Posts Tagged ‘Crete’

Lemon Tree Garden – Rethymnon, Crete by guest author Reijosfood

First published by Reijosfood on 5th August 2016 at

Summer vacation in Crete, Rethymnon meant also visits to several restaurants and tavernas. Tried about 10 places and always tested starters and main courses. Better avoid dining spots with most aggressive “in throwers”, best ones are those counting on menu,location and athmosphere.


Mostly ate in Old Town where you can find many good and not so good dining spots. When it comes to taverna type of restaurants serving traditional greek food, Lemon Tree Garden is the choice. Judgement is based on two visits, which both were above average in “tavernas category”.

Restaurant has good service, fresh ingredients and well prepared dishes not forgetting vegan choises.

During second visit had for starters Spinach Pies, Vine Leaves Rolls and Feta Cheese.Usually spinach pies include cheese, but restaurant had vegetarian version available. Two types rolls, vine leaves (dolmades) and zuccini flower rolls. Both were prepared at restaurant, too often you get canned rolls. Greek style feta cheese was delicious, right mixture of herbs and tomato.image

For main courses had Gyros, which in this case were perfect. Best part of this was just outdoor terrace, grilled pork. In one taverna get meat which had been grilled earlier and was warmed before serving.




….and Stuffed VegetablesSweet pepper and tomato stuffed with deliciously spiced rice. A perfect vegan dish accompanied by sliced potatoes.  Olive oil is always part of the dishes, and combined with the proper spices, makes for the perfect sauce.



In previous post you can find some information about Greek wines, which are part of dining. In Lemon Tree Garden had Melios and Chateau Julia, both Merlots.


Chateau Julia








Lemon Tree Garden has nice outdoor terrace inside old walls. The name comes from the trees above tables, lemon and orange trees are the roof of restaurant.

After dinner restaurant serves fresh water melon, lemon cake and raki depending on what you have eaten. Nice way of ending dinner, but as you know what to expect, do not order dessert.




Elia Greek Restaurant 24 George Square Glasgow, G2 1EG, Scotland

My sister and I agreed to meet up in Glasgow, Scotland for lunch, completely forgetting that it was the first Saturday of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. As soon as we realised that we decided to book a glasgow-2014-commonwealth-gamestable for lunch. The city was very busy and lively. The weather was warm and spirits high. So we had to choose a restaurant that we could both get to easily.

When I was in Crete staying at Hotel Galini, reviewed on this site at…s-crete-greece/, I met a man who mentioned that his friend owned the Greek Restaurant in George Square in Glasgow. I discovered we could book a table at Elia so, armed with this recommendation, and as my sister and I both enjoy Greek food, we booked here for lunch.

It is a nice air conditioned restaurant with a varied menu and attentive staff.My sister and I both chose the same starter: but then who can resist hummus and pitta bread. It was delicious. Our main course was vegetarian moussaka with salad and I chose rice while my sister had chips. Again, the dish was very tasty and the portion too large for me to finish.

eliaWe were glad we had booked a table and both very much enjoyed our meals. This is a restaurant I would certainly visit again, and not just because the city was busy! I highly recommend it. ‎

Valerie Penny

Hotel Galini, Chersonisos, Crete, Greece

My husband and I have just returned from a week’s holiday on an all inclusive basis at the family run Hotel Galini, Chersonisos, Crete.

Anybody who pays the prices charged by this hotel and thinks they are going to a 5* hotel is deluded and should use a travel agent instead of booking themselves on line. It is an inexpensive family-run hotel about half a mile from the sea and about 2 miles from Chersonisos.

We arrived late in the evening and were tired. The security guard, Chris checked us in: he gave us the key to our room & the remote control for the tv, although we only got one channel! . He was delightful, the room was less so. The room was small. It contained a 3/4 bed and a single bed, a balcony with a table and 2 chairs and an en-suite shower room. There was only a top sheet for the larger bed and the blankets in the wardrobe were very smelly. We asked for these to be replaced with clean ones the following morning and this happened within about 30 minutes. The en-suite shower room, like all I have seen in Crete, have a bucket for the toilet paper. There was no other waste bin in the room. The shower tray was small and badly cracked around the edges. There was nowhere to hang the shower head so we had to hold it when having a shower. However, in general the room was clean but tired very basic.

roomI went straight to bed but when my husband walked down to the pool bar he found it was largely occupied by staff. He joined them for a couple of beers. He found them very friendly and they shared their food with him. The staff do what they can for the guests.

Breakfast is a continental buffet which varies little day in day out. The bread is delicious, the breakfast cake traditional but the beans look revolting and I do not understand why wine is available on tap this early in the morning! Meals on the whole offered little choice. The selection of food is poor, repetitive and luke warm rather than hot. However the salad vegetables and fruit is very fresh and plentiful. Dessert was almost always fruit at lunch time and dinner, which I enjoyed, but some variety would have been appreciated. For some obscure reason no smacks were available during the day, except for ice cream between 2-4 pm. However, although I am vegetarian, there was always something suitable for even me each meal and my husband had choices of meat and fish dishes. He enjoyed most of these and neither of us ever went hungry.

Our room was attended to by chamber maids every day. The linen and towels were changed 4 times in 7 nights. However, the replacements were well worn. Several of the sheets had holes in them or were ripped. Most of the bath mats were well past their. The floor of the room was mopped twice. Hygiene standards are not very high.

The hotel has no lift and has stairs all over the place. It is does not sell anything other than crisps at the bar & postcards in reception and the nearest shop is 500 yards up a dirt track so this hotel is not suitable for those with disabilities or for children in prams or buggies.

There is a tiny kiddies pool. The main pool varies in depth from 1.40 metres to 3.20 metres so it was never warm. Much of the pool and bar furniture was tired and worn.

poolThe staff in the hotel are helpful and do their best. The hotel is in definite need of attention both in its fabric and the service it offers if it is to meet the needs of Western tourists going forward. However, we met some delightful people during our stay and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. So, would I choose to go back to Hotel Galini by choice? No. Would I have a hissy fit if someone took me on a surprise holiday and I ended up there? Also no. Would I recommend Hotel Galini? That is a definite no.

Valerie Penny