Chef and owner

Takis Panagakis

‘At Elea, I want to offer our guests a new type of cuisine, so they can really experience these wonderful tastes. This new kitchen shows my vision on cooking, my Greek background, and my experience cooking in Michelin star restaurants. As a result, my dishes are well thought out and innovative. Not immediately recognisable as Greek, but full of Greek elements. Such as the emphasis on pure taste and fresh ingredients. At Elea, I want to introduce our guests to my cooking style, and let them enjoy a high culinary level, at an affordable price.’

Cooked before at Etrusco in Corfu, Basiliek* in Harderwijk, Brouwerskolkje** in Overveen, and Mazie in The Hague.

Prices: Gouden Pollepel, Slag op de Schelde Press Price, Zeeuwse Mossel trofee.

Hostess and co-owner

Bibi Kuyp

‘I came to know Takis as a very talented chef.   He has a wonderful personality, and is a hard worker. When we got into a relationship, we could combine our dreams: we wanted to open our own restaurant together. By opening Restaurant Elea, our dreams came true. This gives us a marvelous feeling, which we want to convey to our guests. Together with Takis and our team, I want to give our guests a memorable experience.’

Worked before at: Restaurant De Zwethheul** in Schipluiden (NL) and Sea Grill** in Brussels (BE).

Our restaurant

Elea -ancient Greek for ‘olive’ – is a term Greek philosphers used for innovation, freedom, and challenges. This really applies to the modern and innovative style of cooking used by Takis Panagakis. The chef goes much further than the classic dishes and creates wonderful dishes with subtle Greek influences.

Our inspiration

Takis was born and raised in Greece, where he learned to cook with pure and fresh ingredients. His native country is his source of inspiration for Restaurant Elea; you will subtly see his Greek background in the decoration, dishes, and the wine list.

Takis: ‘Elea is a reflection of my background and a nod to the future; a place to develop tastes and be surprised. I want to share my knowledge, background, and vision with our guests and let them experience someting new.’

The Greek warmth resonates within the relaxed atmosphere at Elea, with friendy and knowledgeable staff, as well as personal service.


What others say about us.

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Saturday and Sunday from 12.30 PM.


Thursday until Monday from 6.30 PM.