Dining with a local
The Restaurant Velani welcomes everybody who wants to experience the local healthy Cretan diet or Greek cuisine.
The Restaurant Velani in Crete serves home cooking with fresh ingredients and local products.
The restaurant has its own vegetable, herb and fruit gardens which provide us daily with new seasonable ingredients. Ripened under the Cretan sun and grown organically they have a rich and delicious taste.
Food is prepared with extra virgin olive oil from our own olive grove. After we press the olives only the highest extra virgin quality is kept for use in our restaurant.
Some of the local produce used in the restaurant includes meat from the free ranging goats and sheep of our neighbours, cheese made by the local shepherd, homemade raki and honey from a local beekeeper.
All served with good Cretan wines, made with grape varieties that have been used since Minoan times.
The chef Manolis takes you on a culinary journey to delight your taste-buds and stimulate the olfactory senses!
With care for the local environment and its traditions, he prepares the healthy Cretan dishes with a personal touch.
Every Sunday afternoon he heats up the outdoor oven by burning wood from our olive trees. When the oven reaches the right temperature the wood is removed, the food trays are placed inside and the door is closed with a past of ash and water. Now the food can slowly cook for hours making the food soft, juicy and melt-in-the-mouth.
The Velani restaurant is open all day to serve you breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For menu and prices please have a look at this pdf:
For vegetarians the Cretan kitchen offers a wide range of possibilities.
If you follow a special diet please inform us with your reservation so we can cater for you.
The Velani restaurant is open all year. From spring to autumn we are open on a daily basis. In the winter time we are open on Saturdays and Sundays.
When we have guests staying in our hotel the Restaurant Velani is open.
For groups we can also make arrangements outside the normal opening hours.
Call for information and reservations.
0030 28970 51080 or 0030 6942 836083 (Manolis)