Myrtales restaurant is considered as a local favourite place to dine in Halkidiki for more than 7 years. Our team is presenting a unique mix of well known all over the world Greek dishes prepared in a modern way. Olive oil, mouth watering Greek salad with feta, milky white ouzo, olives, variety of Greek wines and flavourful oregano will make you fall in love within one second not only with our restaurant but with the country itself.
Myrtales is paying very close attention to the quality of the ingredients we are using in order to make food for our beloved guests. Having our own garden, where the vegetables grown in an Eco friendly way help us in creating healthy plates while enjoying one of the best views in this area – Mount “Olympus”.
Our chef Vasilis Panagopoulos studied and got his postgraduate degree in Geneva and in 2019 he was awarded
with a SIlver Spoon in European cooking competition. Today, the head chef describes his philosophy that was inspired by Christoforos Peskias and Chrysanthos Karamolegos as the one that is based mostly on cooking with passion and love. Additionally, Vasilis Panagopoulos believes that the “class” of his plates depends on the quality of the food and materials used in the process. “Cooking is an emotion, “ the chef explained, “ and it needs to be shown on the plate.”
My trajectory was utterly unpredictable as my original aim was to work as an IT professional after completing the relevant coursework at the Technological Educational Institute of Athens. I always had a flair for cooking, but I quickly realized that I had to turn my hobby into my career. Shortly before completing my studies in IT, I began studying in the distinguished professional culinary school “Le Monde.” Fast forward a couple years later, and I was trained for a year at the “Eurochef” culinary school. There my advisor was the renowned Greek chef Michalis Dounetas.
To my mind, culinary artistry is very demanding and challenging. Creating the ultimate dish demands experience, skills, mental sharpness, effervescence, soulfulness, and passion. All these have to happen in just a few minutes and for a single dish! Cooking, however, is also extremely addictive. Multifarious feelings alternate within you while you work feverishly in the kitchen: the challenge, the frustration, and at the same time, the satisfaction that encourages you to reach even better results for the people waiting to savor your dish.
A great meal can only be made from great ingredients. This proposition also drives the choice of ingredients for my kitchen: They are always fresh and of finest quality. I tend to create flavors reminiscent of Greece, using fresh herbs such as thyme, lemongrass, basil, and mint. These are complemented by extra virgin olive oil, a real standout, and aromatic salts.
The Greek flavor is sophisticatedly simple and based on locally sourced products:
The olive oil, cheese, fresh seafood, tomato, fresh vegetables, and strong aromatic herbs such as oregano. Ingredients full of character and culinary uniqueness that, when they are blended, deliver gastronomic excellence and highlight Greek cuisine as an exemplar of sumptuous and healthy diet around the world.
The meals that I create are centered on the contemporary Mediterranean cuisine Mediterranean cuisine. In fact, the intense Greek elements dominate my tastes. These are mined from the Greek traditional recipes and are subsequently refined with powerful fresh aromatics and condiments. Besides, I use elaborate cooking techniques that give the dish unique textures, synchronize my cooking with the current lifestyle, and, eventually, create an eye-pleasing, exquisite result.
Located at prime spots within our resort, offering amazing views to the Mediterranean sunsets and our landscaped gardens.