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The Best Restaurants in Cyprus
Contents Eating Guide 2013 About this guide 5 A brief introduction to this publication The main herbs of Cyprus and their uses 6 From Basil to Yarrow, nature provides aids to digestion, cooking and good health Road Trips in Cyprus 8 In the islandÕs villages, you can find much more than a great meze Flavours of Cyprus 16 Traditional Cypriot food take full advantage of local aromas and flavours
A-Z Index 62 The best restaurants on the island Glossary 66 Get to know the basics of Cypriot cuisine before itÕs time to order Cover Photo By photographer Vanessa Courtier from CTOÕs booklet ÒFood from the Heart of CyprusÓ. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 3
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About this Guide This Guide aims to provide an informed indication of the restaurant scene in Cyprus with reviews of selected restaurants on the island. You will also find useful info and tips on how to get the best out of your dining out experience in Cyprus. Each review has been checked for accuracy, although details can change and you should ring ahead if you want to be sure. No payment of any kind has secured or influenced any review in this Guide.
How to use this Guide Restaurants by area
Restaurants are divided into sections denoting the type of food. Within each section, restaurants are listed in order of area, then alphabetically.
In addition to being divided into ‘town’ and ‘restaurant type’ categories, this guide is also separated into two main sections: the first includes restaurants where your bill will come to approximately €10-€15 per person and the second features venues where you will pay approximately €20-€25 per person. This layout anables you to find what you are looking for more easily so that you can choose a restaurant based not only on your food preference but also on the amount you are willing to spend. Prices are in euros.
The following abbreviations are used: AmEx: American Express; DC: Diners’ Club; MC: Mastercard; V: Visa. Most restaurants, bars and cafés do not accept travellers’ cheques.
The dialling code for Cyprus is 00357. Then, depending on which town you’re calling, you have to add 22 for Lefkosia, 25 for Lemesos, 24 for Larnaka, 26 for Pafos and 23 for the Ammochostos District.
Menu details and opening hours
Dishes and wines described were available at the time of writing, but some restaurants may change their menu at the beginning of each new season. The specific examples mentioned are intended to give an idea of the style and
quality of food available. Times stated for restaurants apply to service hours when you can order food. Those given for bars and cafés are opening hours. Also please keep in mind that many restaurants in Pafos and the Ammochostos district are only open during the summer season (April-October). Therefore we advise you to call beforehand to ensure that the restaurant is open.
Unfortunately, progress is slow in this area. It would be wise to ring ahead to check if the establishment can cater for you.
You should have no problem eating out with kids in most places, though they will be expected to be well behaved in some of the more upscale establishments.
Service & tipping
Most waiters speak English so you should have no problem in communicating. It’s customary to leave an additional tip of 10% of the total cost of the meal in a restaurant and the odd change in a café.
Though ties are not generally required for restaurants, you should leave the Bermuda shorts and tracksuits behind. Think ‘smart casual’ and you’ll be fine.
It’s always a good idea to book ahead, especially at weekends.
Bar & caf customs
In some places you pay after you’ve finished your drink, even at the bar, whereas in others you might be asked to settle up with the waiter as soon as he serves you. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 5
of Cyprus and their uses
An essential ingredient of Bearnaise sauce, tarragon can be used to flavour chicken, fish, rice and salads. It is rich in iodine, vitamins A and C and minerals. Tarragon is stimulant, aids digestion and relieves toothache.
By Miranda Tringis (Cyherbia Organic Herbs of Cyprus)
Chamomile tea is relaxing, it calms the ner ves, helps in insomnia, stress and migraine. It also relieves symptoms of flu, asthma, mouth ulcers, combats colic and stomachache. It is antibacterial, antifungal and reduces symptoms of allergy.
Gives a delicate sweet taste to fish, soups, omelets, cheese pies, pulses and sauces. As tea it helps in gynaecological problems, indigestion and colic, it dissolves fat and as such helps when dieting. Fennel relieves bronchial congestion, is diuretic and stimulates the flow of milk in breastfeeding.
The basic herb in Italian food, it gives great flavour to pasta, meat, fish, salads, sauces and bread. It settles the stomach and helps in indigestion and bloating. Taken as tea it is a remedy for nervous headaches and helps the memory as it is a stimulant to the brain. The no. 1 herb for all gynaecological problems, from irregular periods to the menopause. It lowers blood pressure, is antiseptic, and helps to regulate the urinary system. Take as tea.
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The beautifully scented rose is used for depression. The oil in aromatherapy and the distilled water for the skin. Rosewater is widely used as a flavouring in sweets and puddings in the Mediterranean.
Makes an excellent tea and is widely used as seasoning in cooking. Resembles oregano and can be used to flavour meat, fish and pasta dishes. It aids digestion, helps to lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels, soothes the throat and is diuretic. The most popular herb used in a wide variety of dishes, it flavours soups, potatoes, omelets, meat, fish and pastas. Aids digestion, soothes colds and respiratory problems due to its antibiotic and antiseptic properties, it can be used to cure intestinal and stomach upsets. An excellent herb for meat, game and poultr y, as well as in sauces, pies and breads, it brings the flavour of the great outdoors into the food. It helps to digest fatty foods and can also be taken as a tea. Thyme is antibiotic, antiseptic, tonic and stimulant.
Hyssop gives a minty and sagelike flavour to salads, sauces, marinades and fish dishes. Use sparingly as it has a strong flavor. As a tea it relieves bronchial congestion and is a stimulant for the digestive and ner vous system. A versatile and useful herb in the kitchen, it flavours meat dishes, pulses, fish, soups and potatoes. Use in moderation as a tea. It is stimulant, emmenagogic, carminative, cholagogic, relieves bronchial congestion, lowers blood sugar levels, cleanses the blood and relieves from stress.
Lemon balm (Melissa)
Makes a ver y nice tea with lemon scent. Balm is a mild antidepressant, relieves anxiety, has a tonic effect on heart, brain and peptic system. It soothes the stomach, is used in flatulent dyspepsia and lowers fever.
Flowers can be used sparingly in cooking, it adds flavour to roast lamb, marinades and biscuits. As a tea lavender is a relaxant, combats stress, headache and muscular pains and lowers blood pressure. Cold lavender tea makes an excellent skin cleanser and relieves sunburn. Sachets filled with lavender will repel moths in wardrobes and give a pleasant fragrance.
More lemony than lemon, it makes an excellent tea, taken either hot or as ice tea. Boosts the metabolism and as such it helps to lose weight, reduces nausea, bloating and indigestion and helps to bring cholesterol levels down.
Ironwort is also known as â€˜mountain teaâ€™ and is very rich in iron. It is diuretic and stimulant, combats indigestion, coughing and respiratory problems. Take with cinnamon and honey. Sage can be used sparingly to add flavor to pulses, pasta, poultry and fish. Taken as tea it soothes coughs and colds, calms the ner ves and brings down fever, combats gastric upsets and mouth infections. Increases blood pressure. Closely related to onion and garlic, chives can be added at the last minute to salads, sauces, pulses and soups. Rich in vitamins and iron, chives aid digestion, cleanses the blood and lowers cholesterol levels.
Use sparingly in cooking as it is ver y strong, savor y can be used as a substitute of black pepper, giving a spicy sweet flavour without being hot. Use in meat dishes, sauces, peas, beans and pulses. Savory can be taken as a tea and is antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, stimulant, emmenagogue, combats diarrhoea and relieves respiratory conditions such as asthma, cough and sore throat. It also aids digestion and relieves cramps and flatulence.
Elder makes a very pleasant tea, which can be taken as a remedy for colds and flu. It reduces the symptoms of hay fever, tones the mucous membranes, protects against infections, relieves arthritis and rheumatism. The cold tea can be used to cure sore eyes. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 7
Road Trips in Cyprus
Itﾃ不 great to relax in a seaside hotel but if you want to see another side of Cyprus, you should get into the car, enter your destination into the GPS or open the map and head out of town. See some of the islandﾃ不 most picturesque villages, enjoy natureﾃ不 impressive palette of colours, stop off for a spoon sweet or a chat with the locals, go in search of the best meze, visit a museum and even spend the night in a traditional inn. By Michalis Michaelides and Dona Kaparti. Photographs: Time Out
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Vouni Lodge - Vouni
Lysos, Stavros Tis Psokas, Cedar Valley, Panayia
GPS On the Pafos-Polis road you’ll find the village of Skoulli. In the middle of village (near a supermarket), take the turning for Lysos. It’s a relatively easy ride to Lysos as long as you keep an eye on the road signs. The hard part comes later. TOURISM Pay a visit to the Byzantine church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia Chryseleousas) with its beautiful mural in the sanctuary. Then make your way to Caroline’s Ranch (99777624 / www. rideincyprus.com) if horse riding is your thing or you can always test your shooting skills on the village range. Alternatively, if you like fishing you can drive to the Evretou Dam which is considered one of the best in Europe for bass and carp. Later you need to go to Stavros tis Psokas where, if you’re lucky, you will see some moufflon (the wild sheep that is endemic to Cyprus) and you can have a picnic at the campsite. Make sure to stop in Cedar Valley and enjoy the intoxicating scent of its 30,000 cedars of Lebanon. Your 4X4 adventure ends in the Pafos village of Panayia where you should visit the bir thplace of the island’s first president Archbishop Makarios III and the adjacent Cultural Centre (26922255) which features manuscripts, vestments and personal photographs. If you enjoy walking in nature, take the Vouni Panagia circular walking path (category
3) at the highest point of which you can enjoy a superb view of the village, Akamas, the Pafos forest and the Troodos mountains. FOOD For good Cypriot cuisine, go to the restaurant of the Paradisos Hills Hotel (26322287 / www. paradisoshills.com) at Lysos. On Fridays bear in mind that the menu changes and the buffet table is filled with Indian dishes. SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? Paradisos Hills (26322287/www.paradisoshills.com) at L ysos is a great choice not only for food but for an overnight stay too. A double room with breakfast costs €81. If you want to stay at Panayia, there are two agrotourism places: Stelios’ House (99433094, €50 per night) and Liakoto (99543878, €45 studio for 2 persons).
Lemythou, Treis Elies, Kaminaria, Agios Nikolaos, Arsos, Vasa Kilaniou
GPS Lemythou is near Prodromos. To get there you take the downhill road from Troodos. You can
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also go the other way round and get to Vasa Kilaniou from Limassol, taking the Erimi turnoff. TOURISM At Lemythou you’ll find the Parakentro cultural centre (25462809/ www.parakentro.com) where artists and researchers from all over the world stay, work and exhibit. As you make your way towards Kaminaria, go through the village and you will come to one of the most picturesque places anywhere in Cyprus: the great stone Venetian bridges. First the Elea Bridge and then the bigger and more impressive Kelefos Bridge. The sight of the Arminou Dam below is also magical. Once you’ve taken lots of photos, get back in the car and head for Arsos. Don’t miss the Folk Art Museum with its old farm implements, photos, traditional bridal gowns, furniture and, basically, everything that today’s Cypriots’ great-grandfathers had in their homes, and pay a visit to one or both of the two village wineries, Laona (25943200) and Nicolettino (99995288). Your last stop should be the School Museum at Vasa (Sun 10am-12.30pm & 2.30pm-5.30pm. On other days, call Panicos Argyrides, the village headman, on 99649139) which is housed in the old village school building and presents a vivid picture of how things were at school in the old days. FOOD Head for Leonidas’ tavern at Kaminaria (99945975) for the most delicious meze dishes imaginable (from stuffed vine leaves and meatballs to spit-roast meats and pasta) and pay only €15. And if it’s a meze of traditional Cypriot dishes you’re after, you can also find a great one at two tavernas at Vasa. Pyrkos (25942655) and Palati (25943888) will both treat you to dishes you won’t be offered at any restaurant in town, including traditional sausages, wonderful spare ribs and 10 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
other seasonal items. SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? There are many excellent places to stay in the area. At Arsos there is Cornaro House (99314684, 25358836) which charges €58 for a suite/studio and €68 for one-bedroom apartments. At Lemythou, Themis House (22422938, 25465525, €50 for two persons) is a 10-apar tment stone-built complex with a Jacuzzi, whist at Vasa the best agrotourism option is the Roti House (99373722, €85 with breakfast for 2 persons) with its wonderful garden and authentic traditional setting.
Kakopetria, Spilia, Troodos GPS It’s easy to get to Kakopetria but hard to leave. Head from Nicosia to Troodos and you’ll be there
in 40 minutes. TOURISM As you enter Old Kakopetria on the west side of the village, you’ll see the imposing Couple’s Rock, after which a picturesque land-
scape unfolds before you with the enchanting old houses of Kakopetria taking centre stage. The village has rivers on either side, the Karkotis and the Garyllis, and you can hear the faint sound of water wherever you are. If you also appreciate colours, sounds and scents, you should head for Spilia, a village famed for its grapes and walnuts – indeed there is an ancient walnut tree there which is alleged to be the oldest on the island. In the middle of the village, the old olive press is one of the finest examples in the area. Another interesting place with an equally interesting name is the “Tomb of the Plague”, two huge rocks balanced the one upon the other in a singularly odd manner. Spilia is worth a visit not only for its historical connections but for its famed walking paths such as ‘Black Forest’ which starts at the crossroads linking the villages of Kannavia, Lagoudera and Kyperounda. FOOD At the traditional and welcoming Sama Taverna (22316473, 99571112), located in the centre of Spilia, the focus is on quality and traditional recipes. For fish, and in particular trout, go to the Mylos restaurant at Kakopetria (22922929). SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? The Marjay Inn (22922208, €58 per night or €70 for the traditional room) in the centre of Spilia offers breakfast and other meals. If you prefer to stay among the narrow lanes of Kakopetria, the Maritsa Lodge (€80 per room) is just what you’re looking for. The price includes breakfast.
has a large collection of paintings, including many by one of Cyprus’ finest artists, the late Telemachos Kanthos. Finally it’s on to Polystipos with its brand new nature trail hidden inside a hazel forest and the chapel of Saint Andrew which is the jewel of village. You can obtain the key from Father Georgios (22652061). FOOD At the Yiannakos Tavern (22633311) at Fikardou you can order a rich meze (€15) and other freshly-made dishes. If you want somewhere a little higher up, go to the Pantheon restaurant (22652502, 99491337) at Polystipos. On Saturdays you can have a meze (€13) which includes locallysourced fresh fruit (such as grapes and apples) and home-made dessert, while on Sundays there is a rich buffet (€14). SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? The Rousias Mansion (22642734, 22750605, 99947143) at Palaichori is perfect for large groups (3-4 couples or 8-10 persons) since it has 4 separate rooms while the courtyard with the large table and sofas are shared (€70 a night for 2 persons with breakfast). You’ll also have an unforgettable stay at Eugenia’s House (22642344, 99598499) at Askas, a 17th century building with four fully-equipped rooms (from €50 per night for 2 persons).
Fikardou, Gourri, Palaichori, Askas, Alona, Polystipos, Madari
GPS From Nicosia, head towards Klirou and follow the signs to Fikardou. From Limassol, take the road to Saittas, Kyperounda and Chandria and from there up to Madari with its incomparable view and countless nature trails. TOURISM After a walk around the narrow lanes of Fikardou for a glimpse into Cyprus’ past, drive to Gourri for a mahleb (weekdays) or tasty honey balls (Sundays) at the coffee shop in the village square. If you have time, visit the Weaving Workshop (Mon-Fri 9am-1.30pm) where the loom is still working to make everything from towels and cushion covers to priests’ vestments. When you reach Palaichori you should visit the Museum of Byzantine Heritage (99793362, 99974230, call ahead for an appointment) to see its priceless treasures. Next comes Alona where you should look for the house of amateur painter Takis who
Vavla, Kato Drys, Lefkara, Vavatsinia
GPS On the Limassol-Nicosia highway, take the Khirokitia exit and follow the signs for Vavla. You’ll be there in 10 minutes. TOURISM Walk around the cobbled streets of Vavla and take pictures of the huge tiled-roof houses there. To the east of Vavla is Kato Drys where the Folk Art Museum (24342648, Tue-Fri 9am-2pm) is worth a visit to see the old weaving loom, old riding equipment, a wooden plough and iron ploughshare, amphorae and other items that were once part of the everyday life of the villagers. Your contact with Cypriot tradition doesn’t end here because we have saved the best for last: Lefkara and its lacemakers who sit by the roadside and, in some cases, stare at you as if you’re from another planet! The walls of the houses are literally covered in Lefkara lace, which makes for a unique sight. Your journey ends north-west of Lefkara at Vavatsinia, green and full of oak and chestnut trees where you should pay a visit to the 16th century church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia Chryseleousa) and see its impressive women’s gallery. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 11
FOOD At the Lefkara Hotel & Restaurant (24342154), chef Athanasia prepares some excellent dishes while you can try the local speciality, Lefkara lamb or beef stew, at the Vavatsinia Taverna (24342780, 99342780) in the village of the same name. If you decide on a meze, you’ll be treated to game dishes too. SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? Garden Kamara House at Kato Drys costs €70 per night for two persons and it even has its own rural museum. Elli Kornioti (99892677) can show you around it and the whole village. At Lefkara we recommend the Lefkara Hotel & Restaurant (24342154, 96351581, €60 per night for a double room with breakfast) or Red Blue Door (99420984, 99488272) with its two separate apar tments, greatly resembling a boutique hotel (weekends €155 for the Red Room and €135 for the Blue Room, weekdays €110 and €90 respectively). Lefkara also has the Kozakos Luxur y Houses (99676704) in the main square.
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Miliou, Kritou Terra, Droushia, Kathikas
GPS From Pafos take the Polis road and after passing Tsada, Stroumbi and Yiolou, turn left for Miliou. The landscape is a dream thanks to its greenery and, in particular, all the fruit trees. Go to the centre of the village and head for Akourdalia. All the villages on this route are close to one another. Just keep an eye open for the road signs. TOURISM The Laona-Akamas wine route passes through this area, hence the many vineyards, especially near Kathikas and Droushia. You’ll have a chance to taste wines made from the Xynisteri and Maratheftiko grape varieties at two very welcoming local wineries: Sterna (99699082) and K&K Vasilikon (99674004). Before you leave Kathikas, and making sure that you’re sober (!), take the opportunity of r a walk in the Koronia Gorge. If you don’t feel like walking you can always ride on one of Trakkos’ friendly donkeys. Another breathtaking sight in the area is that of the huge rocks northwest of Droushia. From Droushia, drive on to Kritou Terra and you’ll come across various reminders of the village’s former cosmopolitan past: the old casino (the only officially-sanctioned one to have existed on the island, whatever you may see on every street corner today), the old open-air cinema, the primary school and more. FOOD Pangratios (70003757) is a small tavern that opened about two years ago at Miliou and has become one of those not-to-be-missed places that people travel to from all over the island. The value-for-money meze with dishes such as rabbit, sheep’s head and snails, and the taverna-style background music will win you over from the moment you set foot in the place. If your taste
is more towards gourmet cuisine, the blend of flavours, atmosphere and service at Amaroula at Ayii Anargyri (26814000) will delight you, as will the dishes served at the Akamas Health Farm & Spa at Droushia. SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? Since you’ve driven all the way to the hill resorts of Pafos, why not stay and enjoy the area at your leisure? Our first choice would be the Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort at Miliou which costs just €95 per night for a double room with breakfast. At Droushia you’ll find the brand new Akamas Health Farm & Spa (26332424/www.cyprushealthfarm. com) which combines relaxation, wellness and a stay in luxury suites. If you visit during the low season, from 1 November prices drop to €48 per person with breakfast, a Thalion treatment and free use of various facilities. If you’re a fan of agrotourism, you’re spoilt for choice: there’s Sappho at Droushia (26332650, 99604010, from €50 per night for a studio) with its pretty garden and vine, or Makrinari (99603603, 26932931, €40-€50 per night for 2 persons) near the fountainhead at Kritou Terra, while you can rent a villa through Z&X Villas (26945222 /www.zandxvillas.com). Salamiou
and perhaps go to the tiny open-air cinema which is surrounded by fruit trees. FOOD Sample an excellent meze at the Nikoklis Inn (26432211, 99309279) at Nikokleia and at Violaris Tavern (99191855, 26442999) near the square at Salamiou, which is also where you’ll find Emilios (99064485, 26442551) with freshly-made dishes and the owner’s home-grown fruit and vegetables, home-made halloumi and hand-reared chicken and rabbit on the menu. For something quick (but still special) try Extreme View (99498303) where you can also have coffee with one of the 5-6 different types of cake available daily. SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? If you’re thinking of leaving once the sun’s gone down, you’ll have second thoughts the moment you enter Dinos’ House (99582587, 22490620, €70 per night for two persons or 50 per night for more than 2 nights) at Trachypedoula. A second option for an overnight stay is at Nikokleia at the Vasilias Nikoklis Inn (26432211, 99309279, €60 for a double room with breakfast).
