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2011 EDITION

The Best Restaurants in Cyprus

Over 400 great meals to suit your budget!


Contents About this guide 5 A brief introduction to this publication A taste of Cyprus An introduction to Eating Out in Cyprus

6

Traveling Through Wine Country 12 A guide to the many wineries open for wine tasting along the islandテ不 six major wine routes Lush

Made in Cyprus 18 An introduction to the most popular Cypriot local food products Low Budget Eating 26 A selection of restaurants that offer not only great food but value for money too.

Pagoda Mont Parnas

Lefkosia

30

Lemesos

46

Larnaka

58

Pafos

68

Ammochostos

78

A-Z Index 86 The best restaurants on the island Glossary 90 Get to know the basics of Cypriot cuisine before itテ不 time to order

Abacus

ON THE COVER Photographer Bill Bradshaw/ Time Out London Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 3


Contents About this guide 5 A brief introduction to this publication A taste of Cyprus An introduction to Eating Out in Cyprus

6

Traveling Through Wine Country 12 A guide to the many wineries open for wine tasting along the islandテ不 six major wine routes Lush

Made in Cyprus 18 An introduction to the most popular Cypriot local food products Low Budget Eating 26 A selection of restaurants that offer not only great food but value for money too.

Pagoda Mont Parnas

Lefkosia

30

Lemesos

46

Larnaka

58

Pafos

68

Ammochostos

78

A-Z Index 86 The best restaurants on the island Glossary 90 Get to know the basics of Cypriot cuisine before itテ不 time to order

Abacus

ON THE COVER Photographer Bill Bradshaw/ Time Out London Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 3


Published by Time Out Cyprus Dias Building, 5 Egaleo Str., Strovolos, Lefkosia P.O. Box 23477, 1683 Lefkosia Editorial: Tel +357 22580670 Fax +357 22580675 e-mail: info@timeoutcyprus.com Advertising: Tel +357 22580375 Fax +357 22580674 e-mail: ads@timeoutcyprus.com Published under the authority of and in collaboration with Time Out Group Ltd, London, UK. The name and logo of Time Out are used under license from Time Out Group Ltd, Universal House, 251 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7AB, UK. Editorial Editor Silia Ioannidou Sub-editor John Vickers Researchers/Writers for this edition Xenia Tsiamanta, Michalis Michaelides, Eliza Pavlou, Nikos Andreou. Design Art Director Valentina Alexandrou

Photography Michalis Kyprianou, Olesia Constantinou, Marios Hapsis. Advertising Group Advertising Director Maria Kyriakou Advertising Manager Press Media Spyroula Spyrou Moyseos Advertising Executive Spyros Theocli Administration Founder Andy Hadjicostis General Manager Marilena Ierodiakonou Magazine Marketing Manager Katerina Kestora Group Art Director George Hadjiloizou Finance Manager Antonis Antoniou Time Out Group Chairman Tony Elliott CEO David King International Managing Director Cathy Runciman Group Financial Director Paul Rakkar Group General Manager Nichola Coulthard Production Manager Brendan McKeown Digital Managing Director David Pepper © Dias Publishing House Ltd 2011. All rights reserved throughout the world. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of Dias Publishing House Ltd.

About this Guide his Guide aims to provide an Ttaurant informed indication of the resscene in Cyprus with reviews

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.

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 access details can change and you should Wheelchair Unfortunately, progress is slow in this area. It ring ahead if you want to be sure. would be wise to ring ahead to check if the estab-

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.

Pricing

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.

Credit cards

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.

lishment can cater for you.

Children

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.

Dress

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.

Reservations

It’s always a good idea to book ahead, especially at weekends.

Bar & cafŽ 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.

Telephones

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 Artima 4 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

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.

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Published by Time Out Cyprus Dias Building, 5 Egaleo Str., Strovolos, Lefkosia P.O. Box 23477, 1683 Lefkosia Editorial: Tel +357 22580670 Fax +357 22580675 e-mail: info@timeoutcyprus.com Advertising: Tel +357 22580375 Fax +357 22580674 e-mail: ads@timeoutcyprus.com Published under the authority of and in collaboration with Time Out Group Ltd, London, UK. The name and logo of Time Out are used under license from Time Out Group Ltd, Universal House, 251 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7AB, UK. Editorial Editor Silia Ioannidou Sub-editor John Vickers Researchers/Writers for this edition Xenia Tsiamanta, Michalis Michaelides, Eliza Pavlou, Nikos Andreou. Design Art Director Valentina Alexandrou

Photography Michalis Kyprianou, Olesia Constantinou, Marios Hapsis. Advertising Group Advertising Director Maria Kyriakou Advertising Manager Press Media Spyroula Spyrou Moyseos Advertising Executive Spyros Theocli Administration Founder Andy Hadjicostis General Manager Marilena Ierodiakonou Magazine Marketing Manager Katerina Kestora Group Art Director George Hadjiloizou Finance Manager Antonis Antoniou Time Out Group Chairman Tony Elliott CEO David King International Managing Director Cathy Runciman Group Financial Director Paul Rakkar Group General Manager Nichola Coulthard Production Manager Brendan McKeown Digital Managing Director David Pepper © Dias Publishing House Ltd 2011. All rights reserved throughout the world. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of Dias Publishing House Ltd.

About this Guide his Guide aims to provide an Ttaurant informed indication of the resscene in Cyprus with reviews

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.

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 access details can change and you should Wheelchair Unfortunately, progress is slow in this area. It ring ahead if you want to be sure. would be wise to ring ahead to check if the estab-

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.

Pricing

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.

Credit cards

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.

lishment can cater for you.

Children

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.

Dress

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.

Reservations

It’s always a good idea to book ahead, especially at weekends.

Bar & cafŽ 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.

Telephones

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 Artima 4 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

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.

Ttappis Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 5


A Taste of Cyprus...

A Taste of Cyprus...

A Taste of Cyprus... & much more

Eating out has never been better! If you are one of the many thousands of tourists who keep coming back to Cyprus year after year, you probably donÕt need us to tell you that one of the reasons is the islandÕs excellent food. And we are not just referring to the Greek and Cypriot meze dishes found in almost every local taverna. By Nicos Andreou If you have not yet ventured far, you will be amazed by the restaurant scene here. Grab a pair of chopsticks and enjoy excellent Japanese, Chinese and Thai cuisine or, if you are a lover of Mediterranean, Mexican, Arabic or Indian dishes, you cannot fail to be impressed by the countless value-for-money options available. Many pubs and cafés will thrill you with their original dishes, while the island’s fish taverns are open for lunch and dinner, serving the freshest catch of the day. Choose between gourmet, glamorous hotel restaurants and simple kebab houses. A variety of dining experiences awaits. So welcome and ‘kali orexi’, which is Greek for ‘bon appétit’.

Cyprus for Beginners

It doesn’t take too much imagination to be convinced that the shapely figure of Aphrodite, the island’s legendary Goddess of Love, owed more than a little to the Mediterranean diet. Since antiquity, the Cypriots have produced all the ingredients needed for their daily diet. They have traditionally raised goats and sheep, hence the popularity of Cypriot cheese products like halloumi and anari. The Mediterranean climate, in combination with the soil variations between the valleys and mountainous regions, has contributed significantly to the production of a huge variety of agricultural products. Tasty, juicy watermelons, melons, dark red cherries and 6 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

strawberries, mouthwatering pomegranates, grapes and bananas still grow here in abundance. Immense olive groves produce extra virgin olive oil which, in combination with freshly- cut herbs, will flavour foods, salads and virtually every traditional Cypriot dish. It is a cuisine that you can get to know very easily, just by visiting one of the hundreds of tavernas on the island - just ask for meze! It’s a tapas-like procession of dishes, beginning with freshly-cut salad, mostly prepared with vegetables from the owner’s own gardens, as is the case with tavernas like Skourouvinos in Lemesos or Yiannis at Kathikas village. An enormous variety of dips such as tahini, taramas and tzatziki will whet your appetite and prepare you for grilled halloumi cheese, sausage and lountza (smoked pork loin), tender lamb chops, kebab and sheftalia (spicy sausages) accompanied by freshly-fried potatoes. What will really get you started is the kleftiko – lamb sealed in an earthenware container and slow-cooked in a woodfired oven until it’s practically falling off the bone. The kleftiko at Mousikos taverna at Sotira village is a sheer delight. For Greek island dishes full of character and flair, you can put your trust in To Pantopoleio in Lefkosia (winner of a 2010 Time Out Eating Award), while not far way close to the capital’s laiki geitonia (traditional neighbourhood) you can enjoy a sumptuous, inventive meze meal at Souxou

Alati by the Sea

CafŽ/Bar/Restaurants All-day spots are those that you can visit in your shorts for a coffee in the morning, in flip-flops after a swim to have lunch by the sea, in a casual outfit for a daiquiri in the afternoon... Oh, and we forgot to mention that you can also go to beach cafŽ/bar/restaurants in the evening for a more upbeat atmosphere with loud music and occasionally for dinner in more formal dress! In the Protaras area some of your best options are Alati by the Sea with its Greek-oriented cuisine and Greek Mojitos, The Brewery with its own great beers, Guru at the Capo Bay Hotel for relaxation and to taste its Med fusion cuisine and Sirena for the best in music. A little further along the coast in Larnaka similar venues are Galu Seaside which offers an all-day menu, Ammos which makes and serves divine cocktails and fusion-style cuisine, and newcomer Lush for international dishes. In Lemesos, which is great in every way, all-time classic choices are Breeze with its plain and simple menu and, of course, Drops, while this yearÕs list has grown longer with the addition of Graffiti & Lobby Summer and Guest All Day Bar with an extensive and extremely attractive international menu. Lastly, although there is nothing similar on the beach in Pafos, Muse can

nonetheless offer you the ultimate experience with good food, exotic cocktails and a spectacular view of Pafos from above. Alati by the Sea (23833740) 37, Pernera Ave., Paralimni, Ammochostos. Open 10am-2.30am. Ammos (24888244) Mackenzie Beach, Larnaka. Open 10am-2pm. Breeze (25321294) 90, George 1st St., Lemesos. Open 10am-1am. Drops (25310310) 17, Amathus Ave., Lemesos. Open 10am-2am. Galu Seaside (24824100) 34, Mesopotamia St., Oroklini, Larnaka. Open 10am-2am. Guru Day Spa & Lifestyle Bar (23831101) Capo Bay Hotel, 2, Iasonos St., Paralimni, Ammochostos. Open 12 noon-3pm & 8pm-11pm. Lush (70008089) Mackenzie Beach, Larnaka. Open 10am-12 midnight. Muse (26941951) Mousalla area, Pafos. Open 9am-2am. The Brewery (99126486) 53, Protaras Ave, Paralimni, Ammochostos. Open 9am-2am. Sirena (99511701) 115, Vrysoudion St, Agia Triada, Paralimni, Ammochostos. Open 10am-12 midnight.

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A Taste of Cyprus...

A Taste of Cyprus...

A Taste of Cyprus... & much more

Eating out has never been better! If you are one of the many thousands of tourists who keep coming back to Cyprus year after year, you probably donÕt need us to tell you that one of the reasons is the islandÕs excellent food. And we are not just referring to the Greek and Cypriot meze dishes found in almost every local taverna. By Nicos Andreou If you have not yet ventured far, you will be amazed by the restaurant scene here. Grab a pair of chopsticks and enjoy excellent Japanese, Chinese and Thai cuisine or, if you are a lover of Mediterranean, Mexican, Arabic or Indian dishes, you cannot fail to be impressed by the countless value-for-money options available. Many pubs and cafés will thrill you with their original dishes, while the island’s fish taverns are open for lunch and dinner, serving the freshest catch of the day. Choose between gourmet, glamorous hotel restaurants and simple kebab houses. A variety of dining experiences awaits. So welcome and ‘kali orexi’, which is Greek for ‘bon appétit’.

Cyprus for Beginners

It doesn’t take too much imagination to be convinced that the shapely figure of Aphrodite, the island’s legendary Goddess of Love, owed more than a little to the Mediterranean diet. Since antiquity, the Cypriots have produced all the ingredients needed for their daily diet. They have traditionally raised goats and sheep, hence the popularity of Cypriot cheese products like halloumi and anari. The Mediterranean climate, in combination with the soil variations between the valleys and mountainous regions, has contributed significantly to the production of a huge variety of agricultural products. Tasty, juicy watermelons, melons, dark red cherries and 6 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

strawberries, mouthwatering pomegranates, grapes and bananas still grow here in abundance. Immense olive groves produce extra virgin olive oil which, in combination with freshly- cut herbs, will flavour foods, salads and virtually every traditional Cypriot dish. It is a cuisine that you can get to know very easily, just by visiting one of the hundreds of tavernas on the island - just ask for meze! It’s a tapas-like procession of dishes, beginning with freshly-cut salad, mostly prepared with vegetables from the owner’s own gardens, as is the case with tavernas like Skourouvinos in Lemesos or Yiannis at Kathikas village. An enormous variety of dips such as tahini, taramas and tzatziki will whet your appetite and prepare you for grilled halloumi cheese, sausage and lountza (smoked pork loin), tender lamb chops, kebab and sheftalia (spicy sausages) accompanied by freshly-fried potatoes. What will really get you started is the kleftiko – lamb sealed in an earthenware container and slow-cooked in a woodfired oven until it’s practically falling off the bone. The kleftiko at Mousikos taverna at Sotira village is a sheer delight. For Greek island dishes full of character and flair, you can put your trust in To Pantopoleio in Lefkosia (winner of a 2010 Time Out Eating Award), while not far way close to the capital’s laiki geitonia (traditional neighbourhood) you can enjoy a sumptuous, inventive meze meal at Souxou

Alati by the Sea

CafŽ/Bar/Restaurants All-day spots are those that you can visit in your shorts for a coffee in the morning, in flip-flops after a swim to have lunch by the sea, in a casual outfit for a daiquiri in the afternoon... Oh, and we forgot to mention that you can also go to beach cafŽ/bar/restaurants in the evening for a more upbeat atmosphere with loud music and occasionally for dinner in more formal dress! In the Protaras area some of your best options are Alati by the Sea with its Greek-oriented cuisine and Greek Mojitos, The Brewery with its own great beers, Guru at the Capo Bay Hotel for relaxation and to taste its Med fusion cuisine and Sirena for the best in music. A little further along the coast in Larnaka similar venues are Galu Seaside which offers an all-day menu, Ammos which makes and serves divine cocktails and fusion-style cuisine, and newcomer Lush for international dishes. In Lemesos, which is great in every way, all-time classic choices are Breeze with its plain and simple menu and, of course, Drops, while this yearÕs list has grown longer with the addition of Graffiti & Lobby Summer and Guest All Day Bar with an extensive and extremely attractive international menu. Lastly, although there is nothing similar on the beach in Pafos, Muse can

nonetheless offer you the ultimate experience with good food, exotic cocktails and a spectacular view of Pafos from above. Alati by the Sea (23833740) 37, Pernera Ave., Paralimni, Ammochostos. Open 10am-2.30am. Ammos (24888244) Mackenzie Beach, Larnaka. Open 10am-2pm. Breeze (25321294) 90, George 1st St., Lemesos. Open 10am-1am. Drops (25310310) 17, Amathus Ave., Lemesos. Open 10am-2am. Galu Seaside (24824100) 34, Mesopotamia St., Oroklini, Larnaka. Open 10am-2am. Guru Day Spa & Lifestyle Bar (23831101) Capo Bay Hotel, 2, Iasonos St., Paralimni, Ammochostos. Open 12 noon-3pm & 8pm-11pm. Lush (70008089) Mackenzie Beach, Larnaka. Open 10am-12 midnight. Muse (26941951) Mousalla area, Pafos. Open 9am-2am. The Brewery (99126486) 53, Protaras Ave, Paralimni, Ammochostos. Open 9am-2am. Sirena (99511701) 115, Vrysoudion St, Agia Triada, Paralimni, Ammochostos. Open 10am-12 midnight.

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A Taste of Cyprus...

Byzantino Mouxou Mantalakia. Wash everything down with a glass of local red or white wine: many Cypriot and Greek wines have been winning international awards of late. Come dessert time the stars of the show are the hot crunchy galatoboureko and the mahalepi with rose ice cream. Other famous traditional desserts include deep fried dumplings called loukoumades or honey balls as well as the Greek syrupy staples kataifi and baklava. If you’re weightwatching, sweeten up your palate with a sip or two of the world-famous local dessert wine Commandaria.

A Taste of Cyprus...

Agii Anargyri

Cyprus for Connoisseurs

Cypriots may be proud of their local cuisine, but during the last decade, there has been an enormous upturn in the quality of restaurants serving international cuisine. Indeed, some of these restaurants are well worth travelling over an hour to get to. Lemesos is undeniably the island’s gastronomic capital, while you’ll also find quality restaurants offering excellent food and services in Lefkosia, Pafos, Larnaka and the Ammochostos district. The international trend for Asian cuisine, especially Japanese, has also been a big hit in Cyprus.

ÔPetitŽÕ Dining It would be pity if, during your stay in Cyprus, you didnÕt plan a short escape to one of the great little boutique hotels that have sprung up in the islandÕs hill resorts. A number of gourmet restaurants have been established in some of these places, such as the Amaroula Restaurant at the Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort in Miliou village which serves refined international cuisine, and the Mitos Mediterranean Restaurant at the Library Hotel Wellness Retreat in Kalavasos where you can enjoy value-for-money French cuisine. If however, you want to taste gourmet Cypriot cuisine, you should drive to the Apokryfo Boutique Hotel in Lofou village where dining at the Agrino Restaurant serves up a multitude of dishes infused with Cypriot flavours and aromas. ItÕs a similar situation with Byzantino at Casale Panayiotis with genuine Cypriot dishes such as, lamb, halloumi and a choice of 1-2 types of fish for those who want it. And last but not least is 8 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Caprice at Londa where you can taste authentic Italian flavours in everything from pasta and risotto to meat and fish dishes. Agrino Apokryfo Boutique Hotel, Lofou (25813777) Open Tue-Sun 12noon-3pm & 7pm-11pm. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Amaroula Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort, Miliou (26814000) Open Daily 12.30am-5pm & 7.30pm-11pm. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Βyzantino (22952444) 80, Marcos Drakos St., Kalopanayiotis. Open 11am-3.30pm & 7pm-11pm. Caprice at Londa (25865540) Londa Hotel, Lemesos. Open 12.30pm-11pm. Mitos Mediterranean The Library Hotel Wellness Retreat, 3, Anexartisias St., Kalavasos (24817071) Open Daily 19.30-12am. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Nippon, a Japanese restaurant in Larnaka and winner of the 2009 Time Out Eating Award for Best Japanese cuisine, is rightly very popular with the locals. You can also discover excellent sushi and teppanyaki dishes at the Lefkosia and Lemesos branches of Zen Room, at Roku in Lemesos and at Asiachi at the Amathus Hotel in Lemesos. Asian food lovers should also visit Seasons Oriental at the Four Seasons Hotel – it’s undeniably the best Chinese restaurant on the island –as well as te brand new Chi Lounge in the Uptown Square. Don’t leave until you’ve tasted the divine spring rolls and the Pekjing duck. In Lefkosia head for China Spice and Pagoda Mont Parnas – the latter boasts a breathtaking view of the capital’s skyline, while the Little Buddha, a member of the Parisian chain, will delight your taste buds and brighten your mood with its Eatertainment package . One of the best restaurants on the island is Beige in Lemesos. It’s the only restaurant in Cyprus to win a Time Out Eating Award for International Cuisine five years in a row. For a melange of French and Greek cuisine you can’t beat Mavrommatis at the Four Seasons Hotel. The Cypriot chef is Andreas Mavrommatis who won over not only Parisian diners but the French in general through the host of restaurants that he has opened. In the same hotel, you will find unforgettable Italian cuisine at Vivaldi which has won the Time out Eating Award in the Best Hotel restaurant category for the last two years. Other standout eateries include Bacco at the Elysium Hotel in Pafos and at the Mediterranean in Lemesos, both of which serve gourmet Italian creations, and of course the 1900 Bistro in Lefkosia which boasts the biggest wine list on the island (over 800 wines) and serves an especially memorable brand of creative cuisine, which has earned it two Time out Eating Awards to date. For gourmet Cypriot dining, head for the

village of Kornos (between Lefkosia and Lemesos) and the Archontiko Papadopoulou for an unforgettable meal in an exquisitely restored 1897 mansion accompanied with a bottle from the best cellar of Cyprus wines on the island. The Italian restaurant Risto La Piazza in Pafos and the international Neo Faliro in Lemesos are also excellent and have been Time Out Eating Award winners and nominees in recent years, thanks to their excellent wine lists, the quality of their food and the service of their sommeliers. Fans of molecular gastronomy will be pleasantly surprised by the masterfully executed dishes at Dionysos at the Columbia Resort in Pissouri, whose chef Yiannis Yiakoumides was voted Top Chef in Cyprus last year. Not too far away are the superb savoury dishes at the Leander restaurant at Aphrodite Hills. Don’t leave the island without enjoying the unique dining experiences to be had at the double award-winning Vasiliskos at Sotira village (Mediterranean dishes with a touch of Cyprus) or at the multi-award-winning Ta Piatakia in Lemesos whose celebrity chef prepares and serves up small tapas-like dishes of fusion cuisine with playful originality.

Tips Cypriots tend to go out for dinner after 8.30pm, so donÕt be concerned if certain restaurants appear empty earlier in the evening. Many restaurants, especially during summer, are fully booked so it makes sense to call up and reserve a table beforehand. The best way to taste a variety of Cypriot delicacies is to order a Cypriot meze, which is easy to find in all tavernas on the island. The price is fixed. The only extra charge will be for drinks. Many tavernas, especially at weekends, have live Cypriot traditional music. DonÕt be shy to try traditional Cypriot dancing. You should not expect the service of a taverna to be that of a gourmet restaurant. Relax and enjoy a more informal night! Many fine dining restaurants, especially hotel restaurants, have excellent wine lists. Ask the maitre dÕ Hotel or the sommelier (if there is one) to suggest the ideal wine that matches your order. In Cyprus there are many kebab houses where you can sit down to enjoy a pitta filled with pork kebab or sheftalia (spicy sausages). This is something you have to try before you go home. It is not obligatory but customary to add a 10% tip to your bill. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 9


A Taste of Cyprus...

Byzantino Mouxou Mantalakia. Wash everything down with a glass of local red or white wine: many Cypriot and Greek wines have been winning international awards of late. Come dessert time the stars of the show are the hot crunchy galatoboureko and the mahalepi with rose ice cream. Other famous traditional desserts include deep fried dumplings called loukoumades or honey balls as well as the Greek syrupy staples kataifi and baklava. If you’re weightwatching, sweeten up your palate with a sip or two of the world-famous local dessert wine Commandaria.

A Taste of Cyprus...

Agii Anargyri

Cyprus for Connoisseurs

Cypriots may be proud of their local cuisine, but during the last decade, there has been an enormous upturn in the quality of restaurants serving international cuisine. Indeed, some of these restaurants are well worth travelling over an hour to get to. Lemesos is undeniably the island’s gastronomic capital, while you’ll also find quality restaurants offering excellent food and services in Lefkosia, Pafos, Larnaka and the Ammochostos district. The international trend for Asian cuisine, especially Japanese, has also been a big hit in Cyprus.

ÔPetitŽÕ Dining It would be pity if, during your stay in Cyprus, you didnÕt plan a short escape to one of the great little boutique hotels that have sprung up in the islandÕs hill resorts. A number of gourmet restaurants have been established in some of these places, such as the Amaroula Restaurant at the Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort in Miliou village which serves refined international cuisine, and the Mitos Mediterranean Restaurant at the Library Hotel Wellness Retreat in Kalavasos where you can enjoy value-for-money French cuisine. If however, you want to taste gourmet Cypriot cuisine, you should drive to the Apokryfo Boutique Hotel in Lofou village where dining at the Agrino Restaurant serves up a multitude of dishes infused with Cypriot flavours and aromas. ItÕs a similar situation with Byzantino at Casale Panayiotis with genuine Cypriot dishes such as, lamb, halloumi and a choice of 1-2 types of fish for those who want it. And last but not least is 8 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Caprice at Londa where you can taste authentic Italian flavours in everything from pasta and risotto to meat and fish dishes. Agrino Apokryfo Boutique Hotel, Lofou (25813777) Open Tue-Sun 12noon-3pm & 7pm-11pm. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Amaroula Ayii Anargyri Natural Healing Spa Resort, Miliou (26814000) Open Daily 12.30am-5pm & 7.30pm-11pm. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Βyzantino (22952444) 80, Marcos Drakos St., Kalopanayiotis. Open 11am-3.30pm & 7pm-11pm. Caprice at Londa (25865540) Londa Hotel, Lemesos. Open 12.30pm-11pm. Mitos Mediterranean The Library Hotel Wellness Retreat, 3, Anexartisias St., Kalavasos (24817071) Open Daily 19.30-12am. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Nippon, a Japanese restaurant in Larnaka and winner of the 2009 Time Out Eating Award for Best Japanese cuisine, is rightly very popular with the locals. You can also discover excellent sushi and teppanyaki dishes at the Lefkosia and Lemesos branches of Zen Room, at Roku in Lemesos and at Asiachi at the Amathus Hotel in Lemesos. Asian food lovers should also visit Seasons Oriental at the Four Seasons Hotel – it’s undeniably the best Chinese restaurant on the island –as well as te brand new Chi Lounge in the Uptown Square. Don’t leave until you’ve tasted the divine spring rolls and the Pekjing duck. In Lefkosia head for China Spice and Pagoda Mont Parnas – the latter boasts a breathtaking view of the capital’s skyline, while the Little Buddha, a member of the Parisian chain, will delight your taste buds and brighten your mood with its Eatertainment package . One of the best restaurants on the island is Beige in Lemesos. It’s the only restaurant in Cyprus to win a Time Out Eating Award for International Cuisine five years in a row. For a melange of French and Greek cuisine you can’t beat Mavrommatis at the Four Seasons Hotel. The Cypriot chef is Andreas Mavrommatis who won over not only Parisian diners but the French in general through the host of restaurants that he has opened. In the same hotel, you will find unforgettable Italian cuisine at Vivaldi which has won the Time out Eating Award in the Best Hotel restaurant category for the last two years. Other standout eateries include Bacco at the Elysium Hotel in Pafos and at the Mediterranean in Lemesos, both of which serve gourmet Italian creations, and of course the 1900 Bistro in Lefkosia which boasts the biggest wine list on the island (over 800 wines) and serves an especially memorable brand of creative cuisine, which has earned it two Time out Eating Awards to date. For gourmet Cypriot dining, head for the

village of Kornos (between Lefkosia and Lemesos) and the Archontiko Papadopoulou for an unforgettable meal in an exquisitely restored 1897 mansion accompanied with a bottle from the best cellar of Cyprus wines on the island. The Italian restaurant Risto La Piazza in Pafos and the international Neo Faliro in Lemesos are also excellent and have been Time Out Eating Award winners and nominees in recent years, thanks to their excellent wine lists, the quality of their food and the service of their sommeliers. Fans of molecular gastronomy will be pleasantly surprised by the masterfully executed dishes at Dionysos at the Columbia Resort in Pissouri, whose chef Yiannis Yiakoumides was voted Top Chef in Cyprus last year. Not too far away are the superb savoury dishes at the Leander restaurant at Aphrodite Hills. Don’t leave the island without enjoying the unique dining experiences to be had at the double award-winning Vasiliskos at Sotira village (Mediterranean dishes with a touch of Cyprus) or at the multi-award-winning Ta Piatakia in Lemesos whose celebrity chef prepares and serves up small tapas-like dishes of fusion cuisine with playful originality.

Tips Cypriots tend to go out for dinner after 8.30pm, so donÕt be concerned if certain restaurants appear empty earlier in the evening. Many restaurants, especially during summer, are fully booked so it makes sense to call up and reserve a table beforehand. The best way to taste a variety of Cypriot delicacies is to order a Cypriot meze, which is easy to find in all tavernas on the island. The price is fixed. The only extra charge will be for drinks. Many tavernas, especially at weekends, have live Cypriot traditional music. DonÕt be shy to try traditional Cypriot dancing. You should not expect the service of a taverna to be that of a gourmet restaurant. Relax and enjoy a more informal night! Many fine dining restaurants, especially hotel restaurants, have excellent wine lists. Ask the maitre dÕ Hotel or the sommelier (if there is one) to suggest the ideal wine that matches your order. In Cyprus there are many kebab houses where you can sit down to enjoy a pitta filled with pork kebab or sheftalia (spicy sausages). This is something you have to try before you go home. It is not obligatory but customary to add a 10% tip to your bill. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 9


Advertorial

Advertorial tronomy, trade and economy all revolve around wine production. The Cypriot countr yside is divided into areas according to the local wine production, with the ultimate aim of making these areas eligible for Designation of Origin protection. We will therefore have the wine producing areas of Pitsilia, Marathasa, the area of Koumandaria and the Wine Villages, Vouni Panayias, Laona, Akamas and the Ampelitis area in Pafos. With plenty of experience in recognising and systematising new tourist destinations, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation has created 8 thematic excursions whereby visitors can track the roads of the island’s wine tradition. Guests at the island can visit the various wine-producing areas and their wineries, try the local wine and the dishes made of wine, such as soutzoukos, palouze and epsima, interact with the locals as well as enjoy places of archaeological, folkloric, environmental and cultural importance.

Wine & the Cyprus

Visitors can also participate in the famed wine festival held every year in Lemesos, or the various local festivals held in the countryside to celebrate and savour the sweet drink of Dionysus. The route of Koumandaria is also extremely interesting. Here, you have the chance to return to the age of the Knights and see first hand the centre of administration of the Commanderie -- the charming castle of Kolossi. In medieval times, the entire surrounding area was a fief of the family of Cornaro and Aikaterinni, the last Queen of Cyprus. You can also visit the picturesque wine villages of Lemesos with their narrow, cobbly roads and stop for a rest at Omodos square, the largest square in Cyprus!

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istory notes that the Eastern Mediterranean is the home of wine. It was here that archaeological research unearthed evidence of the cultivation of vines and wine production. Cyprus had a predominant position in the area, earning a huge reputation for its wines in the ancient world. The wines of Cyprus have always been renowned and existed long before the worship of Dionysus and the appearance of the mosaic representations of wine in Pafos. In classical times, Xenagoras and Plinios, ancient geographers, used the name “Aspelia” – a name which is believed to have been an alteration of the epithet “Ampelia” (vineyard) - when referring to Cyprus. Cyprus maintained its reputation for producing excellent wine until medieval times. Etienne de Lusignan praises Cyprus wine as “the best in the world”. This reputation extended to the sweet wine of Cyprus, known as Koumandaria, which the Venetians took care to introduce to the entire medieval world. Archeology shows that the Cypriots were very involved in viniculture and wine production since a very early age, since remnants thereof have been found in various Neolithic and Chalcolithic archaeological sites on the island. During the Classical and Hellenistic Ages, as well as during

medieval times, it is certain that Cypriot wines were exported to the surrounding areas and their trading had a significant effect on the life of the island’s inhabitants. The importance of wine and the survival of its production, therefore, reveal centuries of tradition and culture, which are apace with the history of this place. The Cypriot countryside has for long been home to some great vineyards since the combination of soil constitution, altitude, rainfall and above all, sunshine, create the ideal “microclimate” for the successful production of wine. It is for this reason that the majority of vineyards in Cyprus are located on the slopes of the Troodos Mountains at a

certain altitude with good rainfall and plenty of light. Whole areas around the Troodos Mountains are full of local and foreign varieties of grapevine, which have been imported and cultivated in an effort to promote Cypriot wines outside the borders of the island. The most renowned local varieties are Mavro, Xynisteri, Ofthalmo, Maratheftiko and Lefkada. Many foreign varieties are already cultivated, such as Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Mataro. Vineyards form an integral part of the Cypriot countryside and the life of its inhabitants. Mores, customs, tradition, religion, architecture, gas-

Efforts are now being made to regain the acclaim that the Cyprus wines once had despite tough competition from the bastions of wine production such as France, Italy, Central and Latin America, Australia and the New World. Now that Cyprus is an EU member state and trade competition tightens, Cyprus is trying to reinforce its presence and, why not, gain back its own glory.

Cheers!


Advertorial

Advertorial tronomy, trade and economy all revolve around wine production. The Cypriot countr yside is divided into areas according to the local wine production, with the ultimate aim of making these areas eligible for Designation of Origin protection. We will therefore have the wine producing areas of Pitsilia, Marathasa, the area of Koumandaria and the Wine Villages, Vouni Panayias, Laona, Akamas and the Ampelitis area in Pafos. With plenty of experience in recognising and systematising new tourist destinations, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation has created 8 thematic excursions whereby visitors can track the roads of the island’s wine tradition. Guests at the island can visit the various wine-producing areas and their wineries, try the local wine and the dishes made of wine, such as soutzoukos, palouze and epsima, interact with the locals as well as enjoy places of archaeological, folkloric, environmental and cultural importance.

Wine & the Cyprus

Visitors can also participate in the famed wine festival held every year in Lemesos, or the various local festivals held in the countryside to celebrate and savour the sweet drink of Dionysus. The route of Koumandaria is also extremely interesting. Here, you have the chance to return to the age of the Knights and see first hand the centre of administration of the Commanderie -- the charming castle of Kolossi. In medieval times, the entire surrounding area was a fief of the family of Cornaro and Aikaterinni, the last Queen of Cyprus. You can also visit the picturesque wine villages of Lemesos with their narrow, cobbly roads and stop for a rest at Omodos square, the largest square in Cyprus!

COUNTRYSIDE

H

istory notes that the Eastern Mediterranean is the home of wine. It was here that archaeological research unearthed evidence of the cultivation of vines and wine production. Cyprus had a predominant position in the area, earning a huge reputation for its wines in the ancient world. The wines of Cyprus have always been renowned and existed long before the worship of Dionysus and the appearance of the mosaic representations of wine in Pafos. In classical times, Xenagoras and Plinios, ancient geographers, used the name “Aspelia” – a name which is believed to have been an alteration of the epithet “Ampelia” (vineyard) - when referring to Cyprus. Cyprus maintained its reputation for producing excellent wine until medieval times. Etienne de Lusignan praises Cyprus wine as “the best in the world”. This reputation extended to the sweet wine of Cyprus, known as Koumandaria, which the Venetians took care to introduce to the entire medieval world. Archeology shows that the Cypriots were very involved in viniculture and wine production since a very early age, since remnants thereof have been found in various Neolithic and Chalcolithic archaeological sites on the island. During the Classical and Hellenistic Ages, as well as during

medieval times, it is certain that Cypriot wines were exported to the surrounding areas and their trading had a significant effect on the life of the island’s inhabitants. The importance of wine and the survival of its production, therefore, reveal centuries of tradition and culture, which are apace with the history of this place. The Cypriot countryside has for long been home to some great vineyards since the combination of soil constitution, altitude, rainfall and above all, sunshine, create the ideal “microclimate” for the successful production of wine. It is for this reason that the majority of vineyards in Cyprus are located on the slopes of the Troodos Mountains at a

certain altitude with good rainfall and plenty of light. Whole areas around the Troodos Mountains are full of local and foreign varieties of grapevine, which have been imported and cultivated in an effort to promote Cypriot wines outside the borders of the island. The most renowned local varieties are Mavro, Xynisteri, Ofthalmo, Maratheftiko and Lefkada. Many foreign varieties are already cultivated, such as Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Mataro. Vineyards form an integral part of the Cypriot countryside and the life of its inhabitants. Mores, customs, tradition, religion, architecture, gas-

Efforts are now being made to regain the acclaim that the Cyprus wines once had despite tough competition from the bastions of wine production such as France, Italy, Central and Latin America, Australia and the New World. Now that Cyprus is an EU member state and trade competition tightens, Cyprus is trying to reinforce its presence and, why not, gain back its own glory.

