Corfu is not known for its fine dining options, most of the time you’ll be eating sharing meze platters and feasting on simple seafood on this charming Greek island. Etrusco breaks the mould, offering an extraordinary gastronomic experience which has garnered awards and accolades including Greece’s top gourmet gong at the 2018 “Toques d’Or” (Golden Caps) awards.
The celebrated Mediterranean eatery is run by the Italian-Corfiot Botrini family, with owner and executive chef Ettore Botrini running the show with flair and creativity. The exclusive restaurant is tucked away on the Eastern coastline of the island, a leafy and romantic al fresco dining room, a destination restaurant despite its lack of sea views.
Throughout the meal at Estrusco the sommelier paired our food with immaculately chosen glasses of wine. It was particularly lovely to taste some wonderful Greek wines, some of which are made on the island of Corfu. Each course was carefully thought through, with some dishes paired with beer or sweeter wine.
Estrusco guests can choose between the a la carte menu or a tasting menu of restaurant favourites. We were treated to a long and exciting tasting menu… the evening was an elaborate performance of bold plate presentations and culinary inventions from start to finish.
Chef Ettore Botrini illustrates his flawless technique and wild imagination in his unusual flavour pairings. “Terra Misu” was a beautiful dish with different textures of mushrooms, mimicking the famous Italian dessert.
The seafood creations were brilliantly unique, “Swordfish Carpaccio with Corfiot neratzosalata (orange salad) and turmeric” was a well executed and beautifully balanced dish, showcasing the finest fresh fish. “King Prawns with strawberry vinegar” was also an intriguing but satisfyingly fresh dish, perfect in the sweltering Corfu heat.
For me, it was some of the more classic dishes that really wow-ed. Homemade tagliatelle with a deep earthy mushroom sauce topped with decadent shavings of black truffle was exemplary. A creamy rich delight that I would have happily made the journey for alone.
For dessert we sampled a trio of delights. Most dramatic perhaps was the “Impermanence – wild strawberries with vanilla, port and meringue”, a seriously sweet pudding with hints of welcome acidity, topped with a scattering of bright pink meringue matchsticks. We also tried the beautiful “Mont Blanc fava beans Santorini” an ode to the iconic dessert made with Corfiot kumquats and fig.
For a special meal on Corfu island, Estrusco is truly the only place to go. A brilliant experience that any food obsessive will love.
More information and book a table at Estrusco here.