Nikokleia, Trachypedoula, Salamiou
GPS To get to Nikokleia, on the Limassol-Pafos road near the Rock of Aphrodite, turn of f towards Kouklia. From there the route to Trachypedoula is superb and you won’t be able to take your eyes off the multi-coloured rocky hillsides. This is natural wilderness straight out of a road movie. Along the Diarizos river bed there are layers of rock some 200 million years old, not to mention the deserted village of Prastio with the pretty church of the Archangel, watermills and the imposing new wind farm overlooking the area. TOURISM Once you’ve made the best of the many photo opportunities, your next stop is Kourtellorotsos. If you’re the sporty type you can climb up the rocky elevation, otherwise walk around it and in the nearby river bed to check out the rare wild flowers. After a visit to the Monastery of the Virgin Mary (Panagia Salamiotissa) and its fragrant gardens you can picnic at Kyparisso under the tall Cypress trees, order a traditional coffee at the coffee shop in the square with the old spring in the background
Lofou, Vouni, Platres, Omodos GOURMET
GPS To get onto this route you have a choice of starting points from Limassol: either take the exit leading northwards at the Polemidhia roundabout on the Nicosia-Limassol-Pafos highway or take the Erimi turnoff and head for Vouni. In the first case, Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 13
when you reach the Alassa Dam you should turn left for Lofou whilst in the second you just follow the signs for Pano Kivides and then Vouni. TOURISM In places like Lofou, Vouni and Omodos, it’s good to forget that you have a car. Enjoy walking down the narrow cobbled lanes, chat with the villagers at the coffee shop, taste the local specialities at a tavern… At Vouni you can visit the donkey sanctuary (25944151, 25945488) and even ‘adopt’ one of the animals there. At Platres you should walk to the picturesque Caledonia Falls while Omodos is where you can relax with some wine tasting at the Zenon (25423555) and Linos (25422700) wineries, visit the Monastery of the Holy Cross where what is claimed to be the only piece of the Holy Rope (with which Christ’s hands were tied to the cross) in the world is preserved, admire the works of Maro Aristou (25560493, 99340565) in the Byzantine Icon Workshop inside the monastery, and buy some souvenirs in the square. FOOD This is one thing you don’t need to worry about. At Lofou, for instance, there is the excellent Lofou Taverna (25470202, 99468151) and Kamares (25470719) where the starters and desserts are served buffet-style; at Vouni, Takis Taverna (25943631) ser ves a fantastic value-for-money meze (€12); at Platres, for grilled dishes the place to go is Riverdale (25423777, 99464288), while if you’d like some Greek music as well as good food, Stou Kyr Yianni (25422100) at Omodos has bouzouki and guitar sounds Thu-Sat. SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? You should most definitely stay. Best of all is Agrovino 14 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
(25470202, €85-€97 with breakfast) at Lofou or the boutique hotel Apokryfo (258113777, 96475530, from €150 per night in a suite and 10% discount for more than one night) which has won a Conde Nast Traveller Award. At Vouni, the Vouni Lodge (22323385, 99545389) costs just €75 per night. Kellaki Tochni
Tochni, Kalavasos, Vasa, Kellaki
GPS Turn off the Limassol-Nicosia highway at Khirokitia and follow the signs. TOURISM Your first stop is Tochni for a walk along the river that divides the village in two or around its narrow cobbled streets. Next is the quiet, hilly village of Kalavasos some 7km away.
You can rent a bicycle from the Bike Station (24332998/www.cycle-in-cyprus.com) and race your friends to the highest point of the village. If you enjoy visiting churches, this is a good place to be: the stone-built church of the Virgin Mary with its car ved wooden iconostasis is impressive, as is the ruined church of the 14th century Archangel Michael at Kellaki, while a visit to the convent at Zoodochou Pigis is a must. On the other hand, if you are an adrenalin junkie, head for the Sayious Adventure Park (99337585, 99636183) just outside Asgata. FOOD At the Mitos Mediterranean Restaurant at the Library Hotel (24817071 / www.libraryhotelcyprus.com) at Kalavasos, you can enjoy gourmet dining on organically-grown ingredients while at Kellaki the well-known Manolas Taverna (25622107) serves a rich selection of traditional Cypriot dishes. SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? The best choice for an overnight stay is the 11-suite Library Hotel (24817071/www.libraryhotelcyprus.com) €130 per night for two persons with breakfast) at Kalavasos. Alternatively, make a booking at Vasilopoulos House (24332531/www.vasilopouloshouse.com.cy, €40 per night for a studio, €50 for one bedroom) at Tochni or at one of the houses belonging to Cyprus Villages (24332988/www. cyprusvillages.com.cy) at Tochni, Kalavasos and Psematismenos. Prices start at €60 per night for a couple. Kalopanayiotis
Kalopanayiotis St Nicholas Of The Roof
St Nicholas Of The Roof, Prodromos, Pedoulas, Moutoullas, Kalopanayiotis
GPS The church of St Nicholas of the Roof is located to the west of Kakopetria. From Nicosia, after Kakopetria just follow the signs. The journey from both Nicosia and Limassol takes approximately 45 minutes. TOURISM Set off early and stop off at the church of St. Nicholas of the Roof, which is all that remains of an 11th century monastery. From there to the other villages, the route is truly inspiring. We recommend that you start at Prodromos. Park on the roadside, take in the view, take some pictures with the old Berengaria Hotel in the background and then head further north towards Pedoulas. You can start your walk from the Byzantine Museum (22953636, Tue-Sun 9.00am-4.00pm) and the adjacent 15th centur y church of the
Archangel Michael and end up at the Folk Art Museum with its display of old farm implements and photographs of the old crafts that were once common in the village. At Moutoullas you must visit the church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia Moutoulla), a UNESCO World Heritage site, before travelling to Kalopanayiotis. Walk along the River Setrachos and take photos of the bridges (one of which dates back to the Middle Ages), try the sulphurous water from one of the springs and visit the Monastery of Saint John Lampadistis and its religious treasures. The mural of the crucifixion in the chapel of Saints Andronikos and Athanasia is also not to be missed. For keen walkers, the Kalopanayiotis-Oikos nature trail takes you past plenty of interesting sights. FOOD For an authentic Cypriot meal you should try the Byzantino restaurant (22952444) inside Casale Panayiotis at Kalopanayiotis. The view from the veranda is magical. Also, The Old Cinema tavern (99130275), standing among the narrow streets of picturesque Kalopanayiotis has become the place to go for lovers of traditional Cypriot cuisine which comes to life through Angela’s recipes and superb cooking skills. Fresh trout, seasonal meze dishes, wood-fired oven-cooked lamb, soups and traditional spit roasts are just some of the dishes on offer. SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? You should stay, of course, at Casale Panayiotis (22952444, €90 per night for 2 persons with breakfast) or in one of the Saint Andronikos apartments (99646151, 99694486, €55 per night for 2 persons) located next to the eponymous church and from whose large balconies you can gaze across the valley below. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 15
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he Cyprus countr yside is full of highly aromatic wild herbs; wherever you go on the island, be it in the coastal areas, the mountains, or even next to roadsides many species of wild herbs can be found. The island has a long history of traditional uses of herbs for medicine, for preserving foods and of course also in cooking. Pliny, the 1st century historian and naturalist wrote: “The herbs of Cyprus are the best in the entire Roman Empire.” The climate and soil of the island are ideal and ensure the best quality herbs. This is why the herbs of Cyprus have such a strong aroma and contain high quantities of essential oils. The ancients used to wrap their raw and smoked meats in thyme and oregano in order to preserve them. The herbs also gave their wonderful aromas to these food products. Halloumi, Cyprus’ national cheese, is traditionally made with a generous mint garnish, because of its antibacterial properties and of course it adds its flavour to the cheese. These culinary traditions of Cyprus are still kept alive to this day. Traditional Cypriot food takes full advantage of the aroma and flavour of both cooked and raw ingredients, and marries mild wholesome cheeses, fruits and vegetables with herbs that can bring out their unique flavors and textures. Aubergine, figs, feta cheese, ground lamb, olives, sesame seeds, crisp pastry and honey work like the colors on a painter's palate, and thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary and mint help to enhance and refine the foods of this amazing island.
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Even the simplest dish can take on a different flavour and aroma, just by using a herb, and change our appetite as well! In general, herbs are used in small amounts halfway through cooking time. In oven dishes the herbs are usually added right at the beginning. Herbs take a prominent place in the Mediterranean diet and fresh herbs such as parsley, celery, mint and rocket can even be the main ingredient in a dish! Apart from their wonderful taste and aroma, herbs are a powerhouse of health. The father of medicine, Hippocrates, said 2500 years ago: “Let thy food be thy medicine”, a principle which the ancients used to live by and which nowadays is coming back into vogue. The herbs in this specially selected organic blend are very versatile in their uses. They enhance the aroma and flavour of a great variety of dishes, such as meat or vegetable casseroles, oven-baked potatoes, egg dishes, grilled or baked fish, the combinations are endless. As you use them in your cooking, the rich aromas will trigger memories of the sun-kissed island of Cyprus.
Kali orexi! (bon appetit!) Tip: When visiting the local shops do ask for some Cyprus halloumi cheese, smoked lountza (pork loin), tahini (sesame seed dip) and olives to take home with you. These delicacies complement every meal when served on the side. Don’t forget to get hold of some aromatic virgin olive oil and local wine for yourself and your friends!
slow roasted lamb with potatoes
No meal is complete in Cyprus without roast potatoes, and for good reason: the rich red soil of the potato-villages in the east of the island produces the tastiest and best quality potatoes.
This is one of the oldest Cypriot dishes which remains very popular to this day with locals and visitors. The meat is traditionally roasted in clay ovens fired with local aromatic carob or olive wood, and it gets so tender and soft it falls off the bone on your plate.
Serves 4 Ingredients
1 kg of potatoes 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil a tablespoon of Flavours of Cyprus herb mix, minus the bay leaves salt and pepper
Peel the potatoes and quarter them. Place them in a baking tray and pour over your cup of extra virgin olive oil. Add a tablespoon of your herb mix. Season well with salt and freshly ground pepper. Toss the potatoes so theyâ€™re all well coated with oil and seasoning. Roast in an oven preheated to 200oC for about 35-40 minutes. Using a spatula, carefully turn the potatoes every 20 minutes so that they crisp and go golden on all sides.
Serves 4 Ingredients
1.5 to 2kg leg of lamb 2 lemons, cut into 6 wedges each 4 large potatoes, washed and each cut into 6 wedges A tablespoon of your Flavours of Cyprus herb mix 0.25 tsp cinnamon 250ml white wine or water Salt & pepper
Wash and pat dry the lamb. Make several deep slashes in the meaty parts with a sharp knife. Transfer the lamb to a roasting pan that has been lined with heavy duty kitchen foil. Squeeze half of the lemon wedges over the lamb and rub the juice all over the meat. Push the squeezed lemon wedges into the slashes in the meat. Place the potatoes and tomatoes around the lamb, squeeze over the remaining lemon wedges and add them to the pan. Sprinkle over the cinnamon, the salt and a generous amount of pepper. Rub the herbs in your hands over the dish to bruise some of the leaves and sprinkle all over the lamb and the potatoes. Add the wine or water to the base of the pan. Seal with more heavy duty kitchen foil to retain the moisture while cooking. You want to allow an air gap between the meat and the foil and you must ensure the edges are airtight so that the moisture from the cooking lamb is not lost. Put the sealed roasting pan into an oven that has been pre-heated to 170oC (160oC for fan oven) and leave to cook for 4 hours. Remove from oven and let rest for 15 minutes before removing the foil and serving.
VEGETABLE CASSEROLE Vegetables grown in the Cyprus sun are at the peak of their flavour when picked and cooked in season. This dish tastes even better the next day as the flavours develop over time.
Serves 4 Ingredients
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 large onions , finely chopped 3 garlic cloves , sliced 1 tsp paprika Â˝ tsp cumin 1 tbsp Flavour of Cyprus herb mix 3 medium carrots, sliced 2 medium sticks celery, finely sliced 1 red pepper, chopped coarsely 1 yellow pepper, chopped coarsely 2 courgettes, sliced thickly 2 aubergines, sliced thickly 2 tins peeled and diced tomatoes 300ml vegetable stock from a cube
Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based pan. Add the onions and cook gently for 5 - 10 mins until softened. Add the garlic, vegetables and spices and cook for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, stock, and herbs and cook for 20 - 25 minutes. Let stand for about 15 minutes before serving. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 17
Q Lounge Bar
The islandÕs capital might not be its culinary capital for now (Lemesos remains the undisputed champion) but there is a constant and steady stream of new restaurants opening while others are upgrading their menus and service. Whether you opt for a traditional taverna in the suburbs or a hip sushi joint downtown, thereÕs more than enough variety to satisfy every palate.
Where to eat Expect To Pay
Approximately œ10-20 per person
16, Themistocles Dervis St. (22870140) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-11.30pm, Sun 12 noon-11pm. Main courses €8.50-€15.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An old sandstone mansion has been spectacularly renovated with glass, steel and a long open kitchen to accommodate this branch of the renowned chain. It combines fresh and nutritious food in an elegant and simple setting, providing helpful, friendly service and great value for money.
Hard Rock Caf
21, Spyros Kyprianou Ave. (22364999) Open Daily 11am-2am (kitchen closes 11.30pm). Main courses €9.95-€22.90. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. The latest branch of the well-known American restaurant chain, famed for its rock memorabilia and its savoury dishes, is located in the centre of the capital in a modern three-storey building with a roof garden.
3, Grivas Dighenis Ave. (22458588) Open Mon-Fri 4pm-2am, Sat&Sun 4pm-2.30am (kitchen until midnight). Main courses €8.40€19.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This bustling, popular downtown restaurant and bar has finger food, burgers, salads, pasta and grill dishes on the menu. Regulars crowd around the bar for apple martinis as the DJs spin anything from funk and soul to cult movie soundtracks. There are professional pool tables upstairs if you’re up for a game. Nominated for a Time Out Eating Award 2009.
Pi & Phi
51, Ledra St. (22270777)Open Sun-Thu 6pm2am & Fri-Sat 6pm-3am. Main courses €15.90. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. With its cosmopolitan air and gourmet dining, it has landed in the heart of the city, offering the best music and the most incredible cocktails to make your nights truly unique. 18 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
61, Aeschylou St. (22263706) Open Tue-Sun 10am-1am. Main courses €8. Credit No. A modern multi-room venue in the old town for relaxing moments with first-class dishes and a reasonably priced menu, plus a fabulous outdoor area where you’ll want to chill out for hours. Nice people, good food, great décor… you’re not going anywhere!
Pi & Phi
8, Platonos St. Laiki Yitonia (22666552) Open Daily 8pm-2am (kitchen until midnight). Main courses €11-€14. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Rock and blues sounds accompany the impressive menu at Plato’s, one of the oldest pubs in the capital. There’s a great choice of beers to go with the legendary marinated chicken souvlaki which is served on a wooden platter, like the huge burgers and lahmajoun.
Q Lounge Bar
20, Spyros Kyprianou Ave., (22760040) Open Daily 9.30am-2am. Main courses €18. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. Located in a central part of the city, with a modern look and a chillout atmosphere, this will quickly become your favourite place for unique cocktails, good wine, tasty food and uplifting music.
43, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (22458610) Open Daily 12 noon-12.30am. Main courses
Caf Mercedes €8.80- €21.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. When you’ve had enough of the boutiques and shoe shops on busy Archbishop Makarios III Avenue, the café’s comfortable sofas in this stylish two-storey neoclassical building are just what you need. Great choice of hot and cold drinks, salads, pasta dishes, burgers and grills.
Galaxias Centre, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (branches in Ledra Street & The Mall of Cyprus) (22817070) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Lakatamia Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 6pm-10.45pm. Main courses €5.90-€11.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Ideal for lunch after shopping on Archbishop Makarios Ave., Ledra St. or The Mall of Cyprus. Good prices, modern Chinese fast food, friendly atmosphere. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 19
41, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Dali (22521308) Open Daily 6pm-11.30pm, Sun 12 noon-3pm. Main courses €12 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. If you want to learn a bit about Cypriot architecture while enjoying excellent value-for-money meze dishes, you should definitely visit this place. It’s one of the oldest tavernas around, specializing in the local meze, from which you must try the macaroni with halloumi, the spinach in fresh tomato sauce and the grilled dishes that arrive towards the end on a large platter.
22, Aglandjia Ave. (22330701) Open Mon-Sat 7pm1am (kitchen until 11.30 pm). Main courses €4.95€28.90 (€15.50 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A rustic-style place ser ving wonderfully tasty Greek meze dishes. It is very popular with Greek Cypriots, especially on a Saturday night, so booking ahead is advisable.
Garden of Chrysaliniotissa
Corner of Agii Omologites Ave. & Kanaris St. (22668532) Open Daily 10am-12 midnight. Main courses €13 for meze. Credit No. A former coffee shop, now tastefully refurbished as a meze restaurant in the old Agii Omologites neighbourhood with a backdrop of the famous old plane tree, serves the classic Cypriot meze which is guaranteed to make you want to return.
27, Tylliria Square, Old Town (22765971) Open Mon-Sat 6.30am-4pm, Thu-Fri 6.30pm1am. Main courses €6-€9 (€12 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A great little place next to Saturday’s municipal fruit and vegetable market, it offers traditional Cypriot soups and legumes as well as chargrilled dishes. Cheap but absolutely delicious.
11, Chytron St. (22261261) Open MonThu lunch & Fri-Sun lunch & dinner. Main courses €4.50-€12 (€17 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The white-dominated décor will remind you of the Greek islands. If you go for lunch, ask for the superb legumes, the sweet potato with pork or any of the grilled dishes which are a house speciality. Fri-Sat you need to reserve a table because the 20-dish meze and the live music will ensure that you spend a few hours there. 20 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
Athina Avenue (22343447) Open Daily 5pm-12 midnight. Main courses €3.65-€9.60 (€15 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. One of the most attractive places in the capital. Take a comfortable seat, order an ice-cold beer and a meze or something from the à la carte menu. Don’t go without a reservation as it is especially popular and extremely busy.
