my story

My name is Lisa. 15 years ago I was on a holiday in Plakias – Crete.
One morning while strolling through the town, a picturesque blue and white taverna caught my eye. This place was called Tasomanolis Taverna.
When I went in to take a look, I was welcomed by Mrs. Eleni who was at that very moment stuffing vine leaves for that days’ menu because it was early in the day and her taverna was not open yet.
What she did have to offer me was to buy a boat ticket to Preveli Palm Beach, so I did.
Who would ever have guessed that on this morning I would fall in love with the handsome captain of the boat… Mrs. Eleni’s son, Tasos.
That was 15 years ago !

feel at home

the idea

the idea

Now, Taso and I run the family businesses, while Tasos is out on the sea running Plakias Boat Tours, I keep the restaurant and kitchen running with my love for cooking and hospitality.
Tasos and his father also still go out fishing daily, so fresh local fish from their own boats is often to be admired when they come in after work.
Being a part of a Greek family now, I can tell you, that Greek cuisine plays a central role in this culture and everyday life, family and friends are brought together by food.
My idea was to let other people experience too what I first felt when I moved here, so the idea of ‘Plakias Cooking Classes’ was born.

Plakias Cooking Classes


Receive a free specially designed recipe book with spare place to make your own descriptions
Cooking at our open-air cooking station with a sea view at Fish restaurant Tasomanolis Taverna
During the fish and seafood class you get to see, feel and photograph the catches of the day!
Surprise Gift bag
Limited participants in each class to ensure direct contact with the Cretan Chef & host.
Bonus recipes to impress your guests at home for your very own Greek night.
Vivi’s homemade super yummy lemonade during the break, don’t worry, we will give you the recipe too!

All guests will be supplied with aprons to use and all cooking ingredients will be provided in special bowls in the kitchen area ready for the menu preparation.
In our open-air cooking station, we can let our foodie heart out and get a whole menu ready!!!

Whats Included

‘Plakias Cooking classes’ exclusive cooking lesson
Lunch, house wine and table water included
Gift bag
Personal protective equipment for the kitchen; apron, gloves, …
Commemorative photos which will be sent afterwards digitally
Utensils, ingredients and equipment for cooking
Recipe Booklet
bio-olive oil tasting

Transportation. Although we can arrange pick-ups from your hotel, apartment or villa at an additional cost.

Minimum Age 14 years

for the wine lovers

Greece produces good wines of famous grape varieties like Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and more. But there are also some pretty good Greek grape varieties which are so much worth trying, especially when you are in Greece. The climate, the beautiful wineries, Greek organic wines, the stories of the farmers,… For whoever is interested, is in Plakias at the right address to join a wine tasting and learn more about it in an all-round session.
Lisa has achieved some interesting diplomas in the knowledge of wine. Levels 1 & 2 in wines of the official WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust), level 1 in spirits & recently also has accomplished the WSET Modern Sommelier Study program.
She is a happy wine lover and is determined to introduce a variety of the best Greek wines to you all.
During a 2 hour session she will serve you a finely composed menu of Greek dishes with adjusted wines. This wine tasting adventure will take place in Fish restaurant Tasomanolis.

wine testing

a place to dine

the restaurant

Tasomanolis Fish Restaurant was once one of Plakias’ first tavernas. In the end of the 70’s Manolis and his wife Eleni built their house next to the sea. Manolis has been a fisherman all of his life, just like his father and grandfather. And Eleni, who always has been a specialist in the Cretan kitchen . The daily fresh fish which arrived in this kitchen was the base of a great combination and the very beginning of Tasomanolis Fish Restaurant.


Information & Bookings

In Fish restaurant Tasomanolis or with Lisa +30 6979887749

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Plakias Cooking Class: The ultimate culinary experience during your holiday in Crete that you can take home with you!

opening time

monday till friday

10:00 am - 2pm

Saturday & Sunday

no lessons

The restaurant is open every day of the week from 12am till 11pm
From April till October


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