The food is good!
Of course there is fish and shrimp (but no clams or mussels), but there is also a surprising amount of meat. Stews of lamb, goat, and rabbit called ‘mastelo’ after the name of the earthen pot are quite common and delicious. Here’s more background on mastelo and some recipes.
Sifnos is a food lovers destination and has been that way for quite awhile. It is the birthplace of Nikolaos Tselementes who published the first Greek guide to cooking in 1932. This is a good post for background info on food in Sifnos.
These are some of the restaurants we went to, but there are plenty more to explore and enjoy.
Located right at the end of the road into Faros Beach. Fresh fish, reasonably priced and hands down the best dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) on the island. The tender, small, spring grape leaves are stuffed with a rice meat combination and served with an addictive dipping sauce of lemony mint yogurt that you will finish off with your spoon because you won’t want to leave a drop. Friendly and helpful staff. We ate there a few times and it is excellent at the end of a day for an ouzo and a plate of dolmades.
Chrysopigi – Apokofto Fish Taberna
If you are taking a taxi, have the driver drop you off at the Chrysopigi monastery and have a good look around. Set on a knoll, you have great views up and down the coastline. Then follow the trail for a 10 minute walk into Apokofto. “Our” restaurant is the first one you come to. I think its called the Apokofto Fish Taverna, but the name is in Greek and incomprehensible to me! See photo for clues! We ate the trifecta of goodness: grilled sardines, fried gravos (little fishies) and fried calamari.
Phone: +30 22840 7111
Right smack on the beach, or what there is of the narrow strip of sand that passes for beachfront. Further on is a larger beach with beds and umbrellas. Manolis is famous for their clay pot cooking so have some stewed lamb and enjoy.
Artemonas 840 03, Greece
Phone: +30 2284 033562 Small dish tapas style restaurant off the main square in Artemonas. Bring friends so you can order lots of things to try. Open late, sometimes has music. Fish Taverna at Heronissos Possibly called Ammoudia. (Everything is in Greek, so figuring out names can be mighty tricky because nothing is ever spelled the same way twice. You do get used to it.) Its the most northern tip of the island. If you stand on the beach and look out towards the bay, the taverna is on your left on a narrow concrete ‘pier’. The water was ripping and the winds blowing the day we were there, so the sea would occasionally come crashing right up under the table. Beware of your flip flops washing away! The owners are fishermen, so you eat what they catch. The seas were rough when we were there so there wasn’t much variety, but the guy sure knows how to grill a fish. Simple and delicious.
Leonidas Restaurant Kastro Phone: +30 22840 31153 If you walk from Verina Astra, take the trail. Its a meandering 30 minute walk along the sea and every step is a pleasure. Kastro is an ancient city, high on a mound with a few good restaurants, a wacky bar and great views. Leonidas is a family run, traditional taverna. The portions are generous, the food is classic and delicious and the family could not be more welcoming.