(I) Gonia tou Anastasi
4, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Tseri Village (22384884) Open Daily 7.30pm-10.30pm (kitchen). Main courses €17 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Order the 25-dish meze and you will never forget it. Highlights include the marinated chicken kebab and quail. You can also try the bacon infused with wine from the Panayia district of Pafos. Make sure you leave some room for the bourekia (sweet cheese pastries) at the end.
110, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Lakatamia (22381822) Open Tue-Sat 8pm-11pm & Sun lunch (Cypriot menu). Main courses €17.50. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. A tasteful, welcoming and particularly high quality restaurant which serves good Cypriot cuisine and good food, lovingly prepared by the two female chefs with special home-style care.
6, Kallipoleos Ave. (22756809) Open Mon-Fri 1pm-4pm & 8pm-6am. Main courses €18 for meze. Credit No. A friendly environment in which to try full range of local dishes at giveaway prices and in large portions. Kebabs, spicy sausages and grilled liver are just three of the many items awaiting you. Should you go there after midnight, ask for one of the delicious home-made soups.
154, Ledra St. (77777729) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €9.90- €14.80
Karvounomageiremata This tiny, family-owned restaurant offers a daily menu of traditional home-style meat and vegetable dishes. The tables outside are just behind the little mosque on the square off Phaneromeni, and from there you can experience the buzz of the old city while enjoying your lunch.
62D, Ledra St. Old Town (22661656) Open Daily 9am-11.45pm. Main courses €4.50-€8 or €14 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A truly good Greek meze taverna, located in a picturesque corner of the old town at the end of Ledra Street, next to the checkpoint. It’s a great spot to enjoy tasty Greek food and traditional desserts Live Greek music every night. 43, Elias Papakyriakou St. Makedonitissa (22351070) Open Daily 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €8-€10 (€14& €18 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Two friends had a dream of opening a stylish Cypriot taverna together and this is it. All you have to do is make up your mind whether you’ll have the small or the large meze and then wait for the mixture of wonderful cooked and grilled dishes to arrive.
4, Tagmatarchi Demetri Pouliou St. Agios Andreas (22773201) Open Mon-Sat 7pm-11pm. Main courses €17. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A traditional meze taverna specializing in souvlaki (kebab) which won the owner a 2010 Time Out Eating Award. If you decide to go for the full 18-dish meze, prepare for a 2-hour feast including grills and seasonal flavours.
28th October Square, Old Town (22755846) Open Mon-Sat 5am-4pm. Main courses €4-€8. Credit MC, V.
32, Xanthis Xenierou St. (22432242) Open Daily 12 noon-1am. Main courses €18. Credit AmEx, MC, V. A pretty tavern with a generous meze and good service in the heart of Nicosia. You’ll eat well, you’ll have a good time and you’ll experience Cypriot hospitality in a particularly atmospheric place. 5, Athina Ave., Aglandjia (22337788) Open Daily 5.30pm-11pm. Main courses €6-€10. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A well-established place serving grilled dishes and more. Reservations are recommended because there is a constant stream of customers asking for the award-winning souvlaki, spicy sausages and ribs, all of which will leave you wanting more
Ousies & Oinopnevmata
38C-D, Metochiou St. Engomi (22777787) Open Tue-Sun 7pm-11pm. Main courses €18. Credit AmEx, MC, V. With its modern take on traditional dishes, this is the place to enjoy a Cypriot meze in especially impressive surroundings where the tastes and flavours of yesterday meet today’s gastronomy.
38, Pericleous St. Old Town (22671549) Open Mon noon-4pm, Tue 12 noon-11pm, Sat 12 noon-4pm. Main courses €7-€12. Credit No. The restaurant has recently moved into a renovated building comprising four separate rooms. Open as a cookhouse (maerko) for lunch and as Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 21
(€18 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An authentic place on the capital’s most popular street, it ser ves a large variety of Cypriot and Greek dishes with delicious starters and meze items as well as tasty chargrilled main courses, including the enormous pork chop.
you’re more daring than most you’ll want to try the snails and various kinds of game.
36, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Deftera (22621537) Open Daily 7.30pm-late. Main courses €15 for meze. Credit No. You should reserve a table well in advance because Theodosis has a reputation for his incomparable roast lamb. Sit in the cool green garden and watch as the table begins to creak under the weight of the Cypriot dishes such as stuffed vine leaves, pilaf and potatoes cooked in a wood-fired oven. If you like snails you’ll love them in tomato sauce.
Tsimpouradiko sti Stoa
Tavernaki tou Pambou
a taverna for dinner, it serves fresh, seasonal food such as pulses, casseroles, lamb cooked in the oven as well as traditional desserts such as spoon sweets and a delicious custard-filled filo pastry. The décor, a combination of classic and modern, together with its traditional Cypriot cuisine, make it an ideal place for a unique eating experience. Booking recommended.
Stavros tis Asinou
Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia tis Asinou), (22852000, 22852500, 99352500) Open Daily 9.30am-6pm. Main courses €6.50€13 (€17 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Set a truly idyllic location in the forest opposite the Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia tis Asinou), it serves great traditional dishes based on unique Cypriot recipes.
(To) Steki tis Loxandras
67-69, Phaneromeni St. Old Town (22675757) Open Mon-Sat 7pm-12pm. Main courses €6-€28. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Always packed with locals thanks to the good food and the picturesque surroundings. Loxandras is always lively, with tables lining the pedestrianised street leading to the Phaneromeni church in the summer. Booking essential at weekends.
Stoa tou Demetri
28 E, Dighenis Akritas Ave. (22343030) Open Daily 12 noon-4pm. Main courses €6-€10 (€16 for meze). Credit No. A simple eatery in the middle of the city where you can go for a lunch of your favourite legumes or roast lamb and potatoes.
Tavernaki tou Pambou
35, Achaion St. Agios Andreas (22781083) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-3.30pm, 7.30pm-11pm. Main courses €5.90-€10 (€18 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The owner Bambos has put his heart into this little 2010 Time Out Eating Award-winning taverna. Go for the hearty meze that comprises some 22 dishes for about €14 or for local specialities like the local cold cut lountza (smoked pork loin). If 22 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
Old Town Hall Square (22875827/www.emporikistoa.com) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 7pm-12 midnight (Closed Mon evening). Main courses Meze €20 for 2, dishes €2-€10.Credit V. Expertly-cooked Greek meze dishes are served daily in this nicely decorated place. At lunchtime Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun there’s live music.
28A, Dighenis Akritas St. (22349803) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-4pm. Main courses €6-€9.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Vasiliki, winner of a 2010 Time Out Eating Award, is a traditional eating place, well-known for its delicious homemade vegetarian dishes, freshly-cut salads and a wide variety of meats. You will have to look carefully for it under a small arcade behind the Agios Antonios municipal market but the food certainly makes the search for it worthwhile as does its simplicity, cleanliness and excellent organisation. Open for lunch only.
2, Elia Papakyriakou St. (22350520) Open Daily 12 noon-4pm & 8pm-1am. Buffet €13.40 lunch/€15.50 dinner. Credit AmEx, MC, V. With comfortable rooms and an impressive menu, it is located in a pretty spot in the Engomi suburb. Thanks to quality of both the service and the food, it has already become established as a special restaurant of lasting value.
Italian Da Paolo
52, Constantine Paleologos St. (22438538) Open Daily 8pm-12 midnight. Main courses €7.80-€12.20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Italian pizza and pasta with pizzas cooked in a traditional brick oven. Cosy and friendly, Da Paolo also has a small al fresco dining area across the road from the restaurant overlooking the moat outside Lefkosia’s Venetian walls.
131 D, Prodromos Ave. (22676969) Open Daily 10am-4pm, Fri-Sat 7pm-12.30am. Main courses €5.50- €8. Credit DC, MC, V.
7C, Solonos St. (22666663) Open Daily 11am-12 midnight. Main courses €15 meze, €11 vegetarian meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Just a short walk from Ledra Street Fanous serves traditional and modern Lebanese cuisine. Belly dancer Sat. Booking advisable especially at weekends.
Spanish Casa Vieja
Golden Beirut This small, Venetian-inspired restaurant is great to visit at lunchtime for Italian dishes such as tortellini with salmon and fennel or gnocchi with spec and gorgonzola, while the evening menu offers plenty of cicchetti (tapas) of which the best are the bruschetta with tomato and basil, the rolls with salami, mustard and lettuce, the grilled polenta with mushrooms, and the sauteed cod.
Expect To Pay
Approximately œ20-30 per person
Caf/Bar/Restaurant Caf La Mode
12B, Filokyprou St. (corner of Laiki Geitonia) (22666643) Open Daily 9am-11pm. Main courses €7. Credit V. You’ll find it a few metres down from the main square. Ever ything is cooked in a wood-fired oven: Italian and Lebanese specialities, fresh and delicious, brought with care to your plate.
M&S Department Stores, 90, Acropolis Ave. (22510788)106, Lemesos Ave. (22871787), 12A, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (22447272), 33C, Yiannos Kranidiotis Ave., Latsia Open Mon-Sat 9am-11pm, Sun 11am-12 midnight (Makarios Ave. branch Sun 9am-12 midnight. Main courses €8.50-€23.80. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Very popular not only with the Marks & Spencer crowd but – especially in the case of the Archbishop Makarios III Avenue branch – the whole of Lefkosia’s café/shopping society. Excellent food, big portions, attentive service and delicious, generous desserts. Amazing salads too.
Il Forno di JennyÕs
31A, Evagoras Ave. (22665585) Open Mon-Sat 11am-12 midnight. Main courses €7.90-€13.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Small and elegant, it offers all kinds of pasta dishes prepared using the freshest and purest ingredients, with white and red sauces. It also serves authentic Italian pizzas cooked in a woodoven as well as homemade desserts.
14, Lykourgou St. (22676764) Open Daily 9am-1am. Main courses €8.50. Credit V. A small but first-rate place that welcomes you with the most spicy of tastes, extremely reasonable prices and generous portions. The place to enjoy a hookah while people-watching.
52B, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (22376625) Open Daily 12 noon-2am (kitchen until 11.30pm). Main courses €10.95-€22.95. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V It sports a huge range of draught beers and taps on the tables, plus anything from appetizers and finger foods to salads and international main courses that will more than satisfy you. Reservations recommended, especially Fri-Sat. 16C, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (22466566) Open Daily 9am-1.30am (kitchen until midnight). Main courses €9.60-€23.80. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. One of the most popular cafés in Lefkosia, this is an ideal spot for people watching on busy Archbishop Makarios III Avenue. Food options range from massive salads to grilled chicken and Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 23
216-218, Ledra St. (22456454) Open Daily 11.30am-11pm. Main courses €8.70-€10.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Excellent Italian food in this small but always packed restaurant. Big freshly cut salads, mouthwatering pastas and yummy Italian pizzas. In the summer the tables spill out onto busy Ledra Street. Booking is essential.
3, Archangel Michael St. (22673371) Open Daily 7.30pm-11.30pm. Main courses €3.90€12.20. Credit AmEx, Barter Card, DC, MC, V. Enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal at this cosy, friendly restaurant. Casa Vieja offers 37 different traditional Spanish tapas dishes, four types of paella, and a rice dish medley of seafood, chicken and vegetables served in a large traditional pan. There are three comfortable dining areas plus a bar with an extensive cocktail menu. Try the sangria or one of the fruity Spanish wines. Vegetarian and children’s menus are available.
Aigaio fuelled debate as Pralina can. It also serves some of the best desserts in town.
7, Mykinon St. (22251177) Open Daily 10am2am. Main courses €9.20-€19.90. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The moment you see this place you’ll be impressed by its modern décor. Salads, burgers, fabulous pasta and fish dishes, especially the Alaska salmon, are just a few of the culinary options. Good music and excellent cocktails give it an edge over some other places.
Chinese China Spice Odos Oneiron See p21. gourmet burgers. A good choice for a break if you’re shopping in the centre of town.
6, Aristidou St. Old Town (22760099) Open Daily 10am-2am. Main courses €9.90-€12.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V Housed in an old neoclassical building, it serves a large variety of drinks and wines, plus light meals, salads, home-made burgers and crêpes. In the summer, go straight across the road to Oktana Gardens and enjoy the cool garden, choice cocktails and even a nargileh.
31, Stasikratous St. (22660491) Open Daily 8.30am-2am (kitchen until midnight). Main courses €11.80-€27.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This café restaurant in the main shopping area of Lefkosia is especially popular among the showy, fashionista set who feel underdressed if all their designer labels aren’t showing at once. It features a wide range of well presented, varied and tasty dishes and it has to be said that there are not many restaurants in the capital that can boast the kind of buzz that comes from lively late night, caffeine24 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
26, Pindarou St. (22875875) Open Mon-Fri 12 noon-3pm, 7pm-12 midnight, Sun 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €12.20-€16.80. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Since its opening in 2003, China Spice has had great success. The contemporar y, minimalist style and modern décor with white linen blinds, dark wood panels and a colorful aquarium create a pleasant dining setting. Good food and service, at reasonable prices.
1, Stasinou Ave., Engomi (22591711, 22591722) Open Daily 7pm-11pm. Main courses €10.90-€16. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The recently refurbished, welcoming Dragon has a good range of authentic dishes cooked by its Chinese chef. Prices are mid-range but this makes it extremely popular and you should therefore book before you go.
40, Ektoros St. Old Town (22433297) Open Mon-Sat 7.30pm-1am. Main courses €17 for meze. Credit MC, V. This all-time classic taverna has been ser ving the very best Greek and Cypriot dishes for 25 years now. It may be somewhat pricier than other
One of the best meze places in town, this is a traditional little taverna whose walls are decorated with posters from the glory days of Greek cinema. The irresistible rich meze will tempt you back again and again and in addition to the superb food, the owner goes around the tables playing all-time Greek classics on his guitar Fri & Sat. It’s not unusual for diners to join in and sing along.
5, Paleologou St. Strovolos (22497539) Open Mon-Sat 7.30pm-11pm. Main courses €10-€12 (€17 for meze). Credit DC, MC, V. An oasis surrounded by trees in an area crowded with apartment blocks, this taverna offers good meze dishes such as pork tandoori souvlaki, beef liver, marinated chicken, scrambled eggs with zucchini, village sausages, tenderloin in wine sauce, chicories and bourekia (sweet cheese pastries) for dessert.
Seven Lounge tavernas in the capital but the atmosphere in the verdant open-air courtyard and the long wine list more than compensate. Reservations essential.
Eirini Building, 31, Evagorou Ave. (22662727) Open Daily 12 noon-11pm. Main courses €6.30€12.60 (€19 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Get ready for some Greek dancing in this cosmopolitan taverna in the heart of Lefkosia. Order a meze, choose from the menu featuring full dishes such as kebabs, spicy sausages or pork chops or select the Dish of the Day. Whatever your choose you’ll be more than satisfied. Reservations essential.
Souxou Mouxou Mantalakia
47, Onasagoras St. Old Town (22666600) Open Mon- Sat 12.30pm-3pm, 8pm-11pm & Sun 12.30pm-4pm. Main courses €12-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. One of the best taverna-style restaurants in Cyprus, it has an atmosphere that immediately says ‘Greece’. All you need to do is take a seat and you’ll be served a stream of Greek dishes made with loving care which are rarely found elsewhere and which you will remember for a long time after your meal. You may also make your own selection. The fish dishes alone are worth visiting the restaurant for. Reservations required since plenty of people know about the place.
(To) Steki tou Kosti
1, Heroes Square, Aglandjia (22330059) Open Mon-Sat 8pm-11pm. Main courses €6-€12 (€17 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.
65, Trikoupis St. Old Town (22765501) Open Daily 6pm-12 midnight. Main courses €18 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Zanettos is a bit dif ficult to locate because it’s hidden away in the narrow streets of the old city. Ask any taxi driver, though, and he will know where to take you as it’s as much a landmark in Lefkosia as the Eiffel Tower is in Paris. Going since 1938, it ser ves traditional Greek-Cypriot meze.
Fish (To) Latsi
1, Agiou Pavlou St. Agios Andreas (22780937, 22772459) Open Tue-Sun 12.30pm-3.30pm & 7pm-11pm. Main courses €12- €55 (€20 for fish meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The huge refrigerated display case has grouper, sea bream, sea bass, gilt head bream, king prawns, squid, inkfish, octopus and swordfish, your choice of which will be brought to your table, cooked as you have ordered. Great for business lunches.
To Periyiali stin Poli
7, Kefallinias St., Acropolis/Strovolos (22490007) Open Mon-Sun 12.00-15.00, 19.3023.30. Main courses From €13.50, depending on weight of fish. (€22.95 for meze). Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. This traditional fish tavern started up at Latchi, Paphos many years ago before opening a sister restaurant in the capital. Nicely decorated, this Time Out Eating Award winner guarantees fresh fish and attentive service.
(To) Psarolimano O Philippos
7, Tseri Ave. (22314020) Open Mon-Sat 7.30pm-11pm. Main courses €20 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This family-run fish tavern has one of the best traditional courtyards in Lefkosia. There is no menu: what is available is always the catch of the day so some nights the choice can be quite limited. The seating area alone is worth the visit. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 25
Cleopatra Hotel, 8, Florinis St. (22844000) Open Mon-Sat 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €8.50-€20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. In the summer, dine on a succulent local meze selection or enjoy European cuisine next to the pool. There’s a good wine list and live guitar music starting at 9pm Wed, Fri, Sat. Reservations recommended.
International Palia Elektriki
19, Apostolou Varnava St. (22432559) Open Tue-Sat 11am-2.30pm, 7pm-12 midnight, Sun 11am-3pm. Main courses €9.50-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A gorgeous little place nestled deep in the heart of the old town, Palia Elektriki is housed in a former Electricity Authority building adjacent to the Lefkosia Municipal Arts Centre. The traditional Cypriot and international dishes and desserts on the menu are undeniably enticing but the real winner here is the delightful verdant courtyard – a lovely place for an evening meal on a balmy summer night.
12, Diagorou St. (22674411) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. The Mall of Cyprus (22815776) Open Mon-Sat 7am-1am, Sun 8am1am. Main courses €10-€21.80. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Part of the worldwide chain serving Americanstyle hamburgers and steaks. Every dish arrives at your table with the fanfare that has become T.G.I. Friday’s trademark. You must try one of their huge cocktails or non- alcoholic smoothies and leave room for one of the typically gargantuan desserts.
Italian La Pasteria
9, Spyros Kyprianou Ave. (22460460) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €10-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A popular trattoria-style Italian Restaurant in the heart of Lefkosia. It serves a large variety of pasta and salads plus chicken, fish and meat on the grill, all prepared in an open kitchen. Ideal for business lunches and nights out. Reservations recommended.
27, Diagorou St. (22663240) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €6.70-€24.65. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Part of the Pizza Express chain, it offers a variety of gourmet pizzas, pastas, fresh salads and homemade desserts. Good food and pleasant surroundings. There’s live music with soul and blues nights (Fri) and international hits (Sat). Special events for children Sat-Sun.
35, Onasagorou St. (22663199)Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 7pm-11pm (Closed Mon lunch). Main courses €12.50. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. When the Italian pasta dishes and the wood-fired oven pizzas arrive on your plate, you’ll feel as if you are in the narrow streets of Rome and Milan. Very reasonable prices.