Cheers!


Wine Routes

Travelling through

Wine Country A drive through the islandÕs major wine producing regions offers a multitude of pleasures, including wine tasting, lunch at quaint tavernas and accommodation in idyllic rural hideaways. Here are details of six Cyprus Wine Routes that take in wineries, restaurants and tavernas was well as places to stay if the wine tasting should make you a little worse for wear! By Eliza Pavlou Wine Route 1 Pitsilia Villages

From Lemesos, head nor th towards Troodos on the B8. Very soon you’ll see the Kourris dam on your left and, on the right, Alassa village. On this particular route there are 32 villages and the region extends around the mountain peaks of Madari, Papoutsa and the north-western part of Machairas. Here, the altitude ensures a slower and effortless maturation of the grapes while the dryness and the gradient of the soil allow the vines to be planted in close proximity to each other, which in turn results in richer tasting wines. Classic local varieties of grapes still dominate in the vineyards of Pitsilia, while you can also come across Maratheftiko, a rare variety that people used to grow among the Mavro grape in order to enrich the colour and aroma of the resulting wines. This route covers 106km and ends at Palodia village.

Wineries Kyperounda Winery

Built on a rock, this impressive winery is a result of cooperation between the Photiades family and Boutari, the well-known Greek wine producers. The vineyards cover four hectares and were recently planted with Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes. 12 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

(2471111/ www.ppgroup. com.cy) Grivas Dighenis Ave., Kyperounda, Lemesos. For visits, contact Minas Mina. Wine Tasting: Try the Andesitis 2003 made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache Rouge and Mataro. It has an intense red colour and a pleasant aroma. Also, taste the Petritis, a dry white made from 100% Xynisteri with an intense aroma of flowers and fruits. Where to eat: The Adventure Mountain Park (99674126/ www.adventuremountainpark.com) serves good Cypriot and Greek cuisine. Where to Stay: Livadia Inn (25532014) €18 per person B/B.

Tsiakkas Winery

Tsiakkas Winery, considered one of the best Cypriot wineries, has been operating since 1988. Built in a typical Cypriot architectural style and sheltered by the surrounding mountains, it maintains a well organized cellar where its wines age in excellent conditions. Costas and his wife have improved their winemaking methods greatly in the last few years. (25991080 & 99567898) Pelendri Village. Wine Tasting: A rosé made from Grenache variety or a Cabernet Sauvignon made with organic grapes.

alive through the centuries, a reminder of the island’s long winemaking tradition. This route covers a distance of 109km.

Wineries

Karseras Winery Where to Eat: Fifteen minutes down the road in Platres village, look for a really good taverna called Anoi (25422900). Where to Stay: Forest Park Hotel (25421751/ www.forestparkhotel.com.cy), Pano Platres. €75 per person B/B.

Small and traditional it is located in the beautiful village of Doros, 25 km from Lemesos. Wine tasting is free (25730833 & 99589325) Doros village. Open Daily 10.30am-5.30pm. Book first. Wine tasting: Its ‘star’ wine is, of course, Commandaria. Where to Eat: In the nearby village of Lofou, the Lofou Tavern (25470202) serves authentic Cypriot cuisine. Reservations recommended. Where to Stay: In Lofou you can stay at the Agrovino boutique hotel (25470202/ www. lofou-agrovino.com). The hotel has luxurious rooms and traditional décor. Prices range from €97 per night for two, including breakfast.

Loel Winery

Wine Route 2 Commandaria Villages

The route through these fourteen villages dates back to 1192AD when the Knights of St John were deeply involved in the production of arguably the first wine in the world to be identified purely by its name, Commandaria. The sun, acting as a valuable ally, helped to dry the harvested grapes, condensing their natural sweetness and enriching their flavour. The cooperative wineries of the region are well worth a visit – you’ll find them in and around the villages of Kalo Chorio, Agios Constantinos, Zoopigi, Gerasa and Agios Mamas. Once in the area, don’t forget to visit the restored wine press in the village of Lania, which has been kept

This Commandaria winery in Lania in the Lemesos district produces 80,000 litres of superior quality Commandaria each year with high-tech machinery. (25202020/ www.loel.com.cy) Lania, Lemesos District. Wine tasting: Alasia Commandaria (50% Mavro and 50% Xynisteri). Where to Eat: At the Lania Taverna (25432398) you can enjoy a good traditional meze. Where to Stay: On the northern side of the village, in the Saittas area, there is an agrotourism complex called Okella (25432521), a fully renovated two-floor stone-built house that used to serve as an inn for travellers.

Wine Route 3 Lemesos District Wine Villages

Nowhere else in Cyprus is there such an abundance of wineries as in the vine-growing villages of the Lemesos district, known locally as ‘Krasochoria’ (meaning ‘Wine Villages’). In Omodos and Kilani alone, there are no fewer than ten and they produce a remarkable variety of wines from indigenous grapes and international varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Grenache and Syrah. Visit wonderfully unspoilt villages such as Omodos, Vasa, Kilani, Lofou and Vouni, take in their traditional architecture as you meander down narrow cobbled streets and Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 13


Wine Routes

Travelling through

Wine Country A drive through the islandÕs major wine producing regions offers a multitude of pleasures, including wine tasting, lunch at quaint tavernas and accommodation in idyllic rural hideaways. Here are details of six Cyprus Wine Routes that take in wineries, restaurants and tavernas was well as places to stay if the wine tasting should make you a little worse for wear! By Eliza Pavlou Wine Route 1 Pitsilia Villages

From Lemesos, head nor th towards Troodos on the B8. Very soon you’ll see the Kourris dam on your left and, on the right, Alassa village. On this particular route there are 32 villages and the region extends around the mountain peaks of Madari, Papoutsa and the north-western part of Machairas. Here, the altitude ensures a slower and effortless maturation of the grapes while the dryness and the gradient of the soil allow the vines to be planted in close proximity to each other, which in turn results in richer tasting wines. Classic local varieties of grapes still dominate in the vineyards of Pitsilia, while you can also come across Maratheftiko, a rare variety that people used to grow among the Mavro grape in order to enrich the colour and aroma of the resulting wines. This route covers 106km and ends at Palodia village.

Wineries Kyperounda Winery

Built on a rock, this impressive winery is a result of cooperation between the Photiades family and Boutari, the well-known Greek wine producers. The vineyards cover four hectares and were recently planted with Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes. 12 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

(2471111/ www.ppgroup. com.cy) Grivas Dighenis Ave., Kyperounda, Lemesos. For visits, contact Minas Mina. Wine Tasting: Try the Andesitis 2003 made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache Rouge and Mataro. It has an intense red colour and a pleasant aroma. Also, taste the Petritis, a dry white made from 100% Xynisteri with an intense aroma of flowers and fruits. Where to eat: The Adventure Mountain Park (99674126/ www.adventuremountainpark.com) serves good Cypriot and Greek cuisine. Where to Stay: Livadia Inn (25532014) €18 per person B/B.

Tsiakkas Winery

Tsiakkas Winery, considered one of the best Cypriot wineries, has been operating since 1988. Built in a typical Cypriot architectural style and sheltered by the surrounding mountains, it maintains a well organized cellar where its wines age in excellent conditions. Costas and his wife have improved their winemaking methods greatly in the last few years. (25991080 & 99567898) Pelendri Village. Wine Tasting: A rosé made from Grenache variety or a Cabernet Sauvignon made with organic grapes.

alive through the centuries, a reminder of the island’s long winemaking tradition. This route covers a distance of 109km.

Wineries

Karseras Winery Where to Eat: Fifteen minutes down the road in Platres village, look for a really good taverna called Anoi (25422900). Where to Stay: Forest Park Hotel (25421751/ www.forestparkhotel.com.cy), Pano Platres. €75 per person B/B.

Small and traditional it is located in the beautiful village of Doros, 25 km from Lemesos. Wine tasting is free (25730833 & 99589325) Doros village. Open Daily 10.30am-5.30pm. Book first. Wine tasting: Its ‘star’ wine is, of course, Commandaria. Where to Eat: In the nearby village of Lofou, the Lofou Tavern (25470202) serves authentic Cypriot cuisine. Reservations recommended. Where to Stay: In Lofou you can stay at the Agrovino boutique hotel (25470202/ www. lofou-agrovino.com). The hotel has luxurious rooms and traditional décor. Prices range from €97 per night for two, including breakfast.

Loel Winery

Wine Route 2 Commandaria Villages

The route through these fourteen villages dates back to 1192AD when the Knights of St John were deeply involved in the production of arguably the first wine in the world to be identified purely by its name, Commandaria. The sun, acting as a valuable ally, helped to dry the harvested grapes, condensing their natural sweetness and enriching their flavour. The cooperative wineries of the region are well worth a visit – you’ll find them in and around the villages of Kalo Chorio, Agios Constantinos, Zoopigi, Gerasa and Agios Mamas. Once in the area, don’t forget to visit the restored wine press in the village of Lania, which has been kept

This Commandaria winery in Lania in the Lemesos district produces 80,000 litres of superior quality Commandaria each year with high-tech machinery. (25202020/ www.loel.com.cy) Lania, Lemesos District. Wine tasting: Alasia Commandaria (50% Mavro and 50% Xynisteri). Where to Eat: At the Lania Taverna (25432398) you can enjoy a good traditional meze. Where to Stay: On the northern side of the village, in the Saittas area, there is an agrotourism complex called Okella (25432521), a fully renovated two-floor stone-built house that used to serve as an inn for travellers.

Wine Route 3 Lemesos District Wine Villages

Nowhere else in Cyprus is there such an abundance of wineries as in the vine-growing villages of the Lemesos district, known locally as ‘Krasochoria’ (meaning ‘Wine Villages’). In Omodos and Kilani alone, there are no fewer than ten and they produce a remarkable variety of wines from indigenous grapes and international varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Grenache and Syrah. Visit wonderfully unspoilt villages such as Omodos, Vasa, Kilani, Lofou and Vouni, take in their traditional architecture as you meander down narrow cobbled streets and Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 13


Wine Routes

Wine Routes

alleys and sit down for a meal at a typically rustic taverna. The route covers 110km, starting from Kolossi and ending at Avdemou.

Wineries Domaine Nicolaides

Nicos Nicolaides represents the third generation of winemakers in his family. Equipped with the valuable knowledge he acquired at the School of Viticulture and Oenology in Montpellier, Nicos is bent on upgrading the quality of the wine produced here. The current capacity of the winery stands at 130,000 bottles but improvements are under way to upgrade and expand storage facilities. Domaine Nicolaides is situated in an area of four hectares at Anogyra, a picturesque village close to Lemesos at an altitude of 450m. (25221709, 99649655) Anogyra. Appointment recommended. Wine tasting: Try the rosé Afrodino made from grenache and the red dry Conte Nicholas made from Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Cabernet Franc (40%). Where to Eat: In Anogyra there are two restaurants, the Anogyra Taverna (25222444) and the other owned by a Mr. Yiannis (25221584). Since they are not always open, we recommend that you call in advance. The small eatery at the Oleastro Olive Park (99565768) is another good option. Where to Stay: Nicholas and Maria’s Cottages (25331963, 99525462), a renovated 300-year-old building offers accommodation in the middle of the village. It consists of six studio apartments, one small and one large traditional room. All rooms overlook the tranquil courtyard. Prices from €43 per night.

Malia Estate (KEO)

This modern, renovated and well-equipped winery, owned and managedbytheKEOGroup,

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lies at the entrance to the village, overlooking the picturesque southern slopes of the Troodos mountains. (25942131/ www.keogroup.com) Malia. Open Mon-Fri 8am-2pm. Contact Timos Bogias for an appointment. Wine Tasting: Try distinguished dry white wines such as Riesling made from the German variety of the same name or the dry white Chardonnay made from Chardonnay and Xynisteri. Where to Eat: At Agora Tavern (99325396) in the nearby village of Arsos you can enjoy a Cypriot meze in a beautiful traditional building. Open Tue-Sun. Where to Stay: Moustos (99604955) is the choice in Arsos. Cosy accommodation with wood/stone décor. Two apartments, each with two bedrooms, are available for €35 per person per night.

Olympus Winery

This was the first big wine producer in Lemesos to relocate to where the grapes actually grow. The planting of new vineyards with new varieties is part of the long-term plan by ETKO to carefully create new and acceptable grape varieties. Although set in the traditional old-fashioned environs of Omodos village, the winery boasts a stateof-the-art factory floor for the production of quality wines using grapes harvested from the nearby vineyards. In addition, there is an isothermic cellar at the Olympus winery with a maturing capacity for one million bottles of red wine. (25422380/ www.etkowines.com/olympus Omodos). Appointment recommended. Wine Tasting: The distinguished and award-winning Saint Nicholas Commandaria and the white dry Nefeli made from Xynisteri grapes with intense fruit flavours. Where to Eat: The Ambelothea Taverna (25421366) is popular for a Cypriot meze. You can enjoy al fresco dining on the large terrace which overlooks the village. Where to Stay: Iakovos House (25731076) is a two bedroom fully-furnished traditional house.

Wine route 4 Diarizos Valley Route

The Diarizos valley is the least-known wine-producing region of Cyprus. Its relatively low altitude, compared to that of the other vine-growing areas, as well as the dominance of the local Mavro grape variety, have kept it out of the wine scene for years. However, with the creation of many small wine

making units and the introduction of modern vine cultivation, it has recently begun to transform itself into a competitive wine-producing area of great promise. Along this 89km route, you can find 18 grape varieties, including the main Mavro variety.

Wineries Lakria Winery

Lakria winery is situated at Salamiou village and is the biggest of a cluster of small and fairly remote villages in the Diarizos River valley. Taking advantage of the climate and adhering to long family traditions in winemaking, the owners have invested heavily in a new four-storey building with state-ofthe-art technology that can produce wines of quality and taste. Lakria produces 4 wine labels three of which are based on the local Mavro and Xynisteri varieties and one on the Cabernet Sauvignon which is also grown locally. Wine tasting: Cabernet Sauvignon, medium rosé, dry red and white. (99346990) Salamiou, Pafos. Contact Costakis Avgousti for an appointment.

Wine Route 5 Vouni Panagias-Ambelitis Route

In the Pafos district at an altitude of over 800 metres, you’ll find the Vouni Panagias-Ambelitis route, arguably one of the most scenic routes, and there are plenty of wineries to visit. The Xynisteri variety is grown here, producing wines with orchard fruit aromas, notes of green apples, peaches and apricots and a fresh, clean taste. The powerful and interesting Maratheftiko reds are here, too, which have an aroma

Nelion Winery

Close to the village of Pretori, just off the PafosTroodos road, Nelion winery began producing its first bottles in 1996 and moved to a new building in 1998. From the very first year, the quality of the wine ensured that it would enjoy great success with the public, a fact which further encouraged the family to become fully involved in the business of wine- making by building a well equipped, custom-made winery, incorporating modern machinery within the traditional features of the building. The current annual production capacity is 30,000 bottles. Wine Tasting: Make sure you try the award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon and the Shiraz which matures in French oak barrels. (25442445) Pretori. Open Daily 9.30am-6pm. Contact Elenitsa Ioannou to arrange an appointment. Where to Eat: Head for Aphrodite Hills and enjoy a meze at the Pithari restaurant (26828075). Where to Stay: The closest hotel is the Vasilias Nikoklis Inn (26432211) in Nikokleia village. It is a renovated old house with its own restaurant, bar, inner yard and rooms for accommodation. Prices from €58 per night including breakfast.

Cheers! The 6th Cyprus Wine Competition awards ceremony took place at Le Meridien in Lemesos a few months ago. A total of 51 labels of 46 wines won prizes. The Winners ΚΕΟ won the Grand Gold Award for its 1984 Commandaria, a Gold Award (KEO rosŽ) and two Silver Awards (KEO Xynisteri and Heritage dry red). ETKO was awarded a Grand Gold for its 1991 Commandaria and Gold for its 2003 Commandaria. It also won a Gold and a Silver Award for its Olympus wines (Haggipavlu Chardonay/Semillon and Shiraz respectively). The Zambartas Winery, which also won in Thessaloniki, was the big winner with three Gold Awards (RosŽ, Shiraz/Lefkada and Semillon/ Sauvignon Blanc). The Hadjiantonas Winery also won Gold for its Xynisteri and Silver for its RosŽ while the Kyprounda Winery won six awards: Gold for three of its labels (Kyperounda Shiraz and Kyperounda Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 and 2009) and Silver for its Chardonnay and Petritis (2009 and 2010). S.I.

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alleys and sit down for a meal at a typically rustic taverna. The route covers 110km, starting from Kolossi and ending at Avdemou.

Wineries Domaine Nicolaides

Nicos Nicolaides represents the third generation of winemakers in his family. Equipped with the valuable knowledge he acquired at the School of Viticulture and Oenology in Montpellier, Nicos is bent on upgrading the quality of the wine produced here. The current capacity of the winery stands at 130,000 bottles but improvements are under way to upgrade and expand storage facilities. Domaine Nicolaides is situated in an area of four hectares at Anogyra, a picturesque village close to Lemesos at an altitude of 450m. (25221709, 99649655) Anogyra. Appointment recommended. Wine tasting: Try the rosé Afrodino made from grenache and the red dry Conte Nicholas made from Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Cabernet Franc (40%). Where to Eat: In Anogyra there are two restaurants, the Anogyra Taverna (25222444) and the other owned by a Mr. Yiannis (25221584). Since they are not always open, we recommend that you call in advance. The small eatery at the Oleastro Olive Park (99565768) is another good option. Where to Stay: Nicholas and Maria’s Cottages (25331963, 99525462), a renovated 300-year-old building offers accommodation in the middle of the village. It consists of six studio apartments, one small and one large traditional room. All rooms overlook the tranquil courtyard. Prices from €43 per night.

Malia Estate (KEO)

This modern, renovated and well-equipped winery, owned and managedbytheKEOGroup,

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lies at the entrance to the village, overlooking the picturesque southern slopes of the Troodos mountains. (25942131/ www.keogroup.com) Malia. Open Mon-Fri 8am-2pm. Contact Timos Bogias for an appointment. Wine Tasting: Try distinguished dry white wines such as Riesling made from the German variety of the same name or the dry white Chardonnay made from Chardonnay and Xynisteri. Where to Eat: At Agora Tavern (99325396) in the nearby village of Arsos you can enjoy a Cypriot meze in a beautiful traditional building. Open Tue-Sun. Where to Stay: Moustos (99604955) is the choice in Arsos. Cosy accommodation with wood/stone décor. Two apartments, each with two bedrooms, are available for €35 per person per night.

Olympus Winery

This was the first big wine producer in Lemesos to relocate to where the grapes actually grow. The planting of new vineyards with new varieties is part of the long-term plan by ETKO to carefully create new and acceptable grape varieties. Although set in the traditional old-fashioned environs of Omodos village, the winery boasts a stateof-the-art factory floor for the production of quality wines using grapes harvested from the nearby vineyards. In addition, there is an isothermic cellar at the Olympus winery with a maturing capacity for one million bottles of red wine. (25422380/ www.etkowines.com/olympus Omodos). Appointment recommended. Wine Tasting: The distinguished and award-winning Saint Nicholas Commandaria and the white dry Nefeli made from Xynisteri grapes with intense fruit flavours. Where to Eat: The Ambelothea Taverna (25421366) is popular for a Cypriot meze. You can enjoy al fresco dining on the large terrace which overlooks the village. Where to Stay: Iakovos House (25731076) is a two bedroom fully-furnished traditional house.

Wine route 4 Diarizos Valley Route

The Diarizos valley is the least-known wine-producing region of Cyprus. Its relatively low altitude, compared to that of the other vine-growing areas, as well as the dominance of the local Mavro grape variety, have kept it out of the wine scene for years. However, with the creation of many small wine

making units and the introduction of modern vine cultivation, it has recently begun to transform itself into a competitive wine-producing area of great promise. Along this 89km route, you can find 18 grape varieties, including the main Mavro variety.

Wineries Lakria Winery

Lakria winery is situated at Salamiou village and is the biggest of a cluster of small and fairly remote villages in the Diarizos River valley. Taking advantage of the climate and adhering to long family traditions in winemaking, the owners have invested heavily in a new four-storey building with state-ofthe-art technology that can produce wines of quality and taste. Lakria produces 4 wine labels three of which are based on the local Mavro and Xynisteri varieties and one on the Cabernet Sauvignon which is also grown locally. Wine tasting: Cabernet Sauvignon, medium rosé, dry red and white. (99346990) Salamiou, Pafos. Contact Costakis Avgousti for an appointment.

Wine Route 5 Vouni Panagias-Ambelitis Route

In the Pafos district at an altitude of over 800 metres, you’ll find the Vouni Panagias-Ambelitis route, arguably one of the most scenic routes, and there are plenty of wineries to visit. The Xynisteri variety is grown here, producing wines with orchard fruit aromas, notes of green apples, peaches and apricots and a fresh, clean taste. The powerful and interesting Maratheftiko reds are here, too, which have an aroma

Nelion Winery

Close to the village of Pretori, just off the PafosTroodos road, Nelion winery began producing its first bottles in 1996 and moved to a new building in 1998. From the very first year, the quality of the wine ensured that it would enjoy great success with the public, a fact which further encouraged the family to become fully involved in the business of wine- making by building a well equipped, custom-made winery, incorporating modern machinery within the traditional features of the building. The current annual production capacity is 30,000 bottles. Wine Tasting: Make sure you try the award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon and the Shiraz which matures in French oak barrels. (25442445) Pretori. Open Daily 9.30am-6pm. Contact Elenitsa Ioannou to arrange an appointment. Where to Eat: Head for Aphrodite Hills and enjoy a meze at the Pithari restaurant (26828075). Where to Stay: The closest hotel is the Vasilias Nikoklis Inn (26432211) in Nikokleia village. It is a renovated old house with its own restaurant, bar, inner yard and rooms for accommodation. Prices from €58 per night including breakfast.

Cheers! The 6th Cyprus Wine Competition awards ceremony took place at Le Meridien in Lemesos a few months ago. A total of 51 labels of 46 wines won prizes. The Winners ΚΕΟ won the Grand Gold Award for its 1984 Commandaria, a Gold Award (KEO rosŽ) and two Silver Awards (KEO Xynisteri and Heritage dry red). ETKO was awarded a Grand Gold for its 1991 Commandaria and Gold for its 2003 Commandaria. It also won a Gold and a Silver Award for its Olympus wines (Haggipavlu Chardonay/Semillon and Shiraz respectively). The Zambartas Winery, which also won in Thessaloniki, was the big winner with three Gold Awards (RosŽ, Shiraz/Lefkada and Semillon/ Sauvignon Blanc). The Hadjiantonas Winery also won Gold for its Xynisteri and Silver for its RosŽ while the Kyprounda Winery won six awards: Gold for three of its labels (Kyperounda Shiraz and Kyperounda Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 and 2009) and Silver for its Chardonnay and Petritis (2009 and 2010). S.I.

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of red fruits, violets and roses. There are good rosés to sample in villages such as Vouni Panagia, Chrysorrogiatissa and Statos-Agios Fotios. Here you will also be able to discover some of the best wines made from the local Mavro grape variety, which benefits from the relatively high altitude and mild climate to offer pleasant dark red and rosé wines.

nearby Tsada, visit the Golf Resort (26643000) for a leisurely lunch. Where to Stay: Agrotiko (26271864) in Kallepeia village is only 2 km away from Tsada and offers a panoramic view o the vineyards. Agrotiko has three apartments with two rooms and two apartments with one room. Prices from €55 per night..

Wineries

Vouni Panagias Winery

Kolios Vineyards

The Kolios vineyards, take up more than 100 hectares of prime vines and since 1999, when the winery produced its first 70,000 bottles, sales have continued to rise steadily, with annual production now in excess of 250,000 bottles. (99479330/ www.koliosvineyards.com) StatosAgios Fotios, Pafos. Open Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. For an appointment contact Efthymia Michael. Wine tasting: Try the multi-award-winning white dry Persephone made from local Xynisteri grapes and the excellent award-winning Shiraz which matures in oak barrels and is produced in limited quantities (no more than 3,000 bottles per year). Where to Eat: There is no need to leave the winery as the chefs at its own restaurant prepare and serve Cypriot meze dishes, accompanied by wine, a dessert and coffee for only €20. Where to Stay: The Palati tou Xylari (99614673) at Panagia is a 250- year-old building designed to resemble a Mycenaean palace. It has two apartments and two studios. Prices from €50 per night.

Tsangarides Winery

Tsangarides winery was established by the Tsangarides family who, for more than a century, have been cultivating their vines and making wine in the picturesque village of Lemona in the Pafos district. The stone building which houses the winery is a testament to the owners’ insistence on tradition. Although the winery has only been operational on a commercial basis since 2005, the Tsangarides Mattaro 2005 and the Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 both won prestigious Gold Awards at the 2nd Cyprus National Wine Competition in spring 2007. Angelos and Loukia will happy to show you around. (26722777/ www.tsangarideswinery. com) Lemona. Open Mon-Fri 8am3pm, Sat 8am-1pm. For an appointment, contact Angelos Tsangarides. Wine tasting: Try the multi-award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, which is matured in French oak barrels for six months. Where to Eat: Just a few kilometers away at 16 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

It stands before you in all its magnificence just 500m before you reach the village of Panagia. If you are lucky on the day you visit, in addition to the 10-minute video about the winery, you may have a chance to see some traditional Cypriot products – palouze and soujouko – being made on the premises, as well as zivania being distilled. Wine Tasting: Start with the award-winning Barba Yiannis made from the Cypriot marathetiko variety, before moving on to the fresh Alina with flowery notes made from xynisteri. Free guided tour and tasting for groups of four. Where to eat: Don’t budge an inch! The winery’s own restaurant serves traditional meze dishes, plus dessert and a free bottle of Alina or Plakota or every two people, for only €20. Where to stay: The Palati tou Xylari (99614673) in Panagia is a 250- year-old building with two apartments and two studios (from €50 to €70 for 2 persons).

Wine Route 6 Laona-Akamas Route

In the west of Cyprus, home to villages such as Droushia, Inia, Kathikas, Pano and Kato Arodes, you can familiarize yourself with the local Xynisteri white wines. Xynisteri grows in mild climates, cooled by the sea breeze, and produces strong wines with a fine aroma – probably one of the best Cypriot white wines. Here, too, you can find red wines made from Maratheftiko, one of the best grape varieties on the island. The route covers a distance of 107km.

Wineries K & K Vasilikon Winery

Vasilikon is a family-owned winery established in 1993 and located along the Pafos-Polis road in Kathikas Village, at an altitude of 650m.Their Vasilikon Dry White Wine is made from the indigenous Xynisteri grape which is cultivated in the family vineyards. (26633237/ www.vasilikon.com) Kathikas. Open Mon-Friday 9am-1pm.

Wine tasting: The best is the Dry White Vasilikon. You should also try the very good red dry Ayios Onoufrios and the Cabernet Sauvignon Methi. Where to eat: A visit to Imogen’s Inn (26633269) is a must. Excellent homemade food that combines many Cypriot dishes with Egyptian and Greek influences. Alternatively, head back to the middle of the village and enjoy a Cypriot meze at the Time Out Eating Award winner Yiannis Taverna (26633353). Where to stay: Ayii Anargyri Spa Hotel resort (26814000) at Miliou is a place of profound calm and tranquillity offering accommodation in suites, bungalows or rooms. It’s also a chance to take advantage of one of the many body treatments that will ensure that you leave calmer and reenergized but you’ll pay €150 a night for the room.

SODAP Kamanterena Winery

The Kamanterena Winery in Stroumbi village is cur-

rently the main producer of wines that carry the SODAP label. Island Vines and Mountain Vines are best-sellers, while other interesting wines are made from different varieties and blends. SODAP is believed to be the biggest wine producer in Cyprus. (26633000/ www.sodap.com.cy) Stroumbi. Open Mon-Thu 8am-2pm, Fri 8am-1pm. If you plan a visit, contact Irene Grigoriou. . Wine tasting: Try the dry red Kamanterena made from Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and Opthalmo. Also the dry white made from Xynisteri and the medium white made from Riesling. Where to Eat: Stop for lunch at Farmyard (26632745) in the neighbouring village of Kathikas which serves a good variety of Cypriot and international dishes. Where to Stay: Go for Anogia tou Michali (26944229), a wonderful 70-year-old house in Kathikas, right in the centre of the village. On the upper floor you can enjoy the view of the Pafos and Troodos forests. Prices from €52 per night.

Wining and Dining A full tank of petrol and a map are all you need before you set off on your wining and dining excursion. Enjoy the scenery as you head for one of the local wineries and once youÕre there you can let others take care of you with a guided tour of the winery, wine tasting and good food. What are you waiting for? LetÕs go!

Vouni Panayia Winery

While you relax on the veranda and enjoy the view of the green Pafos Forest, the chefs of the wineryÕs own restaurant will prepare a sumptuous meze for you and your friends which you will not forget in a long time (œ20 per person). Local salad, seasonal vegetables with eggs, cracked wheat (pourgouri) with pork baby back ribs, stuffed vine leaves (koupepia) and other traditional Cypriot dishes will arrive at your table with a bottle of white Alina or red Plakota (one of the two bottles is free Hadjiantonas Winery for every two persons). 60, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Panagia (26722770) all day. Contact the winery for details of restauGuided Tour, Wine Tasting: May-Oct 9am-7pm, rant opening hours and for reservations. Nov-Apr 9am-5pm.

Kolios Winery

Once youÕre feeling hungry there is no need to go in search of a restaurant because the winery itself will serve you a great meal including marrow with eggs and tomatoes, ravioli, pork with onions, spicy sausages, oven-roast chicken with cracked wheat (pourgouri) and other culinary delights (œ20 per person, including dessert, coffee and wine). Statos - Agios Fotios (2672409, 99479330) Guided Tour, Wine Tasting: Daily

Hadjiantonas Winery

For gourmet dining and international cuisine, book a table at the wineryÕs own restaurant (FriSat only). Sunday lunch at the restaurant is also an unforgettable experience. Parekklisia (25991199) Guided Tour, Wine Tasting: TueSat 10am-6pm (œ5 per person) Guided Tour, Cheese & Wine: Tue-Sat 10am-6pm (œ10 per person) The Hadjiantonas Restaurant Open Fri-Sat 7.30pm-11.30pm, Sat-Sun 12 noon3pm. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 17


Wine Routes

Wine Routes

of red fruits, violets and roses. There are good rosés to sample in villages such as Vouni Panagia, Chrysorrogiatissa and Statos-Agios Fotios. Here you will also be able to discover some of the best wines made from the local Mavro grape variety, which benefits from the relatively high altitude and mild climate to offer pleasant dark red and rosé wines.

nearby Tsada, visit the Golf Resort (26643000) for a leisurely lunch. Where to Stay: Agrotiko (26271864) in Kallepeia village is only 2 km away from Tsada and offers a panoramic view o the vineyards. Agrotiko has three apartments with two rooms and two apartments with one room. Prices from €55 per night..

Wineries

Vouni Panagias Winery

Kolios Vineyards

The Kolios vineyards, take up more than 100 hectares of prime vines and since 1999, when the winery produced its first 70,000 bottles, sales have continued to rise steadily, with annual production now in excess of 250,000 bottles. (99479330/ www.koliosvineyards.com) StatosAgios Fotios, Pafos. Open Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. For an appointment contact Efthymia Michael. Wine tasting: Try the multi-award-winning white dry Persephone made from local Xynisteri grapes and the excellent award-winning Shiraz which matures in oak barrels and is produced in limited quantities (no more than 3,000 bottles per year). Where to Eat: There is no need to leave the winery as the chefs at its own restaurant prepare and serve Cypriot meze dishes, accompanied by wine, a dessert and coffee for only €20. Where to Stay: The Palati tou Xylari (99614673) at Panagia is a 250- year-old building designed to resemble a Mycenaean palace. It has two apartments and two studios. Prices from €50 per night.

Tsangarides Winery

Tsangarides winery was established by the Tsangarides family who, for more than a century, have been cultivating their vines and making wine in the picturesque village of Lemona in the Pafos district. The stone building which houses the winery is a testament to the owners’ insistence on tradition. Although the winery has only been operational on a commercial basis since 2005, the Tsangarides Mattaro 2005 and the Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 both won prestigious Gold Awards at the 2nd Cyprus National Wine Competition in spring 2007. Angelos and Loukia will happy to show you around. (26722777/ www.tsangarideswinery. com) Lemona. Open Mon-Fri 8am3pm, Sat 8am-1pm. For an appointment, contact Angelos Tsangarides. Wine tasting: Try the multi-award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, which is matured in French oak barrels for six months. Where to Eat: Just a few kilometers away at 16 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

It stands before you in all its magnificence just 500m before you reach the village of Panagia. If you are lucky on the day you visit, in addition to the 10-minute video about the winery, you may have a chance to see some traditional Cypriot products – palouze and soujouko – being made on the premises, as well as zivania being distilled. Wine Tasting: Start with the award-winning Barba Yiannis made from the Cypriot marathetiko variety, before moving on to the fresh Alina with flowery notes made from xynisteri. Free guided tour and tasting for groups of four. Where to eat: Don’t budge an inch! The winery’s own restaurant serves traditional meze dishes, plus dessert and a free bottle of Alina or Plakota or every two people, for only €20. Where to stay: The Palati tou Xylari (99614673) in Panagia is a 250- year-old building with two apartments and two studios (from €50 to €70 for 2 persons).

Wine Route 6 Laona-Akamas Route

In the west of Cyprus, home to villages such as Droushia, Inia, Kathikas, Pano and Kato Arodes, you can familiarize yourself with the local Xynisteri white wines. Xynisteri grows in mild climates, cooled by the sea breeze, and produces strong wines with a fine aroma – probably one of the best Cypriot white wines. Here, too, you can find red wines made from Maratheftiko, one of the best grape varieties on the island. The route covers a distance of 107km.

