The view from Kiki’s Tavern
Kiki’s Tavern is one of the highlights when visiting Mykonos. I’m probably a bit biased seeing that I’m a chef but, apart from the delicious yet simple food Kiki’s Tavern overlooks this little bay to the left of Agios Sostis Beach which has crystal clear water and makes for an awesome day lazing it up in the sun. Just a reminder to take an hour break after dining here as they do feed a man well. Enough so to drown in knee-deep water. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I will assume those of you reading this have never been to Mykonos so let me give you a quick run-down. First thing you do when you get there is rent a small car, scooter or quad bike. you need to get around the island. Pretty much everything’s located in different parts around the coast or tucked away on little beaches so taking taxis will cost you a fortune and rob you of a great bit of adventure. First stop for me Kiki’s Tavern. Definitely the last stop too before heading home.
If you are anything like me. Getting up early on holiday is a complete no-no. The downside of that is that Kiki’s Tavern fill up real quick from noon and only stays open till sundown. They have no electricity. Simple. Plus I think in the short time the do work they make plenty of money to enjoy the good life on Mykonos. On the up-side they have bottomless box of rosé wine outside while you wait. Bargain. Just make sure to greet the Owner(Vassilis) to announce your arrival. You won’t miss him. Big man, big heart, big smile and usually a colourful flowery shirt buttoned down a bit. For the ladies.
The bottomless boxes of goodness.
Me after two hours relaxing and waiting for my table…Could easily wait longer.
Kiki’s Tavern is a family run place with exactly the same kind of hospitality and food to match. All the salads are prepared fresh in the morning and the meat, fish or veggies cooked straight over a South African style braai. Something Vassilis perfected while living in South Africa. Small world but, he actually lived in my home town of Wellington, Cape town, South Africa a long time ago. Must be why they cook such awesome food. I’m sure of it.
Fire it up
Grilled pork chop and baked potato. My favourite. So simple. So tasty.
A few awesome salads
Shrimp on the barbie
Parallel to writing this I’m eyeing tickets to Mykonos. Seeing that you are reading this you probably looking at going yourself or at least for the best place to eat on Mykonos. Well, you found it. Can’t wait to get back in line sipping rose, eating great food straight from the fire and lying on the beach all day with not a care in the world. That’s the life right there!