Avra

Restaurants $$-$$$ Mediterranean
Town, Mykonos
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Named for the Greek word for "breeze", Avra restaurant is as cool and refreshing as the sea breezes that caress the holiday port of Mykonos. Elegant and austere, yet comforting and friendly, the atmosphere strikes a fine balance between accessible and exclusive. Avra's setting is an elegant & beautiful courtyard garden array with bougainvillea or the elevated rooftop terrace perfect for dining under the Mykonos stars. A spacious yet cozy air con interior features an charming bar area, where owners, Nikos and Sarah welcome each guest personally and help them customize their dining experience.

Situated in the middle of Mykonos town, Avra is conveniently located no matter which hotel you are staying at or which attraction you are taking in. Stocking a wide selection of the finest Greek red and white wines and with experienced mixologists behind the bar, the staff at Avra are fully equipped to help you relax once you do get there. Owned and managed by Niko, a former top chef at some of the restaurants in Mykonos, Avra is delighted to be able to offer you a menu created from experience and crafted with loving attention.

The Avra salad has become something of a celebrity in this town where celebrity spotting is a popular pastime. A bed of rocket, cabbage, lettuce, carrots and tomatoes support chunks of cucumber, avocado and figs and finished with walnuts, sesame seeds and parmesan cheese. The shrimp and avocado appetizer is a sensational pairing with the crisp white house wine, as are the Mussels Avra, steamed fresh mussels flavored with garlic and herbs. The flaming saganaki cheese, set aflame at your table with the help of a generous portion of ouzo, is thrilling when alight and a bubbling, gooey delight when cooled off.

A range of pastas, including a seafood pasta with fresh caught ingredients, can bridge the gap to the entrée section of the menu. Once there, you may wish you had left more room however. A chicken breast stuffed with apricots and a tender beef fillet with tangy lemon sauce are two of the local specialties, while the chateaubriand or Roquefort burger can alleviate cravings for something more familiar. The freshness of the ingredients makes the seafood risotto truly sensational, while Asian themed chicken stir fry or green beef curry are prepared with passion.

The open-air grill can prepare swordfish, shrimp or souvlaki, but inquiring about the catch of the day may lead to an unforgettable experience. After dinner, enjoy a coffee and liqueur with a slice of homemade dessert. Chocolate mousse, pears seethed in red wine, lemon cheesecake and pannacotta are just a few of the samplings to finish your dining experience. As refreshing as a sea breeze, the unpretentious excellence of Avra make it a must-try destination for hungry visitors to Mykonos.

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