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    Andrewjames
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        We’re due out again in 10 days time. Any news on which restaurants are open in Sissi in May and any recommends would be much appreciated. Thanks

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            Hi Andrew, presume you mean Sissi in Lassithi, as more than one sisi on Crete.
            With Sissi in L, there are many restaurants around a pretty harbour for you to choose from.  Certain days of the week, people go around playing music, and it is up to you if you choose to give coins to them or not,  The taverna owners have little control over those people.  In the main we enjoyed the music, just the once we had to beg the Taverna owner to get one group to go away, as music was awful. Usually the flower ladies follow on after them  Also you get the deaf/dumb people going around.  . they leave lighters and other trinkets on the table explaining who they are and are you interested in buying.  I usually buy stuff from them on my hols.  But watch out for your mobile and other valuables if they come to your table. 
            Recommend you pop into the Jolly Roger for a drink, very friendly english couple who are members of this forum and have the football on inside their bar.  Pretty seating area outside, you have to walk up to it from the coast / beach.
            I recommend you find the time one day to walk to Epano Sissi, typical village, not so far to walk with 2 or 3 tavernas.  Limited menu, but usually family run, you might even see them peeling potatoes etc.  One of the English who live in Sissi might recommend which one to go to.  I used to find it fun to watch the coaches trying to get through Epano Sissi, narrow roads, to get to Milatos another coastal village, close by.
            If you have transport recommend you visit Vrahassi it is a traditional village and somewhere to have a romantic meal outside a taverna with beautiful views.
            Sissi is a pretty place and you will be able to take plenty of walks of discovery.  Let your girlfriend/wife know, no high-heels as difficult to get around.  Also be wary in the evenings of keeping covered up, ie. long trousers or else to use anti-mosquito stuff, as my legs suffered the odd time I was not covered.  Had a girlfriend who liked to bare her back and shoulders and she got bitten there on the walks back and forth to tavernas/bars in the evenings, until she took my advice and covered for the walk.
            Whilst in Sissi if you are tempted to do any booked tours, check how long you will be on coaches each way, i.e. Samaria Gorge is too far.
            Am sure you will all have a lovely time there.

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            Andrewjames
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                Thanks for all the great info Moggy. Have been before but know restaurant owners etc change so quickly and wondered what the situation is this year. Thanks very much. Andy

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                    Hi Moggy
                    re your comments on the entertainment at bars in Sisi
                    the two old boys who come round playing their accordians are the only ones I know there.
                    the same two guys have been doing this for years.
                    think they are eastern european.they can only play at your table if you are are outside.,on or near the road

                    they only have about three songs in their repertoire,Never on a Sunday (Greek) Kalinka (russian) and some Italian tune. :D
                    the people who leave the lighters and small torches and other objects on your table are licensed and are also usually the same people every year.
                    I always buy the lighters some of which are very spectacular ,all flashing lights and stuff , I have never heard of anyone losing anything from their tables because of them.
                    To Andrewjames
                    there was a bit of a commotion down there earlier this year when some of the restaurants were found to have the incorrect papers , but most of them seem to have paid their fines and have reopened.
                    I have not been down there for a couple of weeks because I have had the bad virus that is going around at the moment.
                    Last time we were there all the restaurants were either open or getting ready to open.
                    many were open for easter.
                    the owners in Sisi do not seem to change.
                    it is still Vangelis at the Fishermans Place the same owners at Agristi and Manoli at Paradosiasko the three popular fish restaurants on the front at the harbour
                    have not heard of any changing hands.
                    Hassan is still there at Pyramid Cocktail Bar,he was trying to sell or at least get a partner so he could have more free time, and I think he has done this.
                    the Dutch Bar near the taxi rank now has a 24 hour licence so plenty to choose from.
                    Mikes Place is the best restaurant in my opinion but I would say that because he lives in Latsida.
                    Last year I ordered a whole Tsipoura fish and it was only 10 euros fantastic

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                    Andrewjames
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                        I did here about the business with the incorrect papers which was the main reason why I enquired about the situation now. Thanks Latsida for useful info. Can’t wait.

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                            24293C3B212C29480 wrote: I have never heard of anyone losing anything from their tables because of them.

                            Latsida

                            Thanks for correcting me, I had never heard it happening either in Sissi, think I read it in a newspaper sometime. I have always trusted the Greeks and tourists I met, but one has to keep a slight eye open for strangers. I once left something valuable in a Taverna in Epano Sissi and returned later & they immediately recognised me and gave it to me as I approached the Taverna.
                            I once took a drive to a beach on Crete alone, decided to spend a day there & asked a Taverna owner to look after my little bag, that had my purse, car key & mobile in so I would not have to worry when I went swimming in the sea. He was surprised, & is now he is my best friend.

                            I will PM you another time re your other comments.

                            Best greetings
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                                Quote Latsida:Mikes Place is the best restaurant in my opinion but I would say that because he lives in Latsida.
                                Last year I ordered a whole Tsipoura fish and it was only 10 euros fantastic.End quote.

                                Some good info on Sisi Christine.Its a place I have not visited yet and Mikes place sounds good.
                                If I can talk the better half into it we may pay a visit soon. ;)

                                Ken.

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                                    Just back after two weeks, stayed at Mari Gianna with Manos and Vassilli for the third time, can’t recommend enough, fantaxtic hospitality, clean and welcoming.

                                    Eating, Mike’s definitely, a new restaurant is Edem, head away from the centre past Flamingo and opposite :All the Best’ (avoid that one). Would also recommend Anatoli’s run by George, from the ‘crossroads’ by the jewellers head out to Bouffos and it is 50 yards on right. Brilliant Stifado and amazing pizzas!!!

