Selene, with its 36 years of history, has been acknowledged as a gastronomic and cultural landmark of Santorini for defining and constantly reinventing contemporary Greek and Cycladic cuisine.
And this week, they were once against recognised as leaders in the food industry, receiving the Gold Award as the “Best Greek Hotel Restaurant” at the Greek Hospitality Awards 2021.
Having first opened its doors in 1985, Selene reopened on June 1, this year with a unique scenario inspired by the restaurant’s authenticity; locating back to Fira (where it all began) it’s now set at a special spot in the centre of town.
The restaurant is now part of the beautiful Katikies Garden Luxury Hotel, located at a converted Catholic monastery. Inviting guests for an authentic island experience that pays homage to tradition, history and heritage, it is currently led by Michelin-star chef Ettore Botrini. Selene’s aim is to offer diners “an authentic gastronomic experience which seamlessly combines tradition and creativity; simplicity and ingenuity; earth and sea; and nostalgia and innovation.”
Influenced by the imposing aesthetics of the old Monastery, the colours of the island, the abundance of the Aegean Sea and the perseverance of the rare local ingredients that flourish fearlessly among volcanic rocks; Botrini has now introduced his culinary philosophy while honouring the legacy of Selene.
The impressive menu includes Sea Urchin, Lemon & ’Nduja Spaghetti; Swordfish Carpaccio; Red Mullet with Wild Fennel Pesto and Santorini Pistachios; Milk-fed Lamb with Aubergine, Cherry Tomatoes and Yoghurt; and desserts such as Caramelized Apple Tartvinsanto and Santorini Pistacchio Pallete.
There are also two delightful degustation menus, which are a novel celebration of authenticity, inspired by the local culinary heritage of this famous Cycladic island. Allowing guests a chance to try a refined, contemporary spin on traditional recipes and flavours featuring 10 or 13 acts; plus a vegetarian tasting menu (available upon request.)
Wine has also been an essential part of Selene’s journey contributing to a spherical gastronomical experience. The list features some of the most sought-after wines of the world with a particular highlight to the wines of Santorini. This is all carefully curated by Master of Wine, Yiannis Karakasis.
A: Katikies Garden, Fira Town, Santorini