Petite & Minimal

Santorini Vegan Eats Part 3

June 30th, 2018 | 5 minutes to read

In the part 1 and part 2 and I wrote about places to eat vegan food in Fira, black beach and red beach, in this one I will explore two options in lovely town of white houses, Oia.

Candouni

Santorini Oia Candouni

Candouni is a very nice restaurant near the bus station. Although you won’t get a stunning view along the cliff, you will be very relaxed bathed in a nicely decorated garden with green plants and lovely flowers.

The house was built in the 19th century, and was only turned restaurant 20 years ago or so. The business is family-owned. As many pleasant restaurants in Santorini, here you can also find dining areas indoors as well as outdoors. During the warm weather, sitting outdoors under the roof of flowers is my favorite thing to do. There are also couches with hand embroidered cushions scattering around, which makes it quite cozy. The indoor interiors were richly decorated, with many vintage or even antique items. Even the bathroom were decorated and worth a little attention. I wonder if all those were handed down through the generations by people living here.

Santorini Oia Candouni

Santorini Oia Candouni

The menu does offer vegan and vegetarian dishes, most of them being the sides or appetizers. Many vegetarian dishes can be made vegan too by avoiding cheese. Besides those they also have this “dish of the day”, which is different every day, and includes things like Briam (baked vegetables), Gemista (tradition Greek dish - stuffed tomatoes and Florentine pepper with rice, pine nuts and raisins), Vegan patties served with tomato sauce (made from lentils), vegan tartar with couscous and black eye peas etc. You’d better ask for that.

Santorini Oia Candouni

Santorini Oia Candouni

We got to taste the bread, which I think one with multi-grain and the other with corn flour, with mashed fava bean, leek and capers, as well as mashed eggplant seasoned with vinegar. Those were simple and delicious. Then we were offered the “dish of the day”. One is a crispy patties with lentil, carrots, herbs, radish and parsley, served with rucola leaves and a little tomato sauce, if I remember corretly. We particularly like those patties, as they’re well balanced and nutrient-rich. Another dish is a stew of potatoes, carrots, as well as some green vegetables. This one is pretty homely and rustic. We also tried one of the side dishes, roasted pleurotus mushrooms, served with herbs and a little vinegar. The mushrooms look a bit like the Chinese one we tried which is often used in soup, however they tend to be a little dry and slightly bitter in the after taste. When dipped in some olive sauce it started to taste a bit better, but I’m not sure I like this one that much.

In all we had a relaxing, slow, pleasant lunch at Candouni. I enjoyed the calmness, living plants and homely prepared dishes that featured local vegetables. The service was cordial and chefs were ready to answer your questions. It could be a little pricey, but worth visiting if you ever come to Oia. I hope we will get to see more vegan dishes next time we visit.

Santorini Oia Candouni

Paradox

Santorini Oia Paradox

Paradox is not located inside the main town, where the majority of tourists are, but outside along the main road. Although you won’t get an amazing view, you can still feel relaxed in a half open garden like sitting area.

The restaurant is also a bar, and the bar section is mostly indoors, with a big flat TV hanging on the wall. Outside there are roofed area and open area, where you have tables, chairs and couches. One wall is richly painted with one of the famous beaches in Thailand.

The menu serves typical Thai food you can eat anywhere in the world. However, I do like the fact that they charge different prices for the ingredients. For instance, if you eat the same dish with vegetarian option, you will pay less. I certainly think it’s a great idea, because many times when we order a dish that features cheese or other meaty ingredients, the restaurant would simply take those out and charge us the same amount of money, not even bothering to replace them with other vegan options such as nuts. That’s one reason I don’t bother eating in ordinary restaurants.

Santorini Oia Paradox

Santorini Oia Paradox

We tried the spring rolls with sweet and sour sauce. It was crispy and tasty, and I love the sauce very much. Another of my favorite is green papaya salad. I always order it whenever I can find it! It was served with shredded carrots, crushed peanuts, cherry tomatoes and topped with lime juice. I like the fresh taste of it on a hot summer day.

Then we ordered Pad Thai with rice noodles, which was a stir-fry dish with baby corns, green and red peppers, onion, shredded carrots and as usual, topped with crushed peanuts. It was delicious although I personally would want more vegetables. Honey tried a Red Curry stew with white rice. It had red peppers, carrots, broccoli and other vegetables and very creamy sauce. It was slightly sweet and spicy. To conclude our meal, we ordered the fried banana (which usually served with ice-cream) in caramelized sugar sauce. As they didn’t have vegan ice-cream the restaurant treated us the dish for free!

As a whole we had a simple and nice dinner at Paradox. The food is tasty and it’s well priced. The service is cordial as waiter really understands our needs. As there are limited choices when it comes to vegan food in Oia, Paradox is a nice option when you get tired of eating fava beans or potatoes in other places.

Santorini Oia Paradox

Santorini Oia Paradox