Wineries K & K Vasilikon Winery

Vasilikon is a family-owned winery established in 1993 and located along the Pafos-Polis road in Kathikas Village, at an altitude of 650m.Their Vasilikon Dry White Wine is made from the indigenous Xynisteri grape which is cultivated in the family vineyards. (26633237/ www.vasilikon.com) Kathikas. Open Mon-Friday 9am-1pm.

Wine tasting: The best is the Dry White Vasilikon. You should also try the very good red dry Ayios Onoufrios and the Cabernet Sauvignon Methi. Where to eat: A visit to Imogen’s Inn (26633269) is a must. Excellent homemade food that combines many Cypriot dishes with Egyptian and Greek influences. Alternatively, head back to the middle of the village and enjoy a Cypriot meze at the Time Out Eating Award winner Yiannis Taverna (26633353). Where to stay: Ayii Anargyri Spa Hotel resort (26814000) at Miliou is a place of profound calm and tranquillity offering accommodation in suites, bungalows or rooms. It’s also a chance to take advantage of one of the many body treatments that will ensure that you leave calmer and reenergized but you’ll pay €150 a night for the room.

SODAP Kamanterena Winery

The Kamanterena Winery in Stroumbi village is cur-

rently the main producer of wines that carry the SODAP label. Island Vines and Mountain Vines are best-sellers, while other interesting wines are made from different varieties and blends. SODAP is believed to be the biggest wine producer in Cyprus. (26633000/ www.sodap.com.cy) Stroumbi. Open Mon-Thu 8am-2pm, Fri 8am-1pm. If you plan a visit, contact Irene Grigoriou. . Wine tasting: Try the dry red Kamanterena made from Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and Opthalmo. Also the dry white made from Xynisteri and the medium white made from Riesling. Where to Eat: Stop for lunch at Farmyard (26632745) in the neighbouring village of Kathikas which serves a good variety of Cypriot and international dishes. Where to Stay: Go for Anogia tou Michali (26944229), a wonderful 70-year-old house in Kathikas, right in the centre of the village. On the upper floor you can enjoy the view of the Pafos and Troodos forests. Prices from €52 per night.

Wining and Dining A full tank of petrol and a map are all you need before you set off on your wining and dining excursion. Enjoy the scenery as you head for one of the local wineries and once youÕre there you can let others take care of you with a guided tour of the winery, wine tasting and good food. What are you waiting for? LetÕs go!

Vouni Panayia Winery

While you relax on the veranda and enjoy the view of the green Pafos Forest, the chefs of the wineryÕs own restaurant will prepare a sumptuous meze for you and your friends which you will not forget in a long time (œ20 per person). Local salad, seasonal vegetables with eggs, cracked wheat (pourgouri) with pork baby back ribs, stuffed vine leaves (koupepia) and other traditional Cypriot dishes will arrive at your table with a bottle of white Alina or red Plakota (one of the two bottles is free Hadjiantonas Winery for every two persons). 60, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Panagia (26722770) all day. Contact the winery for details of restauGuided Tour, Wine Tasting: May-Oct 9am-7pm, rant opening hours and for reservations. Nov-Apr 9am-5pm.

Kolios Winery

Once youÕre feeling hungry there is no need to go in search of a restaurant because the winery itself will serve you a great meal including marrow with eggs and tomatoes, ravioli, pork with onions, spicy sausages, oven-roast chicken with cracked wheat (pourgouri) and other culinary delights (œ20 per person, including dessert, coffee and wine). Statos - Agios Fotios (2672409, 99479330) Guided Tour, Wine Tasting: Daily

Hadjiantonas Winery

For gourmet dining and international cuisine, book a table at the wineryÕs own restaurant (FriSat only). Sunday lunch at the restaurant is also an unforgettable experience. Parekklisia (25991199) Guided Tour, Wine Tasting: TueSat 10am-6pm (œ5 per person) Guided Tour, Cheese & Wine: Tue-Sat 10am-6pm (œ10 per person) The Hadjiantonas Restaurant Open Fri-Sat 7.30pm-11.30pm, Sat-Sun 12 noon3pm. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 17


Glyka tou koutaliou or spoon sweets are usually offered as a dessert in servings as big as a wellfilled spoon. Apricots, bergamot oranges, lemons, watermelon rind, figs and many more fruits are used for this. Other are made from vegetables such as aubergines and courgettes or from rose flower petals. Spoon sweets are made with simple, natural ingredients, mainly fruit and sugar with a touch of lemon juice, and are a perfect (and traditional) accompaniment to coffee. In Lefkosia, Anemoessa offers a good selection of these sweets but you should also make sure you try Katerina’s Sweets (the 2010 Time Out Eating Award winner in the Best Cypriot Product category) and Niki’s Sweets from Agros village.

Made in

Cyprus

Anari is a cylindrical shaped (ricotta-type) dry white cheese made mostly from the whey that drains off during the process of making halloumi cheese. It’s rich in protein and is often used fresh as a dessert along with carob syrup or honey. Fresh anari is also used as a stuffing in a number of Cypriot sweet pastries such as the traditional bourekia (anari pies). It can also be matured by dr ying in the sun. Mature anari is a hard cheese that may be stored for a long time and is often used in grated form. Arkatena are fresh or dry bread rusks made from chick-pea extract which is used like yeast. The bread is flavoured with mahleb, cinnamon, nutmeg and rosewater and a small amount of sugar. The resulting rolls are very tasty, especially the dry rusks which are so light and crisp that they melt in your mouth. 18 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Halloumi is an unripe, semi-hard white cheese with a texture between that of cottage cheese and mozzarella. Halloumi can be eaten raw but it tastes best when grilled on charcoal. In fact, it claims to be the only cheese that can be cooked and retain its shape.  It may be consumed fresh in salads or sandwiches, grated over pasta, as a stuffing in ravioli and pastries or enjoyed as an ideal accompaniment to watermelon in summer. Cheeses from almost all producers can be found all supermarkets.

Koulouria, the famed Cypriot bread rusks, come in different shapes and sizes but always with the same delightful smell and slightly sour taste. Ideal for dunking in your morning or afternoon coffee.

Hiromeri is smoked pork loin which has been cleaned of fat. It matures in salted wine for 20 days and is then pressed for two days and smoked for three months. It is a truly traditional Cyprus appetizer with a spicy taste and makes a perfect snack with many drinks (wine, beer, zivania). Many regard it as the leading traditional processed meat product. Hiromeri is suitable for long storage in moderately cool temperatures.

Loukoumia (Turkish delight) are sweet, soft cubes generously sprinkled with icing sugar, made from starch, water, sugar and natural flavourings. The process begins by dissolving sugar in boiling water, then adding the starch and flavourings. The next morning the resulting slab is cut into small cubes. These come in a variety of flavours including rose, mint, lemon, vanilla, orange and more. The villages of Yeroskipou and

Basturma is an Armenian type of spicy sausage made from minced beef, salt and spices. It may be grilled, fried or chargrilled and spiced with pepper, cumin, paprika, garlic and other spices. Dymes village is famous for a basturma that is easy on the stomach, while Xipsiti Ltd at Palechori offers stronger and pleasant flavours. Kitromilides Ltd at Ergates and Chrysodalia Food Industr y Ltd at Potami also offer excellent quality and pure ingredients Glistarkes are just one kind of many Cypriot aromatic bread rolls and crispbreads made on the island. They consist of bread sticks dipped into sesame seeds and, starting with a cross shape, others are added around it before the whole is baked. Sweet and savoury glistarkes come in various sizes. You can find them in supermarkets and bakeries. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 19


Glyka tou koutaliou or spoon sweets are usually offered as a dessert in servings as big as a wellfilled spoon. Apricots, bergamot oranges, lemons, watermelon rind, figs and many more fruits are used for this. Other are made from vegetables such as aubergines and courgettes or from rose flower petals. Spoon sweets are made with simple, natural ingredients, mainly fruit and sugar with a touch of lemon juice, and are a perfect (and traditional) accompaniment to coffee. In Lefkosia, Anemoessa offers a good selection of these sweets but you should also make sure you try Katerina’s Sweets (the 2010 Time Out Eating Award winner in the Best Cypriot Product category) and Niki’s Sweets from Agros village.

Made in

Cyprus

Anari is a cylindrical shaped (ricotta-type) dry white cheese made mostly from the whey that drains off during the process of making halloumi cheese. It’s rich in protein and is often used fresh as a dessert along with carob syrup or honey. Fresh anari is also used as a stuffing in a number of Cypriot sweet pastries such as the traditional bourekia (anari pies). It can also be matured by dr ying in the sun. Mature anari is a hard cheese that may be stored for a long time and is often used in grated form. Arkatena are fresh or dry bread rusks made from chick-pea extract which is used like yeast. The bread is flavoured with mahleb, cinnamon, nutmeg and rosewater and a small amount of sugar. The resulting rolls are very tasty, especially the dry rusks which are so light and crisp that they melt in your mouth. 18 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Halloumi is an unripe, semi-hard white cheese with a texture between that of cottage cheese and mozzarella. Halloumi can be eaten raw but it tastes best when grilled on charcoal. In fact, it claims to be the only cheese that can be cooked and retain its shape.  It may be consumed fresh in salads or sandwiches, grated over pasta, as a stuffing in ravioli and pastries or enjoyed as an ideal accompaniment to watermelon in summer. Cheeses from almost all producers can be found all supermarkets.

Koulouria, the famed Cypriot bread rusks, come in different shapes and sizes but always with the same delightful smell and slightly sour taste. Ideal for dunking in your morning or afternoon coffee.

Hiromeri is smoked pork loin which has been cleaned of fat. It matures in salted wine for 20 days and is then pressed for two days and smoked for three months. It is a truly traditional Cyprus appetizer with a spicy taste and makes a perfect snack with many drinks (wine, beer, zivania). Many regard it as the leading traditional processed meat product. Hiromeri is suitable for long storage in moderately cool temperatures.

Loukoumia (Turkish delight) are sweet, soft cubes generously sprinkled with icing sugar, made from starch, water, sugar and natural flavourings. The process begins by dissolving sugar in boiling water, then adding the starch and flavourings. The next morning the resulting slab is cut into small cubes. These come in a variety of flavours including rose, mint, lemon, vanilla, orange and more. The villages of Yeroskipou and

Basturma is an Armenian type of spicy sausage made from minced beef, salt and spices. It may be grilled, fried or chargrilled and spiced with pepper, cumin, paprika, garlic and other spices. Dymes village is famous for a basturma that is easy on the stomach, while Xipsiti Ltd at Palechori offers stronger and pleasant flavours. Kitromilides Ltd at Ergates and Chrysodalia Food Industr y Ltd at Potami also offer excellent quality and pure ingredients Glistarkes are just one kind of many Cypriot aromatic bread rolls and crispbreads made on the island. They consist of bread sticks dipped into sesame seeds and, starting with a cross shape, others are added around it before the whole is baked. Sweet and savoury glistarkes come in various sizes. You can find them in supermarkets and bakeries. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 19


famed for its pittas, which are usually larger and thicker. If you don’t get a chance to visit Pafos, you can still find its pittas in bakeries and supermarkets throughout the island. Posyrti or wine bacon is a kind of pork bacon matured in salted wine for 10 days and then smoked over burning wood 2-3 times daily for another 20 days. It is then normally cut into cubes and served fried, grilled or cold sprinkled with oregano. Pitsilia Posyrti is available from Kafkalias Ltd at Agros. For stronger flavours go for Madari Meat Products Ltd at Kyperounda or Uncle George Ltd at Palechori while for mature Posyrti go to Nostos at Kato Mylos. Soujoukos is a long sweet made from grape juice which has a thread of shelled almonds or walnuts running through it. The thread is dipped several times in finished palouze, a process that may take several days until ready. The resulting soujoukos

Fini are both well-known for their loukoumia. In Lefkosia you can find them in small traditional shops in the Laiki Geitonia (traditional neighbourhood) and in most large supermarkets around the island.

but commonly it is served cold with a topping of whole or crushed almonds or walnuts. You can enjoy unlimited amounts of palouzes at the Palouzes Festival that takes place in Arsos village every October.

Loukanika are traditional Cypriot sausages, made from selected fresh pork, wine, salt and spices. The meat is minced, marinated with coriander seeds, black pepper and salt and then left to mature in dr y red wine for 7-15 days. Refrigerated or not, loukanika may be kept for long periods and may be fried, baked, grilled, chargrilled or even eaten raw provided they have matured enough by drying under the sun. Produced by Filis Sausages at Vouni and A.Z.D.A. Foods Ltd in Kaimakli, you can also find them in supermarkets throughout the island.

Pafitiko is a mature cheese ver y similar in colour and taste to the Greek kefalotiri but its production is limited to the Pafos district where it is usually produced by farming families or local cheese makers. Made from sheep’s and goat’s milk, this cheese has a pale straw yellow colour and a cylindrical shape. Among its defining features are the patterns from the straw baskets used to mould the cheese. Pafitiko is produced between February and April and is often used as the basic ingredient of the traditional Easter pastries known as flaounes.

Lountza is made from fresh pork fillet, matured in village wine with coriander seeds. Traditional smoked lountza is usually ser ved uncooked, sliced or cubed with a selection of other meat and cheese delicacies. Because of the way it is made, it can be stored at cool temperatures for a long time and is low in fat content. You can find good quality lountza in the villages of Palechori, Agros, Dymes, Kyperounda and Kato Mylos as well as at supermarkets throughout Cyprus, under the Grigoriou and Snack brands.

Pastellaki is a natural sweet made with carob syrup or honey and sesame seeds, using a fairly complicated traditional method. To prepare it, you mix raw nuts, sesame, honey and sugar in a large pan to give a crispy, tasty and healthy snack. Pastellaki is available in many flavours: peanut, sesame, pistachio, almond, hazelnut and cocktail. You can find it in supermarkets.

Palouzes is a thick, jelly-like sweet which is made by adding flour, rosewater, cinnamon and mastic to grape juice. As soon as the mix is adequately cooked, it is poured onto a tray to cool off. Some people enjoy consuming palouzes hot 20 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Pitta bread is made of natural ingredients and baked in a traditional oven. It is oval in shape and has a fabulous taste. Cypriot pittas are usually opened and filled with souvlakia (kebab) and sheftalia (spicy sausages) and salad. Also, a typical Cyprus toasted pitta sandwich contains cooked lountza, fried or grilled halloumi and slices of tomato and cucumber. Pafos is especially

can be stored in mild temperatures only for a few days, in vacuum packs for up to four months or in the freezer (in plastic bags) for much longer. You will find soujoukos in villages that produce the white grapes used in its production, including Drymia, Spilia, Arsos and Agros as well as in most supermarkets. Tsamarella is made from goat’s meat which is cut initially into large pieces, salted and then left to dry in the sun. It is then washed and sprinkled with dry oregano whose antibacterial action acts also as a natural preserving agent. With a presidium distinction at the Slow Food International food exhibition to its name, it is a wonderful starter and a great accompaniment to traditional spirits such as zivania. You can find it mainly in the Pitsilia area (we recommend Kafkalias Ltd at Agros and Vassiliou Traditional Meat Products at Pelendri). In Lefkosia try Anemoessa, a traditional food products store.

So Deli-cious Stores that can capture nature in a bottle or a bag. YouÕll find everything from charcuterie and cheeses to sweets, oil, wine and anything that can be made from top quality raw materials.

Anemoessa Fine Food Products

This Cypriot delicatessen makes us very proud of our traditional fare. At Anemoessa youÕll find traditional produce sourced straight from the islandÕs best producers in various farflung villages. They are pure, with no additions or preservatives, made just as they were in the good old days. You can buy everything here from real jams, spoon sweets, authentic carob syrup and epsima, a sweet & sour grape must juice, to soujouko, fragrant red quince jelly, crispy arkatena, extra virgin olive oil and olives, wines, Commandaria and zivania, cheeses and charcuterie. DonÕt forget to try the pure honey too! (22877220, www.anemoessa.com.cy) 5 B, Crete St., Lefkosia. Open Mon-Fri 9am-1pm & 2.30pm7.30pm, Wed & Sat 9am-2pm.

Elliniki Gi

Panayiotis Kalakos comes from Mani, Greece and he has turned his hobby and passion into a business by importing selected items from outstanding Greek producers. You will find P.D.O. (Protected Designations of Origin) products, extra virgin olive

oil, olives, barrel-aged feta cheese, Armenian basturma, legumes from Prespes, honey, jams, pasta and various deli items such as botargo, Alonissos tuna, Kozani saffron, split peas and cherry tomatoes from Santorini, wild mushrooms from Pelion, gruyre from Crete and Arta, the award-winning short lasagna, as well as tsipouro, ouzo and other tasty Greek items. (22255061, 99436371) 48 I-K, Iphigenias St., Acropolis, Lemesos.

Prodorpio

As a lover of good quality, traditional Greek cuisine, owner Rhea stocks a wide range of products from the Greek islands and elsewhere in her small delicatessen. ThereÕs a huge variety of P.D.O. cheeses, including the low-calorie Domokos Katiki which has the consistency of yoghurt, the semi-hard Formaella cheese from Arachova, Kopanisti from the Cyclades, Ladotyri from Mytilene, Metsovone and San Michali from Syros, a hard parmesan-type cheese which is considered the ÔRolls RoyceÕ of Greek cheeses. You will also find basturma, sausages, mandarin and cinnamon drinks, koukouzina (it resembles Cypriot zivania) made from grapes and figs, jams with ouzo or mastic, pure sesame seed oil and much more. (99439524) 30, Themidos St., Old Town, Lemesos, near the CUT Library.

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famed for its pittas, which are usually larger and thicker. If you don’t get a chance to visit Pafos, you can still find its pittas in bakeries and supermarkets throughout the island. Posyrti or wine bacon is a kind of pork bacon matured in salted wine for 10 days and then smoked over burning wood 2-3 times daily for another 20 days. It is then normally cut into cubes and served fried, grilled or cold sprinkled with oregano. Pitsilia Posyrti is available from Kafkalias Ltd at Agros. For stronger flavours go for Madari Meat Products Ltd at Kyperounda or Uncle George Ltd at Palechori while for mature Posyrti go to Nostos at Kato Mylos. Soujoukos is a long sweet made from grape juice which has a thread of shelled almonds or walnuts running through it. The thread is dipped several times in finished palouze, a process that may take several days until ready. The resulting soujoukos

Fini are both well-known for their loukoumia. In Lefkosia you can find them in small traditional shops in the Laiki Geitonia (traditional neighbourhood) and in most large supermarkets around the island.

but commonly it is served cold with a topping of whole or crushed almonds or walnuts. You can enjoy unlimited amounts of palouzes at the Palouzes Festival that takes place in Arsos village every October.

Loukanika are traditional Cypriot sausages, made from selected fresh pork, wine, salt and spices. The meat is minced, marinated with coriander seeds, black pepper and salt and then left to mature in dr y red wine for 7-15 days. Refrigerated or not, loukanika may be kept for long periods and may be fried, baked, grilled, chargrilled or even eaten raw provided they have matured enough by drying under the sun. Produced by Filis Sausages at Vouni and A.Z.D.A. Foods Ltd in Kaimakli, you can also find them in supermarkets throughout the island.

Pafitiko is a mature cheese ver y similar in colour and taste to the Greek kefalotiri but its production is limited to the Pafos district where it is usually produced by farming families or local cheese makers. Made from sheep’s and goat’s milk, this cheese has a pale straw yellow colour and a cylindrical shape. Among its defining features are the patterns from the straw baskets used to mould the cheese. Pafitiko is produced between February and April and is often used as the basic ingredient of the traditional Easter pastries known as flaounes.

Lountza is made from fresh pork fillet, matured in village wine with coriander seeds. Traditional smoked lountza is usually ser ved uncooked, sliced or cubed with a selection of other meat and cheese delicacies. Because of the way it is made, it can be stored at cool temperatures for a long time and is low in fat content. You can find good quality lountza in the villages of Palechori, Agros, Dymes, Kyperounda and Kato Mylos as well as at supermarkets throughout Cyprus, under the Grigoriou and Snack brands.

Pastellaki is a natural sweet made with carob syrup or honey and sesame seeds, using a fairly complicated traditional method. To prepare it, you mix raw nuts, sesame, honey and sugar in a large pan to give a crispy, tasty and healthy snack. Pastellaki is available in many flavours: peanut, sesame, pistachio, almond, hazelnut and cocktail. You can find it in supermarkets.

Palouzes is a thick, jelly-like sweet which is made by adding flour, rosewater, cinnamon and mastic to grape juice. As soon as the mix is adequately cooked, it is poured onto a tray to cool off. Some people enjoy consuming palouzes hot 20 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Pitta bread is made of natural ingredients and baked in a traditional oven. It is oval in shape and has a fabulous taste. Cypriot pittas are usually opened and filled with souvlakia (kebab) and sheftalia (spicy sausages) and salad. Also, a typical Cyprus toasted pitta sandwich contains cooked lountza, fried or grilled halloumi and slices of tomato and cucumber. Pafos is especially

can be stored in mild temperatures only for a few days, in vacuum packs for up to four months or in the freezer (in plastic bags) for much longer. You will find soujoukos in villages that produce the white grapes used in its production, including Drymia, Spilia, Arsos and Agros as well as in most supermarkets. Tsamarella is made from goat’s meat which is cut initially into large pieces, salted and then left to dry in the sun. It is then washed and sprinkled with dry oregano whose antibacterial action acts also as a natural preserving agent. With a presidium distinction at the Slow Food International food exhibition to its name, it is a wonderful starter and a great accompaniment to traditional spirits such as zivania. You can find it mainly in the Pitsilia area (we recommend Kafkalias Ltd at Agros and Vassiliou Traditional Meat Products at Pelendri). In Lefkosia try Anemoessa, a traditional food products store.

So Deli-cious Stores that can capture nature in a bottle or a bag. YouÕll find everything from charcuterie and cheeses to sweets, oil, wine and anything that can be made from top quality raw materials.

Anemoessa Fine Food Products

This Cypriot delicatessen makes us very proud of our traditional fare. At Anemoessa youÕll find traditional produce sourced straight from the islandÕs best producers in various farflung villages. They are pure, with no additions or preservatives, made just as they were in the good old days. You can buy everything here from real jams, spoon sweets, authentic carob syrup and epsima, a sweet & sour grape must juice, to soujouko, fragrant red quince jelly, crispy arkatena, extra virgin olive oil and olives, wines, Commandaria and zivania, cheeses and charcuterie. DonÕt forget to try the pure honey too! (22877220, www.anemoessa.com.cy) 5 B, Crete St., Lefkosia. Open Mon-Fri 9am-1pm & 2.30pm7.30pm, Wed & Sat 9am-2pm.

Elliniki Gi

Panayiotis Kalakos comes from Mani, Greece and he has turned his hobby and passion into a business by importing selected items from outstanding Greek producers. You will find P.D.O. (Protected Designations of Origin) products, extra virgin olive

oil, olives, barrel-aged feta cheese, Armenian basturma, legumes from Prespes, honey, jams, pasta and various deli items such as botargo, Alonissos tuna, Kozani saffron, split peas and cherry tomatoes from Santorini, wild mushrooms from Pelion, gruyre from Crete and Arta, the award-winning short lasagna, as well as tsipouro, ouzo and other tasty Greek items. (22255061, 99436371) 48 I-K, Iphigenias St., Acropolis, Lemesos.

Prodorpio

As a lover of good quality, traditional Greek cuisine, owner Rhea stocks a wide range of products from the Greek islands and elsewhere in her small delicatessen. ThereÕs a huge variety of P.D.O. cheeses, including the low-calorie Domokos Katiki which has the consistency of yoghurt, the semi-hard Formaella cheese from Arachova, Kopanisti from the Cyclades, Ladotyri from Mytilene, Metsovone and San Michali from Syros, a hard parmesan-type cheese which is considered the ÔRolls RoyceÕ of Greek cheeses. You will also find basturma, sausages, mandarin and cinnamon drinks, koukouzina (it resembles Cypriot zivania) made from grapes and figs, jams with ouzo or mastic, pure sesame seed oil and much more. (99439524) 30, Themidos St., Old Town, Lemesos, near the CUT Library.

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Artopolis (22365220) 95, Evagoras Pallikarides St., Latsia, Lefkosia. Confytasty (23731333/ www.confytasty.com) 69, Sotiras Rd., Paralimni, Ammochostos. Galatas Bakeries (Iakovos Kyrillou & Sons Ltd) (22922337/ www.galatasbakeries.com)78, Galata Ave., Galata, Lefkosia. Peristerona Bakeries (Omiros Aristides Ltd) (22821327), Lefkosia.

If you would like to buy some traditional Cypriot products to take home with you, the following lists will help you to find those that are not freely available in supermarkets.

Listings Anari A. Polycarpou & Sons (25221798/ 99879034) Prasteio Avdemou, Lemesos. Eleni Mimi (24322014) Skarinou, Larnaka. K&M Mouskou Ltd (99761645) 7, Christou Tsiarta St., Avgorou, Larnaka. N. Th. Kouroushis Ltd (24322336/ www. kouroushis.com.cy) Κofinou, Larnaka Sotiris & Dafni Farm Ltd (22622111) 32, Lykavitou St., Anayia, Lefkosia. Cowboy Farm Ltd (24533085/ www.challoumi. com) 10, Kariou St., Aradippou, Larnaka. Arkatena Eleni Neocleous Traditional Omodhos Arkatena (25422110) Omodhos, Lemesos. Basturma Andreas Kyriakou Ltd (Allantika Dymes) (25521653) Dymes, Lemesos. Chrysodalia Food Industry Ltd (22852453/ 22852900/ www.chrysodalia.com.cy) 5, Panayias Asinou Ave., Potami, Lefkosia. Kitromilides Ltd (22870757) 34, Spyros Kyprianou Ave., Ergates, Lefkosia. Xipsiti Ltd (22642714) 7, Nicou Georgiou St, Palechori, Lefkosia. Pitta/Glistarkes/Koulouri Yiannis Georgiou Traditional Bakery (22427313) 61, Archbishop Kyprianou St., Strovolos, Lefkosia. 22 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Halloumi Agrino Dairy Industry Ltd (26423008/ 99612985) Anarita, Pafos. G. & I. Keses Dairy Products Ltd (25221649/ www.halloumicheese.com) 2, Aigialousis St., Avdemou, Lemesos. Petrou Bros (Alambra) Dairies Ltd (24661210/ www.petroubros.com) 90, Grivas Dighenis Ave., Larnaka. Pittas Dairy Industries Ltd (22667700/ www. pittas.com), Lefkosia. Orthodoxou Chr. & Son (Kornos) Ltd (22533723/ 99667653) 13, Grigoris Afxentiou St., Kornos, Lefkosia. Katsoura Traditional Products (26722392/ 99792095) Galataria, Pafos. Mesarka Dairy Ltd (24811300) Athienou Zita Dairies Industry (26953696, 26818001/ www.zitadairies.com) Industrial Area, 16, Mesogis St., Pafos. Hiromeri Andreas Kyriakou Ltd (Allantika Dimes) (25521653) Dymes, Lemesos. Chomatas Allantopioia (Nostos) Ltd (25771082) Kato Milos, Lemesos. Madari Meat Products Ltd (25813208/ www. madaricyprus.com) 9, Viotechniki Area, Kyperounda, Lemesos. Uncle George Foods Ltd (22642545/ 22766010) 49, Polykarpos Yiorkatzis Ave., Palechori, Lefkosia. Xipsiti Ltd (22642714) 7, Nicou Georgiou St., Palechori, Lefkosia. Loukanika A.Z.D.A. Foods Ltd (22431118) 146, Ayiou Ilarionos St., Kaimakli, Lefkosia. Filis Sausages (25943608) 16, Megalou Alexandrou St., Vouni, Lemesos. Loukoumia Aphrodite Delights Yeroskipos Ltd (26962212/ www.loukoumia.com), Pafos. Ourania Pissourou (25423060/ 99379989) 8, Antoniou St. & Evgenias Theodotou St., Phini, Lemesos. Lountza A.G.H. Kakopetria Meat Products (22922313)

22, A. Nicolaou St., Kakopetria, Lefkosia. Grigoriou B.E. Ltd (25393238/ www.grigoriou. com.cy), Lemesos. Snack (22420237/ www.snack.com.cy) Palouzes Ermi Traditional Sweets (24352003) Ayii Vavatsinias, Larnaka. Koulla Ioannou Soujoukkos Marathasas Ltd. (22952175) Kalopanayiotis, Lefkosia. Paphitiko Agrino Dairy Industry Ltd (26423008/ 99612985) Anarita, Pafos. Zita Dairies Industry (26953696, 26818001/ www.zitadairies.com) Industrial Area 16, Mesogis St., Pafos. Pastellaki Amalia Coffee Ltd (24530587/ www.amalia. com.cy) Aradippou, Larnaka. Aphrodite Delights Yeroskipos Ltd (26962212/ www.loukoumia.com), Pafos. Zorbas & Sons Ltd (24524400) Athienou Industrial Estate, Athienou, Larnaka. Posyrti Chomatas Allantopioia (Nostos) Ltd (25771082) Kato Milos, Lemesos. Kafkalia Ltd (25521426) 36, Kyriakou Apeitou St., Agros, Lemesos.

Madari Meat Products Ltd (25813208/ www. madaricyprus.com) 9, Viotechniki Area, Kyperounda, Lemesos. Uncle George Foods LTD (22642545/ 22766010) 49, Polykarpos Yiorkatzis Ave., Palechori, Lefkosia. Soujoukos Anemoessa Fine Food Products (22877220/ www.anemoessa.com.cy) 23, Pindarou St., Shop 2A, Lefkosia Niki Agathokleous Ltd (25521400) 5, Anapafseos St., Agros, Lemesos. Spoon Sweets Anemoessa Fine Food Products (22877220/ www.anemoessa.com.cy) 23, Pindarou St., Shop 2A, Lefkosia. Katerina Cyprus Sweets (25432000) Doros, Lemesos-Troodos Road, Lemesos. Niki Agathokleous Ltd (25521400) 5, Anapafseos St., Agros, Lemesos. Tsamarella Anemoessa Fine Food Products (22877220/ www.anemoessa.com.cy) 23, Pindarou St., Shop 2A, Lefkosia. Kafkalia Ltd (25521426) 36, Kyriakou Apeitou Street, Agros, Lemesos. Vasiliou Deli Ltd (25550111) 34, Nikou Karasamani St., Pelendri, Lemesos. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 23


Artopolis (22365220) 95, Evagoras Pallikarides St., Latsia, Lefkosia. Confytasty (23731333/ www.confytasty.com) 69, Sotiras Rd., Paralimni, Ammochostos. Galatas Bakeries (Iakovos Kyrillou & Sons Ltd) (22922337/ www.galatasbakeries.com)78, Galata Ave., Galata, Lefkosia. Peristerona Bakeries (Omiros Aristides Ltd) (22821327), Lefkosia.

If you would like to buy some traditional Cypriot products to take home with you, the following lists will help you to find those that are not freely available in supermarkets.

Listings Anari A. Polycarpou & Sons (25221798/ 99879034) Prasteio Avdemou, Lemesos. Eleni Mimi (24322014) Skarinou, Larnaka. K&M Mouskou Ltd (99761645) 7, Christou Tsiarta St., Avgorou, Larnaka. N. Th. Kouroushis Ltd (24322336/ www. kouroushis.com.cy) Κofinou, Larnaka Sotiris & Dafni Farm Ltd (22622111) 32, Lykavitou St., Anayia, Lefkosia. Cowboy Farm Ltd (24533085/ www.challoumi. com) 10, Kariou St., Aradippou, Larnaka. Arkatena Eleni Neocleous Traditional Omodhos Arkatena (25422110) Omodhos, Lemesos. Basturma Andreas Kyriakou Ltd (Allantika Dymes) (25521653) Dymes, Lemesos. Chrysodalia Food Industry Ltd (22852453/ 22852900/ www.chrysodalia.com.cy) 5, Panayias Asinou Ave., Potami, Lefkosia. Kitromilides Ltd (22870757) 34, Spyros Kyprianou Ave., Ergates, Lefkosia. Xipsiti Ltd (22642714) 7, Nicou Georgiou St, Palechori, Lefkosia. Pitta/Glistarkes/Koulouri Yiannis Georgiou Traditional Bakery (22427313) 61, Archbishop Kyprianou St., Strovolos, Lefkosia. 22 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Halloumi Agrino Dairy Industry Ltd (26423008/ 99612985) Anarita, Pafos. G. & I. Keses Dairy Products Ltd (25221649/ www.halloumicheese.com) 2, Aigialousis St., Avdemou, Lemesos. Petrou Bros (Alambra) Dairies Ltd (24661210/ www.petroubros.com) 90, Grivas Dighenis Ave., Larnaka. Pittas Dairy Industries Ltd (22667700/ www. pittas.com), Lefkosia. Orthodoxou Chr. & Son (Kornos) Ltd (22533723/ 99667653) 13, Grigoris Afxentiou St., Kornos, Lefkosia. Katsoura Traditional Products (26722392/ 99792095) Galataria, Pafos. Mesarka Dairy Ltd (24811300) Athienou Zita Dairies Industry (26953696, 26818001/ www.zitadairies.com) Industrial Area, 16, Mesogis St., Pafos. Hiromeri Andreas Kyriakou Ltd (Allantika Dimes) (25521653) Dymes, Lemesos. Chomatas Allantopioia (Nostos) Ltd (25771082) Kato Milos, Lemesos. Madari Meat Products Ltd (25813208/ www. madaricyprus.com) 9, Viotechniki Area, Kyperounda, Lemesos. Uncle George Foods Ltd (22642545/ 22766010) 49, Polykarpos Yiorkatzis Ave., Palechori, Lefkosia. Xipsiti Ltd (22642714) 7, Nicou Georgiou St., Palechori, Lefkosia. Loukanika A.Z.D.A. Foods Ltd (22431118) 146, Ayiou Ilarionos St., Kaimakli, Lefkosia. Filis Sausages (25943608) 16, Megalou Alexandrou St., Vouni, Lemesos. Loukoumia Aphrodite Delights Yeroskipos Ltd (26962212/ www.loukoumia.com), Pafos. Ourania Pissourou (25423060/ 99379989) 8, Antoniou St. & Evgenias Theodotou St., Phini, Lemesos. Lountza A.G.H. Kakopetria Meat Products (22922313)

22, A. Nicolaou St., Kakopetria, Lefkosia. Grigoriou B.E. Ltd (25393238/ www.grigoriou. com.cy), Lemesos. Snack (22420237/ www.snack.com.cy) Palouzes Ermi Traditional Sweets (24352003) Ayii Vavatsinias, Larnaka. Koulla Ioannou Soujoukkos Marathasas Ltd. (22952175) Kalopanayiotis, Lefkosia. Paphitiko Agrino Dairy Industry Ltd (26423008/ 99612985) Anarita, Pafos. Zita Dairies Industry (26953696, 26818001/ www.zitadairies.com) Industrial Area 16, Mesogis St., Pafos. Pastellaki Amalia Coffee Ltd (24530587/ www.amalia. com.cy) Aradippou, Larnaka. Aphrodite Delights Yeroskipos Ltd (26962212/ www.loukoumia.com), Pafos. Zorbas & Sons Ltd (24524400) Athienou Industrial Estate, Athienou, Larnaka. Posyrti Chomatas Allantopioia (Nostos) Ltd (25771082) Kato Milos, Lemesos. Kafkalia Ltd (25521426) 36, Kyriakou Apeitou St., Agros, Lemesos.

