I recently got back from spending seven nights in the wonderful Greek island that is Mykonos. After visiting Santorini last summer and absolutely loving it, Mykonos had been top of my list to visit next. We had such a lovely time, this was definitely a very chilled, relaxing and beach type holiday. On those types of holidays, I seem to focus on one thing, food. Where are we going for dinner is always my priority, I absolutely love trying new places to eat. Hell I even get excited by the supermarkets, nothing better than finding Lays and new Cheeto flavours.
We stayed in Agios Stefanos, which is about a ten minute drive from Mykonos town centre and we found ourselves popping into town on most evenings as there was plenty choice of restaurants there. On our trip we definitely found some lovely restaurants and I wanted to share my top 5 with you that I would recommend dining at on your trip to Mykonos.
One of my favourite restaurants in London is Hakkasan, so I was delighted when I found out they had a restaurant in Mykonos. Unlike the restaurant in Las Vegas which is also known as Hakkasan, the Mykonos version is known as Ling Ling. The menu is very similar to the London restaurant and I think the bar lady told us the head chef from the Mayfair London branch was heading up the restaurant for summer, but I was a few cocktails down so don’t quote me on that. The restaurant has an inside which is great when it’s really hot and all you want is air con, as well as an outdoor area. We were seated outside for our meal, which had a pretty courtyard exterior.
The food was perfect as always and definitely to a high standard. I had one of my favourite dishes, the cod in honey, as well as some amazing Wagyu beef ribs. After our meal we also had drinks in the bar, which were superb. Ling Ling is on the pricer side for a meal and drinks, but definitely worth a visit if you like quality food and service. I’d recommend eating a little earlier, as later in the night a singer appeared which I was quite surprised about and not something I would have expected or have seen before from the Hakkasan restaurants.
Ling Ling, Malamatenias Street, Matogiannia Mykonos.
Kapari restaurant is located at the Mykonos Princess Hotel in Agios Stefanos. We were staying in this area so it just was a couple of hotels down for us, which is how we stumbled upon it. The menu is a good mixture, meat dishes and salads and Greek traditional dishes with a twist. We ate here twice on our week in Mykonos and throughly enjoyed it both times. I opted for the pork rib-eye steak and also the sea bass served the Greek way. The food is very well presented and you can tell a lot of thought has gone into each dish. Your meal also starts with amuse-bouche, which was different on each visit. Cocktails were lovely and on our second visit we didn’t order dessert but were even given sorbet for dessert that was complimentary from the chef.
Kapari, Mykonos Princess Hotel, Agios Stefanos
You would be forgiven for thinking Raya is just another restaurant on the waterfront, a tourist trap even, as the girl stands outside trying to coax you inside. In actual fact once inside, it is a really lovely restaurant, with cozy sofa seats, a great view across the old port and excellent food. We went here twice on our trip, the first time I had a burger which was delicious and a bottle of Greek Sauvignon Blanc, which has made me discover Greek wine is actually rather lovely. Raya has a chilled out and relaxed vibe and is open all day, even serving breakfast. If you want to go to a restaurant for the view along the water but unsure of which, I’d definitely recommend Raya.
Raya, Akti Kampani, Mykonos.
Limnios Tavern was another local restaurant in Agios Stefanos. If you are staying in Mykonos town grab a taxi here and it will take about ten minutes and it’s one worth the trip for the food but also the view. From Limnios Tavern you have an amazing view of the sun setting. Book one of the window tables and it will be magical. We never booked here, but we went quite early and they happily seated us. The food is traditional and Greek inspired, we opted for a meat platter, which was delicious as well as the off menu lemon pie. We had seen another couple have it, so we ordered it. It seemed to delight the waiter and everyone around us kept asking what we were having. A hidden gem in Mykonos.
Limnios Tavern, Agios Stefanos 846 00
Uno Con Carne
If there is one restaurant to try in Mykonos make it Uno Con Carne. The steakhouse and oyster bar was everything we wanted and more. It has an outdoor setting, which is large and spacious. When we went we were the first diners to arrive at I think it was 7.30pm, which is early in Mykonos eating hours. We had great service all evening, our waiter was very attentive and helpful, helping us choose steak and wine pairings. Our steak arrived cooked perfect, but if not we had the hot stone to cook it some more on our table, which I loved. We also had a lemon meringue dessert and cocktails that were very well prepared. Uno Con Carne like Ling Ling is on the more expensive side, but I would highly recommend it for a lovely dining experience.
Uno Con Carne, Panachradou, Mykonos Town 846 00