Agrari is one of Mykonos’ most beautiful beaches. From Agrari one can walk to Elia, another cosmopolitan beach with several dining options.
Driving to Agrari from the Town of Mykonos takes approximately 20 minutes driving through picturesque villages. The final approach is breath-taking: driving down the steep hill, on the right is the Agrari Sunrise Hotel; on the left the Agrari Beach Hotel and restaurant. Both hotels and restaurants are run by the Daktylidis family.
Agrari Sunrise has been reviewed by me many years ago, and it is a gem indeed.
This write-up concerns the Agrari Beach restaurant, which began as a humble self-service beach restaurant many years ago. The additions to the restaurant (first a bar, then a complex of rooms) owe as much to its success as to the dexterity of its owner/manager/cashier Mr Daktylidis with all matters financial. You see, Mr Daktylidis, who sits at the cashier’s chair, charges dishes chosen according to the client. There are no prices posted in the restaurant, other than an obscure list posted outside at an out-of-the-way place. So, Mr Daktylidis charges what he wishes. The results of his prowess are for past customers to witness: the humble self-service has become an empire.
In past years, we had marveled how a salad, an entrée, and a beer could ring up to 30 €.
This year we decided to check the obscure pricelist before choosing. All three of us noticed ‘mistakes’ when rung up, to the tune of 2 € apiece. Mysterious charges of 1 € were added. When questioned, Mr Daktylidiis pretended he had not read the pricelist and offered to discount the price. It was obvious Mr Daktylidis was uncomfortable with patrons who checked dishes against the pricelist.
When I accidentally dropped a plate while carrying my tray outside to a table, I went inside to get a replacement. Not only did Mr Daktylidis not offer a free replacement, but he added a 1.50 € charge corresponding to nothing.
Complaining against this sort of robbery would not be of any use. The Daktylidis family have been managing the Agrari Beach for years and their relations with the local authorities are doubtless very chummy.
So, let this serve as a warning that this restaurant, charming as it may look (for, there is no denying that the managers have done a tremendous job with the garden and ambiance), is a one-arm robber of the worst kind. Eat lunch here and it will set you back more than if you were in New York or Los Angeles. You have been warned to bring your own lunch, whether a fruit platter or anything more substantial. Flora’s Market by the airport, on the way to Agrari, is a wonderful and reasonable alternative to this outright theft.
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