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“Excellent price/value ratio”
Review of 1600 Raki Ba Raki

1600 Raki Ba Raki
Ranked #27 of 359 Restaurants in Rethymnon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$23
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean, Central European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Bucharest, Romania
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Excellent price/value ratio”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Lovely,unpretentious, good food, inexpensive. I liked al of the above. Pretty location right in the center of the old town.

Visited August 2014
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York, England, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“All style but no substance”
Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

We stopped here on our final night in Rethimon after never failing to have an awesome meal. The restaurant is very inviting. It looks great and the food brought out looks amazing. However I have to echo the opinions of others below and say that the service is extremely slow. Not UK slow. Crete slow. It took forever just to be given a menu. As for the bill... we had to ask 3 different people for it and one of them twice. We heard the table next to us complaining of a similar experience and another table looking really fed up as they waited even longer than us for the menu. The serving staff were pleasant enough but just seemed rather absent. I wondered whether they were short staffed in the kitchen and they perhaps had to prepare food too.

That alone would not be enough for me to leave a bad review if the food was good, however we were also disappointed with that too. It was obviously prepared with fresh ingredients and done with some care, however I think the chef had a very different palate to us. It felt like he/she was trying to be too clever with it. Our beetroot salad was overly rich and creamy. The fava beans dip had what tasted like gherkins or capers mixed in which gave it an odd taste. The (admittedly cheap) wine tasted like gooseburies and didn't improve with time. The bread was dry by the time they finally brought us the dip we ordered. The patty things we ordered however were nice. Result!

Of course we only tried a small section of the menu and some people might have enjoyed what we ordered, but for us we were disappointed and this was compounded by the very poor service.

This place has bags of potential but if our experience of tonight is the norm, I'd go someplace else as there are loads of fantastic restaurants nearby.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Retro ambience - modern cuisine.”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

We popped into Raki Ba Raki for a very quick, shared cold lunch of crab salad with dill, and roast peppers. This was so lovely that we revisited for dinner a few nights later and thoroughly enjoyed a lamb casserole and chicken with lemon and honey. We enjoyed the decor as it reminded of us of a friend's similarly retro restaurant in Edinburgh called Spoon. The service was friendly and when I used Google Translate to deliver compliments to the chef he came across and, looking delighted, shook our hands.

I notice another reviewer was unhappy about the speed of service, plate clearing etc. My own 3-week experience in Crete is of a slower tempo than, say, UK. This has its nice spin-offs. You don't feel pressure to leave just because you've finished your meal or drink and, in places offering wifi for holiday makers to book accommodation, keep in touch with home etc. this is a welcome touch.

I will return here some day.

We also noticed that Raki Ba Raki doubles as a deli/takeaway which many of the Rethymno old town traders must love.

  • Visited July 2014
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Helsinki, Finland
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“One of the best tavernas in Crete”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

This taverna is one of the best I've ever experienced in Crete. The menu is not long, but well and with thought put together. Don't let it fool you - it's a simple paper version. I still miss the cheese saganaki with fig jam - salty and sweet together, and delicious! The Avli restaurant in the corner is part of the same enterprise, a bit more expensive being a restaurant, and not a taverna. But do try the taverna on the alley first, it's well worth it! The two of us spent about 30 euros total, with half a litre of house wine.

Visited July 2014
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Manchester
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“It's not as good as it seems”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

The restaurant looks really cool and stylish but that's it. The food was a disappointment - We ordered a chicken orange salad and there was five very very small pieces in it. We also ordered roasted red peppers that came out of a jar, olives that were very chewy, beans that were mashed like humus and was bland in flavour. The only best part was the potatoes but anybody could have made those.
We asked for the bill and the server said yes then he started rolling up a cigarette and started to smoke it. It was obvious we were not his priority. When we finally got the bill they added two euros on the bean side. I thought this was really cheeky. We confronted another waitress but it seemed that they do this a lot as she did not seem that bothered about it.

  • Visited July 2014
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