Taverna O Vrachos in the small village of Profitis Ilias is certainly one of the best in Samothraki. It's not only popular with the tourists, but it's also a favorite of the locals who gather here to celebrate weddings and other events.
Goat (katsikaki) on a spit is the village's claim to fame, and O Vrachos (meaning "the rock" in Greek) is the best place to try it. Apostolos, the owner, is an expert roaster. Often, he's tending the spit on top of the stairs to the right. He doesn't rest until the meat reaches roasting perfection.
Katsikaki on a spit is an experience in itself - an experience of the authentic Samotracian taste. You mustn't leave the island without eating (at least once) at O Vrachos!
The dish costs 24 € / kilogram, meaning that a portion is in the vicinity of 8-10 €. The lamb has the same price. There are also other dishes available: grilled pork or chicken, burger, sausages, souvlaki, lamb ribs, fried entrails. But...have I mentioned yet how delicious the goat meat is at O Vrachos? :)
The praise doesn't stop here, though. The eggplant spread and the cheese spread (tyrosalata) are tasty and the Hungarian salad (with cabbage, carrots and celery) - admittedly, a strange addition to the menu - is also worth trying.
The end of a perfect dinner is marked by the complimentary dessert - thick yogurt drowned in homemade jam. Speaking of jams, there are plenty of types to choose from (grapes, figs, sour cherries, oranges, lemons, and even pumpkins). A jar of 1kg costs 10 €.
Contact Taverna O Vrachos - Profitis Ilias, Samothraki
Taverna O Vrachos is located in the village of Profitis Ilias, on the left as you approach from the direction of the church.
It is open all year long. Inside there's a cozy fireplace and all sorts of vintage objects displayed on shelves.
Phone: (+30) 255 109 5264 (Apostolos Kalaitzis)