This small ramen house is tucked away on Museum street, just around the corner form the British Museum in Bloomsbury. Its unique offering is ramen with a fiery Korean twist. Additionally here you can choose both the texture of your noodle and the spice of your ramen broth. I chose their signature ramen, the seafood. Unfortunately they had no crab that day, but they promised to give me extra seafood to make up for that. I went for the medium hard noodles with their normal spice broth. It wasn’t the prettiest bowl of ramen, most of the seafood had sunk below the broth, but it made up for it in taste. They boil the broth here for 48 hours and that definitely showed as the broth was excellent. The seafood was nice but i think the crab would have really added to the overall flavour and because it was sat in the hot broth had slightly overcooked. I enjoyed it, but I think next time I’d go for the classic tonkotsu ramen with the chau shu pork, as the seafood ramen was pricey and the best bit of the dish was definitely the broth rather than the expensive seafood.
After a weekend stuck in Athens unable to go anywhere by boat because of the wind I finally managed to get a ferry to Milos. To avoid more cancellations I booked a bigger ferry (heavier boats apparently are less subject to the wind apparently than catamarans) however they are also much much slower. The ferry was scheduled as taking a startling nine and half hours to get to Milos, and in fact it ended up taking nearly 11 hours. A good chance to read my book and also watch some TV shows and movies that I’d downloaded on Netflix, but not exactly ideal. I arrived late at night starving, thankfully there was still some restaurants open and I was collecting the keys for my accommodation from a hotel with a 24hr reception. I stayed at a delightful little private room/ house called Katerina Rooms, really close to Milos Town and the port and great value.
Milos is famous for its dramatic volcanic coastline and rock formations. As a former geography grad that sort of nerdy rock thing actually excites me. Its most famous export is the iconic Venus de Milo statue which is now in the Louvre in Paris.
I had a limited amount of time in Milos, so on the excellent advice of my hosts I decided to hire a quad bike to tour the island. I didn’t book in advance so I was lucky to find one available to hire as it seemed a very popular way to explore the island. You can hire scooters as well, but only if you have ridden one before, which I hadn’t. It was really fun bombing around the island on a quad, the wind rushing through was really cooling, though deceptive as I did slightly burn my arms In the sun without realising. Had a lovely time though. There’s next to no public transport on the island so you do really need your own transport to get around. There’s not a great deal of roads so it’s hard to get lost and the hire company gave me a map that was more than enough to easily find my way around. I only had to refer to Google maps once. There’s some really beautiful really stunning beaches and scenery around Milos and I wish I had a bit more time to spend there but unfortunately the wind curtailed my travel plans significantly and I had to get back to Athens to fly back to London. Still a perfect excuse to go back again in the future I suppose.
Omilos is renowned as the best restaurant in Hydra. I tried to get a table there several nights in a row and finally on my last night I managed to secure a spot. Situated in a former fuel depot near the entrance of the port it’s been cleverly converted and is now a chic contemporary restaurant with an amazing sea terrace. I was so keen for a table I even offered to sit inside if that’s all they had, though luckily they found me a lovely table overlooking the ocean. I started with a sea bass carpaccio which was excellent, really fresh and light. Then for my main I pushed the boat out and ordered lobster pasta, which was delicious. As I was having seafood I ordered a carafe of the local Greek white wine.
Hydronetta is a great little spot for a light lunch and/or early evening cocktails just to the west of Hydra Town. It probably has the best views of the sunset of anywhere on the island. The staff couldn’t be more friendly and I had lunch or evening cocktails here most days.
From Athens I got a boat to Hydra. I didn’t know much about the island but it was recommended very highly in Lonely Planet guide and the pictures looked stunning. It’s relatively close by boat to Athens, just a short one hour boat. The boat arrives right In the main town of Hydra and so I booked a hotel close by to the front to avoid a long walk. Hydra is completely car free and the only form of transport is either by foot or by donkey, and I didn’t fancy lugging my heavy bags across the island. There’s donkeys lined up at the port ready and waiting to help, but to be honest they stunk and I would feel bad for a donkey having to hike my bags in the heat. I stayed at the Glaros Guesthouse, which although not luxurious, was perfectly located right in Hydra Town.