Madari Meat Products Ltd (25813208/ www. madaricyprus.com) 9, Viotechniki Area, Kyperounda, Lemesos. Uncle George Foods LTD (22642545/ 22766010) 49, Polykarpos Yiorkatzis Ave., Palechori, Lefkosia. Soujoukos Anemoessa Fine Food Products (22877220/ www.anemoessa.com.cy) 23, Pindarou St., Shop 2A, Lefkosia Niki Agathokleous Ltd (25521400) 5, Anapafseos St., Agros, Lemesos. Spoon Sweets Anemoessa Fine Food Products (22877220/ www.anemoessa.com.cy) 23, Pindarou St., Shop 2A, Lefkosia. Katerina Cyprus Sweets (25432000) Doros, Lemesos-Troodos Road, Lemesos. Niki Agathokleous Ltd (25521400) 5, Anapafseos St., Agros, Lemesos. Tsamarella Anemoessa Fine Food Products (22877220/ www.anemoessa.com.cy) 23, Pindarou St., Shop 2A, Lefkosia. Kafkalia Ltd (25521426) 36, Kyriakou Apeitou Street, Agros, Lemesos. Vasiliou Deli Ltd (25550111) 34, Nikou Karasamani St., Pelendri, Lemesos. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 23


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herever you travel in Cyprus, the locals will welcome you with open arms and a tray of preserved sweets. One immediately senses the warm Cypriot hospitality and gets a taste of Cypriot food. And if you get invited in for lunch, then you should feel especially honoured and lucky. They say that the cuisine of each country reveals its culture. They also say that ‘the key to someone’s heart is through their stomach’. Just think that Cyprus gave birth to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, so you are in the right place. Cypriot cuisine adopts, of course, the features of the Mediterranean diet and is based on olive oil, wine and bread, in other words, the olive tree, the grapevine and grains. It is therefore easy to identify the main produce of the island and the activities of its inhabitants throughout the centuries. Cypriot cuisine also has a culinary heritage which, through the various tastes and dif ferent dishes, recor ds the histor y of our countr y, fr om ancient times to the present day.

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Stock breeding and its products also have a special place in the culinary lives of the Cypriots. Since long ago, Cypriots raised sheep, goats and domesticated pigs to cover their own needs. Halloumi cheese, the island’s main dairy product, together with the local delicatessen made of pork, are beginning to gain recognition in Europe, distinguished by their taste and quality. Cyprus has also played a significant role in the history of nutrition. The famous Cypriot wine was the cause for the conquest of the island. In Ancient Greece, Cyprus was famous for its wine and its onions. Several references to onions are found in Apicius, since they were considered to be a special gift to any chef of that time. In medieval times, there were references to exports of wine, zivania and also ampelopoulia, a species of small migratory birds, abundant in the vineyards of Cyprus, famous for their taste and fat content. Cypriot grains were also considered to be of excellent quality, especially in the area of Mesaoria, the island’s largest granary, from where they were exported to Italy to make pasta, supposedly the best in the Mediterranean.

Advertorial But apart from the raw ingredients, a cuisine is also characterised by tastes and combinations, expertise and balance, love and presentation. Cypriot cuisine, influenced by the local produce, the geographical position of Cyprus and its relations with neighbouring countries and the various conquerors that have left their mark here, offers a mosaic of tastes, which is quite different to that of Metropolitan Greece and the islands. The role of religion was also very important, since the fasting observed throughout the year has shaped the diet of Cypriots. In winter time, after the Christmas fasting period, we have the slaughtering of the pigs to make sausages, salty meats and delicatessen, to be consumed throughout the year. Afelia, a popular traditional dish, prepared in winter time with meat, red wine and coriander, is also made of pork. During the forty-day Lenten period before Easter, vegetables and pulses are consumed extensively. During the Holy Week, the well-known flaounes - cheese-pie made of dough, cheese and eggs, similar to a soufflé - are made with a recipe that presumably dates to the Frankish period. Throughout the year, Cypriots make their own bread and pasta and, after the grape harvest, combine these with epsima (boiled grape juice), petimezi (grape juice syrup) or carob honey. In its effort to promote the rich culinary culture of Cyprus, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation has set up the VAKHIS programme, considering – and quite rightly so – that local cuisine is an integral part of the overall tourist experience. The programme intends to offer visitors an authentic culinary experience, based not only on taste, but also on a combination of food, drink, environment and entertainment. It is a significant effort to preserve a culture and a heritage which run the risk of vanishing under the heavy tablecloths of ready-made, industrialised and globalised food. But what is there behind the authentic Cypriot cuisine and what are its main features? A visit to a traditional tavern is a unique experience, even for the locals, as it is based on a rich variety of meze: small quantities of different dishes made from recipes with a strong local character, such as halloumi and sausages from Pafos, lountza and delica-

tessen from the villages of the Troodos Mountain, ttava from Lefkara, bread and kleftiko from Karpasia, souvla from Lysi, different vegetables from Kyrenia, pasta from the villages of Pafos, wine from Omodos and many others. A feast of ingredients, tastes and recipes from the depths of time. It is widely believed that meze is an oriental invention. Cyprus, located on the crossroads of three continents, has managed to combine, in an incredibly adaptive way, all the tastes of the Eastern Mediterranean. It is worth mentioning here the significance of meze as a true sign of a culinary culture. It is true that only some cuisines offer meze, mostly in the Middle East. I don’t think anybody has ever had meze in a French or an Italian restaurant. We have, of course, the hors d’oeuvres, but they usually consist of no more than one or two dishes. Here we mean a real MEZE: small dishes of everything: vegetables, olives, dry-salted and vinegary foods, various pastes, cheeses, boiled, fried and casserole foods. A little bit of everything. What’s the reason behind all this food? Meze means evolution and culture, because the people who first made it were looking for something more than just to satisfy their hunger. The meze reveals, first of all, the expertise of the person who prepares it. It shows the need to socialise and be hospitable, to take out all the goods one has at home and offer them to friends, neighbours and passers-by. Accompanied by a drink, this process may take hours, sitting in a backyard and talking under a lemon tree. And if you want, you can even grab a fresh lemon to make your food even tastier! Easy, beautiful and all part of human nature.

Bon appetit!


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Traditional Cuisine & THE CYPRUS

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herever you travel in Cyprus, the locals will welcome you with open arms and a tray of preserved sweets. One immediately senses the warm Cypriot hospitality and gets a taste of Cypriot food. And if you get invited in for lunch, then you should feel especially honoured and lucky. They say that the cuisine of each country reveals its culture. They also say that ‘the key to someone’s heart is through their stomach’. Just think that Cyprus gave birth to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, so you are in the right place. Cypriot cuisine adopts, of course, the features of the Mediterranean diet and is based on olive oil, wine and bread, in other words, the olive tree, the grapevine and grains. It is therefore easy to identify the main produce of the island and the activities of its inhabitants throughout the centuries. Cypriot cuisine also has a culinary heritage which, through the various tastes and dif ferent dishes, recor ds the histor y of our countr y, fr om ancient times to the present day.

COUNTRYSIDE

Stock breeding and its products also have a special place in the culinary lives of the Cypriots. Since long ago, Cypriots raised sheep, goats and domesticated pigs to cover their own needs. Halloumi cheese, the island’s main dairy product, together with the local delicatessen made of pork, are beginning to gain recognition in Europe, distinguished by their taste and quality. Cyprus has also played a significant role in the history of nutrition. The famous Cypriot wine was the cause for the conquest of the island. In Ancient Greece, Cyprus was famous for its wine and its onions. Several references to onions are found in Apicius, since they were considered to be a special gift to any chef of that time. In medieval times, there were references to exports of wine, zivania and also ampelopoulia, a species of small migratory birds, abundant in the vineyards of Cyprus, famous for their taste and fat content. Cypriot grains were also considered to be of excellent quality, especially in the area of Mesaoria, the island’s largest granary, from where they were exported to Italy to make pasta, supposedly the best in the Mediterranean.

Advertorial But apart from the raw ingredients, a cuisine is also characterised by tastes and combinations, expertise and balance, love and presentation. Cypriot cuisine, influenced by the local produce, the geographical position of Cyprus and its relations with neighbouring countries and the various conquerors that have left their mark here, offers a mosaic of tastes, which is quite different to that of Metropolitan Greece and the islands. The role of religion was also very important, since the fasting observed throughout the year has shaped the diet of Cypriots. In winter time, after the Christmas fasting period, we have the slaughtering of the pigs to make sausages, salty meats and delicatessen, to be consumed throughout the year. Afelia, a popular traditional dish, prepared in winter time with meat, red wine and coriander, is also made of pork. During the forty-day Lenten period before Easter, vegetables and pulses are consumed extensively. During the Holy Week, the well-known flaounes - cheese-pie made of dough, cheese and eggs, similar to a soufflé - are made with a recipe that presumably dates to the Frankish period. Throughout the year, Cypriots make their own bread and pasta and, after the grape harvest, combine these with epsima (boiled grape juice), petimezi (grape juice syrup) or carob honey. In its effort to promote the rich culinary culture of Cyprus, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation has set up the VAKHIS programme, considering – and quite rightly so – that local cuisine is an integral part of the overall tourist experience. The programme intends to offer visitors an authentic culinary experience, based not only on taste, but also on a combination of food, drink, environment and entertainment. It is a significant effort to preserve a culture and a heritage which run the risk of vanishing under the heavy tablecloths of ready-made, industrialised and globalised food. But what is there behind the authentic Cypriot cuisine and what are its main features? A visit to a traditional tavern is a unique experience, even for the locals, as it is based on a rich variety of meze: small quantities of different dishes made from recipes with a strong local character, such as halloumi and sausages from Pafos, lountza and delica-

tessen from the villages of the Troodos Mountain, ttava from Lefkara, bread and kleftiko from Karpasia, souvla from Lysi, different vegetables from Kyrenia, pasta from the villages of Pafos, wine from Omodos and many others. A feast of ingredients, tastes and recipes from the depths of time. It is widely believed that meze is an oriental invention. Cyprus, located on the crossroads of three continents, has managed to combine, in an incredibly adaptive way, all the tastes of the Eastern Mediterranean. It is worth mentioning here the significance of meze as a true sign of a culinary culture. It is true that only some cuisines offer meze, mostly in the Middle East. I don’t think anybody has ever had meze in a French or an Italian restaurant. We have, of course, the hors d’oeuvres, but they usually consist of no more than one or two dishes. Here we mean a real MEZE: small dishes of everything: vegetables, olives, dry-salted and vinegary foods, various pastes, cheeses, boiled, fried and casserole foods. A little bit of everything. What’s the reason behind all this food? Meze means evolution and culture, because the people who first made it were looking for something more than just to satisfy their hunger. The meze reveals, first of all, the expertise of the person who prepares it. It shows the need to socialise and be hospitable, to take out all the goods one has at home and offer them to friends, neighbours and passers-by. Accompanied by a drink, this process may take hours, sitting in a backyard and talking under a lemon tree. And if you want, you can even grab a fresh lemon to make your food even tastier! Easy, beautiful and all part of human nature.

Bon appetit!


Lowbudget eating The times when we could open the menu and order whatever we fancied are long gone for many of us. As itÕs a pity to be forced to decide what to eat by looking at the price of each dish first, weÕve come up with a selection of restaurants that offer not only great food but value for money too. The bill should come to around œ40 for two. By Michalis Michaelides & Xenia Tsiamanta.

Lefkosia Chopsticks

The name may make you feel slightly insecure if you’re not an expert at using chopsticks but, once you’re inside this restaurant, the aromas of the Far East and the relaxed atmosphere will help you get over it at once. This is casual dining that lets you enjoy a quality meal in the same time it would take you at a fast-food outlet. With two slices of toast with prawns and sesame (€2.70) as a starter, two dishes from the meats section (all €7.90), a seafood choice (€12.20), a portion of fried rice (€2.40) and one of noodles with bean shoots (€6.30), you will leave the restaurant feeling that you got far more than what you paid for. (77777728, 22817070) Galaxias Shopping Centre, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Lefkosia. Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. (22815730) The Mall of Cyprus, Lefkosia. Open Daily 11.20am-10.30pm. (25817165) 200, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Lefkosia. Open Daily 12 noon-11pm.

Il Forno

You can’t call yourself a macaroni lover if you haven’t spent one, two three, ten, twenty evenings at Il Forno. The ‘temple of macaroni’ in Ledra Street was one of the first restaurants to add macaroni to our list of daily, fast but certainly not makeshift options. You only need to sit down and start checking the menu and your drinks will have arrived with some tasty fresh bread and olive oil. From then on, a rocket salad as a starter and a main course of pizza (€12.50) and a Deliciosa pasta with red sauce and feta (€12.50 proves that Il Forno is the city’s value for money restaurant par excellence. With a tiny budget you’ll not only satisfy your hunger but 26 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

enjoy a Nastro Azzurro beer (€4.30) and a glass of white wine (€4.50) too. (22456454) 216-218, Ledra St., Lefkosia. Open Daily 11am-11pm.

Thai etc... Dine In

‘Imagination is the mirror of the soul’ is the motto of the kitchen staff at Thai etc, and you can easily see this for yourself by looking into the open plan kitchen and, of course, by trying the dishes that arrive at your table. As a starter we suggest the satei chicken (€1.40/piece) and prawns in pastr y with chili sauce (€6.65/6 pieces), while whatever you choose for your main course we guarantee that the portions are more than enough. Our favourites are the sweet and sour prawns (€10.75) and the chicken with garlic and pepper sauce (€7.35). (22487744) 47, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Latsia, Lefkosia. Open Daily 6pm-11pm.

Sawa

The moment you see it, you’ll doubtless think ‘What the…?’ It’s very pompous by Cypriot standards, at least from the outside. But their interior decoration is especially pleasant and quite classy, with discreet touches of eastern charm. The prices in these aristocratic surroundings are far from what you would expect. On the contrary, they leave you with a smile when you consider that the place serves a sumptuous, delicious full meze for two with starters, salads and meat dishes costing only €34. There is a children’s play area and the waiters are particularly polite and smiling as befits the image of Sawa. One more thing: you might like to enjoy a nargileh in the garden. (22766777) 31, Klimentos St., Lefkosia. Open Daily 8am-11pm.

Cheap Eats Wagamama

The décor is simple, the way the benches are set out is the epitome of casual dining and the food is great. Excellent choices from the menu are the ramen soups with noodles (€9.20-€13), served in enormous bowls, while a very good meal for two is the Teriyaki steak soba with noodles (€15.50) and an orange and sesame chicken salad (€9.90), accompanied always by warm sake. If you still have room, the white chocolate and ginger cheesecake (€4.90) is a must. (22870140) 16, Themistocles Dervis St., Lefkosia. Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-11.30pm, Sun 12 noon-11pm.

Lemesos La Boca

This innovative Italian restaurant featuring a self-service 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. (25278000) 223, Saint Andrew (Agiou Andreou) St. Open Daily noon-11.30pm.

Sawa

Cookhouses These are the traditional Cypriot eateries which have always been the best way of satisfying your hunger for very little money. DonÕt expect fancy dŽcor but do expect good, traditional food. Mattheos This is possibly the only place where representatives of the entire political community of Cyprus can get on together and it’s thanks to the great cooking and dishes such as stuffed vegetables, moussaka and afelia (all €8). Even Shimon Peres has been here. (22755846) 6, 28th October Square, Lefkosia. Open Daily 5am-4pm. Pantopouleion This is where you’ll find the most famous bean soup (€6) in Lemesos, always served with salad and sardines. Another divine dish is the peas with artichokes and chicken (€7.50). (25818481) 30 B, Kanari St., Municipal Market, Lemesos. Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 8pm-12 midnight. Shiantris With its low-key atmosphere, far from any big social scene, this is where you come for braised

peas with artichokes and veal or rabbit stew (€10) without ever feeling guilty about having a full stomach at the end. (22671549) 21, Pericleous St., Lefkosia. Open 11am-4pm. Stoa tou Demetri 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. (22343030) 28 E, Dighenis Akritas Ave. Open Daily 12 noon-4pm. Vasiliki Vasiliki, winner of a 2010 Time Out Eating Award, is a traditional eating place, well-known for its delicious homemade vegetarian dishes, freshlycut salads and a wide variety of meats. (22349803) 28A, Dighenis Akritas St., Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-4pm. Vasos All-Nighter Small on the eye, big on the stomach, XXL portions with casserole dishes that cost next to nothing. Order spinach, beans with lamb, stuffed vine leaves, meat balls, roast meat or stew and you’ll pay just €9. All the fast food dishes are €10. (24656566) 19, Evagorou St., off Ermou St., Larnaka. Open Daily11am-1.30pm &5pm-5am.

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Lowbudget eating The times when we could open the menu and order whatever we fancied are long gone for many of us. As itÕs a pity to be forced to decide what to eat by looking at the price of each dish first, weÕve come up with a selection of restaurants that offer not only great food but value for money too. The bill should come to around œ40 for two. By Michalis Michaelides & Xenia Tsiamanta.

Lefkosia Chopsticks

The name may make you feel slightly insecure if you’re not an expert at using chopsticks but, once you’re inside this restaurant, the aromas of the Far East and the relaxed atmosphere will help you get over it at once. This is casual dining that lets you enjoy a quality meal in the same time it would take you at a fast-food outlet. With two slices of toast with prawns and sesame (€2.70) as a starter, two dishes from the meats section (all €7.90), a seafood choice (€12.20), a portion of fried rice (€2.40) and one of noodles with bean shoots (€6.30), you will leave the restaurant feeling that you got far more than what you paid for. (77777728, 22817070) Galaxias Shopping Centre, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Lefkosia. Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. (22815730) The Mall of Cyprus, Lefkosia. Open Daily 11.20am-10.30pm. (25817165) 200, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Lefkosia. Open Daily 12 noon-11pm.

Il Forno

You can’t call yourself a macaroni lover if you haven’t spent one, two three, ten, twenty evenings at Il Forno. The ‘temple of macaroni’ in Ledra Street was one of the first restaurants to add macaroni to our list of daily, fast but certainly not makeshift options. You only need to sit down and start checking the menu and your drinks will have arrived with some tasty fresh bread and olive oil. From then on, a rocket salad as a starter and a main course of pizza (€12.50) and a Deliciosa pasta with red sauce and feta (€12.50 proves that Il Forno is the city’s value for money restaurant par excellence. With a tiny budget you’ll not only satisfy your hunger but 26 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

enjoy a Nastro Azzurro beer (€4.30) and a glass of white wine (€4.50) too. (22456454) 216-218, Ledra St., Lefkosia. Open Daily 11am-11pm.

Thai etc... Dine In

‘Imagination is the mirror of the soul’ is the motto of the kitchen staff at Thai etc, and you can easily see this for yourself by looking into the open plan kitchen and, of course, by trying the dishes that arrive at your table. As a starter we suggest the satei chicken (€1.40/piece) and prawns in pastr y with chili sauce (€6.65/6 pieces), while whatever you choose for your main course we guarantee that the portions are more than enough. Our favourites are the sweet and sour prawns (€10.75) and the chicken with garlic and pepper sauce (€7.35). (22487744) 47, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Latsia, Lefkosia. Open Daily 6pm-11pm.

Sawa

The moment you see it, you’ll doubtless think ‘What the…?’ It’s very pompous by Cypriot standards, at least from the outside. But their interior decoration is especially pleasant and quite classy, with discreet touches of eastern charm. The prices in these aristocratic surroundings are far from what you would expect. On the contrary, they leave you with a smile when you consider that the place serves a sumptuous, delicious full meze for two with starters, salads and meat dishes costing only €34. There is a children’s play area and the waiters are particularly polite and smiling as befits the image of Sawa. One more thing: you might like to enjoy a nargileh in the garden. (22766777) 31, Klimentos St., Lefkosia. Open Daily 8am-11pm.

Cheap Eats Wagamama

The décor is simple, the way the benches are set out is the epitome of casual dining and the food is great. Excellent choices from the menu are the ramen soups with noodles (€9.20-€13), served in enormous bowls, while a very good meal for two is the Teriyaki steak soba with noodles (€15.50) and an orange and sesame chicken salad (€9.90), accompanied always by warm sake. If you still have room, the white chocolate and ginger cheesecake (€4.90) is a must. (22870140) 16, Themistocles Dervis St., Lefkosia. Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-11.30pm, Sun 12 noon-11pm.

Lemesos La Boca

This innovative Italian restaurant featuring a self-service 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. (25278000) 223, Saint Andrew (Agiou Andreou) St. Open Daily noon-11.30pm.

Sawa

Cookhouses These are the traditional Cypriot eateries which have always been the best way of satisfying your hunger for very little money. DonÕt expect fancy dŽcor but do expect good, traditional food. Mattheos This is possibly the only place where representatives of the entire political community of Cyprus can get on together and it’s thanks to the great cooking and dishes such as stuffed vegetables, moussaka and afelia (all €8). Even Shimon Peres has been here. (22755846) 6, 28th October Square, Lefkosia. Open Daily 5am-4pm. Pantopouleion This is where you’ll find the most famous bean soup (€6) in Lemesos, always served with salad and sardines. Another divine dish is the peas with artichokes and chicken (€7.50). (25818481) 30 B, Kanari St., Municipal Market, Lemesos. Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 8pm-12 midnight. Shiantris With its low-key atmosphere, far from any big social scene, this is where you come for braised

peas with artichokes and veal or rabbit stew (€10) without ever feeling guilty about having a full stomach at the end. (22671549) 21, Pericleous St., Lefkosia. Open 11am-4pm. Stoa tou Demetri 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. (22343030) 28 E, Dighenis Akritas Ave. Open Daily 12 noon-4pm. Vasiliki Vasiliki, winner of a 2010 Time Out Eating Award, is a traditional eating place, well-known for its delicious homemade vegetarian dishes, freshlycut salads and a wide variety of meats. (22349803) 28A, Dighenis Akritas St., Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-4pm. Vasos All-Nighter Small on the eye, big on the stomach, XXL portions with casserole dishes that cost next to nothing. Order spinach, beans with lamb, stuffed vine leaves, meat balls, roast meat or stew and you’ll pay just €9. All the fast food dishes are €10. (24656566) 19, Evagorou St., off Ermou St., Larnaka. Open Daily11am-1.30pm &5pm-5am.

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Cheap Eats Ta Piatakia

It is one of the innovative restaurants that have succeeded in taking Cypriot cuisine a step forward by giving it an exotic flair while maintaining the traditional identity of its ingredients. And since the food is served on small plates (the ‘piatakia’ in the name), we suggest that you create your own alternative meze with dishes such as halloumi wrapped in bacon with mango chutney (€1.20), green salad with seasonal food in homemade honey mustard dressing (€7.50), prawn souvlaki (€3.5), chicken strips in sesame (€8) and a dessert of your own choice (€7). With it, have a glass of local or imported wine which only costs €4.50, since according to the owner, “the point is for anyone to enjoy it”. (25745017) 7, Nicodemou Mylona St. Open Daily 7pm-11.30pm.

Larnaka Spaghetteria Italia

When the chef is an Italian (woman) with years of experience in a family restaurant in Rome, and when the décor and overall atmosphere is so warm that you are immediately transported to an Italian village, you know we’re talking about one of the most intense Italian dining experiences that you can have in Cyprus. What’s more, the prices are ridiculously low – the most expensive main course is the fillet of veal at €16! So you can order freely. We suggest a starter of aubergine parmesana (€6) and a ciabatta (€4), while as a main course you shouldn’t miss the Osso Bucco with pasta (€11) or the salmon with spinach and

Cheap Eats asparagus (€12). And after all that, the home-made tiramisu (€4.50) will give you a sweet taste that will stay with you for the rest of the evening. (24629450) 50-52, Stylianou Lena St., Larnaka. Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 5.30pm-11pm.

mussels (€12.20) or penne alla giulio cesare (€14.60). Leave some room for a crème brûlée (€5). (26818298) Corner of 5, Agias Anastasias St. & Theoskepastis St., Kato Pafos. Open Daily 6pm11pm.

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Ammochostos District

Casa

Just Italian

This is where you’ll eat the most famous burger in town, where a stylish young set enjoys coffee and plays board games and the mix & match décor will make you feel even better. Whoever tries the delicious home-made Casa burger (€7.20) doesn’t have a bad thing to say about the way it’s served with mushrooms, bacon, cheese, tomato and lettuce. On the fairly extensive menu you’ll also find a variety of pasta dishes, sandwiches, grills such as chops and our favourite chicken souvlaki (€9.40) and, of course, the divine desserts such as strawberry cheesecake or carrot cake at €3.50. (99673961) 12, 1st of April St., Larnaka. Open Daily 8am-2am (kitchen until 10pm).

Grazie

If you’ve ever visited a restaurant in Italy, you can imagine how much Grazie gains by the fact that one of the owners (Giancarlo) has this particular culinary heritage as part of his DNA. So whatever you order from the menu, you are going to be impressed. We suggest a starter of wild mushroom risotto (€7.20) while for the main course you might like to try the pork fillet (€15.20) or, if your prefer pasta, the tasty linguine with

The Buffet Strikes Back! Many restaurants now serve a lunchtime buffet, making what was once a guilty pleasure one of the hottest current trends. Beginning in Lefkosia, at Little Buddha (22766000, Mon-Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm) the buffet costs €15 and it even includes sushi; at Da Capo (22757427, Mon-Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm) you’ll pay €11.90 including a drink and a dessert; at Aperitivo (22100990, Mon-Fri 12 noon-3.30pm) the discounted price is €13.50 for food, the salad bar and a dessert; at Mondo (77778044, Mon-Fri 12.30pm-3pm) it’s €11.90 for a salad, buffet and dessert; at Maze (22447447, Mon-Fri 1pm-3pm) you’ll pay €12 for a starter, main course and dessert; at Chateau Status (77771167, Mon-Fri 1pm-3.30pm) the buffet costs €13 (or €17 with drinks); at Pizza Mia (22374444, Daily 12.30pm-3pm) €10.95 will get you starters, salads, pasta, salmon, shrimps, chicken, pork, 28 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

pizza, fruit, desserts, etc.; at Guru in Makedonitissa (22590059, Mon-Fri 1pm-3pm) where the emphasis is on live cooking, the price is €14 including a dessert and coffee. Finally it would be a major omission not to mention the well-known buffet at Evohia and Estiades (€13.50) and that of Prosilio (€10.20). They are all served from 12 noon-3.30pm. In the other towns, there are several places that have earned a reputation for their excellent buffet: Lyssiotiki Souvla in Lemesos (25321858, Daily 12 noon-11pm) charges only €7.90 (€11.90 Sun); the Friday buffet (7.30pm) at Momo in Larnaka (70004464) costs €16.60 and includes salads and main courses, even maki and ice cream; one of the leaders when it comes to buffet dining and one of best-known on the island is The 5th Floor in Pafos (26910055, Daily 12.30pm-4pm), where €13 (€17 Sun) will get you not only superb food but a great view of Pafos too.

Don’t get carried away. You didn’t come here just to watch the chef playing tricks with the pizza dough. Find a table and enjoy the variety of Italian flavours in the starters (€14.90) – one dish that up to four people can share. Afterwards, for pizza lovers the Quattro Formaggi (€11.90) is the epitome of what pizza is all about while pasta fans can enjoy an unforgettable experience with a pasta Aglio Oglio (€7.90) with garlic, olive oil and chili or a Frutti Di Mare (€14.90) with seafood.. (23744300, 99337890) 52, Kaparis Ave., Paralimni. Open Daily 5pm-11pm.

Los Bandidos

This all-time classic Mexican restaurant in Agia Napa is buzzing every day during the summer. Tasty, well-made dishes at reasonable prices. You should definitely start with a Mexicana salad (€6.90)

Ta Piatakia with chicken and warm cheese, before continuing with quesadillas, with sour cream and guacamole for around €10.70 and fajitas for around €12.40. If you decide to have a dessert (around €4.50) and a margarita you’ll leave full and happy with a bill that shouldn’t be much more than €40. (23723258) 2, Aris Velouchiotis, Agia Napa. Open Daily 5.30pm-11.30pm.

Happy Sundays Sunday lunch can be inexpensive when youÕre out on your travels. Militzis Located in a pleasant traditional environment in the old Turkish quarter of Larnaka, it serves good food at reasonable prices such as salad for two (€2.80), slow-cooked lamb (€10.75), five pieces of spit-roast chicken or pork (€10), cracked wheat (€2), halloumi (€2.20 for two), a glass of local wine or a large beer from €2.50-€3. (24655867) 42, Piyale Pasha Ave., Larnaka. Open Daily 1.30pm-12 midnight. Oleastro This cute theme park all about olives and their oil runs its own restaurant where you can enjoy traditional cooking. On weekdays you can try all kinds of dishes from bean soup to braised pork in wine and bulgur wheat while on Sundays there is a buffet (€15). Your entrance fee is deducted from the bill. Drinks are around €3.50. (99565768, 99525093) Anogyra, Lemesos. Open Daily 10am-6pm. Entrance €3 adults, €2 children. www.oleastro.com.cy

Pyrkos A cute taverna overlooking the whole village. A sumptuous, authentic Cypriot meze made with ingredients from the village and the surrounding area costs €16 per person. A litre of local wine is yours for just €8. (25942655) Vasa Kilaniou, Lemesos. Open Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat 12 noon-3pm & 6pm11pm, Sun 12 noon-5.50pm. Santa Elena In the cobbled square, next to the church and housed in a traditional building, everything here is home-made, including the huge fish meze which comes with spoon sweets at the end and costs just €19.50. (24332203) 4, Apostolou Varnava St, Zygi. Open Daily 11am-12 midnight. Stavros tis Asinou Situated amid greenery with the coolness and fragrance of the mountains. There is a wellthought-out à la carte menu and a generous meze (€17 per person) and music, while a glass of local wine costs a little over €2. (22852000) Church of the Virgin Mary of Asinou, Lefkosia. Open Daily 9am-4pm.

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Cheap Eats Ta Piatakia

It is one of the innovative restaurants that have succeeded in taking Cypriot cuisine a step forward by giving it an exotic flair while maintaining the traditional identity of its ingredients. And since the food is served on small plates (the ‘piatakia’ in the name), we suggest that you create your own alternative meze with dishes such as halloumi wrapped in bacon with mango chutney (€1.20), green salad with seasonal food in homemade honey mustard dressing (€7.50), prawn souvlaki (€3.5), chicken strips in sesame (€8) and a dessert of your own choice (€7). With it, have a glass of local or imported wine which only costs €4.50, since according to the owner, “the point is for anyone to enjoy it”. (25745017) 7, Nicodemou Mylona St. Open Daily 7pm-11.30pm.

Larnaka Spaghetteria Italia

When the chef is an Italian (woman) with years of experience in a family restaurant in Rome, and when the décor and overall atmosphere is so warm that you are immediately transported to an Italian village, you know we’re talking about one of the most intense Italian dining experiences that you can have in Cyprus. What’s more, the prices are ridiculously low – the most expensive main course is the fillet of veal at €16! So you can order freely. We suggest a starter of aubergine parmesana (€6) and a ciabatta (€4), while as a main course you shouldn’t miss the Osso Bucco with pasta (€11) or the salmon with spinach and

Cheap Eats asparagus (€12). And after all that, the home-made tiramisu (€4.50) will give you a sweet taste that will stay with you for the rest of the evening. (24629450) 50-52, Stylianou Lena St., Larnaka. Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 5.30pm-11pm.

mussels (€12.20) or penne alla giulio cesare (€14.60). Leave some room for a crème brûlée (€5). (26818298) Corner of 5, Agias Anastasias St. & Theoskepastis St., Kato Pafos. Open Daily 6pm11pm.

Pafos

Ammochostos District

Casa

Just Italian

This is where you’ll eat the most famous burger in town, where a stylish young set enjoys coffee and plays board games and the mix & match décor will make you feel even better. Whoever tries the delicious home-made Casa burger (€7.20) doesn’t have a bad thing to say about the way it’s served with mushrooms, bacon, cheese, tomato and lettuce. On the fairly extensive menu you’ll also find a variety of pasta dishes, sandwiches, grills such as chops and our favourite chicken souvlaki (€9.40) and, of course, the divine desserts such as strawberry cheesecake or carrot cake at €3.50. (99673961) 12, 1st of April St., Larnaka. Open Daily 8am-2am (kitchen until 10pm).

Grazie

If you’ve ever visited a restaurant in Italy, you can imagine how much Grazie gains by the fact that one of the owners (Giancarlo) has this particular culinary heritage as part of his DNA. So whatever you order from the menu, you are going to be impressed. We suggest a starter of wild mushroom risotto (€7.20) while for the main course you might like to try the pork fillet (€15.20) or, if your prefer pasta, the tasty linguine with

The Buffet Strikes Back! Many restaurants now serve a lunchtime buffet, making what was once a guilty pleasure one of the hottest current trends. Beginning in Lefkosia, at Little Buddha (22766000, Mon-Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm) the buffet costs €15 and it even includes sushi; at Da Capo (22757427, Mon-Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm) you’ll pay €11.90 including a drink and a dessert; at Aperitivo (22100990, Mon-Fri 12 noon-3.30pm) the discounted price is €13.50 for food, the salad bar and a dessert; at Mondo (77778044, Mon-Fri 12.30pm-3pm) it’s €11.90 for a salad, buffet and dessert; at Maze (22447447, Mon-Fri 1pm-3pm) you’ll pay €12 for a starter, main course and dessert; at Chateau Status (77771167, Mon-Fri 1pm-3.30pm) the buffet costs €13 (or €17 with drinks); at Pizza Mia (22374444, Daily 12.30pm-3pm) €10.95 will get you starters, salads, pasta, salmon, shrimps, chicken, pork, 28 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

pizza, fruit, desserts, etc.; at Guru in Makedonitissa (22590059, Mon-Fri 1pm-3pm) where the emphasis is on live cooking, the price is €14 including a dessert and coffee. Finally it would be a major omission not to mention the well-known buffet at Evohia and Estiades (€13.50) and that of Prosilio (€10.20). They are all served from 12 noon-3.30pm. In the other towns, there are several places that have earned a reputation for their excellent buffet: Lyssiotiki Souvla in Lemesos (25321858, Daily 12 noon-11pm) charges only €7.90 (€11.90 Sun); the Friday buffet (7.30pm) at Momo in Larnaka (70004464) costs €16.60 and includes salads and main courses, even maki and ice cream; one of the leaders when it comes to buffet dining and one of best-known on the island is The 5th Floor in Pafos (26910055, Daily 12.30pm-4pm), where €13 (€17 Sun) will get you not only superb food but a great view of Pafos too.

