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OUR CHEF SUGGESTS: AN ALL-TIME GREEK FAVORITE WITH A TWIST

The Greek souvlaki we all love in an easy-to-make recipe at home

Just because you can’t host your loved ones for intimate gatherings right now doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to treat yourself. We know that there is no other favorite than the typical Greek souvlaki. So, till you will be able to taste this mouthwatering snack at our Poolside Bar follow our Executive Chef, Vasilis Katsikas, to a healthier twist of the classic recipe and enjoy it at home.

Pita flatbread with chicken gyros, avocado tzatziki sauce, cherry tomatoes, onion chutney and french fries.

METHOD

For the Chicken Gyros:
Chicken drumsticks (150gr), deboned and skinless, marinated in mustard, lemon, thyme, rosemary and salt. Grill on the grill plate and cut into bite sized pieces.

For the Avocado Tzatziki Sauce:
Blend 2 avocados, 30ml lime, 25gr glucose and ice. Add finely chopped cucumber, garlic, vinegar, salt, pepper, chives, and olive oil.

For the Grilled Cherry Tomatoes:
Score the tomatoes and plunge them into boiling water for a few seconds, then plunge them straight into ice cold water. Alternatively, burn them with a blowtorch until the skin blisters and pops. Peel the rest of the skin away by hand, marinate the cherry tomatoes in olive oil, oregano, salt, and garlic. Grill or fry for a couple of minutes until slightly charred on both sides.

For the Onion Chutney:
Finely chop the onions and sauté them in olive oil and cow butter until golden, soft and sticky. Add salt, thyme, sugar, balsamic vinegar, and tabasco sauce. Simmer until the liquid is reduced and the mixture has a jam-like dark and thick texture. Add some parsley.

For the French Fries:
Use a potato the size of your fist without peeling it. Wash it well and cut it into four pieces lengthwise. Deep-fry them in 100 oC and leave them until soften. Briefly leave to drain on absorbent paper (carefully so as not to break). Raise the oil temperature to 220 oC and cook again until golden brown and crispy.

Mini pita flatbread
Brush well the pita flatbreads with olive oil and grill them on the grill plate.

ASSEMBLING THE WRAP

Spread some of the avocado tzatziki sauce onto the warm pita bread, add the onion chutney, the cherry tomatoes, the chicken, and the French fries. Fold the pita by pressing more tightly at the bottom to give a slight cone shape and wrap in parchment paper.

If you are taking this Greek experience seriously, accompany your Souvlaki with a Alpha Estate Rose, Xinomavro wine paired by our Maitre d’Hotel, Giorgos Tsinogiorgos. It has a bright rose color, with salmon color hints, a fruity nose with rich expression of rose petals and strawberries. Well balanced mouth, fat but balanced, reminding the nose aromas, with long aftertaste.
It is also well-paired with local cuisine, roasted red peppers, stuffed tomatoes and peppers, light grilled meats.

Grape: Xinomavro
Alcohol: 13%
Serving temperature: 46-50 °F 8-10 °C
Aging potential: 1-3 years

Enjoy!

OUR CHEF RECCOMMENDS: A GREEK SUMMER DINNER FULL OF AROMAS AND FLAVORS

Our Executive Chef guides you to “A la Polita” recipe, a favorite Greek course of Alios Ilios Restaurant

“A la polita”, an aromatic Greek recipe initially made only with artichokes is a classic example of Greek cooking which, due to the custom of extended periods of fasting during the year, are by tradition, both vegan and extremely healthy, while still bearing all the rich exuberant flavours of the Greek countryside. Our Executive Chef, Vassilis Katsikas, ads a twist combining it with sea bream or any other whitefish of your choice, while our Maitre d’Hotel, Giorgos Tsionogiorgos, suggests you the right wine to accompany your dinner.

Bon Appetit!

A LA POLITA RECIPE

Sea bream:

Scale and gut the fish carefully. Cut two fillets out of the fish and de-bone them with a large set of tweezers. Preheat the grill plate or the frying pan and add a dash of sunflower oil. When it is going to get really hot, add the bream fillets skin side down. During cooking, check the fish to see it gradually lose its translucency and become nearly opaque, until the flesh gets opaque two-thirds of the way up. Turn the fillets and cook on the other side for 1 minute.

“A la polita”:

Ingredients:

  • 30gr chopped onion
  • 30gr carrots cut in large dice (each side being 1cm)
  • 30gr diced potato (each side being 1cm)
  • and 30gr precooked peas.

In a pan sauté the onions, the carrots, the diced potatoes, and the peas. Add a vegetable bouillon little by little, until the vegetables are cooked through and most of the water has reduced. Make sure the vegetables are tender without being too soft and add lemon and chopped dill.

Artichoke purée:

Remove all the outer leaves and the choke (furry core) near the base of 3 artichokes. Sauté the artichoke hearts with a little chopped onion and one clove of garlic. Pour in 30ml white wine and let it reduce. Add a vegetable bouillon and cook until the artichokes become tender. Finely chop the dill and add it to the pot. Strain and blend in a thermo mix or mixer, adding cow butter and a dash of olive oil until blitzing into a delicious, smooth purée.

