Dusk falls when we arrive for our first meal in Kefalonia, an island in the Ionian Sea, to the west of Greece. It’s embellished with sandy coves, limestone cliffs and weather-beaten landscapes, in a good way. The place is profoundly gorgeous, full of beautiful bays and twisting roads that reach the goat ruling mountain tops. We’re at Sto Psito in Lassi, about a 30 minute walk from Argostoli – the main town of the island. The restaurant has been doing their thing since 1990 and one of the main draws are the views overlooking the sea. But being belly besotted, it’s all about what they cook. Right?
Seeing that we’re on an island surrounded by beautiful sea, it would be good manners to try what comes out of it, so squid rings €8.90 it was to start with which were crisp and lovely, even if a tad greasy – my greed still demolished them.
A soft loaf of Kefalonian brucette with local olive oil, black olives and a mulch of feta and tomato we’re good to soak up the wine in our bellies. Feta is the cornerstone to every meal in Kefalaonia it turns out.
Seftalia €7.70 are Greece’s version of faggots, caul wrapped mystery meat with herbs and spices fired over coal. I can confirm that they are actually delightful.
If seftalia doesn’t sound tantalising enough, then try “grilled village sausage” €7.70. No it’s not a pseudonym for anything in your dirty minds, it’s more like the cousin of the seftalia without the caul wrap but delicious nonetheless.
A cop-out ordered the halloumi €5.50 – if you’re gonna do it, you may as well do it in Greece.
The boss get’s a “pound in weight seabass” €17.90, the bones are expertly extracted before it’s enveloped in parchment paper with aubergines, onion, spinach, tomato and a bit of ginger. Annoyingly, the dish was just a bit drab and lacked seasoning – I wanted to like it but in the end it was an insult to the finned animal which deserved a bit more love. Most of it was left.
Elbert ordered the grilled salmon with rice and boiled greens €16.90 – he’s currently bulking so he’s used to eating tedious things like boiled broccoli and chicken daily – this falls into that bracket.
I went for the pork fillet with “caramelised sauce” €18.70, a sauce that was sticky with depth and sweetness. There are preserved berries in there of sorts that sweetened up the charred soft piggy.
We finished off with cake that they brought in from a local bakery and why not if it’s so luscious. There were layers of syrup soaked sponge, sandwiching layers of hazelnut coloured cream and then more cream the weight of clouds slathered on top. The whole business could make you fat by just looking at it, but it was the lightest cake you could ever eat. Of course I asked for more.
When did I go? Sept 2018
The damage: Expect to pay €35/45 per head with drinks
The good: When the novelty of the view wears off, the seftalia, wine and pork I had was really good. The cake was a thrilling bit of thigh cladding goodness too.
The bad: Some of the fish dishes wouldn’t fall into the pleasures of eating. Wasted calories spent there.
Would I go again? If in Kefalonia.
Address: Fanari Rd, Lassi, Argostoli, Kefalonia, 28100, Greece