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December 11, 2007

A night out at Hippopotamus and Chrisostomos

HippomenuThe other week we had a Friday night out. Although we've been trying hard to economise, we thought we deserved a treat - after all, we were yet to go out for dinner or cocktails in the 6 weeks we've been back in Hania.

We started at Hippopotamus, the Mexican place, for Mojitos. We've been there before, but that was during summer, so we sat outside. This time we sat inside and it was even cooler than before. They were playing music like Depeche Mode and Goldfrapp, and had a whole wall decorated with 100 minituare film posters, record sleeves and postcards. There was a card on the table with a key to what was what on the wall. They also have board games like Cluedo and Pictionary which you can take and play with for free, and the Mojitos were exemplary.

20071206_chrisostomosThen we went on to Χρυσοστομος. This is the taverna that bucks the trend in Hania. It closes down for the summer, and re-opens when all the tourists have gone home! We've been wanting to visit it since we first saw it early last year, but finally we were in town when it was open.

It was, needless to say, a very small local affair. Thanks to Claire's bravery, we managed to carry out the whole transaction in Greek. They do a lovely selection of meats cooked in the wood oven, and on the menu it was hard to look past the 'Lamb with Potatoes in the wood oven'. So we didn't, and both thoroughly enjoyed it. It was good value as well - with drinks, a salad, a free desert and a tip it came altogether to €34.

Χρυσοστομοσ is tucked out of the way a bit, you have to go round the whole of the Venetian harbour and then walk past the old shipyard to find it, but if you are ever in town in the off-season, it is well worth a visit.

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