Symi is a fairytale island of Dodecanese, less touristy but equally breathtaking. With amazing beaches and natural landscapes, warm and hospitable locals, a laid-back atmosphere that captivates you and makes you come back again and again. Either part of island hopping experiences in the Aegean or as a destination on its own, Symi will not let you down. And for those gourmands among us, Symi cuisine is one of its highlights.
First of all, as an island it could not be an exception to the Greek rule: fresh fish and seafood are in abundance, offering your palate an experience to remember. Straight from the sea to your plate, this is an exquisite opportunity to try out the most succulent dishes made with care and love. Perhaps the most famous dish of them all is popcorn shrimp. Symi shrimp is popular all over Greece and boasts fans from all over the world. Fried and served crispy, these tiny shrimps are packed with flavor and ooze with umami.
Then, grilled octopus and squid will fascinate you for sure. But ask the local taverns by the sea to recommend the fish of the day and have a taste. For those of you who still crave some meat, Symi cuisine has what it takes. Goat meat roasted in the oven or cooked within clay pots along with rice, orzo or spaghetti. Chicken and lamb, pork and beef, you name it. Traditional recipes will always deliver as promised. But also vegetarian dishes like lentils cooked with rice or dolmades (vine leaves stuffed with rice also called yiaprakia).
And for dessert, do not miss out on loukoumades and akoumia. Loukoumades are puffed pastries (just like doughnuts) made to order and topped with generous amounts of organic honey and cinnamon. Maybe you get them with walnuts or nutella. It is up to you! Akoumia are great and look like loukoumades, but they are made with rice and topped with sugar. Just ask the locals, if they have not treated you with one already!
Take a dive in the wonderful Symi cuisine and you will be lost for words…Just enjoy and have fun experimenting with genuine flavors and aromas in the Dodecanese!