There are plenty of signs on the side of the road as you make your way from Kamariotissa to Pachia Ammos that make a pretty bold claim: Paradisos - the best view of the island. So, naturally, we had to check it out.
Paradeisos is a tavern in Profitis Ilias. Although goat is a staple dish in Samothraki, and you'll find it in most menus, prepared in a variety of ways, goat on the spit is best eaten in the tavernas of this particular village.
Taverna Paradeisos is across the street, a few houses away from O Vrachos (another point of reference for the goat aficionados). As promised by the signs, the vine-shaded terrace offers an unobstructed view of the sea. On the horizon, you can make out the shape of the island of Thassos and the silhouette of Mount Athos of the Halkidiki peninsula.
As expected, the most popular dish is goat on the spit, which costs 25 € / kilogram. The more daring can try kokoretsi for 9 € / portion (a type of meat roll made out of goat organs).
If you don't like goat meat, there are some options for you in the form of skewers, grilled chicken and pork, paidakia (lamb ribs), burgers, sausages with prices ranging from 6.5 to 8 €.
The appetizers are the typical ones - feta or tzatziki for 2.5 €, grilled feta, eggplant spread or tyrosalata (cheese spread) for 3 €, bougiourdi (oven-baked feta with tomatoes and peppers), stuffed peppers or roasted eggplant slices for 3.5 €, fried zucchini or eggplant saganaki for 4 €.
The salads - green, tomatoes, roasted peppers, chorta (boiled or sauteed green leaves) - cost 3 € and the Greek salad (choriatiki) is 6 €.
The house wine is made by the owners and costs 7 € / liter. So is the tsipouro, which is 6 € / carafe. The is also a selection of beers available with prices from 1.5 to 3.5 € and island-produced wine for 10 € / bottle.
At the end of our meal, we were presented with a small complimentary plate of sweets: haslamas (a traditional semolina-based cake with cinnamon), an orange biscuit cake, and orange and fig spoon sweet (tou koutaliou - Greek for on a spoon).
Taverna Paradeisos is well worth a visit, especially at sunset when the fading sun colors the landscape beautifully in red and orange hues.
Contact Taverna Paradeisos - Profitis Ilias, Samothraki
Taverna Paradeisos is in the village of Profitis Ilias, on the right side of the road (coming from the direction of the church), 100 meters away from Taverna O Vrachos.
Phone: (+30) 255 109 5267 (Ourania Tisaousi)