Foodie Favourites – Mykonos
Arguably the most cosmopolitan of the Greek islands, Mykonos is renowned for it’s vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches. However it also happens to have a thriving local cuisine based on simple, fresh ingredients … and that’s exactly what we’re going to tell you more about in this article.
Meze or tapas style dishes are perfect to share and enjoy over a crisp glass of wine or two at sunset. You can’t go wrong with fried octopus tentacles, artichokes in a lemon-mustard vinaigrette, meat balls or a selection of local goat’s milk cheeses.
One of the best bits of a beach holiday is tucking in to an array of fresh fish and seafood. Luckily fish makes up a big part of the Mykonos diet, so you won’t have any problem with this one. Two local specialities to add to your list are red mullet pan-fried with tomatoes and capers, and skate served with a garlic-potato puree called skordalia.
Potatoes, rice and rustic salads accompany most main courses too, so press pause on that low carb diet and get stuck in to these wholesome dishes. Gemista (rice stuffed tomatoes and green peppers) and Briam (a ‘stew’ of oven roasted vegetables) also come highly recommended, so if you’re up for something new keep an eye for these sorts of local specialities.
Traditional baklava is always a winner for those of you with a sweet tooth, and the marzipan-like treats called Amygdalota are a must-try. They are usually made with blanched almonds, but in Mykonos the almonds are toasted and the Amygdalota are shaped like little bells, crunchy on the outside and soft in the centre. In other words they’re little mouthfuls of absolute heaven.
So if you’re planning a trip to Mykonos anytime soon it’s really worth spending an hour or two researching foodie hot spots and hidden gems, and making reservations well in advance. According to Trip Advisor, the three top rated restaurants are Avli Tou Thodori, Nikos Gallop and M-eating.Let us know which restaurants top your list and which of these traditional delicacies you enjoy most.