Don’t get carried away. You didn’t come here just to watch the chef playing tricks with the pizza dough. Find a table and enjoy the variety of Italian flavours in the starters (€14.90) – one dish that up to four people can share. Afterwards, for pizza lovers the Quattro Formaggi (€11.90) is the epitome of what pizza is all about while pasta fans can enjoy an unforgettable experience with a pasta Aglio Oglio (€7.90) with garlic, olive oil and chili or a Frutti Di Mare (€14.90) with seafood.. (23744300, 99337890) 52, Kaparis Ave., Paralimni. Open Daily 5pm-11pm.

Los Bandidos

This all-time classic Mexican restaurant in Agia Napa is buzzing every day during the summer. Tasty, well-made dishes at reasonable prices. You should definitely start with a Mexicana salad (€6.90)

Ta Piatakia with chicken and warm cheese, before continuing with quesadillas, with sour cream and guacamole for around €10.70 and fajitas for around €12.40. If you decide to have a dessert (around €4.50) and a margarita you’ll leave full and happy with a bill that shouldn’t be much more than €40. (23723258) 2, Aris Velouchiotis, Agia Napa. Open Daily 5.30pm-11.30pm.

Happy Sundays Sunday lunch can be inexpensive when youÕre out on your travels. Militzis Located in a pleasant traditional environment in the old Turkish quarter of Larnaka, it serves good food at reasonable prices such as salad for two (€2.80), slow-cooked lamb (€10.75), five pieces of spit-roast chicken or pork (€10), cracked wheat (€2), halloumi (€2.20 for two), a glass of local wine or a large beer from €2.50-€3. (24655867) 42, Piyale Pasha Ave., Larnaka. Open Daily 1.30pm-12 midnight. Oleastro This cute theme park all about olives and their oil runs its own restaurant where you can enjoy traditional cooking. On weekdays you can try all kinds of dishes from bean soup to braised pork in wine and bulgur wheat while on Sundays there is a buffet (€15). Your entrance fee is deducted from the bill. Drinks are around €3.50. (99565768, 99525093) Anogyra, Lemesos. Open Daily 10am-6pm. Entrance €3 adults, €2 children. www.oleastro.com.cy

Pyrkos A cute taverna overlooking the whole village. A sumptuous, authentic Cypriot meze made with ingredients from the village and the surrounding area costs €16 per person. A litre of local wine is yours for just €8. (25942655) Vasa Kilaniou, Lemesos. Open Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat 12 noon-3pm & 6pm11pm, Sun 12 noon-5.50pm. Santa Elena In the cobbled square, next to the church and housed in a traditional building, everything here is home-made, including the huge fish meze which comes with spoon sweets at the end and costs just €19.50. (24332203) 4, Apostolou Varnava St, Zygi. Open Daily 11am-12 midnight. Stavros tis Asinou Situated amid greenery with the coolness and fragrance of the mountains. There is a wellthought-out à la carte menu and a generous meze (€17 per person) and music, while a glass of local wine costs a little over €2. (22852000) Church of the Virgin Mary of Asinou, Lefkosia. Open Daily 9am-4pm.

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Lefkosia T

he 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.

Little Buddha. See p37.

Expect to Pay Approximately œ10-20 per person

LEFKOSIA

LEFKOSIA

Where to eat Asian Wagamama

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.

CafŽ/Bar/Restaurant Brew

30B, Hippocratous St. (22100133) Open TueThu 11.30pm-1.30am, Fri- Sat 11.30pm-2am, Sun 11.30pm-1.30am. Main courses €6.50€7.30. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A tasteful café that oozes style and culture. The menu may not be long but all the dishes are made with love and care. Lots of teas and great cocktails. Don’t miss the live jazz nights.

Da Capo

30, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (22757427) Open Daily 8.30am-2am (kitchen until midnight). Main courses €8.90-€12.30. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. 30 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Hustle One of the ‘in’ places on Archbishop Makarios III Avenue which always has a pleasant atmosphere and lots of people milling around. It serves salads, pasta dishes, burgers, steaks and some very inventive options. If you go around lunchtime the rich buf fet is amazingly good value for money.

Hustle

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.

Wagamama

PlatoÕs

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 ser ved on a wooden platter, like the huge burgers and lahmajoun.

Sitio

43, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (22458610) Open Daily 12 noon-12.30am. Main courses €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 styl-

Brew ish two-storey neoclassical building are just what you need. Great choice of hot and cold drinks, salads, pasta dishes, burgers and grills.

Chinese Bamboo

185, Ledra St. (22451111) Open Daily 11am11pm. 66, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Lakatamia (22454400), 115, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Latsia Open Daily 12am-3pm & 6pm-11pm. Main courses €6-€12.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A good place for a quiet and tasty lunch or dinner, especially if you are in the old town shopping or sightseeing. Modern, minimal décor, a relaxed atmosphere and fresh, truly light Chinese food. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 31


Lefkosia T

he 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.

Little Buddha. See p37.

Expect to Pay Approximately œ10-20 per person

LEFKOSIA

LEFKOSIA

Where to eat Asian Wagamama

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.

CafŽ/Bar/Restaurant Brew

30B, Hippocratous St. (22100133) Open TueThu 11.30pm-1.30am, Fri- Sat 11.30pm-2am, Sun 11.30pm-1.30am. Main courses €6.50€7.30. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A tasteful café that oozes style and culture. The menu may not be long but all the dishes are made with love and care. Lots of teas and great cocktails. Don’t miss the live jazz nights.

Da Capo

30, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (22757427) Open Daily 8.30am-2am (kitchen until midnight). Main courses €8.90-€12.30. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. 30 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Hustle One of the ‘in’ places on Archbishop Makarios III Avenue which always has a pleasant atmosphere and lots of people milling around. It serves salads, pasta dishes, burgers, steaks and some very inventive options. If you go around lunchtime the rich buf fet is amazingly good value for money.

Hustle

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.

Wagamama

PlatoÕs

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 ser ved on a wooden platter, like the huge burgers and lahmajoun.

Sitio

43, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (22458610) Open Daily 12 noon-12.30am. Main courses €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 styl-

Brew ish two-storey neoclassical building are just what you need. Great choice of hot and cold drinks, salads, pasta dishes, burgers and grills.

Chinese Bamboo

185, Ledra St. (22451111) Open Daily 11am11pm. 66, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Lakatamia (22454400), 115, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Latsia Open Daily 12am-3pm & 6pm-11pm. Main courses €6-€12.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A good place for a quiet and tasty lunch or dinner, especially if you are in the old town shopping or sightseeing. Modern, minimal décor, a relaxed atmosphere and fresh, truly light Chinese food. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 31


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.

A la... Ellinika

12, Prevezis St., off Stasikratous St. (22679090) Open Mon- Sun 12 noon-12 midnight. Main Courses €7,50-€12. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This taverna in the centre of Lefkosia serves a wide and suitably authentic variety of traditional Greek dishes. Try as many as you like by ordering the large traditional meze.

Athinon & Kilinis Meze Restaurant Chytron Gefseis

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.

Cypriot/Greek Achillion

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.

Agia Anna

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.

Agios Georgios

27, Tylliria Square, Old Town (22765971) Open Mon-Sat 6.30am-4pm, Thue-Fri 6.30pm1am. Main courses €6-€9 (€12 for meze). 32 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Cypriot meze, and it really is a matter of ‘eat till you drop’ as a seemingly non-stop parade of Cypriot delicacies arrives at your table. The sweet cheese pastry (boureki) served at the end is legendary.

Chytron Gefseis

Ellinikes Diadromes

11, Chytron St. (22261261) Open Mon-Thu lunch & Fri-Sun lunch & dinner. Main courses €4.5-€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.

Daliou Mills

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.

Eirinias

64A, Archbishop Kyprianos St., Strovolos (22422860) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm, 7.30pm1am. Main courses €18 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. One of the most popular tavernas in Lefkosia, frequented by many Greek and Cypriot celebrities. There is only one item on the menu, the traditional

Karvounomageiremata

22, Aglandjia Ave. (22330701) Open Mon-Sat 7pm-1am (kitchen until 11.30 pm). Main courses €4.95- €28.90 (€15.50 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A rustic-style place serving wonderfully tasty Greek meze dishes. It is very popular with Greek Cypriots, especially on a Saturday night, so booking ahead is advisable.

EllOinon

44, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (22333262) Open Wed-Sat 8pm-11.30pm. Main courses €17.30 for meze & dessert. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Modelled on a traditional taverna in the famous Plaka district of Athens, EllOinon serves up wellcooked traditional Greek dishes as well as a variety of chargrilled meats. Try the freshly-cut chips and enjoy live Greek music as you eat

Garden of Chrysaliniotissa

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 tr y 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.

Kallipolis

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.

Karpasia

7, Karpasia St., Agii Omologites (22662902) Open Daily 7pm-11pm. Main courses €7.50-€9 (€15 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.   An old taverna in a traditional house where you go for simple, Cypriot dishes in the form of a 15-dish meze or a main course of your choice. If you like game, wild mushrooms and greens, you’re in the right place.

Karvounomageiremata

154, Ledra St. (77777729) Open Daily 12 noon12 midnight. Main courses €9.90- €14.80 (€18 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An authentic place on the capital’s most popular street, it serves 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. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 33

LEFKOSIA

LEFKOSIA

Chopsticks

Corner of Athninon St. and Kallinis St., Strovolos (22420340) Open Mon-Sat 7.30pm-11pm. Mon-Sat 19.30-23.00. Main courses €7.90-€17 (€18 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A meze restaurant serving a rich variety of Greek and Cypriot dishes, grills, nine types of salad and several dishes that reveal the chef’s creative temperament.


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.

A la... Ellinika

12, Prevezis St., off Stasikratous St. (22679090) Open Mon- Sun 12 noon-12 midnight. Main Courses €7,50-€12. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This taverna in the centre of Lefkosia serves a wide and suitably authentic variety of traditional Greek dishes. Try as many as you like by ordering the large traditional meze.

Athinon & Kilinis Meze Restaurant Chytron Gefseis

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.

Cypriot/Greek Achillion

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.

Agia Anna

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.

Agios Georgios

27, Tylliria Square, Old Town (22765971) Open Mon-Sat 6.30am-4pm, Thue-Fri 6.30pm1am. Main courses €6-€9 (€12 for meze). 32 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Cypriot meze, and it really is a matter of ‘eat till you drop’ as a seemingly non-stop parade of Cypriot delicacies arrives at your table. The sweet cheese pastry (boureki) served at the end is legendary.

Chytron Gefseis

Ellinikes Diadromes

11, Chytron St. (22261261) Open Mon-Thu lunch & Fri-Sun lunch & dinner. Main courses €4.5-€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.

Daliou Mills

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.

Eirinias

64A, Archbishop Kyprianos St., Strovolos (22422860) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm, 7.30pm1am. Main courses €18 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. One of the most popular tavernas in Lefkosia, frequented by many Greek and Cypriot celebrities. There is only one item on the menu, the traditional

Karvounomageiremata

22, Aglandjia Ave. (22330701) Open Mon-Sat 7pm-1am (kitchen until 11.30 pm). Main courses €4.95- ���28.90 (€15.50 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A rustic-style place serving wonderfully tasty Greek meze dishes. It is very popular with Greek Cypriots, especially on a Saturday night, so booking ahead is advisable.

EllOinon

44, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (22333262) Open Wed-Sat 8pm-11.30pm. Main courses €17.30 for meze & dessert. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Modelled on a traditional taverna in the famous Plaka district of Athens, EllOinon serves up wellcooked traditional Greek dishes as well as a variety of chargrilled meats. Try the freshly-cut chips and enjoy live Greek music as you eat

Garden of Chrysaliniotissa

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 tr y 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.

Kallipolis

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.

Karpasia

7, Karpasia St., Agii Omologites (22662902) Open Daily 7pm-11pm. Main courses €7.50-€9 (€15 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.   An old taverna in a traditional house where you go for simple, Cypriot dishes in the form of a 15-dish meze or a main course of your choice. If you like game, wild mushrooms and greens, you’re in the right place.

Karvounomageiremata

154, Ledra St. (77777729) Open Daily 12 noon12 midnight. Main courses €9.90- €14.80 (€18 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An authentic place on the capital’s most popular street, it serves 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. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 33

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Chopsticks

Corner of Athninon St. and Kallinis St., Strovolos (22420340) Open Mon-Sat 7.30pm-11pm. Mon-Sat 19.30-23.00. Main courses €7.90-€17 (€18 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A meze restaurant serving a rich variety of Greek and Cypriot dishes, grills, nine types of salad and several dishes that reveal the chef’s creative temperament.


KathÕ Odon

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.

(Oi) Koumparoi

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

Mattheos

28th October Square, Old Town (22755846) Open Mon-Sat 5am-4pm. Main courses €4-€8. Credit MC, V. 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. 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

Siantris

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 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. 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 Mar y (Panagia tis Asinou), it serves great traditional dishes based on unique Cypriot recipes.

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Vasiliki

Orpheas

Stavros tis Asinou

Il Bacaro. See p36.

cooked and in large portions as part of a meze (€15). Don’t neglect the pork souvlaki, the tender chicken breast or the spare ribs with French fries and fresh salad.

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.

(Oi) Koumparoi

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 noon3.30pm, 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 you’re more daring than most you’ll want to try the snails and various kinds of game.

Theodosis

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.

Tsantali

8, Kallitheas St., Lakatamia (22382782) Open Tue-Sun 5pm-11.30pm. Main courses €15 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This is the place to be if you love grilled dishes because they will arrive at your table perfectly

28A, Dighenis Akritas St., (22349803) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon4pm. 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, freshlycut 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.

Indian Taste of India

3, Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios St., Makedonitissa (22464100) Open Mon- Thu, Sat 12.30pm2.30pm & 7pm-11pm, Fri 7pm-11pm. Main courses €7.20-€15.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Definitely the best Indian restaurant in town. It is located in a residential area and although it’s not the easiest place to find it is definitely worth a visit. Enjoy a delicious dinner of both northern and southern Indian cuisine and 15 vegetarian dishes in luxurious surroundings. Reservations essential, especially at weekends.

Fish Mediterranean

43, Klimentos St. (22766727) Open Daily 9am-12 midnight. Main courses €4.30-€19.95. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.   The Greek island-style white décor will whet your appetite for some tasty seafood such as grilled squid and prawns and oven-baked salmon but don’t ignore the chicken liver and mountain mushrooms in cream sauce. Good Cypriot and Greek wine list.

International ChopÕt

207, Ledra St. (22818781) Open Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Main courses €8.95-€14.95. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A trendy salad bar in an old arcade on Ledra street where you can style your own salad, choosing from a list of fresh ingredients and dressings. Yummy and light. There are soups in winter. Also try the dips or a slice of quiche. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 35

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Leventis

18-dish meze, prepare for a 2-hour feast including grills and seasonal flavours.


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

Stou Kyriakou

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.

Garidomania

63, Kyriakou Matsi St. Agios Dhometios (22777179) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €9-€20, meze €20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Prawn lovers can enjoy their favourite seafood in abundant quantities here and at very good prices. Don’t forget to try them marinated with lemon and butter sauce and then grilled. A taste of home-made mahleb is a must for dessert!

(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. 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

Pyxida 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.

International Barrage

85 A, Aglandjia Ave. (22876760) Open Daily 10am-12 midnight. Main courses €7.90- €26. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A place for all tastes and budgets, this restaurant’s menu includes dishes from all over the world. Favourites, with children as well as adults, are the home-made burgers and the crêpes.

64, Democratias St., Strovolos (22316509) Open Daily 7pm-11pm. Credit No. A simple place in which to spend a pleasant evening with a traditional Cypriot meze meal. Don’t miss the home-made kebab, the grilled pork in wine and the beef liver. There is also a selection of inventive dishes that only Chef Lucas can make.

BenniganÕs

Zanettos

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Palia Elektriki

(To) Psarolimano O Philippos

Stou Louca

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 difficult 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 serves traditional GreekCypriot meze.

Zanettos

Souxou Mouxou Mantalakia. See p39.

85, Agiou Nicolaou St., Engomi (22464111) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €10.45-€20.95. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Part of an American chain, Bennigan’s serves traditional American-type fare with a full line of entrées and mouth-watering desserts, not to mention enticing sandwiches, wraps, burgers and salads. It’s also a good place to catch an international sports event on the big screen while enjoying a couple of beers. Very reasonable prices.

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.

TGI Fridays

12, Diagorou St. (22674411) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. The Mall of Cyprus (22815776) Open Mon-Sat 7am-1am, Sun 8am-1am. 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 TGI 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 Fratelli

20, Spyros Kyprianou Ave. (22764999) Open Sun-Thu 8am-2am, Fri-Sat 8am-2.30am. Main courses €10-€20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. If you have a craving for an Italian breakfast and a divine espresso, this is the perfect place for you. For Italian lunch and dinner there’s no need to go anywhere else because here you’ll taste Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 41

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1, Heroes Square, Aglandjia (22330059) Open Mon-Sat 8pm-11pm. Main courses €6-€12 (€17 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. 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.

Fish


KathÕ Odon

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.

(Oi) Koumparoi

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

Mattheos

28th October Square, Old Town (22755846) Open Mon-Sat 5am-4pm. Main courses €4-€8. Credit MC, V. 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. 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

Siantris

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 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. 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 Mar y (Panagia tis Asinou), it serves great traditional dishes based on unique Cypriot recipes.

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Vasiliki

Orpheas

Stavros tis Asinou

Il Bacaro. See p36.

cooked and in large portions as part of a meze (€15). Don’t neglect the pork souvlaki, the tender chicken breast or the spare ribs with French fries and fresh salad.

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.

(Oi) Koumparoi

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 noon3.30pm, 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 you’re more daring than most you’ll want to try the snails and various kinds of game.

Theodosis

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.

Tsantali

8, Kallitheas St., Lakatamia (22382782) Open Tue-Sun 5pm-11.30pm. Main courses €15 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This is the place to be if you love grilled dishes because they will arrive at your table perfectly

28A, Dighenis Akritas St., (22349803) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon4pm. 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, freshlycut 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.

Indian Taste of India

3, Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios St., Makedonitissa (22464100) Open Mon- Thu, Sat 12.30pm2.30pm & 7pm-11pm, Fri 7pm-11pm. Main courses €7.20-€15.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Definitely the best Indian restaurant in town. It is located in a residential area and although it’s not the easiest place to find it is definitely worth a visit. Enjoy a delicious dinner of both northern and southern Indian cuisine and 15 vegetarian dishes in luxurious surroundings. Reservations essential, especially at weekends.

Fish Mediterranean

43, Klimentos St. (22766727) Open Daily 9am-12 midnight. Main courses €4.30-€19.95. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.   The Greek island-style white décor will whet your appetite for some tasty seafood such as grilled squid and prawns and oven-baked salmon but don’t ignore the chicken liver and mountain mushrooms in cream sauce. Good Cypriot and Greek wine list.

International ChopÕt

207, Ledra St. (22818781) Open Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Main courses €8.95-€14.95. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A trendy salad bar in an old arcade on Ledra street where you can style your own salad, choosing from a list of fresh ingredients and dressings. Yummy and light. There are soups in winter. Also try the dips or a slice of quiche. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 35

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Leventis

18-dish meze, prepare for a 2-hour feast including grills and seasonal flavours.


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.

Lebanese/Arabic Fanous

7C, Solonos St. (22666663) Open Daily 11am-12 midnight. Main courses €15 meze, €11 vegetarian meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Just a shor t walk from Ledra Street Fanous serves traditional and modern Lebanese cuisine. Belly dancer Sat. Booking advisable especially at weekends. Guru eats nÕ drinks

Italian 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.

Il Bacaro

131 D, Prodromos Ave. (22676969) Open Daily 10am-4pm, Fri-Sat 7pm-12.30am. Main courses €5.50- €8 Credit DC, MC, V. 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.

Il Forno

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.

La Spaghetteria

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Chillies

Corner Aeschylou & 46, Hippocratous St. (22671647) Open Mon-Sat 11am-3pm & 7pm11pm. Main courses €5.50-€12.60. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A Mexican restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere and Tex-Mex decor. You’ll find plenty of authentic staples like fajitas and enchiladas on the menu and you can wash everything down with a refreshing strawberry margarita.

Spanish Casa Vieja

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 ser ved in a large traditional pan. There are three comfortable dining areas plus a bar with an extensive cocktail menu. Tr y the sangria or one of the fr uity Spanish wines. Vegetarian and children’s menus are available.

Expect to Pay Approximately œ20-30 per person

CafŽ/Bar/Restaurant CafŽ La Mode

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-

Jackson Hall 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.

CafŽ In

16 D, Stasinou Ave. (22767474) Open Daily 9am-12 midnight. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Italo-Mediterranean cuisine, enhanced by Greek dishes ‘modified’ by the creative chef. A pleasant environment and chillout music are the perfect combination and you may want to stay all day.

FinbarrÕs

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.

Guru eats nÕ drinks

28th October Street, Engomi (22590059) Open Daily 10am-late. Main courses €12-€21. Credit MC, V. Serves a large variety of coffees, snacks, salads and imaginative dishes in a well-appointed modern space. In the evening enjoy a glass of champagne with your sushi platter while listening to the DJ’s choice of music for all tastes and ages.

Guru Futuro

29, Larnacos St. Pallouriotissa, 22730830 Open 10am-2am. Main courses €12-€21. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Ethnic, colourful yet minimal space with tables for dining, sofas for relaxation and even beds for a complete rest. The cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean and Asian while the music takes you from Brazil to Greece and from Europe to Asia and the Middle East.

Jackson Hall

Corner of Spyros Kyprianou Ave. and Yiannos Kranidiotis St. (70004424) Open Daily 10am1.30am. Main courses €7-€28. Credit MC, V. This new arrival from Kolonaki, Athens offers grilled dishes, burgers, pasta and meat dishes and desserts. As the evening wears on, the music gets louder, creating a great atmosphere for young customers and the young at heart.

Le CafŽ

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 gourmet burgers. A good choice for a break if you’re shopping in the centre of town.

Little Buddha

20, Spyros Kyprianou Ave. (22766000) Open Daily 12 noon2am. Main courses €16-€28. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.      Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 37

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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

Stou Kyriakou

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.

Garidomania

63, Kyriakou Matsi St. Agios Dhometios (22777179) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €9-€20, meze €20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Prawn lovers can enjoy their favourite seafood in abundant quantities here and at very good prices. Don’t forget to try them marinated with lemon and butter sauce and then grilled. A taste of home-made mahleb is a must for dessert!

(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. 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

Pyxida 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.

International Barrage

85 A, Aglandjia Ave. (22876760) Open Daily 10am-12 midnight. Main courses €7.90- €26. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A place for all tastes and budgets, this restaurant’s menu includes dishes from all over the world. Favourites, with children as well as adults, are the home-made burgers and the crêpes.

64, Democratias St., Strovolos (22316509) Open Daily 7pm-11pm. Credit No. A simple place in which to spend a pleasant evening with a traditional Cypriot meze meal. Don’t miss the home-made kebab, the grilled pork in wine and the beef liver. There is also a selection of inventive dishes that only Chef Lucas can make.

BenniganÕs

Zanettos

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(To) Psarolimano O Philippos

Stou Louca

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 difficult 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 serves traditional GreekCypriot meze.

Zanettos

Souxou Mouxou Mantalakia. See p39.

85, Agiou Nicolaou St., Engomi (22464111) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €10.45-€20.95. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Part of an American chain, Bennigan’s serves traditional American-type fare with a full line of entrées and mouth-watering desserts, not to mention enticing sandwiches, wraps, burgers and salads. It’s also a good place to catch an international sports event on the big screen while enjoying a couple of beers. Very reasonable prices.

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.

TGI Fridays

12, Diagorou St. (22674411) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. The Mall of Cyprus (22815776) Open Mon-Sat 7am-1am, Sun 8am-1am. 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 TGI 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 Fratelli

20, Spyros Kyprianou Ave. (22764999) Open Sun-Thu 8am-2am, Fri-Sat 8am-2.30am. Main courses €10-€20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. If you have a craving for an Italian breakfast and a divine espresso, this is the perfect place for you. For Italian lunch and dinner there’s no need to go anywhere else because here you’ll taste Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 41

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1, Heroes Square, Aglandjia (22330059) Open Mon-Sat 8pm-11pm. Main courses €6-€12 (€17 for meze). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. 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.

Fish


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.

Lebanese/Arabic Fanous

7C, Solonos St. (22666663) Open Daily 11am-12 midnight. Main courses €15 meze, €11 vegetarian meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Just a shor t walk from Ledra Street Fanous serves traditional and modern Lebanese cuisine. Belly dancer Sat. Booking advisable especially at weekends. Guru eats nÕ drinks

Italian 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.

Il Bacaro

131 D, Prodromos Ave. (22676969) Open Daily 10am-4pm, Fri-Sat 7pm-12.30am. Main courses €5.50- €8 Credit DC, MC, V. 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.

Il Forno

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.

La Spaghetteria

31A, Evagoras Ave. (22665585) Open MonSat 11am-12 midnight. Main courses €7.90€13.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. 36 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Chillies

Corner Aeschylou & 46, Hippocratous St. (22671647) Open Mon-Sat 11am-3pm & 7pm11pm. Main courses €5.50-€12.60. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A Mexican restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere and Tex-Mex decor. You’ll find plenty of authentic staples like fajitas and enchiladas on the menu and you can wash everything down with a refreshing strawberry margarita.

Spanish Casa Vieja

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 ser ved in a large traditional pan. There are three comfortable dining areas plus a bar with an extensive cocktail menu. Tr y the sangria or one of the fr uity Spanish wines. Vegetarian and children’s menus are available.

Expect to Pay Approximately œ20-30 per person

CafŽ/Bar/Restaurant CafŽ La Mode

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-

Jackson Hall 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.

CafŽ In

16 D, Stasinou Ave. (22767474) Open Daily 9am-12 midnight. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Italo-Mediterranean cuisine, enhanced by Greek dishes ‘modified’ by the creative chef. A pleasant environment and chillout music are the perfect combination and you may want to stay all day.

FinbarrÕs

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.

Guru eats nÕ drinks

28th October Street, Engomi (22590059) Open Daily 10am-late. Main courses €12-€21. Credit MC, V. Serves a large variety of coffees, snacks, salads and imaginative dishes in a well-appointed modern space. In the evening enjoy a glass of champagne with your sushi platter while listening to the DJ’s choice of music for all tastes and ages.

Guru Futuro

29, Larnacos St. Pallouriotissa, 22730830 Open 10am-2am. Main courses €12-€21. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Ethnic, colourful yet minimal space with tables for dining, sofas for relaxation and even beds for a complete rest. The cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean and Asian while the music takes you from Brazil to Greece and from Europe to Asia and the Middle East.

Jackson Hall

Corner of Spyros Kyprianou Ave. and Yiannos Kranidiotis St. (70004424) Open Daily 10am1.30am. Main courses €7-€28. Credit MC, V. This new arrival from Kolonaki, Athens offers grilled dishes, burgers, pasta and meat dishes and desserts. As the evening wears on, the music gets louder, creating a great atmosphere for young customers and the young at heart.

Le CafŽ

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 gourmet burgers. A good choice for a break if you’re shopping in the centre of town.

Little Buddha

20, Spyros Kyprianou Ave. (22766000) Open Daily 12 noon2am. Main courses €16-€28. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.      Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 37

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Loukoullos

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.

Mezostrati

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.

Modern, oriental cuisine with lots of fusion elements, a concept that is strictly implemented by the French owners of the global franchise. If you go at lunchtime, don’t miss the astonishingly good value buffet while in the evening you should try the superb sushi and cocktails while watching the DJ’s musical games.

Mondo

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, caffeine-fuelled debate as Pralina can. It also serves some of the best desserts in town.

9, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (77778044) Open Mon-Sun 9pm-1am (kitchen until midnight). Main courses €10-€28. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. One of the busiest cafés in the capital, it offers a large variety of salads, fish and meat dishes as well as plenty of healthy and low-fat options. Have a hot or iced coffee with one of the wonderful muffins that are just waiting to be taken from the display cabinet near the entrance.

Seven Lounge

Oktana

Chinese

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.

Pralina

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, 38 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

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.

China Spice

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 contemporary, 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.

Dragon

1, Stasinou Ave., Engomi (22591711, 22591722) Open Daily 7pm-11pm. Main courses €10.90€16. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Palia Plateia (To) Pantopoleio ÒI Kali OrexiÓ 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.

Pagoda

11, Loukis Akritas St. (22878000) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Main courses €8.90-€16.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Pagoda is the oldest Chinese restaurant in Cyprus (founded in 1969) and its highly experienced Chinese chefs and staff serve up high quality dishes and first class service respectively in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Very popular with Cypriot diners, it specialises in Peking and Szechuan dishes.

Cypriot/Greek Aigaio

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 serving the very best Greek and Cypriot dishes for 25 years now. It may be somewhat pricier than other tavernas in the capital but the atmosphere in the verdant open-air courtyard and the long wine list more than compensate. Reservations essential.

5, Kyriakos Karaolis St., Aglandjia (22337128) Open Mon-Sat 7.30pm-11.30pm. Main courses €8-€24 (meze €17). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This 2007 Time Out Eating Award winner for Best Taverna serves all kinds of dishes so you don’t have to order a fixed meze if you don’t want one Once the oldest coffee shop in the area, it serves food too but you can still sense that vintage feeling in the air. It’s famous for its mouth-watering sheftalia (spicy sausages), grilled meats and grilled vegetables. After dinner have an apple pie with ice cream in its outdoor seating area.

(Το) Pantopoleion ÒΙ Kali OrexiÓ

7, King Paul St. (22675151) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €8.50-€20.40. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Locals would give anything to reserve an outside pavement table at this 2010 Time Out Eating Award-winning eatery housed in traditional old grocery store. Why? The menu features Greek and Cypriot staples like pulses, dips and meat dishes with a modern twist. Moreover, the white chairs and tables have a certain ‘Greek island’ vibe about them and the ser vice is super. Advance booking recommended.

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. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 39

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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 Akakiko

9A, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (77778022) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €9.50-€40.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Above Mondo Café on Archbishop Makarios III Avenue, this branch of the Austrian chain of Japanese restaurants is ideal for lunch or a light supper, with an extensive menu of fusion cuisine that includes Japanese, Malaysian, Chinese and Korean. It offers one of the best sushi and maki rolls in Cyprus. Nice décor and friendly staff provide a pleasant dining experience.

Romantica modern Italian flavours accompanied by one of the restaurant’s many wines.

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.

Marzano

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.

Romantica

13, Evagoras Pallikarides St., Lykavitos (22377276) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €10-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.   42 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

One of the oldest restaurants in the capital has begun a new page in its long history following a major facelift. Reserve 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 afterwards.  In the evening you’ll be served 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.

Trattoria

Old Municipality Square, Old Town (22875822) Open Daily 7pm-11.30pm. Main courses €9-€29.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Located within the Stoa multi-entertainment space which also houses cafes, a club, an events room, galleries and a lounge bar, this is a modern place with an authentic Italian menu for those who like to experiment with tastes. We suggest that you try the value for money traditional Italian dishes of the day.

Vivere

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

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 Pueblo

14, Ouranias St., Aglandjia (22333306) Open Mon-Sat 7.30pm-11pm, Sun 12 noon-3pm, 7.30pm-11pm. Main courses €13.90-€28.30. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. All the favourites are here: tacos, nachos, fajitas and burritos as well as Mexican beer. Booking recommended. Part of an island-wide chain.

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

Sushi La 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.

Starz

18, Doiranis St., Makedonitissa (22658313) Open Mon-Thu 8pm-11pm, Fri & Sat 8pm-12 midnight. Main courses €14-€47. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Nominated for a 2009 Time Out Eating Award, Starz serves up succulent cuts of Argentine steaks, great salads and a starry view that justifies its name. Nice big portions and reasonable prices.

Expect to Pay Approximately œ30 plus per person

Chinese Pagoda Mont Parnas

1, Acropolis St. Engomi (22444740) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €12.20-€35. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This recently-renovated new addition to the Pagoda chain of restaurants is a stylish place for a meal out. The view of Lefkosia is simply breathtaking. The highly experienced Chinese cooks, and staff are there to satisfy your every demand. Much-loved for its high quality ethnic traditional food, it combines first-class service with a warm friendly atmosphere. You’ll also find a great selection of sushi dishes on the menu. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 43

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Loukoullos

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.

Mezostrati

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.

Modern, oriental cuisine with lots of fusion elements, a concept that is strictly implemented by the French owners of the global franchise. If you go at lunchtime, don’t miss the astonishingly good value buffet while in the evening you should try the superb sushi and cocktails while watching the DJ’s musical games.

Mondo

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, caffeine-fuelled debate as Pralina can. It also serves some of the best desserts in town.

9, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (77778044) Open Mon-Sun 9pm-1am (kitchen until midnight). Main courses €10-€28. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. One of the busiest cafés in the capital, it offers a large variety of salads, fish and meat dishes as well as plenty of healthy and low-fat options. Have a hot or iced coffee with one of the wonderful muffins that are just waiting to be taken from the display cabinet near the entrance.

Seven Lounge

Oktana

Chinese

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.

Pralina

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, 38 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

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.

China Spice

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 contemporary, 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.

Dragon

1, Stasinou Ave., Engomi (22591711, 22591722) Open Daily 7pm-11pm. Main courses €10.90€16. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Palia Plateia (To) Pantopoleio ÒI Kali OrexiÓ 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.

Pagoda

11, Loukis Akritas St. (22878000) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Main courses €8.90-€16.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Pagoda is the oldest Chinese restaurant in Cyprus (founded in 1969) and its highly experienced Chinese chefs and staff serve up high quality dishes and first class service respectively in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Very popular with Cypriot diners, it specialises in Peking and Szechuan dishes.

Cypriot/Greek Aigaio

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 serving the very best Greek and Cypriot dishes for 25 years now. It may be somewhat pricier than other tavernas in the capital but the atmosphere in the verdant open-air courtyard and the long wine list more than compensate. Reservations essential.

5, Kyriakos Karaolis St., Aglandjia (22337128) Open Mon-Sat 7.30pm-11.30pm. Main courses €8-€24 (meze €17). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This 2007 Time Out Eating Award winner for Best Taverna serves all kinds of dishes so you don’t have to order a fixed meze if you don’t want one Once the oldest coffee shop in the area, it serves food too but you can still sense that vintage feeling in the air. It’s famous for its mouth-watering sheftalia (spicy sausages), grilled meats and grilled vegetables. After dinner have an apple pie with ice cream in its outdoor seating area.

