Mamacas in Mykonos
Mamacas Restaurant in Mykonos Town reflects the latest trend of "neo taverns", which refers to taverns serving traditional Greek fare in a modern and stylish ambience. The restaurant is located in the courtyard of a mansion which dates back to 1845. The garden has several trees and in fact, a few palm trees are over a hundred years old and there are also some terracotta pots that were given as gifts by the Princess of Malta to the family.
The distinct style of Mamacas emphasizes with soft colors, smooth surfaces, galvanized metal sheeting and concrete tiles. The furniture and fixtures have been carefully chosen to provide a contrast and to complement the light shade of the wooden and concrete floorings. The entrance has an impressive floor of sea pebbles and the furniture and interior decoration, with an extensive use of traditional materials, such as cotton, canvas and burlap (jute or flax), have quite a stunning effect.
Furthermore, the tables and chairs have been designed along the lines of the traditional furniture used in Greek taverns and are plain and simple. As a throwback to the old days, the ice buckets, lanterns and small utensils are made of tin, and at night, the votive candles on walls and tables throw shadows on the beige and off-white background adding a touch of class that is quite appealing to the senses.
The menu is mainly traditional Greek and Mediterranean and includes a wide choice of grilled fish and other seafood. Fresh and locally produced ingredients are used to prepare a variety of Mediterranean dishes. Olive oil from Pylos, sausages from meat produced on the island, capers from Naxos, and cheese from neighboring islands are used to create a distinctly Mykonian cuisine. Cold Appetizers at Mamacas include patzarosalata, fish roe salad, tzatziki, octopus in vinegar, marinated anchovies, tomato, parsley, tsiros with dill, and dishes prepared with Feta cheese, which is a traditional Greek cheese made from sheep's milk.
Among the Hot Appetizers, the popular items on the menu include meatballs, grilled sausage, baked eggplant, as well as exotic fare like courgettes with cheese, stuffed vine leaf and peppers stuffed with ricotta and herb.