Concept: Lounge beach bar
Type of cuisine: Greek
Beverages: Full bar with signature cocktails and draft beer.
Signature dishes: The Tiropitakia (Konafa)
Menu overview: The menu consists of typical Greek dips and appetizers along with a selection of main dishes and couple of gyros.
Dishes sampled: As we skimmed through the menu we decided to go for a selection of appetizers and enjoy the summery breeze and stunning sea view with a light munch and a house signature drink. We started by choosing a traditional Greek dip that never fails – Tzatziki– served with pita bread. We ordered the Fried Kalamata Olives – breaded olives stuffed with feta cheese that are deep fried and served on a bed of Skordalia – a Greek potato and garlic purée. It was a very interesting combination of textures and flavors. Surprisingly the olives stayed juicy despite the frying process. The Grilled Octopus was tender and lightly seasoned. It had that perfect bite and balanced saltiness. The portion was quite big and we learned that the right size of the octopus should be between 25-30 cm. The Tiropitakia is one of Danos’s best sellers. Baked feta cheese topped with a thin layer of konafa served in a hot straight-from-the-oven ceramic bowl. The crunchiness of the konafa gives way to the gooey-ness of the cheese. It’s definitely a ‘must try’. As we immersed ourselves in a bucket of fried mini fish – Besaria – we caught up with our host and talked about the idea behind Danos and his upcoming venue in Cairo this September.
Other dishes on the menu that appealed: Ouzo Mussels and Salt Crusted Seabass (which serves 2 people).
Décor: Danos Beach Bar is located in a privileged corner at the far end of Hacienda Beach, making the place even more exclusive. Predominately white, with a few touches of green from the chairs, Danos offers the options of indoor and outdoor seating arrangements. There are benches floating above the lagoon for those who would like to take a dip or just cool off their feet while having a drink. Glass windows ensure an uninterrupted view of the sea.
Clientele mix: Hacienda crowd and friends
Price range: High-end
Opening hours: Two daily shifts from 2 pm to 7 pm and from 10 pm onwards
Address: Hacienda (beachfront) – North Coast
Tel: 0114 000 0033
Facebook: Danos Beach Bar