After reading many gushing reviews of this place and having an ATV which we put too much petrol into, we decided to hit the open roads and check out places further afield. Sat nav in hand we made our way to Platys Gialos Beach. On the beach front, the 2nd restaurant in on the left, was a pretty restaurant with deck chairs outside which are complimentary if you are eating in (or in our case, they let us use them anyway as we seemed like we might eat there later).
We were walking by the entrance when the maitre de welcomed us and told us that this was the number 1 restaurant in Mykonos. We got into a conversation about what on the menu was nice, and he was so confident that his food was special that he took us into the kitchen and showed us the fish that was available - red gills, crystal clear eyes, about as fresh as it could be and no doubt really tasty too.
We took some menus, lay down on the deck chairs and perused. Everything looked interesting and we did not know where to start. As we were taking our time, another waiter came out with 2 complimentary shots of ouzo to "stimulate our appetites"...and it worked. It was a nice gesture and we didn't feel pressured by it.
So by this time the main lunch crowd was dispersing and we got our pick of tables. There are some nice cushioned ones out in the back of the restaurant where it is a little quieter, although sitting under the awnings at the front with the sea breeze in your hair has its obvious charms too.
A little basket of rather nice bread and a trio of dill and garlic butter, olive oil with a splash of basalmic vinegar, and tapanade came to start whilst we waited for our dishes to be cooked.
In the end we went for saganaki covered in a crisp filo with a caramelised fig and nut compote, and pork meatballs in a tomato herb sauce. The portions were good, and the dishes were so nice and very different. We congratulated ourselves on good choices and my partner warned me not to eulogise until we had had our mains too.
No fear, the mussels in finocchio and saffron were wonderful too, and so unusual - a slightly aniseed flavour, but not overpowering and I am not hugely keen on aniseed, so I found this very nicely balanced. The portion also was good sized. I eyed up my partner's calamari with tartare sauce, and we decided to swap for a bit. Also very good and the tartare sauce was fresh and zingy with little hits of capers.
"I think the waiter was right when he said this was the number 1 place" I said, but that was before the complimentary dessert...a large plate of baby donuts with honey and cinnamon. I was more than impressed!
Atmosphere is fantastic, they have chilled out ambient music (we even heard "I will survive" done to a café del mar vibe), the decor is neutral with shots of colour. The toilets are fab (another patron raved about them to us as we went by), and the staff...really lovely, attentive without being obtrusive and the waiter went out of his way to find out the exact ingredients in some of the dishes that I was impressed by.
Our food bill came to a very reasonable 43 euros including some water and a beer.
Could this be the number 1 restaurant in Mykonos? It might just well be!
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