(Το) Pantopoleion ÒΙ Kali OrexiÓ

7, King Paul St. (22675151) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €8.50-€20.40. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Locals would give anything to reserve an outside pavement table at this 2010 Time Out Eating Award-winning eatery housed in traditional old grocery store. Why? The menu features Greek and Cypriot staples like pulses, dips and meat dishes with a modern twist. Moreover, the white chairs and tables have a certain ‘Greek island’ vibe about them and the ser vice is super. Advance booking recommended.

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. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 39

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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 Akakiko

9A, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (77778022) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €9.50-€40.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Above Mondo Café on Archbishop Makarios III Avenue, this branch of the Austrian chain of Japanese restaurants is ideal for lunch or a light supper, with an extensive menu of fusion cuisine that includes Japanese, Malaysian, Chinese and Korean. It offers one of the best sushi and maki rolls in Cyprus. Nice décor and friendly staff provide a pleasant dining experience.

Romantica modern Italian flavours accompanied by one of the restaurant’s many wines.

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.

Marzano

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.

Romantica

13, Evagoras Pallikarides St., Lykavitos (22377276) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €10-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.   42 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

One of the oldest restaurants in the capital has begun a new page in its long history following a major facelift. Reserve 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 afterwards.  In the evening you’ll be served 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.

Trattoria

Old Municipality Square, Old Town (22875822) Open Daily 7pm-11.30pm. Main courses €9-€29.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Located within the Stoa multi-entertainment space which also houses cafes, a club, an events room, galleries and a lounge bar, this is a modern place with an authentic Italian menu for those who like to experiment with tastes. We suggest that you try the value for money traditional Italian dishes of the day.

Vivere

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

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 Pueblo

14, Ouranias St., Aglandjia (22333306) Open Mon-Sat 7.30pm-11pm, Sun 12 noon-3pm, 7.30pm-11pm. Main courses €13.90-€28.30. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. All the favourites are here: tacos, nachos, fajitas and burritos as well as Mexican beer. Booking recommended. Part of an island-wide chain.

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

Sushi La 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.

Starz

18, Doiranis St., Makedonitissa (22658313) Open Mon-Thu 8pm-11pm, Fri & Sat 8pm-12 midnight. Main courses €14-€47. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Nominated for a 2009 Time Out Eating Award, Starz serves up succulent cuts of Argentine steaks, great salads and a starry view that justifies its name. Nice big portions and reasonable prices.

Expect to Pay Approximately œ30 plus per person

Chinese Pagoda Mont Parnas

1, Acropolis St. Engomi (22444740) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €12.20-€35. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This recently-renovated new addition to the Pagoda chain of restaurants is a stylish place for a meal out. The view of Lefkosia is simply breathtaking. The highly experienced Chinese cooks, and staff are there to satisfy your every demand. Much-loved for its high quality ethnic traditional food, it combines first-class service with a warm friendly atmosphere. You’ll also find a great selection of sushi dishes on the menu. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 43

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Cypriot/Greek GrecoÕs Nest

25, Eleftherios Venizelos St., Lakatamia (22358666) Open Tue-Fri 7.30pm-11.30pm Sat 12 noon-11.30pm, Sunday 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, meze €23. 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. Try the grilled squid and octopus. For dessert, choose from the selection of spoon sweets and finish up with a Cyprus coffee! Booking advisable.

Pyxida

5, Menandrou St. (22445636) Open Daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7.30pm-11pm. Main courses €9-€60, meze €22.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. It’s small but not stuffy 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 course €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 island with a wine cellar to match, it deservedly won two successive Time Out Eating Awards in 2009 and 2010. 44 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

16, Kyriakou Matsi Ave., Agii Omologites (22317587) Open Daily 9am-3pm, 6pm-1am. Main courses €12.50-€55 . Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Choose from Mediterranean and international cuisine, or platters featuring sushi and finger food, accompanied by wine or a cocktail. A cool, green oasis in the heart of Lefkosia for all ages and tastes.

Chateau Status

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.

GrecoÕs Nest

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.

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Paragadi

Bagatelle Gardens

Fontana

Hilton Hotel, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (22377777) Open Daily 6.30am-1am (kitchen until 12.30am). Main courses 14.25-€33.25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The Fontana Restaurant is available for all-day dining. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet-style English breakfast in the morning, and for lunch or dinner choose from a wide variety of traditional or international buffet choices or make your selection from the à la carte menu. With something to satisfy all tastes, there are also the popular Hilton Classics, Healthy Options and vegetarian dishes.

Japanese Peninsula Sushi Bar & Bonzai Restaurant

Holiday Inn, 70, Rigainis St. (22712712) Open Daily 12.30pm-3pm, (Bonzai 6.30pm), 7.30pm-11pm. Main course €22. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Cayena Latin Fusion The first conveyor belt sushi restaurant on the island offers good service and a good variety of well-prepared dishes, such as sushi, sashimi and Teppanyaki.

Mexican Cayena Latin Fusion

38 C&D, Metochiou St. (22777787) Open TueSun 12 noon-2.30pm, 7.30pm-11.30pm. Main courses €15-€25. Credit MC, V. This modern venue in the centre of the capital will really appeal not only to lovers of Mexican cuisine but to those who love Latin American cooking in general. Make sure you tr y the chicken quesadilla, the great value finger food and whatever you do, don’t miss out on the fabulous desserts.

Domus Lounge Bar and Restaurant

Polynesian Pago Pago

Castelli Hotel, 38, Ouzounian St. (22712812) Open Tue-Sat 12 noon-3pm, 7.30pm-11.30pm. Main course €22. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Savour the unique, exotic flavours of Polynesia at this, the island’s only Polynesian restaurant. Choose your fresh fish from the display and the chef will cook it especially for you. The well-stocked bar features a full complement of innovative cocktails and tropical concoctions while an in-house Cuban band plays original Latin tunes. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 45


Cypriot/Greek GrecoÕs Nest

25, Eleftherios Venizelos St., Lakatamia (22358666) Open Tue-Fri 7.30pm-11.30pm Sat 12 noon-11.30pm, Sunday 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, meze €23. 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. Try the grilled squid and octopus. For dessert, choose from the selection of spoon sweets and finish up with a Cyprus coffee! Booking advisable.

Pyxida

5, Menandrou St. (22445636) Open Daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7.30pm-11pm. Main courses €9-€60, meze €22.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. It’s small but not stuffy 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 course €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 island with a wine cellar to match, it deservedly won two successive Time Out Eating Awards in 2009 and 2010. 44 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

16, Kyriakou Matsi Ave., Agii Omologites (22317587) Open Daily 9am-3pm, 6pm-1am. Main courses €12.50-€55 . Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Choose from Mediterranean and international cuisine, or platters featuring sushi and finger food, accompanied by wine or a cocktail. A cool, green oasis in the heart of Lefkosia for all ages and tastes.

Chateau Status

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.

GrecoÕs Nest

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.

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Paragadi

Bagatelle Gardens

Fontana

Hilton Hotel, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (22377777) Open Daily 6.30am-1am (kitchen until 12.30am). Main courses 14.25-€33.25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The Fontana Restaurant is available for all-day dining. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet-style English breakfast in the morning, and for lunch or dinner choose from a wide variety of traditional or international buffet choices or make your selection from the à la carte menu. With something to satisfy all tastes, there are also the popular Hilton Classics, Healthy Options and vegetarian dishes.

Japanese Peninsula Sushi Bar & Bonzai Restaurant

Holiday Inn, 70, Rigainis St. (22712712) Open Daily 12.30pm-3pm, (Bonzai 6.30pm), 7.30pm-11pm. Main course €22. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Cayena Latin Fusion The first conveyor belt sushi restaurant on the island offers good service and a good variety of well-prepared dishes, such as sushi, sashimi and Teppanyaki.

Mexican Cayena Latin Fusion

38 C&D, Metochiou St. (22777787) Open TueSun 12 noon-2.30pm, 7.30pm-11.30pm. Main courses €15-€25. Credit MC, V. This modern venue in the centre of the capital will really appeal not only to lovers of Mexican cuisine but to those who love Latin American cooking in general. Make sure you tr y the chicken quesadilla, the great value finger food and whatever you do, don’t miss out on the fabulous desserts.

Domus Lounge Bar and Restaurant

Polynesian Pago Pago

Castelli Hotel, 38, Ouzounian St. (22712812) Open Tue-Sat 12 noon-3pm, 7.30pm-11.30pm. Main course €22. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Savour the unique, exotic flavours of Polynesia at this, the island’s only Polynesian restaurant. Choose your fresh fish from the display and the chef will cook it especially for you. The well-stocked bar features a full complement of innovative cocktails and tropical concoctions while an in-house Cuban band plays original Latin tunes. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 45


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.

Skourouvinnos

Phidias & Polyxeni Diamantis St. (25720692, 99608178) Open MonSat 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 village. 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. 12, Andrea Vlami St., Vouni (25943631) Open Mon-Sun 12 noon-3pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm, 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.

(O) Tsolias

2, Sysyphus St. (25337521) Open Wed-Mon 12 noon-1am. Main courses €7-€16, meze €17. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Ta Kokkalakia

The Old Lemesos

239, Saint Andrew (Agiou Andreou) St. (25340015) www.takokkalakia.com Open MonSat 6pm-12 midnight. Main courses €11-€25.60, Meze €20 Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Lovely big portions, with a strong focus on meat dishes, this South African-style restaurant, complete with al fresco dining in the garden, provides a wonderful dining experience.

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.

Arabic

International Imbue

4, Timiou Stavrou St. (near the entrance to RAF Akrotiri) (25952550) www.imbuefood.com Open Tue-Sun 5pm-late. Main courses €7-€15. Credit No. Catering largely to vegetarians, this restaurant of 20 years uses quorn as a meat substitute and firmly believes that it tastes as good. Here’s a chance to see for yourself.

Neon Phaliron

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 Out Easting Awards, it has great wine list and an experienced sommelier to help you make the perfect choice to accompany your food. 333, 28 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. th

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African

Fish

TGI Fridays

Skourouvinnos

Expect to Pay Approximately œ20-30 per person

(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 self-service menu is located on the ground and

Mandaloun Dianoche 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.

Old City Trattoria

45, Kitiou Kyprianou St. (25353500) Open Daily 12 noon-11pm. Main courses €5.25-€13. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Start with a traditional rocket salad and if you’re a pizza lover choose one of the ten on offer. If meat and fish dishes are what you’re after, the chef will prepare some traditional fare which you can accompany with a glass of good Italian wine.

Pizza Express

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.

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.

CafŽ/Bar/Restaurant Dianoche

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.

Draught Microbrewery

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.

Chinese Pagoda

30, Ambelakion St., Yermasoyia (25312000) www.pagodarestaurants.com Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 6.30pm-12 midnight. Main Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 51

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Lemesos

Takis Taverna

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.


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Where to eat Expect to Pay Approximately œ10-20 per person

Arabic Sahar Syrian Restaurant

Christian Court, John Kennedy St. (25586711) Open Daily 11am-11pm. Main courses €10, meze €16. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The Syrian/Lebanese restaurant par excellence. Formerly the Cleopatra Restaurant, its Arabic-style décor, music and nargilehs, not to mention the authentic cuisine, will take you on a colourful trip

In summer, the garden area is open. In winter, it’s not nearly as nice inside but the food is still great.

Asian 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 The first European branch of the successful chain of restaurants offering Thai, Singapore, Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine deservedly received a 2010 Time Out Eating Award in the Value for Money category.

CafŽ/Bar/Restaurant Blue Lounge

Palaio GSO (25251514, 99593080) Open Daily 9am-2am. Main courses €5.50-€15.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Mediterranean cuisine with a clever twist in a huge variety of dishes ser ved up in a simplydecorated place that makes the most its natural surroundings.

Chesters

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The Noodle House

Lemesos

Lemesos

sk anyone where the best res- to the Middle East. Falafel tabbouleh, houmous, taurants on the island are to be lamb kebab and other tempting dishes will be to enjoy before a dessert of fragrant mahafound and the overwhelming there lepi and syrupy Lebanese pastries. response will be ÔLemesosÕ. ItÕs quite remarkable how the restau- Sidon rant scene has boomed in the town 71-73, Saripolou St. (25871614, 99626338) Tue-Sun 7pm-11pm, Sun 1pm-4pm. Main over the past decade. In the winter Open courses €12. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. months, the atractive cafŽ- People from all over Cyprus come to taste the restaurants around the castle such delicacies prepared carefully in Sidon’s kitchen. as Dino Art CafŽ and Ousia are Located in the old town. Nargilehs available. great for cosy dinners and gourmet Syrian Arab Friendship Club dishes at value-for-money prices. 3, Iliados St. (opp. Apollonia Beach Hotel) Once the summer heat arrives, al (25328838) Open Daily 12 noon-11pm. Main €10, meze €16. Credit AmEx, DC, fresco delights abound with many courses MC, V. great seaside venues and outdoor This exceptionally relaxed place is where Arab dining areas to choose from. expats enjoy sharing a nargileh and Arabic coffee.

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,

Dino Art CafŽ 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.

Dino Art CafŽ

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. 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.

Drifters

18, Amathus Ave. (25324243) Open Daily 10am-2am. Main courses €8.60-€9.50. Credit

Fuxia 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 hungry, try one of the huge beefburgers and wash it down with a local draught beer.

Fuxia

54, George 1st St., Potamos Yermasoyias (25107521) Open Daily 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €6-€15. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. If fuchsia is your favourite colour, that’s an extra reason to be here. Never mind how they spell it! Great variety of drinks and home-made, Cypriot dishes. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 47


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Where to eat Expect to Pay Approximately œ10-20 per person

Arabic Sahar Syrian Restaurant

Christian Court, John Kennedy St. (25586711) Open Daily 11am-11pm. Main courses €10, meze €16. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The Syrian/Lebanese restaurant par excellence. Formerly the Cleopatra Restaurant, its Arabic-style décor, music and nargilehs, not to mention the authentic cuisine, will take you on a colourful trip

In summer, the garden area is open. In winter, it’s not nearly as nice inside but the food is still great.

Asian 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 The first European branch of the successful chain of restaurants offering Thai, Singapore, Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine deservedly received a 2010 Time Out Eating Award in the Value for Money category.

CafŽ/Bar/Restaurant Blue Lounge

Palaio GSO (25251514, 99593080) Open Daily 9am-2am. Main courses €5.50-€15.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Mediterranean cuisine with a clever twist in a huge variety of dishes ser ved up in a simplydecorated place that makes the most its natural surroundings.

Chesters

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The Noodle House

Lemesos

Lemesos

sk anyone where the best res- to the Middle East. Falafel tabbouleh, houmous, taurants on the island are to be lamb kebab and other tempting dishes will be to enjoy before a dessert of fragrant mahafound and the overwhelming there lepi and syrupy Lebanese pastries. response will be ÔLemesosÕ. ItÕs quite remarkable how the restau- Sidon rant scene has boomed in the town 71-73, Saripolou St. (25871614, 99626338) Tue-Sun 7pm-11pm, Sun 1pm-4pm. Main over the past decade. In the winter Open courses €12. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. months, the atractive cafŽ- People from all over Cyprus come to taste the restaurants around the castle such delicacies prepared carefully in Sidon’s kitchen. as Dino Art CafŽ and Ousia are Located in the old town. Nargilehs available. great for cosy dinners and gourmet Syrian Arab Friendship Club dishes at value-for-money prices. 3, Iliados St. (opp. Apollonia Beach Hotel) Once the summer heat arrives, al (25328838) Open Daily 12 noon-11pm. Main €10, meze €16. Credit AmEx, DC, fresco delights abound with many courses MC, V. great seaside venues and outdoor This exceptionally relaxed place is where Arab dining areas to choose from. expats enjoy sharing a nargileh and Arabic coffee.

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,

Dino Art CafŽ 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.

Dino Art CafŽ

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. 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.

Drifters

18, Amathus Ave. (25324243) Open Daily 10am-2am. Main courses €8.60-€9.50. Credit

Fuxia 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 hungry, try one of the huge beefburgers and wash it down with a local draught beer.

Fuxia

54, George 1st St., Potamos Yermasoyias (25107521) Open Daily 7pm-12 midnight. Main courses €6-€15. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. If fuchsia is your favourite colour, that’s an extra reason to be here. Never mind how they spell it! Great variety of drinks and home-made, Cypriot dishes. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 47


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.

Italian Al Pesto

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 outskir ts 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. Fuamo

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 serves up the grilled dishes that have made it an international name. There is a children’s playground, parking and satellite TV.

Columbia Steak House

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, offers 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.

€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.

(Ta) Piatakia

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

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. 59, Amathus Ave. (25313184) Open Daily 6pm11pm. Main courses €4.95-€17. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Authentic Italian trattoria-style cuisine with traditional starters, a large variety of pasta dishes, a superb risotto plus meat and fish dishes to satisfy your appetite.

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 trying the apple and ginger millefeuille.

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 hard to resist. Other great dishes include sashimi, tempura, and teppan-style platters.

Kyoshi

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.

Mexican El Pueblo

2, Viotoias St, Yermasoyia (25828272) www. elpueblo.com.cy Open Daily 12 noon-11pm. Main courses €10-€28.30. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Part of an island-wide chain of Mexican restaurants, El Pueblo prides itself on its good quality and value for money. Atmospheric music, large sombreros and margaritas by the jug all add to the enjoyment.

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Il Gusto

Il Sapore

Fuamo

127, 28th October St. (25356095) Open Daily 11.30am-11pm. Main courses €11-€32, Meze

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.

Akakiko

(Ta) Piatakia

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.

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Lemesos

BenniganÕs

Artima

Japanese


This modern, minimal restaurant with a few oriental touches is ideal for young customers and families with children. It features a good range of Chinese dishes, great value for money and fast service. Sushi lovers will be delighted that they can also enjoy their favourite dishes which are recent additions here.

Chopsticks

Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (77777728 ) Open Daily 12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-midnight Main courses €7.90-€12.20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Part of the well-established Pagoda Group, this chic new restaurant ser ves up all the usual Chinese favourites from a menu. Absolutely delicious.

Longmen

Ousia 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.

Located in a charming area of Lemesos’s old town, it offers delicious food and drinks throughout the day. Enjoy your brunch or choose from a wide selection of sandwiches, crepes, pastas, platters, burgers and kebabs as well as chicken and salmon dishes. The divine anaropita (sweet cheese pie) is a must for dessert.

Library

Π

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 tr y 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.

Molly MaloneÕs

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.

Ousia

30-32, Eirinis & Djamiou (Castle area) Open Daily 10am-1am. Main courses €10.80-€14.80. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. 48 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

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 of the Day. The vibe is relaxing and pleasantly bohemian.

Plous

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.

Chinese Bamboo

115, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (25773100) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 6.30pm-11pm. Main courses €10.20-€12.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Cypriot/Greek Forsos

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.

Karpenisi

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 €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.

MichaelÕs Platea

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) Phiniotis

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.

Polycarpos Restaurant

45, Saripolou St. (25352135) Open Daily 5.30am-4pm. Main courses €5-€12. Credit No. There’s something for everyone here: sandwiches, Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 49

Lemesos

Lemesos

Il Posto

60, Academias St., Potamos Yermasoyias (25318844) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €8.50-€11.10. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Traditional Chinese dishes, exactly as you would expect, including delicious crispy spring rolls Peking duck and sweet and sour pork.

Mairkon Sikaminia


This modern, minimal restaurant with a few oriental touches is ideal for young customers and families with children. It features a good range of Chinese dishes, great value for money and fast service. Sushi lovers will be delighted that they can also enjoy their favourite dishes which are recent additions here.

Chopsticks

Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (77777728 ) Open Daily 12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-midnight Main courses €7.90-€12.20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Part of the well-established Pagoda Group, this chic new restaurant ser ves up all the usual Chinese favourites from a menu. Absolutely delicious.

Longmen

Ousia 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.

Located in a charming area of Lemesos’s old town, it offers delicious food and drinks throughout the day. Enjoy your brunch or choose from a wide selection of sandwiches, crepes, pastas, platters, burgers and kebabs as well as chicken and salmon dishes. The divine anaropita (sweet cheese pie) is a must for dessert.

Library

Π

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 tr y 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.

Molly MaloneÕs

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.

Ousia

30-32, Eirinis & Djamiou (Castle area) Open Daily 10am-1am. Main courses €10.80-€14.80. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. 48 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

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 of the Day. The vibe is relaxing and pleasantly bohemian.

Plous

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.

Chinese Bamboo

115, Archbishop Makarios III Ave. (25773100) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 6.30pm-11pm. Main courses €10.20-€12.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Cypriot/Greek Forsos

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.

Karpenisi

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 €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.

MichaelÕs Platea

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) Phiniotis

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.

Polycarpos Restaurant

45, Saripolou St. (25352135) Open Daily 5.30am-4pm. Main courses €5-€12. Credit No. There’s something for everyone here: sandwiches, Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 49

Lemesos

Lemesos

Il Posto

60, Academias St., Potamos Yermasoyias (25318844) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €8.50-€11.10. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Traditional Chinese dishes, exactly as you would expect, including delicious crispy spring rolls Peking duck and sweet and sour pork.

Mairkon Sikaminia


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.

Skourouvinnos

Phidias & Polyxeni Diamantis St. (25720692, 99608178) Open MonSat 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 village. 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. 12, Andrea Vlami St., Vouni (25943631) Open Mon-Sun 12 noon-3pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm, 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.

(O) Tsolias

2, Sysyphus St. (25337521) Open Wed-Mon 12 noon-1am. Main courses €7-€16, meze €17. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Ta Kokkalakia

The Old Lemesos

239, Saint Andrew (Agiou Andreou) St. (25340015) www.takokkalakia.com Open MonSat 6pm-12 midnight. Main courses €11-€25.60, Meze €20 Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Lovely big portions, with a strong focus on meat dishes, this South African-style restaurant, complete with al fresco dining in the garden, provides a wonderful dining experience.

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.

Arabic

International Imbue

4, Timiou Stavrou St. (near the entrance to RAF Akrotiri) (25952550) www.imbuefood.com Open Tue-Sun 5pm-late. Main courses €7-€15. Credit No. Catering largely to vegetarians, this restaurant of 20 years uses quorn as a meat substitute and firmly believes that it tastes as good. Here’s a chance to see for yourself.

Neon Phaliron

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 Out Easting Awards, it has great wine list and an experienced sommelier to help you make the perfect choice to accompany your food. 333, 28 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. th

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African

Fish

TGI Fridays

Skourouvinnos

Expect to Pay Approximately œ20-30 per person

(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 self-service menu is located on the ground and

Mandaloun Dianoche 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.

Old City Trattoria

45, Kitiou Kyprianou St. (25353500) Open Daily 12 noon-11pm. Main courses €5.25-€13. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Start with a traditional rocket salad and if you’re a pizza lover choose one of the ten on offer. If meat and fish dishes are what you’re after, the chef will prepare some traditional fare which you can accompany with a glass of good Italian wine.

Pizza Express

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.

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.

CafŽ/Bar/Restaurant Dianoche

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.

Draught Microbrewery

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.

Chinese Pagoda

30, Ambelakion St., Yermasoyia (25312000) www.pagodarestaurants.com Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 6.30pm-12 midnight. Main Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 51

Lemesos

Lemesos

Takis Taverna

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.


Reservations are essential at this lovely traditional building that serves authentic Cypriot cuisine using fresh ingredients, many of which come from the owners’ garden.

Though a little more expensive than its rivals, Cypriots really like this restaurant as the chefs serve only the fresh catch of the day and use fresh local ingredients.

Fish

Pasalimani

Angelos

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. 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. The Old Neighbourhood 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 ser vice. Free prawn crackers with every order.

Cypriot/Greek Anotera

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.

Istorikon

Corner Agiou Neophytou St. & Kyprianou St. (25377700) www.carobmill-restaurants.com Open Mon-Sat 7pm-11pm. Main courses Meze €19.50 or €24 (Fr&Sat) Mon-Thu €16.23, Fri & Sat €21.36. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Very romantic restaurant serving an extensive Greek meze. Reservations essential at weekends.

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late. 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.

Meze Taverna

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.

(I) Oraia Ellas

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.

Stou Kyr Yianni

15, Linos St. Omodhos village (25422100) Open Daily 9am-3am (kitchen until 10.30pm). Main courses Meze €20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Kavourotrypa

44, Serifou St., Zakaki (25390372) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 7pm-11pm., Sun 1pm-3pm. 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.

Limanaki

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.

The Old Neighbourhood

14, Angkyras St. (25376082) Open Mon-Sat 6pm-12 midnight. Main courses €40-75/kg. Credit DC, MC, V.

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

4, Iakovou Tombazi St. (near Debenhams Olympia) (25586600) Open Mon-Sat 6pm-11pm, 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.

Indian Calcutta

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.

International Aliada

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. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 53

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Lemesos

Kalymnos

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.


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.

Italian Al Pesto

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 outskir ts 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. Fuamo

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 serves up the grilled dishes that have made it an international name. There is a children’s playground, parking and satellite TV.

Columbia Steak House

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, offers 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.

€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.

(Ta) Piatakia

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

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. 59, Amathus Ave. (25313184) Open Daily 6pm11pm. Main courses €4.95-€17. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Authentic Italian trattoria-style cuisine with traditional starters, a large variety of pasta dishes, a superb risotto plus meat and fish dishes to satisfy your appetite.

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 trying the apple and ginger millefeuille.

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 hard to resist. Other great dishes include sashimi, tempura, and teppan-style platters.

Kyoshi

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.

Mexican El Pueblo

2, Viotoias St, Yermasoyia (25828272) www. elpueblo.com.cy Open Daily 12 noon-11pm. Main courses €10-€28.30. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Part of an island-wide chain of Mexican restaurants, El Pueblo prides itself on its good quality and value for money. Atmospheric music, large sombreros and margaritas by the jug all add to the enjoyment.

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Il Gusto

Il Sapore

Fuamo

127, 28th October St. (25356095) Open Daily 11.30am-11pm. Main courses €11-€32, Meze

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.

Akakiko

(Ta) Piatakia

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.

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Lemesos

BenniganÕs

Artima

Japanese


Reservations are essential at this lovely traditional building that serves authentic Cypriot cuisine using fresh ingredients, many of which come from the owners’ garden.

Though a little more expensive than its rivals, Cypriots really like this restaurant as the chefs serve only the fresh catch of the day and use fresh local ingredients.

Fish

Pasalimani

Angelos

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. 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. The Old Neighbourhood 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 ser vice. Free prawn crackers with every order.

Cypriot/Greek Anotera

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.

Istorikon

Corner Agiou Neophytou St. & Kyprianou St. (25377700) www.carobmill-restaurants.com Open Mon-Sat 7pm-11pm. Main courses Meze €19.50 or €24 (Fr&Sat) Mon-Thu €16.23, Fri & Sat €21.36. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Very romantic restaurant serving an extensive Greek meze. Reservations essential at weekends.

Kyprion Gevsis

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late. 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.

Meze Taverna

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.

(I) Oraia Ellas

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.

Stou Kyr Yianni

15, Linos St. Omodhos village (25422100) Open Daily 9am-3am (kitchen until 10.30pm). Main courses Meze €20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Kavourotrypa

44, Serifou St., Zakaki (25390372) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 7pm-11pm., Sun 1pm-3pm. 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.

Limanaki

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.

The Old Neighbourhood

14, Angkyras St. (25376082) Open Mon-Sat 6pm-12 midnight. Main courses €40-75/kg. Credit DC, MC, V.

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

4, Iakovou Tombazi St. (near Debenhams Olympia) (25586600) Open Mon-Sat 6pm-11pm, 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.

Indian Calcutta

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.

International Aliada

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. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 53

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Lemesos

Kalymnos

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.


International Beige

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 gras terrine with Asian style king prawns. And whatever you do, don’t miss the lobster pasta.

Central Surf and Turf

Mavrommatis

Asian Asiachi

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.

Undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Cyprus. Award-winning chef Kenny Keung invites you to try authentic Cantonese cuisine served 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 service and a wine list worthy of such a 5-star restaurant.

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.

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Columbia Beach Resort, Pissouri (25833000) Open Daily 7pm-10.30pm (summer), Tue-Sun 7pm-10.30pm (winter). Main courses €25-€39. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. One of the best restaurants on the island, an idyllic setting and the 2010 Best Chef of the Year inviting you to try his avant-garde international creations. How can you resist such an experience? You’ll be thrilled with the results.

Mavrommatis

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 category is a sister restaurant to the very 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.

Four Seasons Hotel, Amathus Ave. (25858000) Open Four days a week (call to check) 7.30-10.30. 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.

Japanese Roku

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.

Zen Room

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.

Italian Caprice at Londa

Seasons Oriental

Four Seasons Hotel, Amathus Ave. (25858000) www.fourseasons.com.cy Open Wed-Mon 7pm-11pm. Main courses €12-€48. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Dionysos

Vivaldi

Beige

Londa Hotel, 72, George 1st St. (25865555) www.londahotel.com Open Daily 12.30pm-3pm & 7.30pm-11pm. Main courses €14-€34. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. With stunning sea views and comfortable yet luxurious surroundings, this hotel restaurant

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Lemesos

Expect to Pay Approximately œ30 plus per person

27, Ellados St. (25373760) Open Mon-Sun 7pm-11pm. Main courses €9.90-€39. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This impressively glamorous, tastefully furnished place offers steaks from different countries cooked in a variety of ways as well fish dishes, oysters and foie gras.

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.


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.

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.

Paliomouktaros

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 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.

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 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 wellcooked lamb chops, a great lamb kebab and village bread with olive oil and artichoke. Definitely a must-try!

Fish Kathari Kardia

Indian Moti Mahal

52, Athinon Ave., Phinikoudes (70004484) Open Daily 9am-2am. Main courses €9.50€15. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Offers tasty Asian fusion dishes, various curries and a good selection of ice-cream and desserts. The menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Ethnic décor and, most unusually, all the furniture bears a price tag and can be purchased by visitors. A belly dancer occasionally makes an appearance too. Reservations recommended.

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.

Oraies Gefseis. See p59.

International 1900 Art CafŽ

Koulis Fish tavern

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.

5, Piyale Pasha Ave. (24626121) Open ThuTue 12 noon- 12 midnight. Main courses €10-€18 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This is a favourite with local fish lovers and you’ll need to book a table in advance because Koulis’s fish meze and his original fresh fish dishes are a genuine feast.

The Bailey Irish Pub & Restaurant

Zefyros

37, Piyale Pasha Ave. (24657198) Open TueSun 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 60 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

The Brewery

Larnaka

Larnaka

Voreas

Zygiana

Paliomouktaros

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.

Koutsonikolias. See p59.

The Brewery

77, Athinon Ave., Phinikoudes (70004454) Open Daily 8am-2am (kitchen until midnight). Main courses €11.50-€22. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Part 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 offer – try and book one of the two tables offering self-service draft beer.

CuckooÕs Nest

10, Piyale Pasha Ave. (24628133) Open Daily 4pm-10.30pm. Main courses €5-€12. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This pub/restaurant offers extremely generous portions at very low prices. Located next to the Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 61


International Beige

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 gras terrine with Asian style king prawns. And whatever you do, don’t miss the lobster pasta.

Central Surf and Turf

Mavrommatis

Asian Asiachi

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.

Undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Cyprus. Award-winning chef Kenny Keung invites you to try authentic Cantonese cuisine served 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 service and a wine list worthy of such a 5-star restaurant.

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.

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Columbia Beach Resort, Pissouri (25833000) Open Daily 7pm-10.30pm (summer), Tue-Sun 7pm-10.30pm (winter). Main courses €25-€39. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. One of the best restaurants on the island, an idyllic setting and the 2010 Best Chef of the Year inviting you to try his avant-garde international creations. How can you resist such an experience? You’ll be thrilled with the results.

Mavrommatis

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 category is a sister restaurant to the very 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.

Four Seasons Hotel, Amathus Ave. (25858000) Open Four days a week (call to check) 7.30-10.30. 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.

Japanese Roku

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.

Zen Room

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.

Italian Caprice at Londa

Seasons Oriental

Four Seasons Hotel, Amathus Ave. (25858000) www.fourseasons.com.cy Open Wed-Mon 7pm-11pm. Main courses €12-€48. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Dionysos

Vivaldi

Beige

Londa Hotel, 72, George 1st St. (25865555) www.londahotel.com Open Daily 12.30pm-3pm & 7.30pm-11pm. Main courses €14-€34. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. With stunning sea views and comfortable yet luxurious surroundings, this hotel restaurant

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Lemesos

Lemesos

Expect to Pay Approximately œ30 plus per person

27, Ellados St. (25373760) Open Mon-Sun 7pm-11pm. Main courses €9.90-€39. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This impressively glamorous, tastefully furnished place offers steaks from different countries cooked in a variety of ways as well fish dishes, oysters and foie gras.

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.


Larnaka E

ven though the restaurant scene may not be as varied as that of Cypriot/Greek Lefkosia and Lemesos, there is A33 33, Egypt St., (70006933) Open Tue-Sun 7pmstill much to enjoy and discover in 11pm. Main courses €7-€21. Credit AmEx, Larnaka. Fish lovers should defi- DC, MC, V nitely drive out to the village of Zygi Enjoy an evening in this modern restaurant with dishes prepared by a Cypriot celebrity chef. which boasts a number of excellent great Well known for its grills, its fillet steaks and fish fish taverns while in the town itself dishes. you can enjoy al fresco dining along the Phinikoudes promenade and Black Turtle 11, Mehmet Ali St. (24650661) Open Tue-Sat there is a good selection of inter- 7pm-1.30am. Main courses €10-€16 for meze. national restaurants elsewhere. Credit No.

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.

A lively spot where visitors can watch the locals dancing the night away. Fri-Sat a set meze is served and a live band performs Greek songs.

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.

Grada

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!

(To) Koutouki tou Panayi

2, Christou Afxentiou St., Oroklini (24665327) Open Daily 8am-11pm. Main courses €17 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Just 100m from the sea, this place which resembles a folk art museum as much as a restaurant, offers an array of Cypriot meze dishes including sausage casserole, grilled snails, fried rocket with eggs and more. If you want a single dish, tr y something from the grill or a portion of either moussaka or home-made pasticcio.

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Larnaka

Larnaka

Where to eat

Kalo Chorio village (24361890, 99651818) Open Mon-Sat 7.30pm-11.30pm. Main courses

Gefseis En Lefko €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, snails, head of lamb and other unusual delicacies. A fish meze also available.

Mantra

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.

Militzis

42, Piyale Pasha Ave. (24655867) Open Daily 12.30pm-12 midnight (kitchen until 11.30pm). Main courses €10-€13.50. Credit AmEx, MC, V. 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.

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 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 59


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.

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.

Paliomouktaros

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 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.

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 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 wellcooked lamb chops, a great lamb kebab and village bread with olive oil and artichoke. Definitely a must-try!

Fish Kathari Kardia

Indian Moti Mahal

52, Athinon Ave., Phinikoudes (70004484) Open Daily 9am-2am. Main courses €9.50€15. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Offers tasty Asian fusion dishes, various curries and a good selection of ice-cream and desserts. The menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Ethnic décor and, most unusually, all the furniture bears a price tag and can be purchased by visitors. A belly dancer occasionally makes an appearance too. Reservations recommended.

