As we made our way through the charming alleys of Mykonos Chora, our heels clacking against the cobblestone pavement — there she was, the minimalistic door sign with a bright pop of bubblegum pink graciously blending in with the Cycladic Myconian chic. Welcome to Ling Ling Mykonos.
Ling Ling by Hakkasan: Glamorous Cantonese cuisine on Mykonos
This hip open-restaurant and bar is a magnet for the sophisticated foodies, attracting guests with an elevated Cantonese menu of small signature dishes and eclectic cocktails. Whether you are looking to indulge in a proper meal or grab a bite before the long night of dancing and partying on Mykonos — the small plates define the perfect sharing is caring concept.
The aesthetic is a mix of modern décor and Greek island style, with dark wood panels, whitewashed walls, blooming bougainvillaea, intimate lighting and candle centrepieces, all spread out between the two-level dining room with an open-air courtyard and a separate lounge bar area. For those who wish to dine in privacy, a separate staircase leads to a private-dining room ideal for special events.
Taking Instagram-friendly into consideration, the main entrance is lined with an impressive aquarium illuminated by a purple light that matches the Ling Ling sign — of course.
Ling Ling is a member of the prestigious Hakkasan Group which was founded in London in 2001. The menu is inspired by the International Executive Chef Ho Chee Boon, a Michelin-starred chef with over 24 years’ experience. Over the years the brand has expanded to 12 locations around the world with Hakkasan properties in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Miami, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Shanghai and Mykonos.
Ling Ling Mykonos — What’s on the Menu?
The menu is based on the traditional techniques of Cantonese cuisine incorporating a touch of the local sourced ingredients. A fusion of Asian and Mediterranean taste coming together in this vibrant Mykonian dining scene.
We were seated in the middle of the open-air dining room and although we were on Mykonos, it felt as if we were transformed to one of those lively and glamorous restaurants you will find in New York, London or Dubai. Listening to the sounds of the well-curated house and dance playlists we were ready to embark on our culinary experience at Ling Ling. First things first — Let’s begin with a cocktail. To start with I went for the Condensed diversity 8 section of the cocktail menu which is a mixture of Chinese and local ingredients. I selected the Smi-Ling cocktail which was served in a champagne flute made of Becherovska liqueur, the Greek Mastiha liqueur, lemon juice and the Louis Roederer champagne. Light and refreshing.
I also tried the Rose Rock with a vodka base, red vermouth, limoncello, cinnamon, lime and passion fruit which had a fuller taste.
For starters we ordered the Supreme Dim Sum platter which included lobster, king crab, sea bass and Mediterranean red prawn truffle dumplings all beautifully presented.
My friend Marissa and I are both particularly fond of king crab thus we ordered the Alaskan King Crab which was grilled and topped with salt and pepper.
I love duck, thus we decided to try the Crispy Duck Salad made with pomelo, pine nut and shallot which the waiter mixed in front of us — properly blending in all the ingredients. The salad portion is quite generous.
For the main course we ordered the Rib Eye Beef Platter cooked in a spicy bean sauce which we paired with steamed jasmine rice.
You can’t leave Ling Ling without trying their sensational dessert. The Black tea which is a delicious blend of chocolate sand, tea mousse, green apple and peanut caramel was fantastic. If you want something more extraordinary then the Namelaka yuzu is your choice — a heavenly blend of coconut sorbet with sesame crumble, yogurt tuille and merengue.
Did we like Ling Ling Mykonos?
Yes! The service was flawless and the ambience was welcoming. For those who are looking for a night of glamorous city fun and signature Cantonese cuisine — dress up and make your way to Ling Ling.
Cocktails start at €20 and small eats at €13.50.
Reservations are recommended. For more details visit http://lingling.hakkasan.com/mykonos/