Arismari & Varsamo

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Arismari & Varsamo is a modern-style ‘traditional’ taverna with Cretan dishes in Heraklion.

Arismari & Varsamo is a modern-style ‘traditional’ taverna with Cretan dishes in Heraklion. Arismari (= rosemary) is a herb with a distinctive smell that is inextricably linked with cooking, and with Mediterranean cooking especially. Its botanical name is Rosmarinus officinalis, of which the first means "dew of the sea". Varsamo is what in Crete they call spear-mint, an ancient herb widespread in the Mediterranean.

Some of the well-known traditional tastes and dishes served here are those Cretan favourites, for example: koukofava (of broad beans), fried snails with rosemary, askordoulakoi (bulbs), potatoes oftes, anthogalo cheese, staka, fresh mizithra with honey, anthotyros cheese , tyrozouli, eggs in staka, strapatsada, vrouvopites, small pies with honey, and to drink, kanelada, Marouva wine, rakomelo, melokarydo and much much more. Of course apart from these traditional flavours, the restaurant offers seasonal meats, seafood and other things.

Most of the materials we use is of our own production, or got directly from growers in the village, with whom we have worked for years and trust to deliver to us the healthiest and freshest produce of each and every sort.

Additional Info

  • type Tavern
  • rates/person up to 20€
  • music Cretan Folk
  • facilities
  • cuisine Cretan
  • payment types Cash, Visa, AMEX
  • open on

    Monday to Sunday 12:00 - 01:00

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  • address Lisimahou Kalokairinou 10, Heraklion
  • Region Heraklio, Heraklio
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