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Maereio Restaurant continues a Mykonos family tradition of running a restaurant with “Meraki”, the Greek word that translates best as “loving attentiveness.” Run by twin brothers who are sons of one of the most famous of all Mykonos chefs, the Maereio is a small, intimate space that offers personalized service and the finest quality meals. Hidden away in a maze of streets in the Mykonos neighborhood of Hora, the Maereio serves family recipes that are closely guarded secrets and the hidden feelings of the cozy restaurant makes you feel you have truly uncovered one of the secret treasures of Mykonos.
Once you have found Maereio Restaurant, it’s a common reaction to not want to eat anywhere else. The most famous offering, the “keftehes” are small, savory burgers topped with grilled peppers. A perfect start or a meal in itself, the deep-fried balls of zucchini are a bust of unexpected flavor and the meatballs are a closely-guarded family recipe secret. One taste and you will agree that to let the competition in on this preparation would be a recipe for business disaster. The fixed menu is small, with classic recipes that are always a good choice. Tenderloin in a vinaigrette reduction is always a popular choice and the lemon chicken is a classic Greek dish with proven health benefits to add to its appeal. Given the access to freshly caught fish and local produce, there is an excellent opportunity to create daily specials that will inspire the diner while eating them as much as it inspired the chef while creating them. With signage in Greek only and a hidden entrance that is easy to pass by, it is easy for the uninitiated to wander the streets of Mykonos without ever finding Maereio Restaurant.
Best to go by the address, number, sixteen Kalogera, and make some new friends by asking for directions. Once you have found it, there is likely a chance to get acquainted with the wines and liqueurs of Greece as the five inside tables and three on the terrace are almost always full. With little advertising and not much to speak of in the way of marketing, those tables are filled with locals and tourists alike due to word of mouth advertising. The excellence of the food served, and the “meraki” the loving attentiveness with which it is served is all the advertising the Maereio Restaurant will ever need to do.