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.

Oraies Gefseis. See p59.

International 1900 Art CafŽ

Koulis Fish tavern

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.

5, Piyale Pasha Ave. (24626121) Open ThuTue 12 noon- 12 midnight. Main courses €10-€18 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This is a favourite with local fish lovers and you’ll need to book a table in advance because Koulis’s fish meze and his original fresh fish dishes are a genuine feast.

The Bailey Irish Pub & Restaurant

Zefyros

37, Piyale Pasha Ave. (24657198) Open TueSun 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 60 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

The Brewery

Larnaka

Larnaka

Voreas

Zygiana

Paliomouktaros

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.

Koutsonikolias. See p59.

The Brewery

77, Athinon Ave., Phinikoudes (70004454) Open Daily 8am-2am (kitchen until midnight). Main courses €11.50-€22. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Part 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 offer – try and book one of the two tables offering self-service draft beer.

CuckooÕs Nest

10, Piyale Pasha Ave. (24628133) Open Daily 4pm-10.30pm. Main courses €5-€12. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This pub/restaurant offers extremely generous portions at very low prices. Located next to the Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 61


Larnaka E

ven though the restaurant scene may not be as varied as that of Cypriot/Greek Lefkosia and Lemesos, there is A33 33, Egypt St., (70006933) Open Tue-Sun 7pmstill much to enjoy and discover in 11pm. Main courses €7-€21. Credit AmEx, Larnaka. Fish lovers should defi- DC, MC, V nitely drive out to the village of Zygi Enjoy an evening in this modern restaurant with dishes prepared by a Cypriot celebrity chef. which boasts a number of excellent great Well known for its grills, its fillet steaks and fish fish taverns while in the town itself dishes. you can enjoy al fresco dining along the Phinikoudes promenade and Black Turtle 11, Mehmet Ali St. (24650661) Open Tue-Sat there is a good selection of inter- 7pm-1.30am. Main courses €10-€16 for meze. national restaurants elsewhere. Credit No.

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.

A lively spot where visitors can watch the locals dancing the night away. Fri-Sat a set meze is served and a live band performs Greek songs.

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.

Grada

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!

(To) Koutouki tou Panayi

2, Christou Afxentiou St., Oroklini (24665327) Open Daily 8am-11pm. Main courses €17 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Just 100m from the sea, this place which resembles a folk art museum as much as a restaurant, offers an array of Cypriot meze dishes including sausage casserole, grilled snails, fried rocket with eggs and more. If you want a single dish, tr y something from the grill or a portion of either moussaka or home-made pasticcio.

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Larnaka

Larnaka

Where to eat

Kalo Chorio village (24361890, 99651818) Open Mon-Sat 7.30pm-11.30pm. Main courses

Gefseis En Lefko €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, snails, head of lamb and other unusual delicacies. A fish meze also available.

Mantra

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.

Militzis

42, Piyale Pasha Ave. (24655867) Open Daily 12.30pm-12 midnight (kitchen until 11.30pm). Main courses €10-€13.50. Credit AmEx, MC, V. 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.

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 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 59


Fort, it is an extremely popular spot, so reservations are recommended. An excellent choice for dining on a budget.

Galu Seaside

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.

La Veranda

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.

Skarinou village (24322597) Open Tue-Sat 6.30pm-11.30pm, Sun 12 noon-4.30pm. Main courses €8-€16 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Under new management, this restaurant offers exceptional food at reasonable prices. The menu includes a variety of starters and meat or fish main courses. Reservations essential.

TGI Fridays

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.

Tuck Inn

95A, Athinon Ave., Phinikoudes (24623133) Open Daily 8am-3am. Main courses €4.50€14. Credit No. A varied menu including a good selection of local, international and Asian cuisine. Great for dining on a budget.

Italian Marzano

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

Galu Seaside face the bar and the open kitchen where the chefs can be seen preparing their tasty dishes. Reservations recommended.

Napoli Pizza

36, Grigoris Afxentiou Ave. (70007797) Open Daily 4.30pm-11pm. Main courses €5.40€10.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The best place in Larnaka for a good pizza. Its menu offers a great selection of the usual and not-so-usual toppings.

Mexican Aztecas

10, Kantara St., Dhekelia Road, Pyla (24647002) Open Mon-Sat 6pm-12 midnight, Sun 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €6.75-€22.20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An imposing Mexican-influenced décor, with stone walls and an authentic atmosphere. The menu includes everyone’s favourites such as entradas and enchiladas plus grills and desserts.

Expect to Pay Approximately œ20-30 per person

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Lush

Larnaka

Larnaka

Lush

Olive CafŽ Restaurant (Elia)

Marzano

Yu Shan

120, Stadiou St. (24657044) Open Daily 12.30pm3.00pm & 6.00pm-11.00pm. Main courses €8-€14 (average price: €25 per person with wine and dessert). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An established Chinese restaurant of fering authentic food at reasonable prices in both indoor and outdoor areas. Tr y the set menu at €25. Takeaway service is available.

Chinese

Cypriot/Greek

FengÕs House

Archontiko Papadopoulou

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.

67, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Kornos village (24531000) Open Tue-Sun 9.30am-3pm & 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 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 63


Fort, it is an extremely popular spot, so reservations are recommended. An excellent choice for dining on a budget.

Galu Seaside

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.

La Veranda

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.

Skarinou village (24322597) Open Tue-Sat 6.30pm-11.30pm, Sun 12 noon-4.30pm. Main courses €8-€16 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Under new management, this restaurant offers exceptional food at reasonable prices. The menu includes a variety of starters and meat or fish main courses. Reservations essential.

TGI Fridays

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.

Tuck Inn

95A, Athinon Ave., Phinikoudes (24623133) Open Daily 8am-3am. Main courses €4.50€14. Credit No. A varied menu including a good selection of local, international and Asian cuisine. Great for dining on a budget.

Italian Marzano

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

Galu Seaside face the bar and the open kitchen where the chefs can be seen preparing their tasty dishes. Reservations recommended.

Napoli Pizza

36, Grigoris Afxentiou Ave. (70007797) Open Daily 4.30pm-11pm. Main courses €5.40€10.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The best place in Larnaka for a good pizza. Its menu offers a great selection of the usual and not-so-usual toppings.

Mexican Aztecas

10, Kantara St., Dhekelia Road, Pyla (24647002) Open Mon-Sat 6pm-12 midnight, Sun 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €6.75-€22.20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An imposing Mexican-influenced décor, with stone walls and an authentic atmosphere. The menu includes everyone’s favourites such as entradas and enchiladas plus grills and desserts.

Expect to Pay Approximately œ20-30 per person

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Lush

Larnaka

Larnaka

Lush

Olive CafŽ Restaurant (Elia)

Marzano

Yu Shan

120, Stadiou St. (24657044) Open Daily 12.30pm3.00pm & 6.00pm-11.00pm. Main courses €8-€14 (average price: €25 per person with wine and dessert). Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An established Chinese restaurant of fering authentic food at reasonable prices in both indoor and outdoor areas. Tr y the set menu at €25. Takeaway service is available.

Chinese

Cypriot/Greek

FengÕs House

Archontiko Papadopoulou

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.

67, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Kornos village (24531000) Open Tue-Sun 9.30am-3pm & 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 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 63


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.

Kyra Georgaina

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.

Meze Meze

Nippon Bistrot. See p67. 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.

(To) Steki tis Pareas

16 A, Archbishop Makarios Ave. (24626500) Open Tue-Sat 8am-12 midnight, Sun lunch only. Main courses €18 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The place for culture vultures, with ‘rembetika’ elements including music, where you can enjoy a sizeable Greek meze that includes various salads, dips, warm Greek pitta bread, courgette and tomato meatballs, orzo, saganaki and the famous veal in wine. Alternatively, try the grilled chicken kebab or the spit-roast pork.

Fish

102, Athinon Ave., Phinikoudes (96798718) Open Daily 9am-12 midnight. Main courses €8.50-€22. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This typical ouzo bar/taverna with a young staff is ready to give fans of Cypriot and Greek dishes a seemingly unending dining experience. The beetroot salad with yoghurt sauce, the moussaka and the grilled squid are just some of the dishes you simply must try as you sit and people-watch on the busy Phinikoudes promenade.

CaptainÕs Table

(To) Paradosiako

Zygi-Larnaka coast road (24817300, 99681261) Open Daily 11am-12 midnight. Main courses €12-€22 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This well-known and long-established fish tavern

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Larnaka

Larnaka

(Τo) Steki tis Pareas

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

Santa Elena 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.

French Rendezvous. See p66.

Santa Elena

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!

Varoshiotis Sea Food

7, Piyale Pasha Ave. (70003536) Open Daily 12 noon- 12 midnight. Main courses €10-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 65


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.

Kyra Georgaina

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.

Meze Meze

Nippon Bistrot. See p67. 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.

(To) Steki tis Pareas

16 A, Archbishop Makarios Ave. (24626500) Open Tue-Sat 8am-12 midnight, Sun lunch only. Main courses €18 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The place for culture vultures, with ‘rembetika’ elements including music, where you can enjoy a sizeable Greek meze that includes various salads, dips, warm Greek pitta bread, courgette and tomato meatballs, orzo, saganaki and the famous veal in wine. Alternatively, try the grilled chicken kebab or the spit-roast pork.

Fish

102, Athinon Ave., Phinikoudes (96798718) Open Daily 9am-12 midnight. Main courses €8.50-€22. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This typical ouzo bar/taverna with a young staff is ready to give fans of Cypriot and Greek dishes a seemingly unending dining experience. The beetroot salad with yoghurt sauce, the moussaka and the grilled squid are just some of the dishes you simply must try as you sit and people-watch on the busy Phinikoudes promenade.

CaptainÕs Table

(To) Paradosiako

Zygi-Larnaka coast road (24817300, 99681261) Open Daily 11am-12 midnight. Main courses €12-€22 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This well-known and long-established fish tavern

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Larnaka

Larnaka

(Τo) Steki tis Pareas

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

Santa Elena 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.

French Rendezvous. See p66.

Santa Elena

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!

Varoshiotis Sea Food

7, Piyale Pasha Ave. (70003536) Open Daily 12 noon- 12 midnight. Main courses €10-€25. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 65


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

Ammos Kitchen Bar

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.

Indian Masalas

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.

whatever you do, don’t miss the superb cocktails and the sweet platter.

Bianco

16, Demetris Demetriou (Demetriou Arcade) (70002214) Open Sun-Thu 11am-1pm, FriSat 11am-3pm. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A trendy new arrival with white and minimal décor throughout. Platters to share, original starters and a dozen main dishes make up the menu, including sweet and sour chicken, pork or chicken souvlaki, salmon with sesame or prawns with ginger and brandy garlic sauce. Those for whom the night doesn’t end with dessert will be glad to learn that after 10pm the lights go down and DJs man the decks until the early hours with a mix of Greek and international sounds.

CambanellaÕs Steak Restaurant

Ithakis St. (opp. Palm Beach Hotel) (24647877) Open Daily 6pm-11pm. Main courses €10-€29.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

HoboÕs Steak House

14, Athinon Ave., Phinikoudes (24652584) Open Mon-Sat 4 pm-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.

Momo Fusion Canteen

35, Grigoris Afxentiou Ave. (70004464) Open Daily 10am-1am. Main courses €9-€31. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A popular venue with a casual and relaxing atmosphere. The menu includes traditional, ethnic,

Japanese Kansui

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.

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.

International Ammos Kitchen Bar

Mackenzie Beach (24828844) Open Daily 10am-2pm. 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 66 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

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Larnaka

Larnaka

Located in the old Turkish quarter right on the sea and nominated for a Time Out Eating Award in 2008, Varoshiotis serves a full fish meze and an à la carte menu too. Service is very professional. Reservations highly recommended.

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.

Oriental and Mediterranean flavours as well as a Healthy Section with nutritional information on each dish. There’s a large open plan kitchen at the centre of the restaurant, while its outdoor deck is ideal for dining under the stars.


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

Ammos Kitchen Bar

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.

Indian Masalas

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.

whatever you do, don’t miss the superb cocktails and the sweet platter.

Bianco

16, Demetris Demetriou (Demetriou Arcade) (70002214) Open Sun-Thu 11am-1pm, FriSat 11am-3pm. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A trendy new arrival with white and minimal décor throughout. Platters to share, original starters and a dozen main dishes make up the menu, including sweet and sour chicken, pork or chicken souvlaki, salmon with sesame or prawns with ginger and brandy garlic sauce. Those for whom the night doesn’t end with dessert will be glad to learn that after 10pm the lights go down and DJs man the decks until the early hours with a mix of Greek and international sounds.

CambanellaÕs Steak Restaurant

Ithakis St. (opp. Palm Beach Hotel) (24647877) Open Daily 6pm-11pm. Main courses €10-€29.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

HoboÕs Steak House

14, Athinon Ave., Phinikoudes (24652584) Open Mon-Sat 4 pm-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.

Momo Fusion Canteen

35, Grigoris Afxentiou Ave. (70004464) Open Daily 10am-1am. Main courses €9-€31. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A popular venue with a casual and relaxing atmosphere. The menu includes traditional, ethnic,

Japanese Kansui

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.

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.

International Ammos Kitchen Bar

Mackenzie Beach (24828844) Open Daily 10am-2pm. 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 66 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Bianco

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Larnaka

Larnaka

Located in the old Turkish quarter right on the sea and nominated for a Time Out Eating Award in 2008, Varoshiotis serves a full fish meze and an à la carte menu too. Service is very professional. Reservations highly recommended.

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.

Oriental and Mediterranean flavours as well as a Healthy Section with nutritional information on each dish. There’s a large open plan kitchen at the centre of the restaurant, while its outdoor deck is ideal for dining under the stars.


courses €7-€17. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. 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. Araouzos Taverna. See p68.

6, Votsi St., Ktima (26937121) Open Daily 8am-4pm. Main courses €7-€9, meze €17. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. 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.

Melitzia Tavern

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.

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 slowcooked 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.

Yiorgos Taverna

Mylos Restaurant

Fish

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 ser ves excellent traditional dishes including delicious spicy sausages. Do try to visit.

Petradaki Tavern

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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. Tr y 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.

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.

La Place Royale

Ocean Basket

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.

Porto Latchi

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.

Psaropoulos

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.

Theos

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.

Meet Academy

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.

Zaffron

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! Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 71

PAFOS

PAFOS

Laona

Yiannis


Pafos H

Where to eat Expect to Pay Approximately œ10-20 per person

CafŽ/Bar/Restaurant 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 and main courses such as the six cheese chicken or pork chops with pesto sauce. Those who are calorie-counting should choose one of the four light dishes so as not to have a guilty conscience.

Politia

25th March St. (26222288) Open Daily 8.30am-1.30am. Main courses €8-€16 AmEx, DC, MC, V. You could easily spend the day in this old converted mansion with modern décor, starting with a large breakfast and later enjoying Cypriot or international cuisine for lunch or dinner. The variety of snacks, sandwiches, pasta dishes 68 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Elea. See p77.

Muse and generous main courses are its strong points.

PAFOS

PAFOS

undreds 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.

Cypriot/ Greek Ano Kato Soures

6, Cleious St., Kato Pafos (26960063) Open Daily 6pm-11pm (summer) Fri-Sat 8pm-2am (winter). Main courses €7-€11, Meze €19, €21 Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A Cypriot taverna with a modern, creative twist. The meze is highly recommended, although an à la carte menu is also available. Cypriot and Greek wines are a perfect accompaniment. Live music Fri-Sat.

Araouzos Taverna

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.

Farmyard

14, Kato Vrysi St., Kathikas village (26632745) Open Daily 10am-10.30pm. Special Lunch or Dinner (starter, main, desert) from €9.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. There are set menus for all tastes and budgets in

Fettas 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.

Fettas

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 ever ything on it is delicious. The familyproduced wine is a must.

ImogenÕs Inn

Georgiou Kleanthous St.,, Kathikas village (26632954) Open Daily 10.30-3pm &

Yiannis. See p70. 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 very 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 Tavern

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. Very busy during the summer months so it’s best to book. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 69


Pafos H

Where to eat Expect to Pay Approximately œ10-20 per person

CafŽ/Bar/Restaurant 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 and main courses such as the six cheese chicken or pork chops with pesto sauce. Those who are calorie-counting should choose one of the four light dishes so as not to have a guilty conscience.

Politia

25th March St. (26222288) Open Daily 8.30am-1.30am. Main courses €8-€16 AmEx, DC, MC, V. You could easily spend the day in this old converted mansion with modern décor, starting with a large breakfast and later enjoying Cypriot or international cuisine for lunch or dinner. The variety of snacks, sandwiches, pasta dishes 68 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Elea. See p77.

Muse and generous main courses are its strong points.

PAFOS

PAFOS

undreds 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.

Cypriot/ Greek Ano Kato Soures

6, Cleious St., Kato Pafos (26960063) Open Daily 6pm-11pm (summer) Fri-Sat 8pm-2am (winter). Main courses €7-€11, Meze €19, €21 Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A Cypriot taverna with a modern, creative twist. The meze is highly recommended, although an à la carte menu is also available. Cypriot and Greek wines are a perfect accompaniment. Live music Fri-Sat.

Araouzos Taverna

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.

Farmyard

14, Kato Vrysi St., Kathikas village (26632745) Open Daily 10am-10.30pm. Special Lunch or Dinner (starter, main, desert) from €9.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. There are set menus for all tastes and budgets in

Fettas 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.

Fettas

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 ever ything on it is delicious. The familyproduced wine is a must.

ImogenÕs Inn

Georgiou Kleanthous St.,, Kathikas village (26632954) Open Daily 10.30-3pm &

Yiannis. See p70. 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 very 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 Tavern

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. Very busy during the summer months so it’s best to book. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 69


courses €7-€17. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. 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. Araouzos Taverna. See p68.

6, Votsi St., Ktima (26937121) Open Daily 8am-4pm. Main courses €7-€9, meze €17. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. 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.

Melitzia Tavern

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.

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 slowcooked 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.

Yiorgos Taverna

Mylos Restaurant

Fish

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 ser ves excellent traditional dishes including delicious spicy sausages. Do try to visit.

Petradaki Tavern

45, Kato Vrisi St., Kathikas village (26814191) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 6pm-10pm. Main 70 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

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. Tr y 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.

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.

La Place Royale

Ocean Basket

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.

Porto Latchi

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.

Psaropoulos

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.

Theos

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.

Meet Academy

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.

Zaffron

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! Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 71

PAFOS

PAFOS

Laona

Yiannis


Italian Grazie

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. Natalia Centre, 15-16, Iasonos St. (26952544) Open Daily 11.30am-11pm. Main courses €9-€30. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An Italian trattoria-style restarant with sophisticated flavours and an authentic air awaits you with an incredible variety of antipasti, home-made pasta and main dishes. Start with parmigiana melintzane and don’t refuse the classic version of pasta carbonara which contains eggs, combining it with a wine from the restaurant’s lengthy wine list.

Pizza Express

52-53, Poseidon Ave., Kato Pafos (26923034) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €6.70-€16. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Sienna

3, Panareti St., Chlorakas village (26931505) Open Daily 6pm-11pm. Main courses €8-€18. Credit AmEx DC, MC, V. A popular choice with locals and families and children’s portions are available. Consistently good food and value for money. The staff are friendly and helpful and the puddings simply fantastic.

Expect to Pay Approximately œ20-30 per person

CafŽ/Bar/Restaurant Sense/Sense After Dark

Coral Bay Road (26621200) Open Daily 9am2am. Main courses €7.80-€17.80. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A multi-purpose venue that opens in the morning and eventually becomes a glamorous bar-restaurant in the evening. International cuisine for all tastes and pockets.

Chinese ChloeÕs No1

13, Poseidon Ave., Kato Pafos (26934676) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-3pm & 6pm-11.00pm (kitchen until 11pm), Sun evenings only. Main courses €9.50-€18. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Gold Sakura. See p77. 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.

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.

Jade Palace

24, Laxeion St., Coral Bay (26621829) Open Mon-Sun 12 noon-11pm. Main Courses €10-€23. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The family-owned/run Jade Palace has been open for just over two years now and the food is quite magnificent. Tr y the chili beef or the Chef’s almond chicken. Both are delicious. The extensive wine list includes local and new world labels.

Pagoda

Yiangos & Peter Taverna. See p74. 72 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

85, Poseidon Ave., Kato Pafos (26813232) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 5pm-12 midnight. Main courses €10-€15. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Situated behind the Limnaria Complex at Kato Pafos, this restaurant is always busy. A favourite with residents and repeat overseas customers, the Pagoda caters for everyone and families with children are made especially welcome. Food and the service are very good. We recommend the sea bass in black bean sauce.

Bacco. See p77.

Phuket

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.

Cypriot/ Greek Kinyras

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 hear t of Ktima – the old part of town. The proprietor is a prolific ar tist 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. Service is friendly and the overall experience is wonderfully satisfying.

Mandra Tavern

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. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 73

PAFOS

PAFOS

La Spaghetteria

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.


Italian Grazie

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. Natalia Centre, 15-16, Iasonos St. (26952544) Open Daily 11.30am-11pm. Main courses €9-€30. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An Italian trattoria-style restarant with sophisticated flavours and an authentic air awaits you with an incredible variety of antipasti, home-made pasta and main dishes. Start with parmigiana melintzane and don’t refuse the classic version of pasta carbonara which contains eggs, combining it with a wine from the restaurant’s lengthy wine list.

Pizza Express

52-53, Poseidon Ave., Kato Pafos (26923034) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €6.70-€16. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Sienna

3, Panareti St., Chlorakas village (26931505) Open Daily 6pm-11pm. Main courses €8-€18. Credit AmEx DC, MC, V. A popular choice with locals and families and children’s portions are available. Consistently good food and value for money. The staff are friendly and helpful and the puddings simply fantastic.

Expect to Pay Approximately œ20-30 per person

CafŽ/Bar/Restaurant Sense/Sense After Dark

Coral Bay Road (26621200) Open Daily 9am2am. Main courses €7.80-€17.80. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. A multi-purpose venue that opens in the morning and eventually becomes a glamorous bar-restaurant in the evening. International cuisine for all tastes and pockets.

Chinese ChloeÕs No1

13, Poseidon Ave., Kato Pafos (26934676) Open Mon-Sat 12 noon-3pm & 6pm-11.00pm (kitchen until 11pm), Sun evenings only. Main courses €9.50-€18. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Gold Sakura. See p77. 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.

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.

Jade Palace

24, Laxeion St., Coral Bay (26621829) Open Mon-Sun 12 noon-11pm. Main Courses €10-€23. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The family-owned/run Jade Palace has been open for just over two years now and the food is quite magnificent. Tr y the chili beef or the Chef’s almond chicken. Both are delicious. The extensive wine list includes local and new world labels.

Pagoda

Yiangos & Peter Taverna. See p74. 72 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

85, Poseidon Ave., Kato Pafos (26813232) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 5pm-12 midnight. Main courses €10-€15. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Situated behind the Limnaria Complex at Kato Pafos, this restaurant is always busy. A favourite with residents and repeat overseas customers, the Pagoda caters for everyone and families with children are made especially welcome. Food and the service are very good. We recommend the sea bass in black bean sauce.

Bacco. See p77.

Phuket

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.

Cypriot/ Greek Kinyras

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 hear t of Ktima – the old part of town. The proprietor is a prolific ar tist 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. Service is friendly and the overall experience is wonderfully satisfying.

Mandra Tavern

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. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 73

PAFOS

PAFOS

La Spaghetteria

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.


Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V The marine-inspired décor will get you in the 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.

Yiangos and Peter Taverna

Fish

Indian

Atlantis

Bombay Brasserie

Kanali

Koh-i-Noor

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. 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 family-run restaurant ser ves good traditional food with a smile. Try the octopus or the fish meze.

Saint George

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.

Tirimos

71, Agapinoros St. (26942846) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €9-€40. 74 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

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. 7, Cleous St., Kato Pafos (26964083-4) Open Tue-Sun 6.30pm-10.30pm. Main courses €11.36-€18. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Tasty Northern Indian cuisine is served at this family-owned/run restaurant which is a favourite with the locals. The menu is extensive and the wine list well chosen. Friendly service and simple and elegant décor.

Poppadums

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.

International Brasserie Ifaistos

Intercontinental Hotel, Aphrodite Hills (26829000) Open Daily 12 noon-4.30pm (Apr-Nov). 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.

GinaÕs Place

Fresco In Blue

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.

GinaÕs Place

3, Agiou Antoniou St. (26938017) Open MonSat 9am-6pm, Sun 12 noon-6pm. Main courses €8-€13. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Banoffee pie and cappuccino or chocolate cake and tea? Or pretty much anything else. It’s a favourite among the more mature locals, both Greek and expat, thanks to its value-for-money salads, gourmet sandwiches and general delicatessen-style atmosphere. Reservations recommended.

Grill Garage

33, Georgiou Savva St., Geroskipou (next to Seven St. Georges Tavern) (26960179) Open Daily 12 noon-10pm. Main courses €7-€16. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This small, simple restaurant with a sea view cooks everything on the grill. We suggest you start with a home-made Boerwors (South African sausage), chicken wings with blue cheese or home-made burgers before tr ying one of the grilled items such as the spare ribs, marinated with the chef’s secret recipe, or mini chicken kebabs an onion rings.

Luna Rosa

Luna Rosa

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 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.

Notios

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.

Olivetto

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.

TweedieÕs

Kissonerga village (99126590) Open ThuMon 6pm-10.30pm. Main courses €12-€22. Credit No. The menu and wine list are short but well thought out. This is a popular venue with a pleasant atmosphere and where the food is well-presented and flavoursome. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 75

PAFOS

PAFOS

Grill Garage

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.


Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V The marine-inspired décor will get you in the 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.

Yiangos and Peter Taverna

Fish

Indian

Atlantis

Bombay Brasserie

Kanali

Koh-i-Noor

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. 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 family-run restaurant ser ves good traditional food with a smile. Try the octopus or the fish meze.

Saint George

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.

Tirimos

71, Agapinoros St. (26942846) Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight. Main courses €9-€40. 74 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

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. 7, Cleous St., Kato Pafos (26964083-4) Open Tue-Sun 6.30pm-10.30pm. Main courses €11.36-€18. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Tasty Northern Indian cuisine is served at this family-owned/run restaurant which is a favourite with the locals. The menu is extensive and the wine list well chosen. Friendly service and simple and elegant décor.

Poppadums

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.

International Brasserie Ifaistos

Intercontinental Hotel, Aphrodite Hills (26829000) Open Daily 12 noon-4.30pm (Apr-Nov). 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.

GinaÕs Place

Fresco In Blue

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.

GinaÕs Place

3, Agiou Antoniou St. (26938017) Open MonSat 9am-6pm, Sun 12 noon-6pm. Main courses €8-€13. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Banoffee pie and cappuccino or chocolate cake and tea? Or pretty much anything else. It’s a favourite among the more mature locals, both Greek and expat, thanks to its value-for-money salads, gourmet sandwiches and general delicatessen-style atmosphere. Reservations recommended.

Grill Garage

33, Georgiou Savva St., Geroskipou (next to Seven St. Georges Tavern) (26960179) Open Daily 12 noon-10pm. Main courses €7-€16. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This small, simple restaurant with a sea view cooks everything on the grill. We suggest you start with a home-made Boerwors (South African sausage), chicken wings with blue cheese or home-made burgers before tr ying one of the grilled items such as the spare ribs, marinated with the chef’s secret recipe, or mini chicken kebabs an onion rings.

Luna Rosa

Luna Rosa

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 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.

Notios

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.

Olivetto

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.

TweedieÕs

Kissonerga village (99126590) Open ThuMon 6pm-10.30pm. Main courses €12-€22. Credit No. The menu and wine list are short but well thought out. This is a popular venue with a pleasant atmosphere and where the food is well-presented and flavoursome. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 75

PAFOS

PAFOS

Grill Garage

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.


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 Psi

Italian 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.

Il Classico

13, Nikou Georgiou St. (26939777) Open Mon-Sat 7pm-11pm. Main courses €7.50-€24. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An excellent fine dining family-owned/run restaurant offering Italian cuisine with an extra touch of the Mediterranean. The tastes, flavours, presentation and service are all of the highest standard. This gourmet experience is highly recommended.

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.

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.

Mediterranean Mesogios

Intercontinental Hotel, Aphrodite Hills (26828000) Open Daily 7pm-11pm. Main courses €14-€32. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Superb quality, mouth-watering Mediterranean

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Fish Psi

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.

International Bacco

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.

Risto La Piazza

11-12, Alkiminis St., Kato Pafos (26819921) Open Daily 12 noon3pm & 6pm-12 midnight. Main courses €10-€35. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Expect to Pay Approximately œ30 plus per person

Elea Vasiliko

Elea Golf Club, 1, Elaion Ave., Geroskipou (26202003) Open Wed-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun-

Italian Vasiliko

Anassa Hotel, Polis Chrysochous (26888000) Open 7.30pm-10pm. Main courses €36-€128. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This tiny, romantic restaurant within the grounds of the Anassa Hotel seats just 24 lucky people and serves them exceptional Italian cuisine which explains why it’s slightly pricy. In summer, there is a switch to Asian flavours with some fabulous sushi, Peking duck, etc.

Japanese Asiachi

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.

Asian Corner

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.

Gold Sakura

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. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 77

PAFOS

PAFOS

Cavallini

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 dessert and a shot of Tequila.

Tue 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.


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 Psi

Italian 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.

Il Classico

13, Nikou Georgiou St. (26939777) Open Mon-Sat 7pm-11pm. Main courses €7.50-€24. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. An excellent fine dining family-owned/run restaurant offering Italian cuisine with an extra touch of the Mediterranean. The tastes, flavours, presentation and service are all of the highest standard. This gourmet experience is highly recommended.

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.

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.

Mediterranean Mesogios

Intercontinental Hotel, Aphrodite Hills (26828000) Open Daily 7pm-11pm. Main courses €14-€32. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Superb quality, mouth-watering Mediterranean

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Fish Psi

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.

International Bacco

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.

Risto La Piazza

11-12, Alkiminis St., Kato Pafos (26819921) Open Daily 12 noon3pm & 6pm-12 midnight. Main courses €10-€35. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

Expect to Pay Approximately œ30 plus per person

Elea Vasiliko

Elea Golf Club, 1, Elaion Ave., Geroskipou (26202003) Open Wed-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun-

Italian Vasiliko

Anassa Hotel, Polis Chrysochous (26888000) Open 7.30pm-10pm. Main courses €36-€128. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This tiny, romantic restaurant within the grounds of the Anassa Hotel seats just 24 lucky people and serves them exceptional Italian cuisine which explains why it’s slightly pricy. In summer, there is a switch to Asian flavours with some fabulous sushi, Peking duck, etc.

Japanese Asiachi

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.

Asian Corner

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.

Gold Sakura

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. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 77

PAFOS

PAFOS

Cavallini

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 dessert and a shot of Tequila.

Tue 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.


Ammochostos District he big international fast food real step back in time. Located within a renovated chains naturally have a highly old house, it serves highly authentic traditional in clay pots (just as they did 100 years visible presence in the popular dishes ago). Only the freshest and highest quality ingretourist resorts of Agia Napa and dients are used to create a value-for-money meze Protaras but you wonÕt need to look that will be hard to forget and a dining experience very far to discover an ever-increas- that you just can’t fault. ing number of restaurants offering Kyklos high quality cuisine and a fabulous Protaras Ave., Protaras (99272712) Open dining experience. If you take a Daily 3.30pm-11.30pm. Main courses €9-€14 short drive to Sotira when youÕre Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The style is Greek island, located on a large veranda feeling peckish, you wonÕt regret overlooking Protaras Avenue. Whether you choose it. The village is fast becoming the the Greek meze or a main dish, we recommend ÔinÕ place for food thanks to some you start with a traditional salad, aubergine salad, tzatziki and cheese croquettes, followed by the great tavernas. particularly tasty lamb and bouyiourdi. Wash it

Where to eat

Expect to Pay Approximately œ10-20 per person

Cypriot/Greek Abacus

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

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

down with Retsina, of course.

Mousikos

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.

Napa Tavern

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

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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.

Passion Lounge Bar. See p80.

Ttappis

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 worr y about the menu because with a choice of 8 different meze options (meat meze, fish meze, vegetarian, etc.) there is something for everyone.

Vangelis

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.

Xilino Restaurant

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.

Indian Taste of India

8, Archbishop Makarios Ave., Agia Napa (23722274) Open Daily 5pm- 11pm (MayTime Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 79


Oct). Main courses €6.25-€13.60. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Mmmmhhh! Impossible to walk past without your mouth watering. Typical Indian décor, very nice food, friendly service, and reasonable prices – as close to perfect as they get, really.

International Paladela

Passion Lounge Bar

41, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Agia Napa (99415604) Open Daily 11.30am-1.30am. Main courses €11-€20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The name of this new arrival in Agia Napa, where the fun never stops, says it all. What’s more, it has absolutely ever ything. Meet up with friends at 12 noon at the main, fabulously designed bar and down the contents of a 2-litre (for serious drinking there’s a 3-litre model) Beer Tower of Germany’s finest Paulaner brew while nibbling on snacks from the crammed Beer Platter (€12). If you can’t stand the heat, take a dip in the restaurant’s own pool and make sure the barman doesn’t forget you because the Skinos Mojito (€6.50) and the Passion Colada (€6.50) are in a class of their own. Later on you can enjoy the great Mediterranean dishes.

Mexican Los Bandidos

2, Ari Velouchioti St. (23723258) www.losbandidosmexican.com Open Daily 5.30pm-11pm. Main courses €6.85-€23.00. 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.

Tequila Garden

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 80 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Expect to Pay Approximately œ20-30 per person

Cypriot/Greek Lime light

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 por tions are huge. Reser vations essential.

Kalamies

Ammochostos District

Ammochostos District

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.

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.

Octagon

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.

Christos Fish Tavern

Mousikos. See p78. 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.

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! Fun atmosphere.

Karras

Kalamies

Spartiatis

40, Ellinon St., Pernera, Protaras (23831145) Open Daily 9am-11pm (Mar-Oct). Main courses €22 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

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

Guru Day Spa & Lifestyle Bar. See p82. 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.

