A FUMING couple have hit out at a notorious Greek bar after they claim they were charged £600 for two smoothies and a bowl of pasta.
Oscar Maldonado and a friend say they were the victims of an alleged “sunroof scam” by Mykonos restaurant DK Oyster.
The pair said they felt comfortable talking at the venue after friendly staff members were offered free tans if they bought a drink.
Without asking to see a menu, the 34-year-old and his partner innocently ordered two non-alcoholic smoothies.
“Then they brought the menu,” Oscar told The Mirror.
“It was misleading to say the least, my friend had the lobster pasta.
“They brought us the biggest lobster, it was pasta, but with the whole crab.
“It was a little bit,” the doctor continued. “I thought it might be very expensive, but I never thought it was that expensive.”
They said the pasta was “not too bad” but definitely not worth the painful £344 bill they were slapped with when they finished.
The extreme couple were so shocked when they were handed the eye-popping total, they considered calling the police.
Oscar explained. “I went to pay and the guy told me two smoothies cost €65 each.
“He then said it was €600, then charged €100 for the service. I was tempted to call the police but I didn’t want to cause trouble.”
According to the angry vacationer, the staff member blamed the price increase on the payment of services.
“I was laid back for the rest of the day and it almost ruined my holiday. I would never go there. I would never recommend that,” Oscar fumes.
The bar has become so notorious for its outrageous prices that TripAdvisor actually issued a safety warning to potential vacationers.
As of publication, DK Oyster has an average rating of 2.0 stars with 801 terrible reviews, 35 poor reviews, 20 average reviews, 52 very good reviews, and 343 excellent reviews.
It comes after one recent one-star TripAdvisor review revealed a customer was unhappy after being charged more than £300 for a piece of fish.
The reviewer was furious. “They exploit the tourist[s] and not being clear and direct with their business practices.
“Don’t eat there.”
It was claimed they thought the meal cost just €24 (£20) – because that’s what the menu said.
However, they did not notice that the prices are actually “per 100 grams”.
This meant that when the bill arrived and they had enjoyed 1,350g of fish between them, they were charged more than £300.
Meanwhile, a British tourist claimed he was charged £50 for a lemonade that was too bitter to drink at a bar.
Another holidaymaker told how she was charged £360 for four drinks and a snack at a Mykonos restaurant.
Jak Cypri, from London, said the waiters did not offer him a menu, but told him what they had.
I was laid back for the rest of the day and it almost ruined my vacation. I would never go there. I would never recommend it.”
He ordered two tequilas, two beers, and some shrimp, which turned out to be only “six shrimp.”
To his horror, when the bill arrived, Jack was handed a receipt for a staggering €425 (£360).
After looking at the menu, Jac thought the bill didn’t match the listed prices.
“I said to the waiter, ‘no, I’m giving you €65 max’ and I slammed it on the table,” Jac explained.
“They became aggressive and started crowding around me when I questioned the astronomical and unjustified prices,” he claimed.
“I thought, I’m an 18-stone guy, I speak Greek, I won’t scare you.”
Finally, he managed to leave, threatening to call the police.
Jack told The Sun Online: “The place is always empty.
“On the one hand you have a beautiful hotel restaurant that’s full to the brim, on the other hand there’s another great restaurant.”
According to the stung tourist, when he told the manager that his prices were the reason why the restaurant was deserted, he replied: “Because everyone gives it away for free.”
Jak added that locals are urging visitors not to go, he said. “The taxi drivers will pick you up at the airport and tell you if you’re staying in Platis Gialos, don’t go there.”
DK Oyster was actually recently fined £25,000 following an audit by the Cyclades Regional Tourism Agency, Protothema reports.
The investigation comes after two American tourists claimed they were charged more than £500 for two mojitos and some crab legs.
Brenda Moulton and her daughter Kaylea, 19, were disgusted when they were charged nearly €600 at a restaurant.
When complaining to his travel agent, he said: “Before we knew the bill would not exceed 200 euros, suddenly they asked us to pay 600 euros.”
The receipt showed the couple were charged €520 with a €78 tip.
Brenda’s lawyer said that they were subjected to threats and unfair treatment from the restaurant.
Taxi drivers will pick you up from the airport and tell you, if you’re staying in Platis Gialos, don’t go there.”
But the restaurant has previously defended its prices, saying “we have carefully considered cost to produce a product that we believe is value for money” and denied any aggressive behavior by staff.
DK Oyster owner Dimitrios Kalamaras continually responds to complaining customers claiming they are doing it for attention.
He previously said that “no grown-up would order a drink without first seeing how much it costs.
“Each time I received a complaint like this, always from an anonymous user via TripAdvisor, I consulted with staff, reminding them that it is very important to our reputation to be sure that procedures are carefully followed,” he said.
“They always assured me that they followed the rules. So I used TripAdvisor to encourage our guests to always look carefully at the menu and prices.”
Dimitrios Kalamaras also defended his “honour” and prices, boasting that they are simply “out of budget” for some of his visitors.
He charged that many of the rave reviews on TripAdvisor were lies, and he has since put up three boards at the restaurant’s entrance displaying his prices.
Justifying its higher-than-average costs, he said the “concept” of DK Oyster is completely different from other restaurants.
And for the accumulation of negative reviews, he blamed “influencers” who were looking for free food.
“Unfortunately, all of us who work in the hospitality industry have been approached by notorious ‘influencers’ who, instead of making a living promoting products and services to their audience, pressure certain businesses for exorbitant fees and free meals,” said;
“At DK Oyster we have advertised in the ways we see fit for our restaurant and we will not be swayed by influencers who are attracted to the beautiful island of Mykonos.”
DY Oyster has been contacted for comment.