Tutto Il Giorno Romantica
13, Evagoras Pallikarides St. Lykavitos (22377276) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. 26 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
Main courses €10-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. One of the oldest restaurants in the capital has begun a new page in its long histor y following a major facelift. Reser ve a table in the cool garden or ask the chef to recommend some Cypriot/Mediterranean-style dishes (if you go for lunch) that you will remember for a long time after wards. In the evening you’ll be ser ved quality Italian food with style and character but don’t ignore the fabulous salads, home-made pasta dishes, risottos and tender steaks. The tiramisu and the lemon mousse are must-have desserts.
Holiday Inn, 70, Rigainis St. (22712712) Open Daily 12.30pm-3.30pm & 7.30pm-11pm. Main courses €14-€35. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The authentic Italian menu has been especially prepared by chefs recruited from some of the finest Northern Italian restaurants. Only fresh and all-natural imported ingredients are used and it shows. More expensive than most of the other Italian restaurants in the capital but worth the extra. Good wine list.
Japanese Sushi La
27, Pindarou St. Agios Antonios (22375036) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-12 midnight, Sun 6pm-12 midnight. Main courses €12-€35. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This is where you can enjoy one of the hippest, most satisfying nights out anywhere in the capital. The all-white futuristic design has a chic ’60s vibe to it, the sushi is good, the cocktails are excellent and the eclectic music policy (from Royksopp to Nina Simone) is simply the best on the island. The al fresco dining area is very pleasant.
Mexican El Torito
39A, Kallipoleos St. Lykavitos (22757340) Open Tue-Sat 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €16-€32. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Great Mexican food in the heart of Lefkosia. The restaurant is housed in an old traditional Cypriot residence painted in classic Mexican colours. Cute and cosy, with good food, though a little pricey.
Steak houses Rancho
106. Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Lakatamia (22454454) Open Mon-Sat 8pm-12 midnight. Main courses €10.20-€23.85. Credit AmEx, MC, V. Offers a large range of chargrilled menu options and steak dishes. Cosy Tex-Mex style décor indoors and a large dining area with tall palm trees, willows and a fountain outside.
Expect To Pay
Approximately œ30 plus per person
Cypriot/Greek GrecoÕs Nest
4-6, Themistocles Dervis St. (99686090) Open Tue-Fri 7.30pm-11.30pm, Sat 12 noon11.30pm, Sun 12 noon-5pm. Main courses €12-€18. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Greek-Mediterranean cuisine with Cretan influences. There’s a rich variety of starters, including lots of Greek cheeses, and the salads and grills are especially good. Menu created and overseen by the well known Greek chef Dimitris Skarmoutsos.
Fish Family Nest
4, Kerameikou St. Strovolos (22427160) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 7pm-11pm. Main courses €11-€17, (€23 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A pleasant and hospitable place where you can enjoy a traditional Cypriot fish meze and drinks. You will love the deep-fried red mullet and the delicious prawns. 3, Niovis St. (22491310) Open Daily 12 noon4pm & 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €25 for fish meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The manager will help you select the fresh fish and an assortment of Cypriot starters will appear at your table before you have even opened the menu. Tr y the grilled squid and octopus. For desser t, choose from the selection of spoon sweets and finish up with a Cyprus coffee! Booking advisable.
5, Menandrou St. (22445636) Open Daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7.30pm-11pm. Main courses €9-€60, (€22.50 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. It’s small but not stuf fy and the location is central with easy parking. The food is definitely good enough to come back for and prices are reasonable. Go for the fish meze. Booking essential.
International 1900 Oinou Melathron Bistrot
11-13 Pasikratous St. Eleftheria Square (22667668) Open Mon-Sat 6pm-12 midnight. Main courses €17.90- €36. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. One of the Talk of the Town’ places in Lefkosia, this bistrot’s cuisine reveals French and international influences as well as fusion elements. The wine list is exceptional, with more than 800 labels, and as one of the best restaurants on the
Souxou Mouxou Mantalakia See p25. island with a wine cellar to match, it deservedly won two successive Time Out Eating Awards in 2009 and 2010.
12, Markou Drakou St. Ledra Palace (77771167) www.phokion.com Open Daily 11am-2am Main courses €12-€48. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This multifunctional bar and restaurant complex, just a stone’s throw away from the Ledra Palace checkpoint, offers fusion cuisine from around the globe in décor resembling that of a glammed-up rustic Greek taverna. You will find the Harley Davidson Bar, the Oinohoos Restaurant, the Marquee Restaurant and the new Ice Cube Restaurant, the private dining Green Room Restaurant and the private Cybel Whiskey Club on the first floor.
Domus Lounge Bar and Restaurant
5, Korae St. (22433722) Open Daily 8.30pm2am (kitchen until 11.30pm). Main courses €17-€28. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V Located in old Lefkosia, it comprises a ground floor lounge bar and an upstairs restaurant. The décor is slightly OTT and this is definitely a ‘see and be seen’ kind of place. After midnight the restaurant becomes more of a lounge bar and the well-heeled crowd boogies along to oldies and mainstream chart hits. Reservation essential. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 27
Columbia Steak House See p35.
Ask anyone where the best restaurants on the island are to be found and the overwhelming response will be ÔLemesosÕ. ItÕs quite remarkable how the restaurant scene has boomed in the town over the past decade. In the winter months, the atractive caf-restaurants around the castle like Dino Art Caf are great for cosy dinners and gourmet dishes at value-for-money prices. Once the summer heat arrives, al fresco delights abound with many great seaside venues and outdoor dining areas to choose from.
Where to eat Approximately œ10-20 per person
The first European branch of the successful chain of restaurants offering Thai, Singapore, Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine deser vedly received a 2010 Time Out Eating Award in the Value for Money category.
Syrian Arab Friendship Club
Dino Art Caf
Expect To Pay
3, Iliados St. (opp. Apollonia Beach Hotel) (25328838) Open Daily 12 noon-11pm. Main courses €10, meze €16. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This exceptionally relaxed place is where Arab expats enjoy sharing a nargileh and Arabic coffee. In summer, the garden area is open. In winter, it’s not nearly as nice inside but the food is still great.
The Noodle House
3, Saint Andrew (Agiou Andreou) St. (25820282, 77778979) Open Daily 12 noon-11.30pm. Main courses €9-€14. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V 28 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
Amathus Ave, opposite Elias Beach Hotel (25635155/www.chesters-bar.com) Open Daily 10am-2am (kitchen until 12 midnight). Main courses €7.60-€31. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The menu here is international and à la carte, specialising in smoked spare ribs and a platter with a variety of Lebanese flavours. It also functions as a bar with both Greek and foreign music. 62-66, Eirinis St. (25762030) Open Mon-Sat 10.30am-12 midnight, Sun 4pm-12 midnight. Main courses €5.90-€18.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.
The Garden See p35.
The Noodle House
Dino Art Caf A veritable artist in the kitchen, the clever and sociable chef Dino is not only brilliant at savoury items but a star at creating extraordinary desserts.
18, Amathus Ave. (25324243) Open Daily 10am-2am. Main courses €8.60-€9.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. You’ll find just about anything you can think of on the menu, from a varied breakfast to a lunchtime or evening platter of finger food, beef fajitas or baby back ribs with onion rings and potatoes. If you’re really hungr y, tr y one of the huge beefburgers and wash it down with a local draught beer.
Iphigenia St. & 32, Themidos St. (25746777) Open Daily 9am-2am. Main courses €6-€21. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. With retro mood and inviting setting, it opens daily for homemade and international food dishes, and the crepes and desserts will delight you.
1, Themidos St. (25361362) Open Tue-Sun 6pm-11pm. Main courses €7-€12.60. Credit
AmEx, DC, MC, V. Close to the Cyprus University of Technology, it is invariably packed with students and the young at heart. The impressive menu features sandwiches, salads and burgers while you should definitely try a cocktail. We recommend the Herbal Mastiha and the Tropicalia. Wed, Fri, Sat there’s a DJ playing funk, jazz and swing, alternative pop and more.
180, Amathus Ave. (25821082) Open Daily 9am-12 midnight. Main courses €8.45-€22.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This popular Irish pub with a great atmosphere serves equally great food, including sandwiches, giant hot dogs, chicken and pork dishes (even for breakfast) and superb draught beers. Big screens for football.
27, Kitiou Kyprianou St. (25341944) Open Mon-Sat 10am-1am, Sun 4pm-1am. Main courses €6.20-€13. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This lounge café doubles up as a restaurant offering an à la carte menu of international cuisine, pasta, cold dishes, sandwiches and a Dish Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 29
of the Day. The vibe is relaxing and pleasantly bohemian.
74, Saint Andrew (Agiou Andreou) St. (25377378) Open Daily 10am-12 midnight. Main courses €8-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Stylish, minimal décor in this place where you can start the day with one of a variety of coffees and a great sandwich and come back at lunchtime or in the afternoon to enjoy a salad, some pasta, a grilled dish and/or a delicious dessert.
71-73, Saripolou St. (25871614, 99626338) Open Tue-Sun 7pm-11pm, Sun 1pm-4pm. Main courses €12. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. People from all over Cyprus come to taste the delicacies prepared carefully in Salut kitchen. Located in the old town.
Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (77777728 ) Open Daily 12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-12 midnight. Main courses €7.90-€12.20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Part of the well-established Pagoda Group, this chic new restaurant serves up all the usual Chinese favourites from a menu. Absolutely delicious.
Village Square, Mouttayiaka (25329490) Open Daily 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €17 meze. Credit No. With over 25 years’ experience in making and serving traditional meze dishes, this family tavern knows all about quality and quantity. Try these 20 dishes containing meat wild vegetables and game, and don’t leave without tasting the homemade honey balls.
258, Franklin Roosevelt Ave., Zakaki (25397701) Open Daily 11.30am-2.30pm & 5pm-10pm. Main courses €4-€15. Credit No. A favourite with young and old, it serves delicious kebabs and spicy sausages as well as squid, halloumi, grilled mushrooms and other local dishes that will delight you.
Lofou Traditional Taverna
Tsindouri St., Lofou village (25470202, 99598903/www.lofouagrovilo.com) Open TueSun 10am-10pm, (winter) Sun 10am-6pm. Main courses Meze €17.70. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. There is an air of contentment in this little stone cottage that has been turned into a restaurant, offering some of the tastiest examples of Cypriot cooking you will ever try. The Greek atmosphere is completed by Costas who plays bouzouki in the background.
26, Eleftherias St. (25365280) Open Daily 7am-4.30pm, Fri-Sat 9pm-1am. Main courses 30 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
O Mezes tou Mimi €7.50-€14. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This traditional eating place in the old town is where you go to enjoy typical Cypriot vegetable or grilled dishes for lunch while in the evening you only need to say the word ‘meze’ and you will be brought at least 15 home-made delights prepared with a great deal of care.
(To) Mairkon tis Lysis
Corner of Franklin Roosevelt Ave. & Farsalon St. (opp. KEO) (25560555) Open Daily 9am-12 midnight. Main courses €5-€12, meze €15. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. In this traditional tavern you must not miss the unbelievably tender pork chop, the afelia (pork cooked in wine and coriander) and the chicken, while for fish lovers there is tasty squid and octopus. If you’re really bold, you might like to try lamb’s head, a traditional Cypriot delicacy.
Erimi village (25934104, 99679665/www. Michaels-tavern.com) Open Mon-Sat 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €6.50-€18.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Sometimes you stumble across a simple taverna that serves good food in a nice atmosphere and this is one of them. Bookings essential as it’s always jam-packed. Occasional live music.
O Mezes tou Mimi
23, Parou St., Zakaki (25712812) Open MonThu 11am-4pm, 7pm-11pm, Fri-Sat until 2am. Main courses €5-€12 (evenings €10-€20). Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. A tavern/cookhouse that serves home-made dishes for lunch and turns into a regular tavern at night with meze dishes and grills. Live music Fri-Sat.
110 A, Vasileos Constantinou St. (25733755) Open Daily 6pm-12 midnight. Main courses €8-€16.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This small traditional taverna ser ves Cypriot dishes for all tastes. Whether you choose the meze or menu items such as kebab, spicy sausages, grilled liver, wine-cooked suckling pig or trout, you will be delighted with your choice and the very reasonable bill at the end.
Pitta tou Pappou
12, Grivas Dighenis Ave. (25588840) Open Daily 11am-1am. Main courses €3.40-€10.10. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This local branch of the successful Greek fast food chain lets you choose whatever you want to fill your pitta wrap: burgers sausages, chicken breast, pork chop, all with your own choice of sauce, are just some of the tempting and greatvalue options available.
45, Saripolou St. (25352135) Open Daily 5.30am-4pm. Main courses €5-€12. Credit No. There’s something for ever yone here: sandwiches, burgers and omelettes as well as traditional Cypriot dishes such as stuffed vine leaves, stuffed vegetables, roast pork and kebab will leave you satisfied thanks to the large portions and reasonable prices. Phidias & Polyxeni Diamantis St. (25720692, 99608178) Open Mon-Sat 6pm-12 midnight. Main courses Meze €17. Credit MC, V. This hugely popular place serves a Cypriot meze made from fresh produce straight from the vil-
12, Andrea Vlami St., Vouni (25943631) Open Mon-Sun 12 noon-3pm, Fri-Sat 6pm11pm, Sun 12 noon-3pm. Main courses Meze €13. Credit No. If you’re looking for a cheap but delicious meze you can’t beat this one. However, Takis’s specialty (suckling pig) is well worth a try.
(Ta) Tria Alonia
Agios Tychonas village (25323913) Open MonSat 7pm-11pm. Main courses €6-€9. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. With a rustic, country feel, this old stone house oozes appeal and even seems to make the food taste better – if that’s possible. Always busy so don’t forget to make a reservation.
2, Sysyphus St. (25337521) Open Wed-Mon 12 noon-1am. Main courses €7-€16, for meze €17. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. No matter how late you are, the chef will be waiting for you to try his Cypriot meze or dishes such as rabbit and fillet steak, preceded by fresh starters to whet your appetite in the best possible way.
Vouni Village (25942054, 99316979) Open Fri 7pm-1am, Sat 12 noon-1.30am, Sun 12 noon-6pm. Main courses €6-€14 for meze. Credit MC, DC, V.
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lage. Owner Yiannakis is always friendly and attentive. Don’t pass up on the desserts made with local products such as anari cheese, carob syrup, grapes, and walnuts. A deserving winner of the Time Out Reader’s Choice Eating Award two years running.
House A small traditional tavern in a picturesque village, well known for its good food and local produce, serving authentic Cypriot dishes based on old recipes.
Out Easting Awards, it has great wine list and an experienced sommelier to help you make the perfect choice to accompany your food.
The Old Lemesos
3 A, Finlandias St. Agia Phyla (25321047) Open Tue-Sun 12 noon-4pm & 8pm-11pm. Main courses €7-€14. Credit No. If you go and it’s closed, it means that the sea was too rough or the fishermen to go out. It serves only the day’s catch and the grilled sea bass, grouper, gilthead bream, large squid and inkfish are a must.
International Boho Chic Tapas Bar
24, Andrea Droussioti St. (25364218, 99248772) Open Tue-Fri 12 noon-3pm, 6pm11pm, Sat-Sun 12 noon-11pm. Main courses €7.20 (and €2.30 side dishes)-€22.50. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. A chic tapas bar with a warm décor, inventive dishes and a strong Spanish temperament.
111, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (25103111) Open Daily 7am-11pm. Main courses €3.30€7.20. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. A casual diner-style place serving quality food, mainly in the form of light meals, deli sandwiches, grills, salads and pulses.
135, Gladstone St. (25365768/www.neonphaliron.com) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-4pm & 7pm-12 midnight, Sun 12pm-4pm. Main courses €7-€27. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. When Cypriots say “Let’s do lunch”, this is exactly the type of place they go to. Massive portions of freshly-prepared food, lounge-type cubicles, and discreet staff. A winner of multiple Time 32 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
31, Georgiou Neophytou St., Mesa Geitonia (25591259) Open Daily 12.00-24.00. Main courses €8.50-€65 for two. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. A modern cookhouse with a wide range of local and international dishes, all well cooked with a creative flair.
333, 28th October St. (25583355/www.Fridays. com.cy) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €8.71-€23.58. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Famed for its Jack Daniel’s sauce on grilled burgers and meats, who can blame you for not wanting more? A fun place to go to eat with friends or family.
Italian Il Sapore
59, Amathus Ave. (25313184) Open Daily 6pm-11pm. Main courses €9.50-€21.50. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. A nice trattoria-style Italian restaurant serving fresh pasta imported from Italy by the owner along with other main courses including meat and risotto dishes.
(25278000) 223, Saint Andrew (Agiou Andreou) St. Open Daily noon-11.30pm. Main courses €6.90-€9. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This innovative Italian restaurant featuring a selfservice menu is located on the ground and first floors of the Columbia Plaza Complex. It offers an impressive selection of quality Italian dishes prepared in front of you at breakneck speed. Have a chat with the chefs and get them to cook your selection just the way you like it.
14, Spyros Kyprianou Ave. (25318709/www. pizzaexpres.com.cy) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €6.70-€15.70. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. With live music (Fri-Sat) and a magician and face painting for the kids (Sun), this place is rocking before you’ve even ordered your delicious pizza, salad, pasta or dessert.
Mexican Rio Bravo
5, Ariadne St., Mouttayiaka (25310362) Open Tue-Sun 5pm-2am (kitchen until 12 midnight. Main courses €5.80-€13.90 Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. For some of the best margaritas and fajitas in town, this is the place to go. It has a pleasant area for al fresco dining during the summer months.
Expect To Pay
Approximately œ20-30 per person
7-8, Amathus Ave. (25322604) Open Daily 10am-11pm. Main courses €9.25-€29.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This well-appointed tapas bar restaurant has more than just a touch of Spain about it, as well as very pleasant surroundings. Drink your sangria at the outdoor bar or on one of the comfy sofas on the veranda and enjoy watching busy Amathus Avenue.
Lanitis Carob Mill Complex, Vasilissis St. (25820470/www.carobmill-restaurants.com) Open Daily 11am-2am (kitchen until 11.30pm). Main courses €11.80-€26. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Why not have a swig of the local brew, munch on chicken fajitas or steak with mushroom sauce as you listen to the resident DJ play tracks from the ’80s and ’90s? Enjoy the relaxed mood but expect the place to be packed at weekends.
Corner St. Andrew (Agiou Andreou) & Christodoulou Sozou St., (25364040) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm, 6pm-12am. Main courses €11.50-
Boho Chic Tapas Bar €29.50. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. This beautifully decorated and restored old mansion has been transformed into a refined gastro-bar. Although the kitchen is closed in the afternoon, it still serves drinks, beverages and sweets.
30, Ambelakion St., Yermasoyia (25312000/ www.pagodarestaurants.com) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 6.30pm-12 midnight. Main courses €11.50-€18.80. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. With an outstanding reputation for taste and quality (try the duck in pancakes!), this restaurant is always busy despite generally higher prices than elsewhere. Fast takeaway service. Free prawn crackers with every order.
5, Gladstone St. (25354033) Open Tue-Sun 12 noon-3.30pm & 7.30pm-11pm, Sat closed lunchtime. Main courses Meat meze €19, fish meze €23, mixed meze €19. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Lovely, atmospheric taverna in the centre of town, complete with gardens. Thanks to its reputation for excellent food, the locals flock to this one. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 33
Yiannos Kranidiotis St. (near Le Meridien Hotel/www.mandaloun.eu)(25636845) Open Mon-Sun 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €6.50-€28, meze €25, vegetarian meze €20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Just down the road from Le Meridien, this upscale Arabic restaurant has deceptively low prices for the authentic Lebanese food it serves. The meze is particularly good value. Nargilehs available.
91, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (25725333) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 7.30pm-1am. Main courses Fish meze €20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This guy is too busy for his own good. His restaurant is nothing special, but the food is and the fish meze is particular is heavenly.
Corner Agiou Neophytou St. & Kyprianou St. (25377700/www.carobmill-restaurants.com) Open Mon-Sat 7pm-11pm. Main courses Meze €19.50 or €24 (Fri&Sat) Mon-Thu €16.23, Fri & Sat €21.36. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Ver y romantic restaurant ser ving an extensive Greek meze. Reser vations essential at weekends.
126B, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (77778877) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 6pmlate. Main courses Meze €20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V An extensive 30-plate meze makes this restaurant stand out from the rest. Live music at weekends. Disabled facilities and takeaway service.
209, Saint Andrew (Agiou Andreou) St. (25367333/mezetavernacyprus.com) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-3pm & 6pm-11pm. Main courses Meat meze €15.50, fish meze €20.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. If you’ve had enough of shopping and you need a leisurely break, this is the place to go. An impressive 25-dish meze and an established reputation for good food and reasonable prices mean that you can’t go wrong here.
2, Poseidon St., Governor’s Beach (25632878) Open Daily 8am-11pm. Main courses Fish meze €17. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The clifftop location with its view of the blue Mediterranean and the white rocks never fails to impress. Go early in the morning for breakfast and a Cyprus coffee or order a reasonably-priced fish meze for lunch. There is also fresh red mullet, grouper, sea bream and sea bass which is priced by the kilo.
44, Serifou St., Zakaki (25390372) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 7pm-11pm, Sun 1pm3pm. Main courses €40-€70/kg. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Enter this sparsely-decorated place, head for the refrigerated display cabinet and choose from the day’s catch. Tell the staff precisely how you want it to be cooked – grilled, fried or steamed – and then enjoy it. Simple!
Kyrenia Nautical Club
1, Amathus Ave. (25322414) Open Daily 11am-12 midnight. Main courses €8-€14.95, Fish meze €24. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. For a classic, top quality fish meze or the day’s fresh catch grilled or fried, this is the place to be. Excellent starters and fresh salads too.
Amathus Beach Hotel, Amathus Ave. (25832000/www.amathus-hotels.com) Open Daily 8pm-11pm (Apr-Oct). Main courses Meze for two €38. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. One of the most romantic restaurants in Lemesos, this fish tavern by the sea offers perhaps the richest meze you will find anywhere, with the superbly cooked fish dishes completely irresistible.
(I) Oraia Ellas
The Old Neighbourhood
Stou Kyr Yianni
3, Ellados St., Vouni (25944328) Open TueSun 12.30pm-3pm & 7.30pm-10pm. Main courses Meze €20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Nestled in the pretty village of Vouni, this restaurant has a big flower garden where you can relax before you tuck in to some truly delicious homemade dishes. 15, Linos St. Omodhos village (25422100) Open Daily 9am-3am (kitchen until 10.30pm). Main courses Meze €20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Reservations are essential at this lovely traditional building that ser ves authentic Cypriot cuisine using fresh ingredients, many of which come from the owners’ garden. 34 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
14, Angkyras St. (25376082) Open Mon-Sat 6pm-12 midnight. Main courses €40-75/kg. Credit DC, MC, V. Though a little more expensive than its rivals, Cypriots really like this restaurant as the chefs ser ve only the fresh catch of the day and use fresh local ingredients. Amathus Ave., next to Amathus Beach Hotel and Avenida Hotel (25321494) Open Daily 11am11pm. Main courses €11-€22, Fish meze €24. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Choose the fish you want from the display or put your trust in the classic fish meze. You certainly won’t leave feeling anything less than satisfied.
Sofroniou Beach Restaurant
1, Aigaiou St., Governor’s Beach (25632312) Open Daily 12 noon-10pm, Sun evening closed. Main courses €7-€15, meze €22. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The sizeable fish meze as well as the fresh sea bream, amberjack and grouper will turn you into a regular visitor to this, one of the oldest fish taverns in the area. Later you can enjoy the sea view, stretch out on your towel and sunbathe before enjoying homemade spoon sweets.
Trata Fish Tavern
Corner of Archbishop Makarios III Ave. & 38 Souliou St. (70006465) Open Daily 7pm-11.30pm, Sun-Fri 12 noon-3pm. Main courses €13-€33. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This small, nicely decorated place with a cool veranda specializes in top quality, tender Black Angus and USDA prime steaks, though fish, chicken and duck dishes are also available. The wine list features almost 100 options. Don’t leave without tr ying the apple and ginger millefeuille.
4, Iakovou Tombazi St. (near Debenhams Olympia) (25586600) Open Mon-Sat 6pm11pm, Sun 12 noon-4pm. Main courses Meze €20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. No bells or whistles on this fish tavern which simply serves excellent, fresh fish. Get in early if you don’t want to find yourself in the middle of the non-stop stream of local diners who descend on the restaurant.
Delhi Durbar Restaurant
117, Eirinis St. (25340758/www.aliada.com) Open Mon-Sat 8pm-11pm. Main courses Set menu €26. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Located in a lovely old house, complete with a tranquil garden, this restaurant serves up such an extravaganza of food (set 4-course menu) that you are unlikely to find room for it all. A pianist tickles the ivories in the background.
7, Nicodemou Mylona St. (25745017/www. tapiatakia.com) Open Mon-Sat 7pm-11pm. Main courses €3.50-12.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A visit to this divine little place decorated with plates of all sizes (the word ‘piatakia’ means ‘little plates’) is a must. Celebrity chef Roddy Damalis uses hard-to-find local produce for many of is dishes. Winner of a 2009 Time Out Eating Award in the Value for Money category.
48, George I St., Potamos Yermasoyias (25101212) Open Daily 12 noon-12am. Main courses €7-€49. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. A modern, smartly-decorated restaurant serving good quality, well-presented international cuisine, including Cypriot, Asian, French, Italian, Russian and even Lebanese dishes.
Columbia Steak House
15A, Promachon Eleftherias St. (25329590/ www.benniganscyprus.com) Open Daily 9pm-12 midnight. Main courses €10.45-€20.95. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Amid a combination of American and Irish décor, this well-known American steak house brand ser ves up the grilled dishes that have made it an international name. There is a children’s playground, parking and satellite TV. 223, Saint Andrew (Agiou Andreou) St. (25278000) Open Mon-Sun 6.30pm-12.30am. Main courses €10-€39. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This impressive venue, located inside the ultrasleek Columbia Plaza complex, of fers some solid starters, two imaginative soups and a large selection of steaks. A three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine costs approximately €100. Excellent service. Reservations only.
126, Amathus Ave. (25328782) Open Daily 5pm-12 midnight, Sun 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €10.90-€30.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This restaurant on the eastern outskirts of Lemesos has been a great well-kept secret until now. Low prices, helpful staff, huge portions and a really relaxed atmosphere, verging on the romantic if you’re in the mood. Lanitis Carob Mill Complex, Vasilissis St. (25820466) Open Daily 1pm-3pm & 7.30pm11pm. Main courses €13-€36.90. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A chic eatery with an inspired mixture of flavours on the menu. Choose from a large variety of appetisers, meat and pasta dishes. Artima is ideal for business lunches but also for a relaxing breather after a day of sightseeing in the old town. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 35
Anna Court, 2, George 1st St. (25322511) Open Mon-Sat 6.30pm-11pm. Main courses €8.50-€13, meze €17. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Although this restaurant has little in the way of themed décor, its chef certainly makes a great curry. The Chicken Tikka Masala is especially tasty and very mild.
127, 28th October St. (25356095) Open Daily 11.30am-11pm. Main courses €11-€32, Meze €21, Fish meze €24. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Renowned for its very fairly-priced fish meze and other dishes. Sitting under the vines, looking out to sea is a wonderful way to spend an evening and the food makes it even more special.
74, Queen Elizabeth II St., Akrotiri (25952638/ www.carobmill-restaurants.com) Open Daily 5.30pm-11pm. Main courses €8.90-€27.50, Italian meze €19. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. You haven’t tasted pasta till you’ve tried Il Gusto’s pasta. Mouth-watering, rich and flavoursome sauces and service with a great big smile.
2, Promachon Eleftherias St. (inside Crowne Plaza Hotel) (25851515) Main courses €14-€38. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. A refined Italian restaurant with a sea view inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, it serves excellent dishes that come with their own special gastronomic twist.
106, Amathus Ave. (25322922) Open Daily 10am-12 midnight. Main courses €10-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The new Italian restaurant in Lemesos will impress you before you have even tasted the food thanks to the large veranda and the glamorous interior decoration. Start with the carpaccio di manzo, then try the oven-baked aubergines with parmesan, mozzarella and basil, and if you’re a pasta fan, try the lobster dish. Excellent wine list.
Louis Apollonia Beach Hotel, Amathus Ave. (25323351) www.louishotels.com Open Daily 12.30pm-3pm & 7pm-11pm. Main courses €9.33- €16.51. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Sushi isn’t something you want to scrimp on, and when it’s this cheap in a classy restaurant, it’s 36 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
hard to resist. Other great dishes include sashimi, tempura, and teppan-style platters.
253, 28th October St., Limassol (25588282) Open Tue-Fri 11am-3pm, 7pm-11pm, Sat 7pm11pm, Sun 11am-3pm. Main courses €4.90€35. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. A modern sushi bar with a wide range of specialities from sushi and maki to tasty hot dishes.
Grand Hotel & Resort, Amathus Ave. (25634333/www.grandresort.com.cy) Open Wed-Mon 7.30pm-10.30pm. Main courses €13.50-€23.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Luxurious surroundings add to the pleasure at this restaurant which specialises in flavoursome sushi.
Tokyo Teppan Yaki
80B, Amathus Ave. (25873333) Open Daily 12.30pm-12 midnight. Main courses €13.70€31.20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The skilled teppanyaki chefs are a joy to watch in this restaurant where the food tastes every bit as good as it looks. The traditional décor provides a nice ambience.
Expect To Pay
Approximately œ30 plus per person
Amathus Beach Hotel, Amathus Ave. (25832000/www.amathus-hotels.com) Open Tue-Sun 8pm-11pm. Main courses €17.80-€36.
Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This oriental restaurant specialising in Asian cuisine was originally set up in the Pafos Amathus Beach Hotel but due to its success the Lemesos hotel now boasts it’s own Asiachi. There’s a phenomenal temperature-controlled all-glass wine cellar on display as you enter. Delicious food.
Chinese Chi Lounge
194, Amathus Ave. (25636357) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €15.50-€37. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. One of the best Chinese restaurants on the island and its award-winning Malaysian chef will delight you with the home-made dim sum, the variety of great starters, the Peking duck, wasabi prawns and hal nanese pork. Great service and an excellent wine list. You won’t be able to resist taking a photo of the glamorous surroundings.
French La Maison Fleurie
18, Christaki Kranou St. (25320680/www. lmfcy.com) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-3pm & 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €10-€29. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. For the second consecutive year, this exclusive restaurant has won a 5-star Diamond award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences of New York. Oysters and foie gras remain firm house favourites. Best to make a reser vation especially at weekends.
238, Saint Andrew (Agiou Andreou) St. (25818860) Open Mon-Sat 6pm-12 midnight. Main courses €25-€45. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. As you enter this 1844 mansion, notice the five Time Out Eating Awards that this restaurant has won, a clear indication of its high standard of cuisine and service. We suggest you start with half a dozen Gillardeau oysters, wash them down with a chilled Ruinart rosé, continue with sushi, mussels in white wine sauce or home-made foie
Four Seasons Hotel, Amathus Ave. (25858000) www.fourseasons.com.cy Open Four days a week (call to check) 7.30pm-10.30pm. Main courses €25-€60. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This 2008 Time Out Eating Award Winner in the Best Hotel Restaurant categor y is a sister restaurant to the ver y highly prized Parisian eatery of the same name. The menu comprises gloriously simplified gourmet versions of Greek and Cypriot traditional dishes. A somewhat pricey but extremely worthwhile dining experience.
Italian Caprice at Londa
Londa Hotel, 72, George 1st St. (25865555/ www.londahotel.com) Open Daily 12.30pm3pm & 7.30pm-11pm. Main courses €14-€34. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. With stunning sea views and comfortable yet luxurious surroundings, this hotel restaurant serves up Mediterranean-inspired dishes prepared by a chef who is clearly a master at his craft. On Sundays the BBQ platters are fabulous value, and if you stay until the afternoon the resident DJ will entertain you with chillout music by the pool.
Four Seasons Hotel, Amathus Ave. (25858000/ www.fourseasons.com.cy) Open Four days a week (call to check) 7.30pm-10.30pm. Main courses €44 for two course menu. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Cyprus and deservedly a Time Out Eating Award winner for two years in a row. The extremely talented chef prepares a wonderful cold tomato soup with basil sorbet while his ravioli with porcini mushrooms and some absolutely divine desserts will have you wanting to return again and again.
28, Profitis Elias St., Yermasoyia (70009777) Open Daily 7pm-11.30pm, Sun 12 noon-3pm & 7pm-11.30pm. Main courses €22-€46. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An impressive new Japanese restaurant boasting a suitably minimalist decor. Japanese Master chef Daizo Hashida and chef Arai Mitsuteru guarantee authentic dishes from their homeland.
194, Amathus Ave. (25812659/www.zenroom. biz) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €8.30-€60.80. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The food here is nothing less than divine. An open kitchen allows you to watch your dishes being prepared by expert chefs. The 2008 Time Out Eating Award winner as Best Japanese Restaurant. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 37
Four Seasons Hotel, Amathus Ave. (25858000/ www.fourseasons.com.cy) Open Wed-Mon 7pm-11pm. Main courses €12-€48. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Cypr us. Award-winning chef Kenny Keung invites you to tr y authentic Cantonese cuisine ser ved with a creative flair. The spring rolls, the divine Peking duck, the sweet and sour chicken or the lemon chicken are all amazing, as is the wonderful ginger crème brulee at the end. Excellent ser vice and a wine list worthy of such a 5-star restaurant.
gras terrine with Asian style king prawns. And whatever you do, don’t miss the lobster pasta.
Even though the restaurant scene may not be as varied as that of Lefkosia and Lemesos, there is still much to enjoy and discover in Larnaka. Fish lovers should definitely drive out to the village of Zygi which boasts a number of excellent fish taverns while in the town itself you can enjoy al fresco dining along the Phinikoudes promenade and there is a good selection of international restaurants elsewhere.
Where to eat Expect To Pay
Approximately œ10-20 per person
Chinese Taipei Town
63, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., (24621399) Open Mon-Sat 12.30pm-3pm & 6.30pm-11.30pm, Sun 6.30pm-11.30pm. Main courses €4.70€10.60. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A great value-for-money restaurant with excellent food at reasonable prices, this spacious venue offers friendly and efficient service. Weekend reservations are highly recommended. A takeaway service is available.
54, Piyale Pasha St., Mackenzie Beach area (24625904) Open Daily 11am-11pm. Main 38 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
courses €4-€13. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. An attractive place where you can enjoy well-made light dishes, snacks, a variety of beverages and alcoholic drinks. It has a fabulous range of beers.
33, Egypt St., (70006933) Open Tue-Sun 7pm11pm. Main courses €7-€21. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V Enjoy an evening in this modern restaurant with great dishes prepared by a Cypriot celebrity chef. Well known for its grills, its fillet steaks and fish dishes.
I, Agnooumenou Andrea Georgiou St. Agia Anna (22532500) Open Tue-Sat 8pm-12 midnight, Sun 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €14 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A pleasant place to try a traditional Cypriot meze and enjoy the charming countryside near Agia Anna village along the way. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert as they serve a great selection of local sweets.
Gefseis En Lefko
Gefseis En Lefko
8, Piyale Pasha Ave. (24655664) Open TueSun 12 noon-4pm & 7pm-11pm. Main courses €4.50-€18. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Greek cuisine at its best, with every dish having a touch of extra virgin olive oil. When you go, rest your gaze on the clear blue waters or the area, choose between the delicious meat or fish meze and enjoy a glass of ouzo or the local spirit zivania.
5, Paideias St., Oroklini (24647122) Open MonSat 6.30pm-11pm, Sun lunch only. Main courses €8-€17 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This excellent taverna offers a 55-dish (!) meze (€17) featuring traditional Cypriot dishes with a twist. The list includes the quality kebab and succulent chicken, spicy pork and smoked turkey. Make sure you try the home-made prickly pear liqueur!
Kalo Chorio village (24361890, 99651818) Open Mon-Sat 7.30pm-11.30pm. Main courses €17 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Housed in an old village coffee-shop, this authentic taverna uses seasonal recipes from the Karpass peninsula, such as village salad with fresh aubergines and mint, lamb and potatoes in tomato sauce,
A33 snails, head of lamb and other unusual delicacies. A fish meze also available.
Old Station, Skarinou village (24323222)Open Daily 8am-11pm, Sat until 1.30am. Main courses €6-€15 (Sunday buffet). Credit MC, DC, V. A restored property containing a restaurant/ tavern, a pretty garden with orange trees, a café, a folk art museum, a shop selling olive products, a donkey farm, an oil packaging area and, soon, rooms to rent. Live Greek music every Saturday with singer Stella Georgiadou. Available for events with up to 500 people.
Evagoras Pallikarides St., Oroklini (99640402, 99838830) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €6.50-€18 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A minimal, large area with an al fresco dining area in summer. Serves seasonal meze, including some mouth-watering kleftiko (slow-cooked lamb) and Cypriot grills such as sausage, bacon and lountza (smoked pork loin). Live music Fri-Sat.
42, Piyale Pasha Ave. (24655867) Open Daily 12.30pm-12 midnight (kitchen until 11.30pm). Main courses €10-€13.50. Credit AmEx, MC, V. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 39
T.G.I. FridayÕs See p43.
A traditional Cypriot restaurant with a long history as it first opened in Lysi village in 1934. Stands out for its traditional platters cooked in a woodfired oven. Specialises in meat dishes such as souvla, maintaining a consistently high quality. Good service and reasonable prices. Takeaway service available.
noon-12 midnight. Main courses €11-€17.50 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Award-winning traditional taverna with an excellent meat meze (€16.24) comprising approximately 30 platters. Includes some memorable and well-cooked lamb chops, a great lamb kebab and village bread with olive oil and artichoke. Definitely a must-try!
62, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Aradippou (24534060) Open Mon-Sat 6pm-11pm, Sun 12 noon-11pm. Main courses €7-€18 meze. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. A small tavern with home-made Cypriot dishes and grills at Aradippou. All main courses are served with hors d’oeuvres, potatoes and salad.
Oraies Gefseis sto Alethrikon
4, Eirinis St., Alethriko (97774877) Open Daily 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €7.50€18. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The moment you arrive, so will the meze dishes, starting brilliantly with oxtail, succulent kebabs and spicy sausages, unless you insist on seasonal treats such as wild asparagus, snails, wild mushrooms, game, etc. As for dessert, you will go crazy for the home-made semolina and almond cake, the traditional pancakes and the entire range of spoon sweets.
12, Filiou Tsigarides St., Ayios Theodoros (24323323) Open Tue-Sun 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €15 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Traditional meze taverna with a pleasant green view. If you don’t want the truly huge variety of dishes in the meze, go for the cooked or grilled dishes, preceded by some tasty starters such as tzatziki, tachini, olives, etc.