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                                        Hi AliandSteve,how nice to get news of Mari Gianna apartments.  They have a very good swimming pool with the bar that one can either access from the pool side or the other side in the pool, where they have marble like seats.  Set in large meticulous cared for lawn, so that the sun shines around the pool without any shadows.  Although I never stayed there, often visited the bar and/or pool.  Once went to a barbecue he organised there.  Had some friends stay there, only problem was that the electric went out when not in the room because of that card thingy, but them they separated the card from the key as needed to charge their mobiles n for the mossie machines to work.  It is so nice how they usually meet their guests at the airport, unless they are hiring a car.  Again Sissi is resort to avoid the bus transfer as it makes too many stops on the way, around 30 mins in car, but maybe a couple of hours on a coach if unlucky.
                                        Great to read your restaurant recommendations, eating, Stiffado, umm making me hungry.  Flamingo, think that is called Pink Flamingo, I recall the chap there used several very fresh herbs, even simple salad had that little extra yummy taste, but mainly i preferred the views from one of the harbour restaurants

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                                            Been visiting Sissi for 7/8 years. There’s a new Taverna opened called neromulos (spelling?) Watermill in English, well worth a visit. Its a slight walk out of the village – up the hill past the pharmacy & florist, keep going and you will come to this little gem. Very traditional gravel courtyard, abundant with lemon & orange trees, here Nikki will give you a very warm welcome and in my opinion serve you the best food in Sissi. Be warned it gets busy (mainly with Greeks) and is only open in the evenings and closed on Mondays. [/img]

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                                                Thanks for that Karen1.

                                                Funnily enough thats where we are going to try tonight. Although we live here we in in local places in Limnes, Latsida and Houmeriako.

                                                But as we have family staying in Sissi we are going to try the place you recommend.

                                                I used to LOVE Kokotas taverna in Sissi which is sadly closed now :(

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                                                    Hope you all enjoyed it, feedback? It’s my favourite place at the moment, was there in June and again August. Yes Kokotas was a shock, we used to go there often, I saw her at the supermarket, she just couldn’t afford to run it anymore and she and the chef are now at paradisio? I believe.

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                                                        Yes, went to the Watermill.

                                                        Very friendly staff; know them through their children at school actually!

                                                        Nice starters; Fava/meatballs/cheese/salad etc. Stifado lovely. A pork dish with horta; I was not too keen on but that’s probably just me.

                                                        4 adults, 5 children; 90 euros so 10 a head, inc. wine, beer and the children had 2 bottles of pop each.

                                                        So not bad. Will def. go again.

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                                                            1A2B3C2D3C342C34590 wrote: Yes, went to the Watermill.

                                                            Very friendly staff; know them through their children at school actually!

                                                            Nice starters; Fava/meatballs/cheese/salad etc. Stifado lovely. A pork dish with horta; I was not too keen on but that’s probably just me.

                                                            4 adults, 5 children; 90 euros so 10 a head, inc. wine, beer and the children had 2 bottles of pop each.

                                                            So not bad. Will def. go again.

                                                            Many thanks for valuable posting, hope more people who visit somewhere in Crete, will offer similar. 
                                                            Could I ask you, what wine you drank, presume House, but was it local or equal to something you know. 
                                                            Did they give you something extra (free)
                                                            Good you mentioned children has 2 bottles of Pop, as I was talking to himself & he had explained to me in Europe, soft drinks are comparatively expensive, as Adults who drink soft drinks, drink less (I speak about fluid not necessarily alcohol) & that is why it appear expensive, i dont know the expression, ‘bums on (taking) seats’ i will use.
                                                            When I helped him in a taverna, although our house wine out of Keg, it was very decent, comparable to any wine in UK from supermarket to £10 a bottle. Comparing then (6.50) and now, I would think less than 10euro a Litre – Taverna charge to customer.

                                                            By the way others who do not know Xorta is local to Crete, something like Spinach, Spring greens & not everyone’s cup of tea, you either love it or not.  Pork is normally home (Crete) produced, Uk often has added water and stuff. If you get local lamb it is the same, but sometimes Taverna stock the britiish lamb for tourists, as they are used to the added water and stuff!  ( i have heard Brits who go to buy lamb somewhere as they say the Crete lamb taste different, they did not understand why, it is more pure)

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                                                                Glad you enjoyed it. I’ve tried the pork and really liked it, but horses for courses! To be honest most times we visit we tend to just share a selection of starters.

                                                                Re comments from moggy: The wine is their house, from memory approx 6euros per litre and pleasantly quaffable, although they do offer a selection of bottles I believe. As for freebies – not a reason to influence a visit IMO but we had free cheese & olives to start, fruit & yogurt dessert and raki.

                                                                Another favourite is Creta Taverna in Malia – on the main road through Malia passed the hustle & bustle. This place offers a wider menu and items you’ll struggle to find in Sissi. To mention just a few: calves liver, peppers stuffed with ham & cheese, rolled stuffed aubergines, snails etc etc. It really does have a very big menu with some interesting offerings.

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                                                                    Moggy; I had half a litre of house white; local ‘village’ wine; tasted better but also worse
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                                                                    Yes, ‘pop’ is expensive…tbh I make my kids drink water mostly but as we had family out from the UK with kids, I let mine go wild!!

                                                                    The yoghurt with rose preserve and fresh green grapes WAS indeed a lovely & free end to the meal!

                                                                    Yes, Karen, I normally just get lots of plates and share rather than one main meal; I LOVE fava, meatballs and cheese balls. Also nice is pumpkin & potato!!

                                                                    A nearby alternative is ‘Il Palazzo’ at the top of the square in Neapoli. Their Mushroom risotto is to DIE for – it is down as a starter but I always get a great big piggy plate as a main course!!

                                                                    MMM…hungry now!

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                                                                        I always have the liver at Il Palazzo,it is fantastic!!!

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