Looking for a good excuse to head to Santorini this summer? (Aren't we all?) Here's some good news for foodies: Mystique Resort has recently opened ASEA, an upscale Japanese restaurant, and Vedema Resort launched the new seafood-themed ALATI. Both currently open and taking reservations.
Mystique's ASEA Lounge Restaurant is named for both Asia and the sea, which happen to the be the dominating elements of the menu. he sushi selection is simple (though we hear it has a "twist") and the seafood locally sourced every day (Santorini is an island, after all). Top picks on the menu include the sunset roll (spicy tuna, scallion, avocado, cucumber) which is aptly named for the iconic Santorini sunset and a salad with wakame seaweed with king crab meat, spicy mayonnaise, chives & ikura.
Even cooler: The restaurant is entirely outdoors (in the hotel's former Charisma space) and has a multi-level terrace and views of the famous Caldera.
Vedema, built around a 400 years-old winery in the medieval village of Megalochori, also has new seafood restaurant, Alati (the Greek word for salt). This restaurant focuses on fresh fish from the Aegean accented with farm-to-table ingredients. Nice detail: Executive chef Melina Chomata uses many recipes carried down through her family, yet always with a refined touch. Grilled or pan fried fish and crustaceans include lobster, prawns, swordfish, sea bream and many more are accented by starters like tuna tartare with the island’s cherry tomatoes, capers and Kalamata olives.
Alati offers two distinctive dining experiences: one is located within the stone walls of a 400 year old winery, surrounded by candlelight, while the upper (newly redesigned) terrace is open to the stars with views to the neighboring vineyards and the traditional village.