3, Agiou Demetriou St., Oroklini (24647177) Open Mon-Sat 7pm-12 midnight, Sun 12 40 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
Grigoris Afxentiou Ave. & 20 Constantinople St, Zygi (24332415) Open Wed-Sun 11am-12 midnight. Main courses €6-€16.23 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Leave the kids to play on the sand or in the sea which is just a stone’s throw away while you choose your fish from the display and arrange for it to be cooked exactly how you like it. If you’ve arrived with an appetite and time to spare, an unending parade of fish meze dishes awaits you.
37, Piyale Pasha Ave. (24657198) Open Tue-Sun 12 noon-4pm & 6pm-11.30pm. Main courses €7.50-€18.50 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Located right next to the small harbour, where you can see the fishermen returning with their catches daily, it serves a simple yet substantial fish meze with a few unusual dishes. The fresh squid and red mullet are among the most popular. Some meat dishes served too.
71, Grigoris Afxentiou St. Zygi (24332448) Open Daily 12 noon-10.30pm. Main courses €9.95€18.95 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Take a seat and gaze at the clear blue Mediterranean just 30m away and once you have inhaled some fresh sea air you can try the fresh squid, succulent red mullet and sea bream, either grilled
Taipei Town See p38. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 41
1900 Art Caf
Kyra Georgaina or fried. If you’re not worried about ruining your diet, just ask for the fish meze and you table will soon be laden with all the fish and seafood dishes you could possibly want.
International 1900 Art Caf
6, Stasinou Ave. (24653027) Open Daily 6pm1am. Main courses €9.50-€11. Credit MC, V. An artsy place as its name suggests with walls covered in paintings. The atmosphere is decidedly cosy with wooden floors and a fireplace. This is a great choice for a nice dinner or even for a date.
The Bailey Irish Pub & Restaurant
36, Athinon Ave., Phinikoudes (70004474) Open Daily 8am-2am (kitchen until midnight). Main courses €9.80-€25.90. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This Irish café-pub with Greek and English music offers international cuisine with a wide selection of tasty dishes. Live DJ Fri, Sat, Sun.
77, Athinon Ave., Phinikoudes (70004454) Open Daily 8am-2am (kitchen until midnight). 42 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
Main courses €11.50-€22. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Par t of an islandwide chain, this lively and popular bar-restaurant has an extensive menu featuring international dishes and light meals. A good variety of beer is on of fer – tr y and book one of the two tables offering self-service draft beer.
34, Mesopotamia St., Oroklini (24824100) Open Daily 10am-2am. Main courses €5.50€11.80. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Located right on Oroklini beach, this multifunctional venue has a decidedly Greek island atmosphere. Creative Greek cuisine and a satisfactory wine list. Try the braised lamb with potato puree and grilled vegetables.
8, Samou St., Dhekelia Road (opp. Golden Bay Hotel) (24646777) Open Daily 1pm-12 midnight. Main courses €7-€30. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An elegant venue located on the seafront hotel strip, offering outdoor dining. For a starter try the caesar salad and for your main course we recommend the Steak Diane.
Mackenzie Beach (70008089) Open Daily 10am-12 midnight. Main courses €8.30-€23.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This is a new all-day restaurant, literally next to the sea on one of the island’s best beaches. The cuisine is from the four corners of the globe but we recommend the al dente seafood risotto, the pasta with strips of Irish veal and definitely the huge, tender pork chop. Later you can dance the night away to the DJ sounds but don’t forget to try one of the fancy cocktails or Cyprus’s most famous dessert wine Commandaria.
Surf & Turf
Piyale Pasha St., Mackenzie Beach area (24656647) Open Daily 9am-12am. Snacks €5. Main courses €19-€55 (platters). Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. Pretty décor and a sea view from cosmopolitan Mackenzie Beach. Serving an impressive range of Mediterranean meals of starters, salads, meat, poultry and fish dishes and desserts.
98, Athinon Ave., Phinikoudes (24816666) Open Sun-Fri 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €9-€25.90. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Part of the successful American chain, this restaurant offers great views and the well-worn TGI Fridays décor. Serves consistently good food, great cocktails in huge glasses and delicious desserts.
Archbishop Makarios III Ave. & 4, Kalogreon St. (24657000) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €6.70-€19.95. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This Italian restaurant stands out from the rest, and even from the other Marzano outlets across the island. From the main dining room you can face the bar and the open kitchen where the chefs can be seen preparing their tasty dishes. Reservations recommended.
Expect To Pay
Approximately œ20-30 per person
Chinese FengÕs House
104, Athenon St. Phinikoudes, (24657176) Open Daily 12.30pm-12 midnight. Main courses €7.20€12.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A popular venue offering a varied menu of wellpresented and delicious food at low prices. It can get packed so reservations are recommended.
Cypriot/Greek Archontiko Papadopoulou
67, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Kornos village (24531000) Open Tue-Sun 9.30am-3pm
Surf & Turf & 6pm-11pm. Main courses €14-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This unique restaurant turns traditional Cypriot cuisine into a fine dining experience in one of the most beautiful old mansions remaining on the island. Among the international award-winning chef’s suggestions are hand-made pasta with trout, baked lamb and potatoes with cumin and tomatoes or sea bass wrapped in vine leaves and cooked in a wood-fired oven. Ask the sommelier to suggest a good local wine to accompany your meal from the longest list of Cypriot wines that you’ll find anywhere.
7, William Wire St. (24664978) Open TueSun 7pm-11pm. Main courses €17. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This gem of a restaurant, frequented by locals in the know, offers 40 seasonal meze dishes with an imaginative twist, including some hard-to- find ones. A good variety of à la carte options is also available. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 43
larnaka French Rendezvous
2, Sakaria St., Mackenzie area (24658318) Open Daily 12 noon-11pm. Main courses €10-€19.50 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Its seaside location and tranquil atmosphere make this taverna an excellent choice for a relaxing dinner. Serves meat meze (€14.50) and fish meze (€16.60), as well as well-prepared à la carte options at reasonable prices.
Fish CaptainÕs Table
48, Grigoris Afxentiou St. Zygi (24333737) Open Daily 12pm-11pm. Main courses €16-€25 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An upscale venue located right next to the old harbour, offering great sea views. The menu features fresh and imported fish, as well as special dishes such as steak and venison. Reservations are recommended at weekends.
Ladas Fish Tavern
Zygi-Larnaka coast road (24817300, 99681261) Open Daily 11am-12 midnight. Main courses €12-€22 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. 44 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
This well-known and long-established fish tavern has recently relocated to a new building with a different style. Enjoy your meal on the outdoor terrace which has a great sea view. Excellent fish meze.
Loizos Koubaris Fish Tavern
34, Grigoris Afxentiou St., Zygi (24332450) Open Daily 11am-11pm. Main courses €8-€22 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An unpretentious fish tavern located next to the sea with large open areas and a small children’s playground. One of the best in the village offering a good quality fish meze, with large portions at reasonable prices. Reservations recommended, particularly at weekends.
4, Apostolou Varnava St., Zygi (24332203) Open Daily 11am-12 midnight. Main courses €8-€19.50 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Housed in a restored Turkish warehouse complex opposite the village church, it offers both indoor and outdoor dining areas. Serves some fine meze and fresh catch of the day at reasonable prices. Mention Time Out and enjoy some free Cypriot sweets for dessert!
French French Rendezvous
Dhekelia Road (24644532) Open Wed-Mon, 6pm-11.30pm. Main courses €6.50-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The menu offers a selection of good authentic French dishes. The décor is decidedly over the top but the food definitely makes it worth visiting.
10, Ithakis St., Dhekelia Road (24644950) Open Mon-Sat, 6pm-11.30pm. Main courses €12.50-€24. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The menu separates the main courses into fish, chicken, lamb and vegetarian. This Indian restaurant with its special décor offers an impressively wide selection of aromatic, spicy dishes.
International Ammos Kitchen Bar
CambanellaÕs Steak Restaurant
Ithakis St. (opp. Palm Beach Hotel) (24647877) Open Daily 6pm-11pm. Main courses €10-€29.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An authentic Italian steak house with an excellent menu and good quality ingredients. The fresh Argentine grilled steak is highly recommended.
Campanario Steak House
10, Nicodemou Mylona St. (24626110) Open Mon-Sat 6.30pm-11pm. Main courses €13-€19. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Ideal for meat lovers, with an excellent selection of platters and a good wine list. Housed in a renovated traditional house with outdoor dining in its walled garden area during the summer months. Reservations recommended.
FinniganÕs Bar and Restaurant
K-MAX Bowling Centre, 1, Peloponissou St. (77778393) Open Mon-Fri 6pm-1am, Sat 5pm1am, Sun 12 noon-1am. Main courses €9.50€24. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An Irish restaurant-bar, elegantly decorated with Victorian and Celtic influences. Serves international cuisine and a good selection of wines.
HoboÕs Steak House
14, Athinon Ave., Phinikoudes (24652584) Open Mon-Sat 4pm-12 midnight, Sun 11am-12 midnight. Main courses €5.55-€25.90. Credit
AmEx, DC, MC, V. The menu offers a good selection of special cuts as well as flambé steaks. Housed on the first floor above a separately-owned café/bar, it is a popular venue that is frequently packed so reservations are recommended.
Aldiana Hotel, Alaminos (24849010) Open Fri-Sat 8pm-12 midnight. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This new arrival has tasteful, minimal décor and is just a stone’s throw from the sea. Have a glass of sake followed by prawn crackers, some sashimi and sushi, but leave room for the crispy duck and salmon tataki. End the evening with an outstanding dessert of fried ice cream.
Mediterranean Lord Kitchener
Village Square, Psematismenos (24333484) Open Wed-Sat 7pm-11pm, Sun 12 noon-4pm. Main courses €13-€22. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. A traditional building with a warm atmosphere serving inventive Mediterranean dishes made from fresh, local ingredients and vegetables grown in the district.
Expect To Pay
Approximately œ30 plus per person
Japanese Nippon Bistrot
Academia Centre, 57, Grigoris Afxentiou Ave. (24657555) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-3pm & 6.30pm-11.30pm, Sun 12.30pm-4pm & 7pm11.30pm. Main courses €12.80-€32. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A classic Japanese restaurant with impressive minimal décor. Features a sushi, sashimi and maki mono bar, a separate area for teppanyaki and tables for other platters. Winner of a 2009 Time Out Eating Award and a nominee in 2010. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 45
Mackenzie Beach (24828844) Open Daily 10am-2am. Main courses €10-€26. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The best all-day bar-restaurant on Mackenzie Beach. Have a swim and then satisfy your appetite with your feet in the sand and a home-made burger on your plate. Alternatively, try Bambola salad or an excellent Samurai sushi platter. And whatever you do, don’t miss the superb cocktails and the sweet platter.
HoboÕs Steak House
Meat Academy See 49.
Hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors from all over the world, together with a sizeable British expatriate community, have given the Pafos restaurant scene a valuable boost in recent years. Growing numbers of superb eateries are appearing not only in the seaside town but throughout the surrounding district. A visit to Kathikas village, a haven of tavernas, is a must, while the short drive to the fishing village of Latchi, where only the freshest catch of the day is served up all year round, should be at the top of your Ôto doÕ list.
Where to eat Expect To Pay
Approximately œ10-20 per person
and main courses such as the six cheese chicken or pork chops with pesto sauce. Those who are caloriecounting should choose one of the four light dishes so as not to have a guilty conscience.
Greek Caf/Bar/Restaurant Cypriot/ Araouzos Taverna Muse
Mousalla area (26941951) Open Daily 9am2am. Main courses €8-€19.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Enjoy the unique view of Pafos town from up here while you enjoy breakfast and then order some ‘platters to share’ with friends or choose a salad (seafood, village Italian or Pafos-style). The homemade burgers are great, as are the fresh pasta dishes 46 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
17, Georgiou Kleanthous St., Kathikas village (26632076, 99186496) Open Daily 12.30am11.30pm. Main courses €8-€15, meze €17. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A popular taverna serving excellent Cypriot food. Like other establishments in Kathikas, the building has been beautifully restored. Traditional tools and artefacts decorate the stone interior. The dishes are flavoursome and satisfying.
14, Kato Vrysi St., Kathikas village (26632745) Open Daily 10am-10.30pm. Special Lunch or Dinner (starter, main, dessert) from €9.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. There are set menus for all tastes and budgets in this restaurant whose surroundings recall a local village. The meat and the mixed meze, as well as the steaks that are cooked exactly as the customer has ordered, are this restaurant’s trump card.
33, Ioannis Agrotis St. (26937822, 99586099) Open Mon-Sat 6.30pm-11pm. Main courses €10-€20, meze €17.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A traditional Cypriot experience with a 20-dish meze. As the dishes keep coming, take things slowly. Ribs, pork in wine, liver… the list goes on and everything on it is delicious. The family-produced wine is a must.
Georgiou Kleanthous St., Kathikas village (26632954) Open Daily 10.30-3pm &
6.30pm-12 midnight, Wed closed (Mar-Nov). Main courses €8-€16.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The food is good and the menu ver y interesting. Dishes are great value for money and popular with locals and repeat visitors alike. The service is friendly and the garden is beautiful. Touches of Cyprus’s histor y are apparent on the menu.
Konia village (opp. the main church) (99622705, 99864807) Open Mon-Sat 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €8-€12 and €15 for meze. Credit No. A simple taverna serving fresh, seasonal food. Ver y busy during the summer months so it’s best to book.
6, Votsi St., Ktima (26937121) Open Daily 8am-4pm. Main courses €7-€9, meze €17. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 47
Superb Cypriot and international dishes in what the locals will tell you is a very good restaurant. The Sunday lunch buffet is especially popular at this family-run restaurant. Booking advised.
Viklari Observation Point Restaurant
Akamas (99489000, 26991088) Open summer only Main courses Souvla €12. Credit No. Breathtaking sea views await you, as Viklari sits high on a hill in the Akamas peninsula. Stop here for lunch when exploring the area and take in the stunning beauty. The family-run taverna has a basic menu of chicken or meat souvla, kebabs, salad, potatoes and bread. The food is good and the décor is unique.
11, Georgiou Kleanthous St., Kathikas village (26633353) Open Fri-Wed 10am-3pm & 6pm10pm. Main courses €8-€12, meze €15. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A beautifully-restored stone-built taverna serving traditional dishes and international cuisine. Sit inside by the fire in winter or outside under the shade in the warmer months. The food is consistently good and Yiannis gives a warm welcome. It was the 2009 Time Out Eating Award winner in the Best Taverna category.
Yiannis This is a real gem, located on a side street in the heart of the old town, Laona is all about the food. Authentic traditional dishes are lovingly created and the welcome is warm. Sit in the shade at an outside table and soak up Cyprus.
4, Grivas Dighenis Ave., Tala village (26652979) Open Mon-Sat 4pm-11pm. Main courses €10-€11 and €13 for meze. Special set menus available lunchtime. Credit MC, V. This popular taverna in the heart of Tala village, with commanding views across Pafos and right down to the sea, is a favourite with British ex-pats. Owner Savvas is the host and his wife Maria cooks a great value for money meze as well as slow-cooked lamb, rabbit stew and sea bream or fish lovers. A bottle of local wine goes down well. As Melitzia has such a fine reputation, it’s best to book ahead.
Pano Gialia (Gialia-Stavros road)(26342676, 99612368) Open Daily 11am-late. Main courses €8.60-€17. Credit No. A well-kept secret off the beaten track, Mylos is the place to enjoy the real Cyprus. Sit on the veranda, breathe in the scent of wild herbs and admire the scenery. The family-owned restaurant serves excellent traditional dishes including delicious spicy sausages. Do try to visit.
45, Kato Vrisi St., Kathikas village (26814191) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 6pm-10pm. Main courses €7-€17. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. 48 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
1, Vasilika St., Anavargos village (26941379) Open Mon-Sat 6pm-late. Main courses €6€14. Special meze €14. Credit No. This traditional taverna has been in the village for many years and once belong to the current owner’s brother. The menu is short and succinct and the food basic but tasty. Try the special Cyprus meze comprising 30 dishes. George is quite a character and enjoys parading his collection of hats. Popular with residents and visitors of all ages, this is the place for an enjoyable night out and good value for money.
Fish Arapis Coral Bay
Coral Bay (26621021) Open Daily 12 noon3pm. Main courses €6-18, meze €20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Since 1980, the Arapis family has been offering fish lovers the best catch of the day so you are well advised to opt for the fish meze or, if that’s too much for you, you should try the grilled fresh squid, grouper or sea bream. Meat dishes are also available. Don’t forget your swimsuit as the blue Mediterranean and the sandy shore are only a few metres away.
Avanti Holiday Village Piazza, Kato Pafos (26961379) Open Mon-Thu 12 noon-9.30pm, Fri 12 noon-10.30pm, Sun 12 noon-9.30pm. Main courses €7.50- €16. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Ocean Basket is a South African chain of seafood restaurants and there are now two more branches on the island (at My Mall in Lemesos and on the Phinikoudes promenade in Larnaka). It offers superb food and great value for money in a friendly
atmosphere. All sorts of mouthwatering fish and shellfish dishes are available together with sushi. Try the platter for 2 (€25) which includes mussels, king prawns, linefish, squid and chips.
Latchi (26321529) Open Daily 10am-10pm. Main courses €7-20, meze €16.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Sit inside the 300-year-old main building or in the modern extension on the sea front and order the large and varied fish meze accompanied by some house wine. Alternatively you can enjoy fresh red mullet and sea bass while the children swim in the crystal-clear waters and play on the sand.
Polis-Latchi Road (26321989) Open Daily 11am-10pm. Main courses fish meze €16.50, meat meze €15.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Relax and enjoy the fresh fish and stunning views. The food is on the expensive side, but well worth it. Meat dishes are also available but this is predominantly a fish Tavern. Good service.
Pafos Harbour, Kato Pafos (26932829) Open Daily 9am-12 midnight. Main courses €7.50-€95 Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. With Pafos Fort, bobbing boats and people passing by as a backdrop, this stone-built family run restaurant has been in operation since 1962. Order the fish meze or start with a crispy sand smelt followed by grilled salmon, washed down with an ice-cold local beer.
International La Place Royale
1, Poseidon Ave. (26933995) Open Daily 9am-12 midnight. Main courses €5-€16. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Everyone is made welcome here and the menu caters for all tastes. From light snacks to full meals, this central location is a good place to refuel and enjoy the atmosphere.
Poseidon Ave. & Polydefki St., Kato Pafos (26964888) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €8-€20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. As its name punningly suggests, this is for all you carnivores out there and you will love it. Traditional Cypriot cuisine served in large portions with the main focus on grilled dishes which are the restaurant’s most popular items.
Kings Gardens, 110, Tombs of the Kings Rd. (26933026) Open Mon-Sat 6.30pm-late (open for lunch in summer). Main courses €6.50€20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This popular eatery has just reopened after two years as a wedding venue. Pleasing modern Mediterranean flavours complement a well-ordered wine list and the cocktails are sheer perfection. Try the duck breast and end your meal with the amazing Death by Chocolate. Heaven!
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3-5, Anastasias St. & Theoskepastis St. (26818298) Open Daily 6pm-11pm. Main courses €7-€42. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Located in the heart of Kato Pafos, this restaurant’s seafood and steaks are a popular choice. The Italian pastas are flavoursome and the ambience relaxing.
La Sardegna Da Gino
70, Apostolou Pavlou St., Kato Pafos (26933399) Open Wed-Sun 6pm-11pm. Main courses €10-€15. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. It is no exaggeration to say that in this restaurant, painted in the colours of the Italian flag, you will eat one of the best pizzas that you’ll ever find in Cyprus. For a start, you’ll get lost among the more than 30 choices so we suggest you try the Quattro Stagioni or the Rustica while vegetarians should order the Ortolana and a glass of white wine.
