Is eating out in Greece safe?
Its my 3rd year in a row, I have gone to Greece on holiday and I absolutely love it. I have always felt safe eating out in different restaurants, thought I would share with you my experience eating out in Greece and the different types of food I had along the way.
Firstly I couldn’t of done this trip without translating in every restaurant that I had a severe nut allergy and Google Translate comes into hand once again, and worked incredibly well. Some waiter even took my message off my iPhone and checked with the head chef to make sure the meal didn’t contain nuts.
The staff over in Greece understood how severe my allergy was and they always double checked with the chef which was amazing, sometimes abroad they don’t understand how serious your allergy is, however in Greece I have never had a bad experience.
Had my first ever Gyros…..
I finally had my first ever Gyros on this holiday, for some reason I avoided it on the other holidays, maybe because I didn't know what went into it. However after speaking to the staff in the different restaurants they could all reassure me it was nut free and they only used plain spices.
Can’t believe I had been missing out on Gyros until this holiday, it's a really simple Greek dish made from meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie most often pork or chicken. It was really tasty and delicious, definitely worth getting one if your in Greece, always double check with the chef beforehand, some restaurants can differ with ingredients.
What oil are these Chips cooked in……
One of the days in Greece, we headed over to the beach to chill out and relax, and rewind from the late nights we had partying. Decided to head over to beach bar later in the day to grab a drink and a snack. The only thing on the menu I felt safe eating was a portion of chips (to be honest wasn’t that hungry). Once I had shown the waiter the google translate and asked her what oil the chips was cooked in you could tell she was a bit confused.
However one of the locals overheard me asking what oil the chips were cooked in, and he told me they were cooked in sunflower oil, went on to explain that his 4 year old son also had a severe nut allergy and carried a Epi-Pen everywhere he goes. I couldn’t believe it such a small world once I explained to him about my allergy, he reassured me the chips was safe to eat as his son has eaten at this beach bar on multiple occasions.
It was amazing to speak to the locals about allergies and you could tell he was very educated about allergies since his son had a severe allergy to tree nuts. Goes to show it’s a small world and you will be surprised at the amount of people that have allergies even when your abroad.
When we arrived in Paros a few days later we decided to take a look on trip advisor to find a nice restaurant to eat. After doing my research I found a local Greek restaurant that had amazing reviews online. The owner of the restaurant served us and once I explained how serious my nut allergy was, he reassured me that they didn’t cook with nuts in the kitchen this made me feel a lot more at ease.
I kept my order simple and order pork ribs and chips, I read online that the pork ribs were very good. The food was excellent and the service was top notch. It was great to find a restaurant hidden away where all the locals eat at. It was really reasonably priced too.
Finally, if you ever thought about going to Greece and unsure about whether you will be safe eating there, from my own personal experiences, I have always had a really good experience and the food has been delicious. Make sure to have your translation on hand so they understand how serious your allergy is.