For the Ouzo foam:

Ingredients:

  • 50gr water
  • 50gr milk
  • 4gr sugar
  • 20gr ouzo
  •  2gr lecithin powder

Method:
In a saucepan heat the water, the milk and the sugar. Add all the other ingredients and blend with a beamer. Bring the beamer close to the surface of the mixture to create foam.

WINE PAIRING:

Enjoy it with, Pinot Grigio Santa Margherita Alto Adige DOC. Straw yellow color, dry, with intense aromas and appealing flavors of Golden Delicious apples and citrus with a long, multi-layered finish. Excellent as an aperitif and with a medium body that makes it versatile to pair with everything, from salads to chicken or grilled fish to vegetables.

Grapes: Pinot Grigio Alcohol: 12%

Serving temperature: 50-54 °F   10-12 °C

Aging potential: 1-2 years, meant to be enjoyed fresh

ALIOS ILIOS: Our gastronomic delights for the new season

At our fine-dining restaurant ALIOS ILIOS, the new concept of the season reflects, once again, our philosophy of creativity and passion for excellence that extends throughout Santo Maris’s offerings to its guests.

The concept in one word: Meraki. The untranslatable unique Greek word that describes the action from the soul, with creativity, passion, and love. Meraki is the essence of Santo Maris; from our Food and Beverage operations, and Guest Experience team, through the Housekeeping team. Our main goal is to offer our guests a memorable hospitality experience.

For this summer our culinary team presents a menu of flavorsome dishes that pay tribute to Greek authentic flavors, while offering new and creative interpretations for the most discerning palates.

Our appetizers are just the beginning. Choose from dishes such as Trahanas – a delightful grain soup, made with shrimps, local sausage or feta cheese, or the classic Aegean favourite – Octopus, served with delicious fava.

For main course try the fresh caught Sea bream with artichoke, enticingly prepared with a hint of ouzo – A la Polita”. Sea food is a specialty at ALIOS ILIOS, and our seafood platter – with lobster, squid, sea bass, octopus and shrimps – is a stunning dish.

Sea bream a la polita

With chefs who pride themselves on their own unique interpretations of the great traditional Greek favorites, the delicately prepared veal Mouzaka and Pasticcio are highly recommended. For meat lovers, there is Fricasse, made with tender lamb in a delicate egg and lemon sauce, and Savore – a delicious pork dish with sublime mashed potato and local mushrooms.

Last but not least, let’s not forget scrumptious desserts. Try the Tart, lovingly prepared from raspberries, beetroot and melon, with a dash of yoghurt and basil, or perhaps the irresistible dark Chocolate sorbet, with praline sesame and hibiscus.

Tart with raspberries & beetroot

For a true gastronomic adventure, treat yourself to our Seven Stage Degustation Menu – an exquisite journey through our top signature dishes, paired with seven of the finest wines in our cellar, showcasing wines from Crete, the Greek islands and the mainland.

We leave the last word to one of our valued guests who declared on TripAdvisor this month: “Delicious Greek food expertly turned into fine cuisine. Genuine Greek hospitality. A sunset view to die for. A sommelier who’s a real specialist. What else to ask for?”

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

ALIOS ILIOS is open daily from 7.30pm until 10:30 pm.
Tel. +30 2897 502151

A Romantic Dinner for Two at Alios Ilios

Santorini, Oia at sunset. The suggestion evokes the essence of why couples choose to visit legendary Santorini in the first place. The view over the sea from Oia when the sun goes down is as iconic and timeless as you have imagined it. However, the thousands who gather to take in a glimpse of the celestial spectacle can detract you from the experience. So, for those who want an intimate moment with their partner, can a stroll along the path that connects Fira with Oia is a magic experience.

Santorini visitors who choose Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa for their vacation on this dreamy island will enjoy seclusion, privacy, and gourmet tastes under the panoramic blazing orange and yellow visions of the skies at Alios Ilios – the flagship restaurant of the resort which was recently awarded among the best restaurants in Greece by the Greek Cuisine Awards.

The sun gazing experience at Alios Ilios is punctuated with culinary perfection

Alios Ilios means “the sun setting and rising into the sea” –inspired by the unique sunsets that make Santorini such a sought-after destination and. The sun gazing experience here is punctuated with culinary perfection – especially since the restaurant offers an irresistible dinner for two to seal every twilight.

Couples seeking romance will enjoy the menu by Alios Ilios at Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa. The price-set romantic menu includes four dishes from our a la carte menu, accompanied by a bottle of either Assyrtiko or Mavrotragano wine.

Guests are encouraged to book this dinner package via the Santo Maris Oia website, or through our Guest Experience specialists. For those who want to enjoy a dining experience second to none during the sunset in the privacy of their own suite, Alios Ilios offers this exclusive dining opportunity.