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“Coffee time and breakfast at Artemona...”

Smaragdi Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 7 Restaurants in Artemonas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$23 - US$34
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Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

We love venturing up to Artemona for our morning coffee...of course, we add an omelet, pancakes, or a yogurt & fruit with plenty of delicious Greek honey for good measure. The location is picturesque and quiet and the service friendly and efficient. The dependable WiFi makes it easy to catch up with your friends while relaxing in the beautiful setting of a stone veranda looking out at Artemona Square and at one of the many white-washed island churches.
We look forward to starting our day at Smaragdi!

Thank Helen S
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Reviewed 29 July 2018

There isn’t another restaurant like Smaragdi on the island of Sifnos, one of the most beautiful of the Cyclades, and a bit of a hidden gem.

Right at the entrance of the pleasant and car-free centre of Artemonas, Sifnos’ second-largest town, and opposite the beautiful Church of St. Constantine and Helen lies Smaragdi, a summertime restaurant that should be on the bucket list of every foodie who is visiting this marvellous island. Here Chef Adonis, who works in the winter time at one of the best seafood restaurants in Athens, Kollias, reigns the kitchen and cooks in his own unique and convincing style. The French would undoubtedly qualify Smaragdi as “vaut le voyage” (worth the trip). While you will most likely have an unforgettable holiday on this island full of stunning beauty, your taste buds may deserve better than the average moussaka and souvlaki that about every other restaurant will be serving.

I stayed at Artemonas for one week, and after eating dinner at Smaragdi on the first day I was immediately hooked, and wanted to try out more. I returned for dinner for several more evenings, and sampled multiple choices of the menu.

Adonis’ cooking is a creative combination of modern fusion cuisine, mainly based on the highest quality local produce that Greece – and in particular Sifnos – have to offer. While preserving the original flavours of the ingredients, such as tuna, beef, pork, cheese and many local vegetables, he interweaves them with complementary tastes and textures that enrich them to the upper limit. He doesn’t reproduce or translate the Greek cuisine, but builds an ingenious and inspiring fantasy version of it, combining deep technical skills with creativity. Adonis’ cooking is consistent, providing an equally high level of quality and surprises for every dish that he prepares.

The menu is short, with 6 starters, 3 pasta/rice dishes, 4 salads, 4 main courses, and 4 deserts. But each and every of them will provide you with an explosion of tastes and textures. The portion sizes are more than decent, and it is very unlikely that you leave hungry, even if you had only one course. I was extremely impressed by the Sifnian pies with strawberry sauce and the Tune tartar with cucumber (both appetizers), the Black pasta with smoked salmon and cherry tomatoes, and the Pork chops with baked potatoes (both main courses), and the Parfait with halvah, crocan on kantaifi bed (desert). These simple names hide a culinary sophistication with which you will undoubtedly indulge yourself, just as with every other course on the menu.

Smaragdi has an equally short but excellent wine selection, with some of the best Greek wines. Two wines that impressed me was a Kir Yiannis (2017), an excellent white wine from the Greek province of Macedonia, made of roditis and malagouzia grapes, and a red Papagianakos Estate, P.G.I. Attica (2015), from the famous Greek agioritiko grape variety combined with some cabernet sauvignon. Agelos, the waiter who is also the sommelier, will be more than ready to provide you with his expert advice.

The waiting staff is very friendly, welcoming, and efficient. The atmosphere is very informal, as this is a summer holiday resort after all. Nobody will specifically dress up for dinner here, obviously.

The background music is excellent easy listening/lounge music, with sufficient variation so that it never gets boring. There are several lounge couches at the terrace, where you may enjoy your after-dinner digestif or maybe an excellent cocktail from the very long bar menu. The bargirl does an outstanding job mixing drinks, too.

Smaragdi doesn’t offer lunch, but from 8am-2pm (08:00-14:00) the restaurant (which is also linked to an affiliated hotel with the same name) also serves breakfast/brunch options that entail some interesting and very tasty choices.

You should not visit Sifnos without dining at Smaragdi at least once!

For the record: I paid for all my meals in full, and I have no affiliations with the restaurant, its staff or its owners.

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2  Thank Erik E
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Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

The food we had today for lunch was indeed delicious and we will think of it with nostalgia when we are back in Melbourne. We enjoyed everything about this restaurant; a special thanks to Giorgos, a helpful and charming waiter.

1  Thank Miff
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Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

We had dinner a couple of nights ago here and we loved it. We started with the falafel which were perfectly fried and not greasy at all, then we continued with the tuna tataki and the cod in pastry with vegetables. I don't normally have dessert but as everything was so delicious I also had a slice of cheesecake. The chef was so friendly and interested in our opinion: he came out to talk to us at the end.
We are still in Sifnos for a few days and we know we will be back to have dinner at this place.

1  Thank maidavale79
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

A great choice on the menu. We were keen to try traditional dishes of Sifnos. We did and were delighted.

Thank Jenl77p
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