“Ling Ling is designed to evolve from drinking to dining to dancing.” Hakkasan Group
Tucked away down a narrow alleyway in Mykonos Old Town lies Ling Ling by Hakkasan, a stylish open air restaurant, lounge and bar. The understated whitewashed traditional Aegean exterior conceals a stunning modern interior that invites guests to dine, drink and dance the night away.
First impressions are everything and Ling Ling does not disappoint, glimpses of the restaurant below can be seen from the entrance area that features a giant purple backlit fish tank. The open-air courtyard restaurant is accessed via various stone stairways with additional seating on the upper entrance level, if the contemporary interiors don’t wow you, the top notch food certainly will.
The menu combines the renowned modern Cantonese dishes with Greek influences using local seasonal produce. Designed to share, there is a wide variety of options for meat and seafood eaters as well as plenty of vegetarian dishes. The accomplished level of service that makes Hakkasan so popular worldwide is replicated at Ling Ling with some of the more experienced staff flown in for the summer from Hakkasans around the globe.Hakkasan Executive Head Chef Tong Chee Hwee has devised an exciting menu and we were overwhelmed by choice. Starters of smoked beef ribs with jasmine tea and a steamed vegetarian dim dim platter with delicious selection of colourful dumplings, the edamame being my favourite. The vegetarian spring rolls were prepared with a Greek touch and we were treated to some local Greek red and rose wine from the extensive wine cellar.
Mains courses were beautifully presented and tasty. Black truffle roast duck with tea plant mushroom for my guest and tofu, aubergine and Japanese mushroom claypot with chilli and black bean as the vegetarian option, accompanied by steamed jasmine rice and a Greek favourite of stamnagathi (wild chicory with spiny leaves).
Feeling rather full we opted to share a dessert and the Jivara chocolate bomb did not disappoint, milk chocolate was combined with hazelnut praline, rice krispies and covered in chocolate sauce at the table.
Diners are welcomed daily from 8pm with the mixologists on hand to prepare a variety of signature cocktails that blend Chinese and local ingredients including the more unusual Rhubarb Margarita and Shiso Martini. Once the early evening diners have dispersed the DJ cranks up the music and Ling Ling welcomes the Mykonos party set with everything in full swing until late.
Like much of Mykonos Ling Ling is glitzy and attracts a glamorous clientele, I was impressed with our experience from start to finish. If I had to be critical I would have preferred to choose our dishes rather than be presented with such a vast selection to avoid over ordering and wastage. Whether you are familiar with the Hakkasan brand or not and find yourself in the Cyclades, Ling Ling is a must visit for dinner, drinks and an all round memorable evening.
Ling Ling by Hakkasan
Location: Malamatenias Street, Matogiannia, Mykonos Town
Opening Times: Daily 8:00pm – 1:30am from May to October.
Telephone: (+30) 2289 022515
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I was invited to dine at Ling Ling Mykonos. All views are my own based on my experience. Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this page © Jo Brett 2017. All rights reserved. Additional three photo used with courtesy of lingling.hakkasan.com/mykonos/
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