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Gramboussa Restaurant

In one of the least known and purest places of Crete, where the travelers are few and select, there is a tavern that still preserves its age-old secret of traditional Cretan cuisine.

Gramboussa restaurant in Kissamos Chania could not be renowned for its cuisine, were it not for its successful combination of the two most basic “ingredients” required for exquisitely tasty, yet simultaneously healthy cuisine:
the purest ingredients of the Cretan earth, and the traditional recipes, which date back to the 18th century.

Here only the purest of products are used: fresh vegetables, virgin Cretan olive oil, thyme honey, authentic traditional herbs, like oregano and sage, and, of course, the most select meats of Cretan cuisine: lamb, rabbit, pork, chicken, and veal.

As for our recipes, the oldest date back to the beginning of the 18th century.
It is, thus, of great significance for us to preserve these traditional dishes.

At our establishment, you will find only the best traditional recipes, prepared for you to enjoy with all your senses, which is the right way to enjoy a meal.
Welcome to Gramboussa.

1 Comment

  1. Sandy, August 12, 2013 at 04:15

    Gramboussa is by far the best restaurant that we ate at on our entire month-long Greek vacation! We were referred to this place by a local Greek gentleman who owns a souvenir shop called Ambrosia within the old market of Chania Town. He said he stops by there every time he is in the area. If it’s recommended by the locals, then it was worth checking out. We rented a car and drove from Chania Town to Kissamos where we followed the wooden signs and winding, steep dirt road to Balos Lagoon. After a 20 minute walk to the top of the cliffs, we saw our treasure which our entire day was planned around. Balos Lagoon is one of the most spectacular sights that I’ve ever seen! It resembles Earth’s very large scale kiddie pool, except on a more grand scale. I will never forget it as long as I live.
    On the way back, we stopped in Kaliviani at Gramboussa where our day long adventure became even more fulfilling. We told our waiter that we had been referred by a fellow frequent customer, and we were pleasantly surprised at the hospitality we experienced. We were welcomed to our table with majestic views over the sea and the garden where all of the vegetables for the restaurant are grown with a shot of locally made rakomelo and local wine aged 7 years. We ordered the roast lamb with potatoes and a Cretan salad with fresh mizithra cheese. After the main course, we were served with our pick of fresh fruit, dessert, and of course, more rakomelo! When we asked for our check, we weren’t even charged with the wine, rakomelo, fruit or dessert!
    We were so grateful and will never forget our experiences that day in Crete! Don’t go to Chania without visiting this restaurant!
    ~ Sandy


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