52-53, Poseidon Ave., Kato Pafos (26923034) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €6.70-€16. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 49
Tirimos Pizza Express has been around for a number of years now with its authentic Italian specialities but a favourite remains the pizza margarita with its traditional thin and fluffy crust with San Marzano tomato sauce and mozzarella.
Expect To Pay
Approximately œ20-30 per person
Chinese ChloeÕs No1
13, Poseidon Ave., Kato Pafos (26934676) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-3pm & 6pm-11pm (kitchen until 11pm), Sun evenings only. Main courses €9.50-€18. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Located on the newly-upgraded seafront promenade, this restaurant is well-known for its authentic décor, extensive wine list and solid menu with something for every palate. Popular with Cypriots, which is always a good sign. 50 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
Imperial 18, Poseidon Ave., Kato Pafos (26954010) Open Daily 6pm- 11pm. Main courses €8-€38. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Often full to the brim, this family-owned/run restaurant is a popular choice with the locals. The food is as enjoyable as the atmosphere. Try the beef with spring onions, the establishment’s most popular dish. Reservations are advised and you might like to order sauces without sugar which is often added to better suit the Cypriot palate.
44, Tombs of the Kings Rd., Kato Pafos (26936738) Open Daily 6.30pm-11.30pm. Main courses €7-€15. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Ser ving a blend of Chinese and Thai cuisine, Phuket has been around for many years. Constantly updated, it remains one of the longest enduring establishments in Pafos, popular in particular with the British ex-pat community thanks to the consistently good food. The seafood dishes should not be overlooked.
91, Archbishop Makarios III Ave.(26941604) Open Daily 8am-11pm. Main courses €11.96€35. Credit AmEx, MC, V. One of the oldest family-run hotel restaurants in Pafos, it is located in and in the heart of Ktima – the old part of town. The proprietor is a prolific artist and each room is decorated with his paintings. The courtyard is an oasis of beauty and charm, and the food is delicious and plentiful. Traditional dishes sit happily alongside the owner’s newer creations. Ser vice is friendly and the overall experience is wonderfully satisfying.
4, Dionysou St., Kato Pafos (26934129) Open Daily 6pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-late. Main courses €12.50-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A well-established taverna, which consistently delivers good quality food in the form of an excellent meat meze and other meat dishes such as spit-roast and slow-cooked lamb. A popular destination with visitors to the island, it features live music Fri-Sat.
Yiangos and Peter Taverna
Akamantos Ave., Latchi (26321411) Open Daily 8.30am-11pm. Main courses €7.50-35. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Try the snapper or sea bass in this family-orientated restaurant. Not all of the fish is same-day fresh but quality standards are high. Eat outside and watch the sunset but be sure to order side dishes as the fish and meat are served alone.
Indian Bombay Brasserie
65, Poseidon Ave., Kato Pafos, (26964083/4) Open Daily 5.30pm-11.30pm. Main courses €11.87-€18.11. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. One of the best Indian Restaurants in Pafos, which serves authentic food. Aromatic Indian spices are blended to perfection to ensure that all the dishes tantalise. If you like your Indian food hot, try the chicken vindaloo. Round it all off with an excellent mouthwatering dessert.
Coast road, Chlorakas village (26949435) Open Mon-Sat 6pm-11.30pm (Opens July). Main courses €10.50- €18.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The sister restaurant of the Koh-i-Noor offers a varied menu and good service. Tandoori dishes are the specialty. There is play area for children.
Pomos Harbour (26342191) Open Daily 9.30am-11pm. Main courses €1-€17, meze €18. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A 35-minute drive from Pafos on the B7 road but well worth the trouble. With views across the small, recently-upgraded harbour, this basic familyrun restaurant serves good traditional food with a smile. Try the octopus or the fish meze.
Fresco In Blue
Off the Agios Georgios Road (26621306) Open Daily 9am-10pm, 8.30am-6pm (winter). Main courses €10-€16, fish meze €19.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Overlooking the bay perched on a hilltop, this restaurant has one of the best views in town. The ser vice can be on the slow side, but the fish, which you can choose yourself, is excellent. The squid and chips are a popular choice and he fact that many locals frequent the restaurant is always a good sign. 71, Agapinoros St. (26942846) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €9-€40. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V The marine-inspired décor will get you in the
Intercontinental Hotel, Aphrodite Hills (26829000) Open Daily 12 noon-4.30pm (AprNov). Main courses €12-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This poolside brasserie serves snacks and meals with an Italian/Mediterranean flavour. In smart or casual attire you won’t feel out of place. Souli Beach Hotel, Latchi-Baths of Aphrodite Rd, Latchi (26321088) Open Daily 7pm-11pm. Main courses €16-€22 and meze at Souli Tavern €18. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This outdoor restaurant is on decking right next to the sea. Reserve early for the best table and watch beautiful sunset while enjoying mushrooms stuffed with fetta cheese and tomato before moving onto the home-made ravioli with aubergine filling. The maitre d’ will advise you on the best wine to accompany your choice of dish. Amathus Beach Hotel (26883300) Open Daily 7.30pm-10pm. Main courses €9.80-€25.75. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An exclusive restaurant serving a gourmet buffet Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 51
Tourist Beach, Geroskipou (26964525) Open Daily 12 noon-11pm. Main courses €10-€19, fish meze €22.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. In the Greek island environment of this restaurant with the sea just 20 metres away, you should opt for the classic fish meze or choose the fish you want from the display cabinet. If the menu of the day includes oven-cooked toadfish, order it as it is the house special and it is fantastic.
mood for the fish and seafood treats awaiting you. You can trust the owner blindly on the matter of freshness since it is he and his family who are out in their fishing boats catching it every day. Tr y one of the grilled dishes and/or the garlic prawns.
dinner. A table d’hôte menu is also available. The menu changes regularly. Try a variety of dishes from Greek, Cypriot, Italian, French, Oriental and other cuisines.
Almyra Hotel, Pafos (26888700) Open Daily 12.30pm-3.30pm & 7pm-10.30pm (Apr-Oct) Main courses €12.30-€52. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A superb restaurant combining Mediterranean and Eastern flavours with well-thought-out dishes to choose from. An excellent culinary experience.
96, Tombs of the Kings Rd. (26220099) Open Daily 6pm-11pm. Main courses €7-€29. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Stone grill dining will keep you entertained in this modern restaurant. The main focus is on steaks which are cooked precisely as the customer wishes. There’s an impressive wine list from which to choose the accompaniment to your meal on the large veranda. Excellent desserts served by efficient staff.
65, Poseidon Ave. (26964164) Open Daily 6.30pm-10.30pm. Main courses €11.30-€21. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Book in advance as this established eatery is a popular choice. The food is always good as is the attentive service. None of the dishes will disappoint.
Mare e monti
Aliathon Plaza Hotel, Thea Aphrodite Ave. (26967979) Open Daily 6pm-12 midnight. Main courses €10-€24. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. As part of the 5-star Aliathon Plaza Hotel, the Mare e Monti serves exquisite pasta dishes, of which the Arabbiata is the standout. You should also order a salad while if pizza is your thing, go for the Siciliana accompanied by a cold beer or a glass of house wine.
Risto La Piazza
11-12, Alkiminis St., Kato Pafos (26819921) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 6pm-12 midnight. Main courses €10-€35. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The menu is authentic Italian and the knowledgeable waiting staff are happy to advise. Steak and pastas are very popular and the wine list is excellent, which explains why Risto la Piazza has been awarded the Time Out Eating Award for Best Wine Cellar four years in a row. Booking essential.
Japanese Oriental Sushi Bar
Elysium Hotel, Vasilissis Verenikis, Kato Pafos (26844444) Open Daily 7pm-10pm. Main courses €13-€23. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Inside the five-star Elysium Hotel, sushi and sashimi delights will make you return again and again. Popular with those in the know, this experience is not to be missed. 52 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
Intercontinental Hotel, Aphrodite Hills (26828000) Open Daily 7pm-11pm. Main courses €14-€32. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Superb quality, mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes, great wines, impressive décor, and stunning views of the sea. It’s hard to find fault with anything here.
The Old Town
9, Georgiades Kyproleontas St., Polis Chrysochous (26322758, 99632781) Open Thu-Tue 6pm-11pm. Main courses €15-€24. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Absolutely fabulous food and summer dining in the secluded restaurant garden, with good local wines – a definite value for money choice. The chef’s appreciation of good seasonal food makes it difficult to single out any particular dish.
Mexican Poco Loco
Aliathon Complex, Thea Aphrodite St. (opp. Athena Beach Hotel), Kato Pafos (26961156) Open Mon-Sun 6pm-11pm. Main courses €9-€30. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The décor is just what you’d expect from a Mexican restaurant and the portions are large. Good food to be enjoyed with a Mexican beer. Don’t forget to leave room for desser t and a shot of Tequila.
Expect To Pay
Approximately œ30 plus per person
Thalassa Hotel, Coral Bay (26881500) Open Tue-Sun 7pm-10.30pm. Main courses €20-€55. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.
The freshest catch of the day comes straight to your table in this lovely, idyllic location overlooking the Coral Bay Hotel. Excellent menu and service as expected at a boutique hotel.
Elysium Hotel, Vasilissis Verenikis St., Kato Pafos (26844444) Open Mon-Sat 7-30pm-10-30pm. Main courses €43- €61(starter, second, main, dessert). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Bacco is at the more expensive end of the scale, but well worth the indulgence. Popular with Cypriots, the food is well-presented and delicious. Ingredients are fresh and the service is excellent.
Elea Golf Club, 1, Elaion Ave., Geroskipou (26202003) Open Wed-Sat 11am-10pm, SunTue 11am-8pm. Main courses €17-€34. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. If you’re a golfer, you should first sign up for an exciting round on the course designed by six-times world champion Nick Faldo. Then you can settle down to a meal, starting with the carpaccio of scallops and avocado or crab cakes or a caesar salad with romaine lettuce, bacon, parmesan flakes and sardines before you move onto a succulent Angus burger or the slow-cooked lamb shank which is so tender you can cut it with a fork.
Amathus Beach Hotel, Poseidon Ave. (26883300) Open Daily 7pm-10pm. Main courses €17.65-€75. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This restaurant inside the Amathus Beach Hotel has clean, modern lines which complement the high quality dishes, and the service is attentive. Definitely worth a visit.
Village Square, Aphrodite Hills (26828043) Open Daily 6pm-12 midnight, Wed closed. Main courses €14-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Offering a fusion of Japanese sushi and Chinese cuisine, fresh ingredients soon get the taste buds working. Japanese sushi and sashimi are served alongside Chinese and Thai dishes. Excellent service, delectable food and a great ambience. Highly recommended.
Agiou Antoniou St & Poseidon Ave. (26947492) Open Daily 6pm-11.30pm. Main courses €17.50-€32. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The futuristic décor and the large variety of sushi won’t fail to impress you, especially if you try the salmon and mango maki. As a main course you can’t go wrong with a marinated chicken skewer with lemon and coriander sauce. Fri-Sat, reservations recommended. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 53
The big international fast food chains naturally have a highly visible presence in the popular tourist resorts of Agia Napa and Protaras but you wonÕt need to look very far to discover an ever-increasing number of restaurants offering high quality cuisine and a fabulous dining experience. If you take a short drive to Sotira when youÕre feeling peckish, you wonÕt regret it. The village is fast becoming the ÔinÕ place for food thanks to some great tavernas.
Where to eat Expect To Pay
Approximately œ10-20 per person
16 , Kryou Nerou St., Agia Napa (99637299) Open Daily 3pm-11pm & Lounge bar Open Daily 9am-1am. This recently renovated restaurant/lounge bar next to the Thalassa Museum is best known for its succulent steaks.
Archontiko tou Kosti
13, Grigoris Afxentiou St. Liopetri (23943322) Open Mon, Wed-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 12 noon11pm. Main courses €16 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A meal in this gorgeous traditional taverna is a real step back in time. Located within a renovated old house, it serves highly authentic traditional dishes 54 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
in clay pots (just as they did 100 years ago). Only the freshest and highest quality ingredients are used to create a value-for-money meze that will be hard to forget and a dining experience that you just can’t fault.
Protaras Ave., Protaras (99272712) Open Daily 3.30pm-11.30pm. Main courses €9-€14 Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The style is Greek island, located on a large veranda overlooking Protaras Avenue. Whether you choose the Greek meze or a main dish, we recommend you start with a traditional salad, aubergine salad, tzatziki and cheese croquettes, followed by the particularly tasty lamb and bouyiourdi. Wash it down with Retsina, of course.
6, Kyriakou Matsi St., Sotira (23828833) Open Mon-Sat 6.30pm-11.30pm. Main courses €8-€14 (€17 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A new, authentic, traditional taverna with a pleasant atmosphere. Good quality food, which you can enjoy as part of a meze or by choosing from the
à la carte menu. Fast service and outside seating during the summer months.
15, Democratias St., Agia Napa (23721280) Open Daily 4pm-12 midnight. Main courses €8.75-€20.50 (€16 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The first thing to do when visiting this traditional old mansion (dating back to 1900) is put your signature on the walls and/or arches. Then you can focus on the Cypriot meze! Succulent koupepia (stuffed vine leaves), crispy meatballs, sausages and kleftiko slow-cooked lamb in a clay pot are just some of the meze dishes that will make you want to taste a lot more Cypriot cuisine.
(To) Ploumin Tavern
3, 28th October St., Sotira (99658333/www. ploumin.com.cy) Open Mon-Sat 5pm-12 midnight. Main courses Meze starts from €14. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Using the owners’ organically-grown vegetables in everything, this quaint taverna offering Cypriot dishes from times past as well as modern-day recipes allows you to choose which ones you would like in your meze. Book on weekends to avoid disappointment.
San... ÔStou PsyrriÕ
17, Agias Marinas St., Paralimni (23828777) Open Daily noon-12 midnight. Main courses €5.50-€12.90. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. An attractive meze tavern serving choice dishes, lovingly prepared with fresh, pure ingredients based on exciting Greek recipes.
92, Stadiou St., Paralimni (23821959) Open Daily 5.30pm-11pm. Main courses €7-€11.95 (€18.50 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This pretty traditional taverna, decorated with old and antique items, is a particular favourite with the locals. Don’t worry about the menu because with a choice of 8 different meze options (meat meze, fish meze, vegetarian, etc.) there is something for everyone.
48, Grivas Dighenis Ave., Paralimni (23821456) Open Daily 7pm-11pm. Main courses €17 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. You’ll need to reserve a table here since, as well as locals and tourists, the place is a favourite haunt of Cyprot politicians, actors and artists. The specialities are meat and fish meze but if you’re a fan of game you’ll have come to the right place. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 55
San... ÔStou PsyrriÕ See 55.
179, Trikomou St., Vrysoulles (23962403, 99471509) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-11pm. Main courses €15.30 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This small log-built taverna in one of the lessfrequented villages in the kokkinochoria (red soil) district offers real value for money and a great range of Cypriot specialties.
61, Protaras Ave., Paralimni (23832896) Open Daily 4pm-11pm. Main courses €6.50€19.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Reser ve a table well in advance because the set menus, which are suitable for all tastes and pockets, have made this a ver y popular place with visitors to the district. If you like a bit of variety, you can’t go wrong with the mixed grill.
Mexican Los Bandidos
2, Ari Velouchioti St. (23723258/www.losbandidosmexican.com) Open Daily 5.30pm-11pm. 56 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
Paladela Main courses €6.85-€23. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: this is the best Mexican restaurant on the island. Be prepared to wait, but enjoy a refreshing margarita or two while you do so. There is a large selection of starters to share with friends and plenty of main courses in large portions.
Corner of Nissi Ave. and Agia Mavri St., Agia Napa (23723620) Open Daily 12 noon- 11pm. Main courses €8.45 -€20.95. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Put on your sombrero and enjoy the Mexican dining experience in the cactus-filled garden with an ice cold Corona or Sol beer in your hand. You’ll find a wide range of Mexican dishes and cocktails for all tastes and pockets.
Expect To Pay
Approximately œ20-30 per person
2, Iasonos St., Protaras (inside Capo Bay Hotel) (23831101) Open Daily 7pm-11pm. Main courses €18. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V.
Ttappis See 55. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 57
7, Yiannaki Giovanni St., Vrysoules (23962266) Open Daily 6pm-12 midnight. Main courses €18.90 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This traditional taverna will remind you of a folk art museum as you enter and once your eyes have feasted on the décor your hunger will be satisfied by the huge meze selection, all made with great care and fresh, top quality ingredients. The grilled dishes are especially delicious.
Fish Anemos Beach Restaurant
Next to Capo Bay Hotel, Protaras (23831488) Open Daily 9am-11pm. Main courses €8.8020.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. On the shore at Fig Tree Bay, this fish restaurant serves some of the tastiest dishes in the district. The massive terrace offers an excellent sea view.
40, Ellinon St., Pernera, Protaras (23831145) Open Daily 9am-11pm (Mar-Oct). Main courses €22 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This family-run taverna is a trademark place to head for if you want fresh fish in Protaras. The décor leaves something to be desired but the huge variety of fresh fish and the gorgeous sea view more than make up for it.
Wasabi A value for money approach, with Polynesian cuisine, fabulous cocktails and uplifting music. Here you can relax and take a journey into tastes and flavours that remind you of summer, the beach and complete not having a care in the world.
Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Agia Napa (inside Napa Plaza Hotel) (23816555) Open Daily 5pm-1am. Main courses €3-€16.50 and combinations from €26. Credit AmEx, MC, DC, V. This attractive sushi bar serves top quality dishes inside the Napa Plaza Hotel in the centre of Agia Napa. Salads, maki, sushi nigiri and more.
Lipertis St., Agia Napa (23721650/www.limelighttaverna.com) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-12 midnight Main courses €9.40-€25.55 (€39.30 meze for two). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Undeniable quality and value at this restaurant. Charcoal-grilled suckling pig, steak, lobster –all heavenly. Perfect for those with a healthy appetite as portions are huge. Reservations essential. 58 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
55, Kappari St., Paralimni (23820565) Open Daily 12 noon-11pm. Main courses €10.90-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Run by three brothers, this family restaurant boasts a pleasant al fresco dining area where you can enjoy the freshest catch of the day. They only serve 100% fresh fish.
79B, Konnou St., Protaras (next to Grecian Park Hotel) (23831386) Open Daily 12 noon4pm & 6.30pm-9.30pm. Main courses €21 for fish meze and 18.50 for meat meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Fresh fish meze never tastes as good as it does when you’re eating it outdoors by the sea, listening to the lapping of the waves. Reser vations essential.
Taverna tou Isaac
77-79, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Harbour area, Agia Napa (23723586) Open 9am-late. Main courses from €5.90 (fish by the kilo €35, lobster €65). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This local tavern near the harbour has an extraordinary menu including fresh lobster, fish, and mussels. Virtually unheard of in Cyprus, they also serve a mini meze for one!
Vassos Fish Harbour Taverna
51, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Agia Napa (23721884/www.vassosfishrest.com) Open Daily 9am-10.30pm (15 Nov-31 Mar until 5pm). Main courses €3-€14 (€21.50 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.
Koi See 56. Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 59
Alati by the sea Only a handful of restaurants in the Famagusta district have earned themselves a faithful clientele of locals and return visitors to the island, year in, year out but this is one of them. The fresh fish meze is undeniably one of the best-value anywhere.
