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“Interesting menu, lovely view” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Absinthe

Absinthe
Ranked #1 of 23 Restaurants in Kamares
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$16 - US$27
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Romantic environment with a great view and protected from undesirable weather.
Simcoe, Canada
Level Contributor
18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Interesting menu, lovely view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

Having read good reviews and hearing from friends of friends, we were looking forward to this restaurant to cap off our stay in lovely Sifnos. We were a big group, well accommodated and welcomed by a friendly and professional staff. The menu is interesting, offering both traditional and innovative Greek dishes, along with several selections to suit anyone looking to diversify from Mediterranean flavours. Of the appetizers, the fava spread and eggplant salad, with a smoky hint, Were excellent. The ubiquitous Greek salad was disappointing- at the height of summer, the tomatoes seemed under ripe, and maybe even hydroponic... Not sure what was up with that, but in a place where fresh veggies are a hallmark, these tomatoes almost ruined my meal altogether!

Mains were tasty- the lamb burger received raves, the giant pork chop delighted the teen who ordered it, my chicken in clay pot with sausage and apple flavourful and well seasoned. Three of our group had the chicken curry, and found it "different" - still tasty, but not creamy or balanced by sweet undertones.

Service was sort of typical island speed.... We had a very long gap between starters and mains, and the wait for our bill was very long, even after asking. Not a problem for a couple or small group content to linger, but a bit of a stretch for a large and varied group seated on the very hot second floor patio after a long sun filled day!

I would give Absinthe another go.... Maybe for a quiet meal with my beloved should we ever find ourselves back in Sifnos.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Fumom2002
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George P, Διευθυντής at Absinthe, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Dear honored guest,

Thank you for dining at Absinthe.Your long and labored review was a welcome with its positive feedback and an opportunity for me to explain the minor negative aspects of your dining experience here.

We'll begin with the tomatoes and the majority of vegetables that are "imported" and consumed on this island. Yes,imported, since there is very little local produce to supply the island's needs, especially at the height of the holiday season. Our tomatoes are the same as the next door restaurant's and almost all on the island since they are all imported and distributed from the same source and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Many claim that their produce is their own but the truth is that what they grow is hardly enough for their own families' needs. The quality unfortunately varies due to the season and huge demand from all of Greece to meet its needs at this time of the year but normally the quality is acceptable if not excellent. We unfortunately can not remove our Greek salad from our menu every time we receive an unfavorable delivery of tomatoes. I am sure you understand the consequences of such an act. Please take note that we do offer you a return or a change of a dish without any charge, as our menu states should you so desire and there are a variety of other salads to chose from if such a situation arises.

Regarding the pause in between the starters and the mains, our only excuse is that large orders take time to prepare, especially if the restaurant is full and we want everyone in a party to eat at the same time and not be served at random. The delay of the check was also due to the congestion of our premises at the time You asked for it.

Thank you kindly for choosing to dine with Us on Your last evening here and we hope to see You back again soon.
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Yelverton, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A high quality restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

Absinthe is located above the main street and has a very good view of the harbour. It is not the cheapest of restaurants, but it has very good and well presented food. We would go there again.

Visited June 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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181 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“EXCELLENT FOOD , SERVICE AND ATMOSPHERE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Great location overlooking the port of Kamares with view of the mountains.Excellent choice of food mostly Asia Minor cooking but with a twist. Good wine list but you MUST try the Absinthe. good show watching the ice water dripping through an sugar cube into the Absinthe and well worth the wait.Service with a smile like EVERYWHERE in Sifnos!!!!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Pantelis P
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food and great Service!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

Super cozy res above the Kamares Bay.
Very good vegetarian and vegan options like black eyed bean salad, giant beans in a spicy tomato sauce, garden's yield salad, zucchini with anis patties and mint yoghurt, feta in filo with honey and sesame seeds etc...
Good selection of Greek wines very reasonably priced.
In general the food and drinks are priced absolutely adequate considering the quality u get.
Great staff guiding u through the menu, recommending daily specials and wines.
Best sunset-for-dinner-view in Kamares on the second floor of a building overviewing the bay.

Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Christian P
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Stockholm, Sweden
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Greek and extra”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

Overlooking Kamares and excellent food and wine, could life be better!

The only problem with Absinthe is that it has so many good dishes to choose from
so it is hard to pick just a couple when you like to have them all!
But the good thing is that you can always go back again and again and
taste them all.

Here I think everyone should be able to find something according to their taste.
I can especially recommend the lamb burger, spicy goat (so good!) and my
daughters favorite the chicken with rice and red curry sauce.
I could go on because I have not had a bad dish here, but go and try it you self and
get your own favorite!

I totally recommend the place!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank parahren
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