What’s not to love about Singapore? But even the best of places can get to you every once in a while and so it is with Singapore. There are those evenings when you simply feel like getting away from it all; away from the buzz of the city, the crowds of the CBD and the sight of sky scrapers and head to a faraway land of serenity and bliss. When taking a flight out is not an option, look around and you will find little gems hidden around Singapore with the perfect blend of tranquility, quietude and energetic vibe paired with some great food. Mykonos on the Bay is one such gem, in Sentosa Cove.
The Surroundings and Ambience
As I walk into Mykonos on the Bay, I can’t help but smile; the freshness of the white and blue theme, the wallpaper, the well-crafted ship model on one side, the lovely breeze from the huge fans and the simplicity that transports you to a calm and relaxing seaside like ambience. The staff is very enthusiastic and are pleasantly attentive. So with the mood set for what promises to be a great evening, we start our culinary exploration at Mykonos on the Bay, a wonderful and authentic Greek restaurant in Singapore. Mykonos has limited options for vegetarians, but still enough to make for a good meal. Here are our picks of the top dishes you must try here, if you’re vegetarian.
1. Mykonos Dip Platter
Generous portions of hand made pita bread are served with 3 dips as part of the Mykonos Dip Platter (S$26.00). The Tzatziki is perfectly flavoured, with just the right amount of crunch and the yogurt is fresh and chilled perfectly. Hummus is usually a safe bet with any Mediterranean order, the hummus at Mykonos on the Bay is perfectly blended for a creamy texture and the flavours of the tahini, olive oil and lime complement the chickpeas without overpowering it. A notch above the other two was the Melitzanosalata – the sweetness of the tomatoes and the punch of the condiments, blend effortlessly with the eggplant and the end result is delightful. I would have liked it slightly warm but that aside, this was my pick of the platter.
2. Greek Salad
No meal at any Greek restaurant would be complete without trying out their Greek Salad. The Greek Salad (S$19) at Mykonos on the Bay is colourful and refreshing. Fresh produce is tossed together in a light virgin olive oil dressing and mildly seasoned. The Greek Salad would have appealed more to me had it been more flavourful, but you will love this if you like your salads simple and unadulterated.
One bite of the Bougiourdi (S$16) and my heart, mind and tummy surrendered to this divine bowl of sheer indulgence (The calorie pointer will certainly be off the meter). Soft baked feta cheese with onions and capsicum, mildly flavoured with chilli flakes and baked in a ceramic dish, this dish is a cheese lover’s nirvana. I can say with confidence, the Bougiourdi is a dish that will floor all cheese lovers and whoever tries it will remember it.
4. Melitzanes Imam
Another popular vegetarian Greek dish at Mykonos on the Bay is the Melitzanes Imam. The Iman is a dish of baked eggplant stuffed with a sweetish onion tomato sauce, flavoured generously with cinnamon, garlic and feta cheese. It was a good recommendation and we enjoyed the potpourri of flavours that hit our taste buds with each bite.
Vegetarian or not, at Mykonos on the Bay, desserts are clearly the highlight of the menu. I decided to taste two of their specialties and both of them clearly are the best I have had in recent times.
5. Pagoto Giaourti
The best things do indeed come in the most simple packaging. Pagoto Giaourti (S$14.90) – the humble, homemade Greek yogurt ice-cream flavoured with honey and walnuts is served with sponge cake and is a delight in every bite. It had me hooked till the very end. The fact that it is the original, no-frills real deal, with no added flavourings is what made it so endearing to me. The crunch of the walnuts and the sweetness of the honey left my taste buds feeling absolutely satiated.
The dessert that you must have at every Greek restaurant! Just when I thought I had already tasted the best with Pagoto Giaourti, came along a close competitor. Mykonos on the Bay’s Baklava (S$15.90) is delightful; pastry roll baked to perfection, dipped in honey, stuffed with minced pistachios and walnuts, served with a scoop of home made ice-cream, making it a sinfully indulgent treat.
Know Before you Go
- A quick note of caution – the cheese used at Mykonos on the Bay contains animal rennet, so do take note of that before you order dishes containing feta cheese. You can opt for several of the dishes to be made without the feta.
‘Mykonos on the Bay’ is an experience. A relaxed Greek restaurant in Singapore, it is a seaside eatery with some good food and great vibe. The simplicity and sincerity in the restaurant stands out and shines through in its dishes, service and the ambience, setting the mood for your dining experience. Plan to take this trip simply to slip away from your routine; put those phones away and enjoy a nice, undisturbed family meal.
Mykonos by the Bay: 31 Ocean Way, #01-10 Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098375. P: +65 6334 3818
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