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20 Years Inside Chef Nobu’s Delicious Mind

2023 marks twenty years of alfresco dining at Matsuhisa Mykonos, chef Nobu’s first open-air restaurant, enveloped in a trifecta of Mediterranean blues: the sea, the sky and the beloved Belvedere Hotel Pool. As always, the celebrity chef will make his annual pilgrimage to the island during the Nobu Food Festival, June 27 to July 2. The festivities will kick off with the unveiling of a brand new Omakase Bar, where 10 guests will monopolize the attention of 3 sushi masters, surrendering all personal preferences to a uniquely sensuous experience. Guest chefs will alternate throughout the season, extended from April 27 to October 15.


Art d’ Ambiance

Summer 2023 comes with a new signature ambiance, carefully crafted by musical tastemaker Arman Naféei. A seasoned hospitality expert, Naféei has honed his skills on some of the most iconic hotels in the world (Le Sirenuse, Chiltern Firehouse, Chateau Marmont), while also defining the sonic identity of brands like Chanel, Prada, Moncler and Giorgio Armani. He arrives in Mykonos fresh off his new interview series “What’s on Air“, dubbed by Vogue “the coolest music podcast in the world”, to curate an eclectic mix of international DJs, who will appear at the Belvedere Hotel throughout the summer. With an encyclopedic knowledge of all things music, Naféei will be Going Back to His Roots, selecting tunes that span his entire career - from his pop beginnings to his globetrotting adulthood - to conjure up the perfect island ambiance!


The Omakase Experience

Holding your hands up in sweet surrender is uncommon in fine dining, but the Japanese omakase style demands it. Central to Matsuhisa Mykonos’ 20th anniversary, the brand new Omakase Bar brings ten lucky guests face-to-face with top-tier sushi chefs, who will prepare an array of surprise dishes built around the day’s fresh catch. Each guest will bask in the personal attention befitting this unique experience, literally translating to “I’ll leave it up to you”. The alfresco Omakase Bar offers excellent views of Mykonos Town and the Aegean Sea, while allowing guests to relax in the knowledge that they will be served the best this island has to offer without lifting a finger.


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Here’s to the Next Twenty!

It all started in 2003, when an incredible flow of energy washed over the Ioannidis siblings upon setting foot in Nobu Matsuhisa’s first outpost outside the US, Nobu London in Old Park Lane. Soon after they formed their now celebrated partnership, Matsuhisa Mykonos popped up at the Belvedere Hotel, paving the way for alfresco sushi dining around the world. The Matsuhisa universe has since expanded to include outposts in Athens (2008), St. Moritz (2003), Munich (2015), Paris (2016), Cala di Volpe (2018-19), Limassol (2019), St. Tropez (2021-22) and Val D`Isere (2022). Each one is a testament to Chef Nobu’s multi-faceted culinary inspiration and he still has so much left to give.


Mykonos Revival

“If this island has one place that represents the “new” Mykonos, while not entirely discarding all remnants of the “old”, it is the Belvedere Hotel, an imposingly well-gated complex perched half-way up a hill overlooking the town of Mykonos.” – The New York Times


A Journey Through Taste

Excellent food, flawless service and positive energy are the three elements that paved the way for Matsuhisa Mykonos’ success, but the secret ingredient has always been Chef Nobu’s “kokoro”, the heart and soul he pours into every dish. His love affair with simple Greek cuisine has inspired many dishes that have often migrated to other Nobu locations around the world. His most memorable experiment to date was cooking with prickly pear from the Belvedere Hotel garden, a surprise special that stood alongside global favorites, like his signature black cod, yellowtail jalapeno, white fish dry miso and sashimi salad.


Mykonos Sushi Club Launch

To commemorate this festive occasion, Chef Nobu and LA-based designer Chris Stamp bring their community of tastemakers, Sushi Club, to celebrate Matsuhisa Mykonos’ 20th anniversary with the Mykonos Belvedere family.

Mykonos Sushi Club will launch a special capsule, which will include high quality, everyday essentials including graphic t-shirts, hoodies and hats with Mykonos’ very own Sushi Club branding as well as limited-edition, collectible Sushi Club varsity jackets, exclusively available at the Belvedere Shop.


An Oasis in the Heart of Mykonos

The Belvedere Hotel is located halfway up a hill overlooking downtown Mykonos, yet close enough to feel the throbbing pulse of the cosmopolitan crowds. At once private and extroverted, it forms part of the glorious Cycladic architecture of the island, a bougainvillea-covered maze of white, cubical buildings and meandering, cobbled streets that never appear to lose their island mystique.