lassi is a good base for exploring as it has a bit of life for those who don't want a get away from it all holiday, and I only hope that Kefalonia doesn't become commercialised, as it is stunning as it is. The beaches in Lassi are fab, with sand so soft you disappear into it, but you must hire a car explore the rest of the island and find the out of the way coves, and of course Myrtos Beach is a must for all sun worshippers.If anyone would like any further information I would be happy to help.
To John Clare
As far as I know the pool bar is no longer open in Eleftheria at all. We stayed there last year (3rd July -17th July) and it looked very run down, as if it hadn't been used for a long time, and wouldn't be used again. The nearest shop / supermarket is at the bottom of the 'the hill'and across the road, stock up with water for the climb back up! The 'hill' is lovely to walk down in the evening for your evening meal but it the day it is a different story. If you plan to spend some time by the pool, I would buy your provisions in thevening when the climb is a little less painful, then you have everything for the next day.