International Alati by the sea
37, Pernera Ave., Paralimni (23833740/www. alati-protaras.com) Open Daily 10am-2.30am. Main courses €10.95-€15.95. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This beautiful all-day restaurant is the epitome of relaxation, with a menu comprising succulent dishes with a Mediterranean influence as well as sushi which is this year’s new attraction here. Located right on – and servicing – the beach, so if you don’t want to get off that sunbed to enjoy a cocktail or a snack, you don’t have to!
17, Kapparis Ave., Protaras (23744800/www. foliorestaurant.com) Open Daily 6pm-11pm. Main courses €13-€21.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This international/fusion restaurant is a ver y glamorous place indeed. Sparkling crystals hang 60 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2013
in the window as it dares you to try its inventive creations, many of which sound absolutely divine. There’s a good champagne selection too.
210, 1st April St., Paralimni (23730545) Open Daily 12.30pm-11pm. Main courses €7.25-€39.95 (€17.95 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Warm atmosphere and romantic areas for great dining. Dishes from around the world and a huge wine cellar with more than 300 labels will create a very pleasant dilemma: what to choose?
Orange Grove Restaurant
70, Nissi Ave., Agia Napa (23721995) Open Daily 10am-3am (kitchen until 12 midnight). Main courses €8.50-€23. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This is a great place to go with the kids as there is a large play centre. Enjoy the Elton John, Elvis and Kylie tribute shows each night at 10pm. Extensive menu.
8, Democratias St., Dherynia (23820250) Open Mon-Fri 4pm-1am, Sat-Sun 2pm-12 midnight. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This is a comfortable café-bar-restaurant decorated in pretty colours and with classy furniture.
Just Italian Cool salads, chicken dishes and simple snacks all come with the chef’s personal touch. An ideal place to watch football and other sports on TV with friends, cool beers and cocktails.
2, Eleftheriou Iacovou St., Dherynia (23744833) Open Tue-Sun 8am-11pm. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. You’ll find it right in the middle of the village with easy access from whichever direction you arrive. There’s a great value for money Cypriot meze but you can also order impressive international dishes such as salmon, Thailand curry and more that will make you want to return again and again.
Italian/ Mediterranean Just Italian
52, Kapparis Ave., Paralimni (23744300/www. justitalian.com) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 5.30pm-11pm (Sun 1pm-10pm winter) Main courses €7.50- €21.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Lively atmosphere, simple décor, discreet service and tasty food including a range of wood-firecooked pizzas, this is exclusive Italy at its best.
La Cultura Del Gusto
7, Ifestou St., Pernera, Paralimni (23833860, 99605291, 99419536) Open Daily 5pm-11.30pm. Main courses €8.95-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Winner of the 2010 Time Out Eating Award for Best Mediterranean Cuisine, showing just how lucky Paralimni is to have such a restaurant. Clearly the view
that its game, steak, and suckling pig are all delicious is shared by all. Reservations only at weekends.
21, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Agia Napa (23725925/www.polynesian-agianapa.com) Open Daily 5.30pm-11pm. Main courses €11.60-€19.20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Very cute restaurant done out in true Fijian style with a thatched roof and bamboo décor. The open kitchen means that you can view a plethora of tropical fruits, unusual vegetables, meats and spices being used as the meals are created.
Expect To Pay
Approximately œ30 plus per person
Chinese/ Thai/ Japanese/ Fusion Hokkaido
35, Agias Mavris St., Agia Napa (23721505/ www.hokkaidoca.com) Open Daily 5.30pm11pm. Main courses €13-€35.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A superb Japanese restaurant with talented chefs manning the hotplates to produce truly divine concoctions. Its sister restaurant in the centre offers a similar thing. Kids’ portions (at half the price) are also available.
Italian/Mediterranean Quadro Osteria Italian Restaurant
9, Kryou Nerou St., Agia Napa (23723838) Open 1pm-11.30pm. Main courses €14-€18.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Provoking your interest from the outset – the first dish on the menu is a scrumptious starter of smoked salmon with avocado and orange ginger sauce – this little Italian eatery is definitely one to try! Eating Guide 2013 | Time Out Cyprus 61
10, Kryou Nerou St., Agia Napa (23816110, 99314000/www.sagerest.com) Open Daily 6pm-11pm (winter Fri-Sat only). Main courses €10.80-€39.90. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. If you want elegant and romantic, this place definitely fits the bill with its sensational Mediterranean-inspired menu and live sax music Fri-Sat. A wonderful gastronomic experience but you need to book at weekends.
Octagon See 58.
Index A-Z Lefkosia
Mattheos (see page 21) 22755846 22662727 1900 Oinou Melathron (see page 27) 22667668 Mezostrati (see page 25) O A 22432242 Achillion (see page 20) 22668532 Odos Oneiron (see page 21) 22760099 Agios Georgios (see page 20) 22765971 Oktana (see page 24) Orpheas (see page 21) 22337788 Aigaio (see page 24) 22433297 Ousies & Oinopnevmata (see page 21) 22777787 C P Caf La Mode (see page 23) 22510788 22432559 22871787 Palia Elektriki (see page 26) 22491310 Caf Mercedes (see page 18) 22270777 Paragadi (see page 27) 22263706 Casa Vieja (see page 23) 22673371 Pi & Phi (see page 18) 22666552 Chateau Status (see page 27) 77771167 PlatoÕs (see page 19) China Spice (see page 24) 22875875 Pralina (see page 24) 22660491 Chopsticks (see page 19) 22817070 Prosilio (see page 22) 22350520 Chytron Gefseis (see page 20) 22261261 Pyxida (see page 27) 22445636 D Q Da Paolo (see page 22) 22438538 22760040 Daliou Mills (see page 20) 22521308 Q Lounge Bar (see page 19) Domus Lounge Bar and Restaurant R (see page 27) 22433722 22454454 Dragon (see page 24) 22591711 Rancho (see page 26) 22591722 S E El Torito (see page 26) 22757340 Seven Lounge (see page 24) 22251177 Ellinikes Diadromes (see page 20) 22330701 Siantris (see page 21) 22671549 Sitio (see page 19) 22458610 F Family Nest (see page 27) 22427160 Souxou Mouxou Mantalakia 22666600 Fanous (see page 23) 22666663 (see page 25) 22852000 FinbarrÕs (see page 23) 22376625 Stavros tis Asinou (see page 22) 22852500 G 99352500 Garden of Chrysaliniotissa (see page 20) 22343447 Stoa tou Demetri (see page 22) 22343030 Golden Beirut (see page 23) 22676764 22497539 GrecoÕs Nest (see page 27) 22358666 Stou Kyriakou (see page 25) Sushi La (see page 26) 22375036 H T Hard Rock Caf (see page 18) 22364999 22674411 Hustle (see page 18) 22458588 T.G.I. FridayÕs (see page 26) 22815776 I Tavernaki tou Pambou (see page 22) 22781083 I Gonia tou Anastasi (see page 20) 22384884 Tavolino (see page 26) 22663199 I Koumparoi (see page 21) 22351070 22621537 I Mageirisses (see page 20) 22381822 Theodosis (see page 22) 22780937 Il Bacaro (see page 22) 22676969 To Latsi (see page 25) 22772459 Il Forno (see page 23) 22456454 Il Forno di JennyÕs (see page 23) 22666643 To Psarolimano O Philippos (see page 25) 22314020 K To Periyiali stin Poli (see page 25) 22490007 Kallipolis (see page 20) 22756809 To Steki tis Loxandras (see page 22) 22675757 22330059 Karvounomageiremata (see page 20) 77777729 To Steki tou Kosti (see page 25) KathÕ Odon (see page 21) 22661656 Tsimpouradiko sti Stoa (see page 22) 22875827 Tutto Il Giorno Romantica (see page 26) 22377276 L La Pasteria (see page 26) 22460460 V La Spaghetteria (see page 23) 22665585 Vasiliki (see page 22) 22349803 Le Caf (see page 23) 22466566 22712712 Leventis (see page 21) 22773201 Vivere (see page 26) Loukoullos (see page 25) 22844000 W M Marzano (see page 26)
Wagamama (see page 18) 22663240 Zanettos (see page 25)
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Mandaloun (see page 33) 25636845 Mavrommatis (see page 37) 25858000 Meze Taverna (see page 34) 25367333 25323351 MichaelÕs Platea (see page 30) 25934104 25328782 25821082 25340758 Molly MaloneÕs (see page 29) 25725333 N 25354033 25365768 25820466 Neon Phaliron (see page 32) 25832000 O O Mezes tou Mimi (see page 30) 25712812 B 25733755 Beige (see page 37) 25818860 O Phiniotis (see page 31) O Tsolias (see page 31) 2533752 BenniganÕs (see page 35) 25329590 Benzai (see page 36) 25588282 P Boho Chic Tapas Bar (see page 32) 25364218 25341944 99248772 P (see page 29) Pagoda (see page 33) 25312000 C Pasalimani (see page 34) 25321494 Caprice at Londa (see page 37) 25865555 25588840 Chesters (see page 28) 25635155 Pitta tou Pappou (see page 31) 25318709 Chi Lounge (see page 37) 25636357 Pizza Express (see page 33) Plous (see page 30) 25377378 Chopsticks (see page 30) 77777728 Polycarpos Restaurant (see page 31) 25352135 Columbia Steak House (see page 35) 25278000 R D 25591259 Delhi Durban Restaurant (see page 35) 25322511 Rigato (see page 32) 25310362 Dianoche (see page 33) 25322604 Rio Bravo (see page 33) 70009777 Dino Art Caf (see page 28) 25762030 Roku (see page 37) Draught Microbrewery (see page 33) 25820470 S Drifters (see page 29) 25324243 Salut (see page 30) 25871614 99626338 F 25322922 Forsos (see page 30) 25329490 San Lorenzo (see page 36) 25858000 Fuamo (see page 35) 70006465 Seasons Oriental (see page 37) Skourouvinnos (see page 31) 25720692 99608178 H House (see page 33) 25364040 Sofroniou Beach Restaurant (see page 35) 25632312 25422100 Hundred Eleven (see page 32) 25103111 Stou Kyr Yianni (see page 34) Syrian Arab Friendship Club (see page 28) 25328838 I T I Oraia Ellas (see page 34) 25944328 25583355 Il Gusto (see page 36) 25952638 T.G.I. FridayÕs (see page 32) 25745017 Il Posto (see page 29) 25746777 Ta Piatakia (see page 35) Ta Tria Alonia (see page 31) 25323913 Il Sapore (see page 32) 25313184 25943631 Istorikon (see page 34) 25377700 Takis Taverna (see page 31) The Garden (see page 35) 25101212 The Noodle House (see page 28) 25820282 K 77778979 Kalymnos (see page 34) 25632878 25321047 Karpenisi (see page 30) 25397701 The Old Lemesos (see page 32) Kavourotrypa (see page 34) 25390372 The Old Neighbourhood (see page 34) 25376082 To Mairkon tis Lysis (see page 30) 25560555 Kyoshi (see page 36) 25634333 25942054 Kyprion Gevsis (see page 34) 77778877 To Vouniotiko (see page 31) 99316979 Kyrenia Nautical Club (see page 34) 25322414 Tokyo Teppan Yaki (see page 36) 25873333 Trata Fish Tavern (see page 35) 25586600 L La Boca (see page 32) 25278000 V La Brezza (see page 36) 25851515 25858000 La Maison Fleurie (see page 37) 25320680 Vivaldi (see page 37) La Mer (see page 35) 25356095 Z Library (see page 29) 25361362 25812659 Limanaki (see page 34) 25832000 Zen Room (see page 37) Lofou Traditional Taverna (see page 30) 25470202 99598903 Larnaka M Mairkon Sikaminia (see page 30) 25365280 1900 Art Caf (see page 42) 24653027 A Akakiko (see page 36) Al Pesto (see page 35) Aliada (see page 35) Angelos (see page 34) Anotera (see page 33) Artima (see page 35) Asiachi (see page 36)
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A A33 (see page 38) Agia Anna (see page 20) Ammos Kitchen Bar (see page 45) Archontiko Papadopoulou (see page 43)
Surf & Turf (see page 43) 70006933 22532500 T 24828844 T.G.I. FridayÕs (see page 43) Taipei Town (see page 38) 24531000 The Bailey Irish Pub & Restaurant (see page 42) C The Brewery (see page 42) CambanellaÕs Steak Restaurant To Paradosiako (see page 44) (see page 45) 24647877 Campanario Steak House (see page 45) 24626110 V CaptainÕs Table (see page 44) 24333737 Voreas (see page 40) D Depot (see page 38) F FengÕs House (see page 43) FinniganÕs Bar and Restaurant (see page 45) French Rendezvous (see page 45) G Galu Seaside (see page 42) Gefseis En Lefko (see page 38) Grada (see page 39) H HoboÕs Steak House (see page 45) K Kansui (see page 45) Kathari Kardia (see page 40) Koutsonikolias (see page 39) Ktima Georgiades (see page 39) Kyra Georgaina (see page 43) L La Veranda (see page 42) Ladas Fish Tavern (see page 44) Loizos Koubaris Fish Tavern (see page 44) Lord Kitchener (see page 45) Lush (see page 43) M Mantra (see page 39) Marzano (see page 43) Masalas (see page 45) Meze Meze (see page 43) Militzis (see page 39) Millosias (see page 40) N Nippon Bistrot (see page 45) O Oraies Gefseis sto Alethrikon (see page 40) P Paliomouktaros (see page 40) S Santa Elena (see page 44)
Z 24625904 Zefyros (see page 40) Zygiana (see page 40)
24656647 24816666 24621399 70004474 70004454 24658318 24647177 24657198 24332448
24657176 Pafos 77778393 A 24644532 Araouzos Taverna (see page 46) Arapis Coral Bay (see page 48) 24824100 Asiachi (see page 53) 24655664 Asian Corner (see page 53) 24647122 Atlantis (see page 51) B 24652584 Bacco (see page 53) Bombay Brasserie (see page 51) 24849010 Brasserie Ifaistos (see page 51) 24332415 24361890 C 99651818 Cavallini (see page 52) 24323222 ChloeÕs No1 (see page 50) 24664978 E Ela (see page 53) 24646777 24817300 F 99681261 Farmyard (see page 47) FettaÕs Corner (see page 47) 24332450 24333484 Fresco In Blue (see page 51) 70008089 G Gold Sakura (see page 53) 99640402 Grazie (see page 49) 99838830 24657000 I 24644950 ImogenÕs Inn (see page 47) 96798718 Imperial (see page 50) 24655867 24534060 K Kanali (see page 51) Kinyras (see page 51) 24657555 Konia Tavern (see page 47) L La Place Royale (see page 49) 97774877 La Sardegna Da Gino (see page 49) Laona (see page 47) Luna Rosa (see page 51) 24323323 M Mandra Tavern (see page 51) 24332203 Mare e monti (see page 52)
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26632076 99186496 26621021 26883300 26828043 26964525 26844444 26964083 26964084 26829000 26964164 26934676 26202003 26632745 26937822 99586099 26321088 26947492 26818298 26632954 26954010 26342191 26941604 99622705 99864807 26933995 26933399 26937121 26883300 26934129 26967979
Santa Elena. See p44. S Saint George (see page 51)
T The Old Town (see page 52) TheoÕs (see page 49) 26888700 Tirimos (see page 51)
26322758 99632781 26932829 26942846
Meat Academy (see page 49) Melitzia Tavern (see page 48) Mesogios (see page 52) Muse (see page 46) Mylos Restaurant (see page 48) N Notios (see page 52)
26964888 26652979 26828000 26941951 26342676 99612368
O Ocean Basket (see page 48) Olivetto (see page 52) Oriental Sushi Bar (see page 52)
V 26961379 Viklari Observation Point Restaurant 99489000 26220099 (see page 48) 26991088 26844444 Y Yiangos and Peter Taverna (see page 51) 26321411 26633353 26814191 Yiannis (see page 48) 26941379 26936738 Yiorgos Taverna (see page 48) 26923034 Z 26961156 26949435 Zaffron (see page 49) 26933026 26321529 26321989 26881500 Ammochostos A Abacus (see page 54) 99637299 26819921 Alati by the sea (see page 60) 23833740
P Petradaki Tavern (see page 48) Phuket (see page 50) Pizza Express (see page 49) Poco Loco (see page 52) Poppadums (see page 51) Porto Latchi (see page 49) Psaropoulos (see page 49) Psi (see page 52) R Risto La Piazza (see page 52)
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Anemos Beach Restaurant (see page 58) Archontiko tou Kosti (see page 54)
F Fiji (see page 61) Folio Restaurant and Wine Bar (see page 60)
H Hokkaido (see page 61)
J Just Italian (see page 61)
K Kalamies (see page 58) Karras (see page 58) Kava (see page 60) Koi (see page 56) Kyklos (see page 54)
23831145 23820565 23730545 23831101 99272712
L La Cultura Del Gusto (see page 61) Limelight (see page 58) Los Bandidos (see page 56)
23833860 23721650 23723258
M Mousikos (see page 54)
N Napa Tavern (see page 55)
O Octagon (see page 58) 23962266 Orange Grove Restaurant (see page 60) 23721995 P Paladela (see page 56) Posto Caf (see page 60)
Q Quadro Osteria Italian Restaurant (see page 61)
S Sage Restaurant (see page 61) San... ÔStou PsyrriÕ (see page 55) Spartiatis (see page 58) Square (see page 61)
23816110 23828777 23831386 23744833
T Taverna tou Isaac (see page 58) Tequila Mexican (see page 56) To Ploumin Tavern (see page 55) Ttappis (see page 55)
23723586 23723620 99658333 23821959
V Vangelis (see page 55) Vassos Fish Harbour Taverna (see page 58)
W Wasabi (see page 58)
X Xilino Restaurant (see page 56)
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Koupepia Afelia: pork stewed in red wine and coriander. Baklava: dessert made from filo pastry layered with nuts and doused with syrup. Gigantes: large beans baked in tomato sauce. Halloumi: traditional Cypriot cheese made from goat’s milk, often fried or grilled. Hiromeri: marinated, smoked and pressed ham Horiatiki salata: Greek ‘village’ salad made with tomato, cucumber, onion, feta, green pepper and olive oil. Glyko: preserved fruits in syrup. Kateifi: syrup-soaked, shredded-pastry rolls. Keftedes: herby meatballs of minced pork or lamb, egg, breadcrumbs, herbs and spices. Kleftiko: slow-roasted lamb on the bone, flavoured with oregano. Koupepia: vine leaves stuffed with rice, spices and minced meat (‘dolmades’ in Greece). Koupes: cigar shaped wheat cases with meat filling. Loukanika: pork sausages with spices and wine. Mousakas: baked dish of minced meat, aubergine, potato slices and herbs, topped with béchamel sauce. Pourgouri: cracked wheat rice. Sheftalia: pig or lamb gut-membrane stuffed with pork or lamb mince, onion, parsley and spices, then grilled. Souvla: large chunks of lamb or pork, slowroasted on a rotary spit. Souvlaki: meat cubes quick-grilled on a skewer (kebab). Stifado: meat stew (often rabbit) with onions, red wine, tomatoes, cinnamon and bay leaves. Taramosalata: fish roe pate with olive oil, lemon juice and breadcrumbs or potato. Talatouri: dip of shredded cucumber, yoghurt, garlic and mint (‘tzatziki’ in Greece). Zivania: clear and very strong local alcoholic spirit best enjoyed icy cold.