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. 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. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 81


Ammochostos District he big international fast food real step back in time. Located within a renovated chains naturally have a highly old house, it serves highly authentic traditional in clay pots (just as they did 100 years visible presence in the popular dishes ago). Only the freshest and highest quality ingretourist resorts of Agia Napa and dients are used to create a value-for-money meze Protaras but you wonÕt need to look that will be hard to forget and a dining experience very far to discover an ever-increas- that you just can’t fault. ing number of restaurants offering Kyklos high quality cuisine and a fabulous Protaras Ave., Protaras (99272712) Open dining experience. If you take a Daily 3.30pm-11.30pm. Main courses €9-€14 short drive to Sotira when youÕre Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The style is Greek island, located on a large veranda feeling peckish, you wonÕt regret overlooking Protaras Avenue. Whether you choose it. The village is fast becoming the the Greek meze or a main dish, we recommend ÔinÕ place for food thanks to some you start with a traditional salad, aubergine salad, tzatziki and cheese croquettes, followed by the great tavernas. particularly tasty lamb and bouyiourdi. Wash it

Where to eat

Expect to Pay Approximately œ10-20 per person

Cypriot/Greek Abacus

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

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

down with Retsina, of course.

Mousikos

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.

Napa Tavern

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

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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.

Passion Lounge Bar. See p80.

Ttappis

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 worr y about the menu because with a choice of 8 different meze options (meat meze, fish meze, vegetarian, etc.) there is something for everyone.

Vangelis

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.

Xilino Restaurant

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.

Indian Taste of India

8, Archbishop Makarios Ave., Agia Napa (23722274) Open Daily 5pm- 11pm (MayTime Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 79


Oct). Main courses €6.25-€13.60. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Mmmmhhh! Impossible to walk past without your mouth watering. Typical Indian décor, very nice food, friendly service, and reasonable prices – as close to perfect as they get, really.

International Paladela

Passion Lounge Bar

41, Archbishop Makarios III Ave., Agia Napa (99415604) Open Daily 11.30am-1.30am. Main courses €11-€20. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. The name of this new arrival in Agia Napa, where the fun never stops, says it all. What’s more, it has absolutely ever ything. Meet up with friends at 12 noon at the main, fabulously designed bar and down the contents of a 2-litre (for serious drinking there’s a 3-litre model) Beer Tower of Germany’s finest Paulaner brew while nibbling on snacks from the crammed Beer Platter (€12). If you can’t stand the heat, take a dip in the restaurant’s own pool and make sure the barman doesn’t forget you because the Skinos Mojito (€6.50) and the Passion Colada (€6.50) are in a class of their own. Later on you can enjoy the great Mediterranean dishes.

Mexican Los Bandidos

2, Ari Velouchioti St. (23723258) www.losbandidosmexican.com Open Daily 5.30pm-11pm. Main courses €6.85-€23.00. 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.

Tequila Garden

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 80 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Expect to Pay Approximately œ20-30 per person

Cypriot/Greek Lime light

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 por tions are huge. Reser vations essential.

Kalamies

Ammochostos District

Ammochostos District

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.

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.

Octagon

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.

Christos Fish Tavern

Mousikos. See p78. 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.

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! Fun atmosphere.

Karras

Kalamies

Spartiatis

40, Ellinon St., Pernera, Protaras (23831145) Open Daily 9am-11pm (Mar-Oct). Main courses €22 for meze. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V.

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

Guru Day Spa & Lifestyle Bar. See p82. 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.

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. 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. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 81


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 €13.00-€21.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This international/fusion restaurant is a very glamorous place indeed. Sparkling crystals hang 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.

Guru Day Spa & Lifestyle Bar

Capo Bay Hotel, 2, Iasonos St. (23831101) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 8pm-11pm. Main courses €15.50-€27. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Just wear your swimsuit and, after a relaxing foot or head massage, cool down with a fabulous juice or an exotic cocktail. Take up your position on one of the comfy sofas with a sea view and while the DJ plays alternative sounds you can try some sushi, a cool salad or dishes with flavours rom East and West.

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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 & Bar

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.

Posto Cafe

Ammochostos District

Ammochostos District

Folio Restaurant and Wine Bar

Kava

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. 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.

Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar

10, Kryou Nerou St., Agia Napa (23816110, 99314000) www.sagerest.com Open Daily 6pm11pm (winter Fri-Sat only). Main courses €10.80-€39.90. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. If you want elegant and romantic, this place

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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 €13.00-€21.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. This international/fusion restaurant is a very glamorous place indeed. Sparkling crystals hang 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.

Guru Day Spa & Lifestyle Bar

Capo Bay Hotel, 2, Iasonos St. (23831101) Open Daily 12 noon-3pm & 8pm-11pm. Main courses €15.50-€27. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. Just wear your swimsuit and, after a relaxing foot or head massage, cool down with a fabulous juice or an exotic cocktail. Take up your position on one of the comfy sofas with a sea view and while the DJ plays alternative sounds you can try some sushi, a cool salad or dishes with flavours rom East and West.

Folio Restaurant and Wine Bar 82 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

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 & Bar

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.

Posto Cafe

Ammochostos District

Ammochostos District

Folio Restaurant and Wine Bar

Kava

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. 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.

Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar

10, Kryou Nerou St., Agia Napa (23816110, 99314000) www.sagerest.com Open Daily 6pm11pm (winter Fri-Sat only). Main courses €10.80-€39.90. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. If you want elegant and romantic, this place

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Vasiliskos

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.

Polynesian Fiji

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. Just Italian 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.

Square

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. 84 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Ttappis. See p79.

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.

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.

La Cultura Del Gusto

Italian/Mediterranean Quadro Italian Restaurant

9, Kryou Nerou St., Agia Napa (23723838) Open 1pm-11.30pm. Main courses €14.00€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!

Vasiliskos

12, Democratias St., Sotira (99176739) Open Daily 6.30pm-11pm, except Turs. Main courses €14-€22.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V This is one of the best restaurants on the island and a deserving winner of two Time Out Eating Awards. The award-winning chef of the familyrun business will delight your taste buds with his sea bass on Santorini fava beans and goat cheese dipped in breadcrumbs and sesame seeds with a walnut spoon sweet. For your main course we suggest pork wrapped in prosciutto sweetened in Commandaria sauce with mashed sweet potato. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 85

Ammochostos District

Ammochostos District

Xilino Restaurant. See p79.


Vasiliskos

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.

Polynesian Fiji

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. Just Italian 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.

Square

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. 84 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Ttappis. See p79.

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.

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.

La Cultura Del Gusto

Italian/Mediterranean Quadro Italian Restaurant

9, Kryou Nerou St., Agia Napa (23723838) Open 1pm-11.30pm. Main courses €14.00€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!

Vasiliskos

12, Democratias St., Sotira (99176739) Open Daily 6.30pm-11pm, except Turs. Main courses €14-€22.50. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V This is one of the best restaurants on the island and a deserving winner of two Time Out Eating Awards. The award-winning chef of the familyrun business will delight your taste buds with his sea bass on Santorini fava beans and goat cheese dipped in breadcrumbs and sesame seeds with a walnut spoon sweet. For your main course we suggest pork wrapped in prosciutto sweetened in Commandaria sauce with mashed sweet potato. Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011 85

Ammochostos District

Ammochostos District

Xilino Restaurant. See p79.


Index A-Z Lefkosia 1900 Oinou Melathron Bistrot (see page 44)

22667668

A A la... Ellinika (see page 32) Achillion (see page 32) Agia Anna (see page 32) Agios Georgios (see page 32) Aigaio (see page 39) Akakiko (see page 43) Athinon & Kilinis Restaurant (see page 32)

22679090 22668532 22532500 22765971 22433297 77778022 22420340

B Bagatelle Gardens (see page 44) Bamboo (see page 31) Barrage (see page 41) BenniganÕs (see page 41) Brew (see page 30)

22317587 22451111 22876760 22464111 22100133

C CafŽ In (see page 37) CafŽ La Mode (see page 36) Casa Vieja (see page 36) Cayena Latin Fusion (see page 45) Chateau Status (see page 44) Chillies (see page 36) China Spice (see page 38) ChopÕt (see page 35) Chopsticks (see page 32) Chytron Gefseis (see page 32)

22767474 22510788 22871787 22447272 22673371 22777787 77771167 22671647 22875875 22818781 22817070 22261261

D Da Capo (see page 30) 22757427 Da Paolo (see page 36) 22438538 Daliou Mills (see page 32) 22521308 Domus Lounge Bar and Restaurant (see page 44) 22433722 Dragon (see page 38) 22591711 22591722 E El Pueblo (see page 43) 22333306 El Torito (see page 43) 22757340 Eirinias (see page 32) 22422860 Ellinikes Diadromes (see page 33) 22330701 EllOinon (see page 33) 22333262 F Family Nest (see page 40) Fanous (see page 36) Fontana (see page 44) Fratelli (see page 41)

22427160 22666663 22377777 22764999

G Garden of Chrysaliniotissa (see page 33) 22343447 86 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Garidomania (see page 40) 22777179 Gloria JeanÕs Coffees (see page 30) 22768876 GrecoÕs Nest (see page 44) 22358666 Guru eats nÕ drinks (see page 37) 22590059 Guru Futuro (see page 37) 22730830 H Hustle (see page 30)

22458588

I I Gonia tou Anastasi (see page 33) 22384884 Il Bacaro (see page 36) 22676969 Il Forno (see page 36) 22456454 J Jackson Hall (see page 37)

70004424

K Kallipolis (see page 33) 22756809 Karpasia (see page 33) 22662902 Karvounomageiremata (see page 33) 77777729 KathÕ Odon (see page 34) 22661656 L La Pasteria (see page 42) La Spaghetteria (see page 36) Le CafŽ (see page 37) Leventis (see page 34) Little Buddha (see page 37) Loukoullos (see page 39)

22460460 22665585 22466566 22773201 22766000 22844000

M Marzano (see page 42) Mattheos (see page 34) Mediterranean (see page 35) Mezostrati (see page 39) Mondo (see page 38)

22663240 22755846 22766727 22662727 77778044

O Oi Koumparoi (see page 34) Oktana (see page 38) Orpheas (see page 34)

22351070 22760099 22337788

P Pago Pago (see page 45) 22712812 Pagoda (see page 39) 22878000 Pagoda Mont Parnas (see page 43) 22444740 Palia Elektiki (see page 41) 22432559 Palia Plateia (see page 39) 22337128 Paragadi (see page 44) 22491310 Peninsula Sushi Bar & Bonzai Restaurant (see page 44) 22712712 PlatoÕs (see page 31) 22666552 Pralina (see page 38) 22660491 Pyxida (see page 41) 22445636 R Rancho (see page 43) Romantica (see page 42)

22454454 22377276

S Seven Lounge (see page 38) Siantris (see page 34) Sitio (see page 31) Souxou Mouxou Mantalakia (see page 39) Starz (see page 43) Stavros tis Asinou (see page 34) Stoa tou Demetri (see page 35) Stou Kyriakou (see page 40) Stou Louca (see page 40) Sushi La (see page 43) T Taste of India (see page 35) Tavernaki tou Pambou (see page 35) TGI FridayÕs (see page 41) Theodosis (see page 35) To Latsi (see page 40) To Pantopoleion ÔI kali OrexiÕ (see page 39) To Psarolimano O Philippos (see page 40) To Steki tis Loxandras (see page 34) To Steki tou Kosti (see page 40) Trattoria (see page 42) Tsantali (see page 35)

22251177 22671549 22458610 22666600 22658313 22852000 22852500 99352500 22343030 22497539 22316509 22375036 22464100 22781083 22674411 22815776 22621537 22780937 22772459 22675151 22314020 22675757 22330059 22875822 22382782

V Vasiliki (see page 35) Vivere (see page 42)

22349803 22712712

W Wagamama (see page 30)

22870140

Z Zanettos (see page 40)

22765501

Lemesos A Akakiko (see page 55) Al Pesto (see page 55) Aliada (see page 53) Angelos (see page 53) Anotera (see page 52) Arabic (see page 46) Artima (see page 55) Asiachi (see page 56) B Bamboo (see page 48) Beige (see page 56) BenniganÕs (see page 54) Blue Lounge (see page 46) C Calcutta (see page 53) Caprice at Londa (see page 57)

25323351 25328782 25340758 25725333 25354033 25586711 25820466 25832000 25773100 25818860 25329590 25251514 99593080 25322511 25865555

Central Surf and Turf (see page 54) 25373760 Chesters (see page 46) 25635155 Chi Lounge (see page 56) 25636357 Chopsticks (see page 49) 77777728 Columbia Steak House (see page 54) 25278000 D Dianoche (see page 51) 25322604 Dino Art CafŽ (see page 47) 25762030 Dionysos (see page 57) 25833000 Draught Microbrewery (see page 51) 25820470 Drifters (see page 47) 25324243 E El Pueblo (see page 55)

258282723

F Forsos (see page 49) Fuamo (see page 54) Fuxia (see page 47)

25329490 70006465 25107521

I I Oraia Ellas (see page 52) Il Gusto (see page 55) Il Posto (see page 48) Il Sapore (see page 55) Imbue (see page 50) Istorikon (see page 52)

25944328 25952638 25746777 25313184 25952550 25377700

K Kalymnos (see page 53) 25632878 Karpenisi (see page 49) 25397701 Kavourotrypa (see page 53) 25390372 Kyoshi (see page 55) 25634333 Kyprion Gevsis (see page 52) 77778877 Kyrenia Nautical Club (see page 53) 25322414 L La Boca (see page 50) La Maison Fleurie (see page 56) La Mer (see page 54) Library (see page 48) Limanaki (see page 53) Lofou Traditional Taverna (see page 49) Longmen (see page 49)

25278000 25320680 25356095 25361362 25832000 25470202 99598903 25318844

M Mairko Sikaminia (see page 49) Mandaloun (see page 51) Mavrommatis (see page 57) Meze Taverna (see page 52) MichaelÕs Platea (see page 49) Molly MaloneÕs (see page 48)

25365280 25636845 25858000 25367333 25934104 99679665 25821082

N Neon Phaliron (see page 50)

25365768

O O Phiniotis (see page 49) O Tsolias (see page 50) Old City Trattoria (see page 51) Ousia (see page 48)

25733755 25337521 25353500 25760072

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Index A-Z Lefkosia 1900 Oinou Melathron Bistrot (see page 44)

22667668

A A la... Ellinika (see page 32) Achillion (see page 32) Agia Anna (see page 32) Agios Georgios (see page 32) Aigaio (see page 39) Akakiko (see page 43) Athinon & Kilinis Restaurant (see page 32)

22679090 22668532 22532500 22765971 22433297 77778022 22420340

B Bagatelle Gardens (see page 44) Bamboo (see page 31) Barrage (see page 41) BenniganÕs (see page 41) Brew (see page 30)

22317587 22451111 22876760 22464111 22100133

C CafŽ In (see page 37) CafŽ La Mode (see page 36) Casa Vieja (see page 36) Cayena Latin Fusion (see page 45) Chateau Status (see page 44) Chillies (see page 36) China Spice (see page 38) ChopÕt (see page 35) Chopsticks (see page 32) Chytron Gefseis (see page 32)

22767474 22510788 22871787 22447272 22673371 22777787 77771167 22671647 22875875 22818781 22817070 22261261

D Da Capo (see page 30) 22757427 Da Paolo (see page 36) 22438538 Daliou Mills (see page 32) 22521308 Domus Lounge Bar and Restaurant (see page 44) 22433722 Dragon (see page 38) 22591711 22591722 E El Pueblo (see page 43) 22333306 El Torito (see page 43) 22757340 Eirinias (see page 32) 22422860 Ellinikes Diadromes (see page 33) 22330701 EllOinon (see page 33) 22333262 F Family Nest (see page 40) Fanous (see page 36) Fontana (see page 44) Fratelli (see page 41)

22427160 22666663 22377777 22764999

G Garden of Chrysaliniotissa (see page 33) 22343447 86 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Garidomania (see page 40) 22777179 Gloria JeanÕs Coffees (see page 30) 22768876 GrecoÕs Nest (see page 44) 22358666 Guru eats nÕ drinks (see page 37) 22590059 Guru Futuro (see page 37) 22730830 H Hustle (see page 30)

22458588

I I Gonia tou Anastasi (see page 33) 22384884 Il Bacaro (see page 36) 22676969 Il Forno (see page 36) 22456454 J Jackson Hall (see page 37)

70004424

K Kallipolis (see page 33) 22756809 Karpasia (see page 33) 22662902 Karvounomageiremata (see page 33) 77777729 KathÕ Odon (see page 34) 22661656 L La Pasteria (see page 42) La Spaghetteria (see page 36) Le CafŽ (see page 37) Leventis (see page 34) Little Buddha (see page 37) Loukoullos (see page 39)

22460460 22665585 22466566 22773201 22766000 22844000

M Marzano (see page 42) Mattheos (see page 34) Mediterranean (see page 35) Mezostrati (see page 39) Mondo (see page 38)

22663240 22755846 22766727 22662727 77778044

O Oi Koumparoi (see page 34) Oktana (see page 38) Orpheas (see page 34)

22351070 22760099 22337788

P Pago Pago (see page 45) 22712812 Pagoda (see page 39) 22878000 Pagoda Mont Parnas (see page 43) 22444740 Palia Elektiki (see page 41) 22432559 Palia Plateia (see page 39) 22337128 Paragadi (see page 44) 22491310 Peninsula Sushi Bar & Bonzai Restaurant (see page 44) 22712712 PlatoÕs (see page 31) 22666552 Pralina (see page 38) 22660491 Pyxida (see page 41) 22445636 R Rancho (see page 43) Romantica (see page 42)

22454454 22377276

S Seven Lounge (see page 38) Siantris (see page 34) Sitio (see page 31) Souxou Mouxou Mantalakia (see page 39) Starz (see page 43) Stavros tis Asinou (see page 34) Stoa tou Demetri (see page 35) Stou Kyriakou (see page 40) Stou Louca (see page 40) Sushi La (see page 43) T Taste of India (see page 35) Tavernaki tou Pambou (see page 35) TGI FridayÕs (see page 41) Theodosis (see page 35) To Latsi (see page 40) To Pantopoleion ÔI kali OrexiÕ (see page 39) To Psarolimano O Philippos (see page 40) To Steki tis Loxandras (see page 34) To Steki tou Kosti (see page 40) Trattoria (see page 42) Tsantali (see page 35)

22251177 22671549 22458610 22666600 22658313 22852000 22852500 99352500 22343030 22497539 22316509 22375036 22464100 22781083 22674411 22815776 22621537 22780937 22772459 22675151 22314020 22675757 22330059 22875822 22382782

V Vasiliki (see page 35) Vivere (see page 42)

22349803 22712712

W Wagamama (see page 30)

22870140

Z Zanettos (see page 40)

22765501

Lemesos A Akakiko (see page 55) Al Pesto (see page 55) Aliada (see page 53) Angelos (see page 53) Anotera (see page 52) Arabic (see page 46) Artima (see page 55) Asiachi (see page 56) B Bamboo (see page 48) Beige (see page 56) BenniganÕs (see page 54) Blue Lounge (see page 46) C Calcutta (see page 53) Caprice at Londa (see page 57)

25323351 25328782 25340758 25725333 25354033 25586711 25820466 25832000 25773100 25818860 25329590 25251514 99593080 25322511 25865555

Central Surf and Turf (see page 54) 25373760 Chesters (see page 46) 25635155 Chi Lounge (see page 56) 25636357 Chopsticks (see page 49) 77777728 Columbia Steak House (see page 54) 25278000 D Dianoche (see page 51) 25322604 Dino Art CafŽ (see page 47) 25762030 Dionysos (see page 57) 25833000 Draught Microbrewery (see page 51) 25820470 Drifters (see page 47) 25324243 E El Pueblo (see page 55)

258282723

F Forsos (see page 49) Fuamo (see page 54) Fuxia (see page 47)

25329490 70006465 25107521

I I Oraia Ellas (see page 52) Il Gusto (see page 55) Il Posto (see page 48) Il Sapore (see page 55) Imbue (see page 50) Istorikon (see page 52)

25944328 25952638 25746777 25313184 25952550 25377700

K Kalymnos (see page 53) 25632878 Karpenisi (see page 49) 25397701 Kavourotrypa (see page 53) 25390372 Kyoshi (see page 55) 25634333 Kyprion Gevsis (see page 52) 77778877 Kyrenia Nautical Club (see page 53) 25322414 L La Boca (see page 50) La Maison Fleurie (see page 56) La Mer (see page 54) Library (see page 48) Limanaki (see page 53) Lofou Traditional Taverna (see page 49) Longmen (see page 49)

25278000 25320680 25356095 25361362 25832000 25470202 99598903 25318844

M Mairko Sikaminia (see page 49) Mandaloun (see page 51) Mavrommatis (see page 57) Meze Taverna (see page 52) MichaelÕs Platea (see page 49) Molly MaloneÕs (see page 48)

25365280 25636845 25858000 25367333 25934104 99679665 25821082

N Neon Phaliron (see page 50)

25365768

O O Phiniotis (see page 49) O Tsolias (see page 50) Old City Trattoria (see page 51) Ousia (see page 48)

25733755 25337521 25353500 25760072

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P Pagoda (see page 51) Pasalimani (see page 53) Pitta tou Pappou (see page 49) Pizza Express (see page 51) Plous (see page 48) Polycarpos Restaurant (see page 49) Π (Pi) (see page 48) R Rio Bravo (see page 51) Roku (see page 57) S San Lorenzo (see page 55) Seasons Oriental (see page 52) Sidon (see page 46) Skourouvinnos (see page 50) Sofroniou Beach Restaurant (see page 53) Stou Kyr Yianni (see page 52) Syrian Arab Friendship Club (see page 46) T Ta Kokkalakia (see page 51) Ta Piatakia (see page 54) Ta Tria Alonia (see page 50) Takis Taverna (see page 50) TGI FridayÕs (see page 50) The Noodle House (see page 46) The Old Lemesos (see page 50) The Old Neighbourhood (see page 53) To Mairko tis Lysis (see page 49) Tokyo Teppan Yaki (see page 55) Trata Fish Tavern (see page 53)

25312000 25321494 25588840 25318709 25377378 25352135 25341944 25310362 70009777 25322922 25858000 25871614 99626338 25720692 99608178 25632312 25422100 25328838 25340015 25745017 25323913 25943631 25583355 25820282 77778979 25321047 25376082 25560555 25873333 25586600

V Vivaldi (see page 57)

25858000

Z Zen Room (see page 57)

25812659

Larnaka 1900 Art CafŽ (see page 61)

24653027

A A33 (see page 58) 70006933 Ammos Kitchen Bar (see page 66) 24828844 Archontiko Papadopoulou (see page 63) 24531000 Aztecas (see page 63) 24647002 B Bianco (see page 66) Black Turtle (see page 58)

70002214 24650661

C CambanellaÕs Steak Restaurant (see page 66) 24647877 Campanario Steak House (see page 67) 24626110 CaptainÕs Table (see page 64) 24333737 88 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

CuckooÕs Nest (see page 61)

24628133

F FengÕs House (see page 63) 24657176 FinniganÕs Bar and Restaurant (see page 67) 77778393 French Rendezvous (see page 66) 24644532 G Galu Seaside (see page 62) Gefseis En Lefko (see page 58) Grada (see page 58)

24824100 24655664 24647122

H HoboÕs Steak House (see page 67) 24652584 K Kansui (see page 67) Kathari Kardia (see page 60) Koulis Fish tavern (see page 60) Koutsonikolias (see page 58) Kyra Georgaina (see page 64) L La Veranda (see page 62) Ladas Fish Tavern (see page 64) Loizos Koubaris Fish Tavern (see page 65) Lush (see page 62)

24849010 24332415 24626121 24361890 99651818 24664978 24646777 24817300 99681261 24332450 70008089

M Mantra (see page 59) 99640402 Marzano (see page 62) 24657000 Masalas (see page 66) 24644950 Meze Meze (see page 64) 96798718 Militzis (see page 59) 24655867 Momo Fusion Canteen (see page 67) 70004464 Moti Mahal (see page 60) 70004484 N Napoli (see page 63) Nippon Bistrot (see page 67) O Olive CafŽ Restaurant (Elia) (see page 62) Oraies Gefseis sto Alethrikon (see page 59)

70007797 24657555

24322597 97774877

P Paliomouktaros (see page 60)

24323323

S Santa Elena (see page 64)

24332203

T Taipei Town (see page 58) TGI Fridays (see page 62) The Baily Irish Pub & Restaurant (see page 61) The Brewery (see page 61) To Koutouki tou Panayi (see page 58) To Psaradiko (see page 64) To Steki tis Pareas (see page 64) Tuck Inn (see page 62)

24621399 24816666 70004474 70004454 24665327 24658318 24626500 24623133

V Varoshiotis Sea food (see page 65) 70003536 Voreas (see page 60) 24647177 Y Yu Shan (see page 63)

24657044

Z Zefyros (see page 60) Zygiana (see page 60)

24657198 24332448

Pafos A Ano Kato Soures (see page 68) Araouzos Taverna (see page 68) Arapis Coral Bay (see page 70) Asiachi (see page 77) Asian Corner (see page 77) Atlantis (see page 74)

26960063 26632076 26621021 26883300 26828043 26964525

B Bacco (see page 77) Bombay Brasserie (see page 74) Brasserie Ifaistos (see page 74)

26844444 26944083 26829000

C Cavallini (see page 76) ChloeÕs No1 (see page 72)

26964164 26934676

E Elea (see page 77)

26202003

F Fermyard (see page 68) Fettas (see page 69) Fresco In Blue (see page 75)

26632745 26937822 26321088

G GinaÕs Place (see page 75) Gold Sakura (see page 77) Grazie (see page 72) Grill Garage (see page 75) I Il Classico (see page 76) ImogenÕs Inn (see page 69) Imperial (see page 73)

26938017 26947492 26818298 26960179 26939777 26632954 26954010

J Jade Palace (see page 73)

26621829

K Kanali (see page 74) Kinyras (see page 73) Koh-i-Noor (see page 74) Konia Tavern (see page 69)

26342191 26941604 26964083 99622705

L La Place Royale (see page 71) 26933995 La Sardegna Da Gino (see page 72) 26933399 La Spaghetteria (see page 72) 26952544 Laona (see page 70) 26937121 Luna Rosa (see page 75) 26883300 M Mandra Tavern (see page 73) Mare e Monti (see page 76)

26934129 26967979

Meet Academy (see page 71) Melitzia Tavern (see page 70) Mesogios (see page 76) Muse (see page 68) Mylos Restaurant (see page 70)

26964888 26652979 26828000 26941951 26342676

N Notios (see page 75)

26888700

O Ocean Basket (see page 71) Olivetto (see page 75) Oriental Sushi Bar (see page 76)

26961379 26220099 26844444

P Pagoda (see page 73) Petradaki Tavern (see page 70) Phuket (see page 73) Pizza Express (see page 72) Poco Loco (see page 77) Politia (see page 68) Poppadums (see page 74) Porto Latchi (see page 71) Psaropoulos (see page 71) Psi (see page 77)

26813232 26814191 26936738 26923034 26961156 26222288 26949435 26321529 26321989 26881500

R Risto La Piazza (see page 76)

26819921

S Saint George (see page 74) 26621306 Sense /Sense After Dark (see page 72) 26621200 Sienna (see page 72) 26931505 T The Old Town (see page 77) Theos (see page 71) Tirimos (see page 74) TweedieÕs (see page 75)

26322758 26932829 26942846 99126590

V Vasiliko (see page 77) 26888000 Viklari Observation Point Restaurant (see page 70) 99489000 Y Yiangos and Peter Taverna (see page 74) Yiannis (see page 70) Yiorgos Taverna (see page 70)

26321411 26633353 26941379

Z Zaffron (see page 71) 26933026

Ammochostos District A Alati by the sea (see page 82) Anemos Beach Restaurant (see page 80) Archontiko (see page 78)

23833740 23831488 23943322

C Christos Fish Tavern (see page 80) 23723586 F Fiji (see page 85)

23725925

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P Pagoda (see page 51) Pasalimani (see page 53) Pitta tou Pappou (see page 49) Pizza Express (see page 51) Plous (see page 48) Polycarpos Restaurant (see page 49) Π (Pi) (see page 48) R Rio Bravo (see page 51) Roku (see page 57) S San Lorenzo (see page 55) Seasons Oriental (see page 52) Sidon (see page 46) Skourouvinnos (see page 50) Sofroniou Beach Restaurant (see page 53) Stou Kyr Yianni (see page 52) Syrian Arab Friendship Club (see page 46) T Ta Kokkalakia (see page 51) Ta Piatakia (see page 54) Ta Tria Alonia (see page 50) Takis Taverna (see page 50) TGI FridayÕs (see page 50) The Noodle House (see page 46) The Old Lemesos (see page 50) The Old Neighbourhood (see page 53) To Mairko tis Lysis (see page 49) Tokyo Teppan Yaki (see page 55) Trata Fish Tavern (see page 53)

25312000 25321494 25588840 25318709 25377378 25352135 25341944 25310362 70009777 25322922 25858000 25871614 99626338 25720692 99608178 25632312 25422100 25328838 25340015 25745017 25323913 25943631 25583355 25820282 77778979 25321047 25376082 25560555 25873333 25586600

V Vivaldi (see page 57)

25858000

Z Zen Room (see page 57)

25812659

Larnaka 1900 Art CafŽ (see page 61)

24653027

A A33 (see page 58) 70006933 Ammos Kitchen Bar (see page 66) 24828844 Archontiko Papadopoulou (see page 63) 24531000 Aztecas (see page 63) 24647002 B Bianco (see page 66) Black Turtle (see page 58)

70002214 24650661

C CambanellaÕs Steak Restaurant (see page 66) 24647877 Campanario Steak House (see page 67) 24626110 CaptainÕs Table (see page 64) 24333737 88 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

CuckooÕs Nest (see page 61)

24628133

F FengÕs House (see page 63) 24657176 FinniganÕs Bar and Restaurant (see page 67) 77778393 French Rendezvous (see page 66) 24644532 G Galu Seaside (see page 62) Gefseis En Lefko (see page 58) Grada (see page 58)

24824100 24655664 24647122

H HoboÕs Steak House (see page 67) 24652584 K Kansui (see page 67) Kathari Kardia (see page 60) Koulis Fish tavern (see page 60) Koutsonikolias (see page 58) Kyra Georgaina (see page 64) L La Veranda (see page 62) Ladas Fish Tavern (see page 64) Loizos Koubaris Fish Tavern (see page 65) Lush (see page 62)

24849010 24332415 24626121 24361890 99651818 24664978 24646777 24817300 99681261 24332450 70008089

M Mantra (see page 59) 99640402 Marzano (see page 62) 24657000 Masalas (see page 66) 24644950 Meze Meze (see page 64) 96798718 Militzis (see page 59) 24655867 Momo Fusion Canteen (see page 67) 70004464 Moti Mahal (see page 60) 70004484 N Napoli (see page 63) Nippon Bistrot (see page 67) O Olive CafŽ Restaurant (Elia) (see page 62) Oraies Gefseis sto Alethrikon (see page 59)

70007797 24657555

24322597 97774877

P Paliomouktaros (see page 60)

24323323

S Santa Elena (see page 64)

24332203

T Taipei Town (see page 58) TGI Fridays (see page 62) The Baily Irish Pub & Restaurant (see page 61) The Brewery (see page 61) To Koutouki tou Panayi (see page 58) To Psaradiko (see page 64) To Steki tis Pareas (see page 64) Tuck Inn (see page 62)

24621399 24816666 70004474 70004454 24665327 24658318 24626500 24623133

V Varoshiotis Sea food (see page 65) 70003536 Voreas (see page 60) 24647177 Y Yu Shan (see page 63)

24657044

Z Zefyros (see page 60) Zygiana (see page 60)

24657198 24332448

Pafos A Ano Kato Soures (see page 68) Araouzos Taverna (see page 68) Arapis Coral Bay (see page 70) Asiachi (see page 77) Asian Corner (see page 77) Atlantis (see page 74)

26960063 26632076 26621021 26883300 26828043 26964525

B Bacco (see page 77) Bombay Brasserie (see page 74) Brasserie Ifaistos (see page 74)

26844444 26944083 26829000

C Cavallini (see page 76) ChloeÕs No1 (see page 72)

26964164 26934676

E Elea (see page 77)

26202003

F Fermyard (see page 68) Fettas (see page 69) Fresco In Blue (see page 75)

26632745 26937822 26321088

G GinaÕs Place (see page 75) Gold Sakura (see page 77) Grazie (see page 72) Grill Garage (see page 75) I Il Classico (see page 76) ImogenÕs Inn (see page 69) Imperial (see page 73)

26938017 26947492 26818298 26960179 26939777 26632954 26954010

J Jade Palace (see page 73)

26621829

K Kanali (see page 74) Kinyras (see page 73) Koh-i-Noor (see page 74) Konia Tavern (see page 69)

26342191 26941604 26964083 99622705

L La Place Royale (see page 71) 26933995 La Sardegna Da Gino (see page 72) 26933399 La Spaghetteria (see page 72) 26952544 Laona (see page 70) 26937121 Luna Rosa (see page 75) 26883300 M Mandra Tavern (see page 73) Mare e Monti (see page 76)

26934129 26967979

Meet Academy (see page 71) Melitzia Tavern (see page 70) Mesogios (see page 76) Muse (see page 68) Mylos Restaurant (see page 70)

26964888 26652979 26828000 26941951 26342676

N Notios (see page 75)

26888700

O Ocean Basket (see page 71) Olivetto (see page 75) Oriental Sushi Bar (see page 76)

26961379 26220099 26844444

P Pagoda (see page 73) Petradaki Tavern (see page 70) Phuket (see page 73) Pizza Express (see page 72) Poco Loco (see page 77) Politia (see page 68) Poppadums (see page 74) Porto Latchi (see page 71) Psaropoulos (see page 71) Psi (see page 77)

26813232 26814191 26936738 26923034 26961156 26222288 26949435 26321529 26321989 26881500

R Risto La Piazza (see page 76)

26819921

S Saint George (see page 74) 26621306 Sense /Sense After Dark (see page 72) 26621200 Sienna (see page 72) 26931505 T The Old Town (see page 77) Theos (see page 71) Tirimos (see page 74) TweedieÕs (see page 75)

26322758 26932829 26942846 99126590

V Vasiliko (see page 77) 26888000 Viklari Observation Point Restaurant (see page 70) 99489000 Y Yiangos and Peter Taverna (see page 74) Yiannis (see page 70) Yiorgos Taverna (see page 70)

26321411 26633353 26941379

Z Zaffron (see page 71) 26933026

Ammochostos District A Alati by the sea (see page 82) Anemos Beach Restaurant (see page 80) Archontiko (see page 78)

23833740 23831488 23943322

C Christos Fish Tavern (see page 80) 23723586 F Fiji (see page 85)

23725925

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Folio Restaurant and Wine (see page 82) 23744800 G Guru Day Spa & Lifestyle Bar (see page 82)

23831101

H Hokkaido (see page 85)

23721505

J Just Italian (see page 84)

23744300

K Kalamies (see page 80) Karras (see page 81) Kava (see page 82) Kyklos (see page 78)

23831145 23820565 23730545 99272712

L La Cultura Del Gusto (see page 84) 23833860 99605291 99419536 Lime Light (see page 80) 23721650 Los Bandidos (see page 80) 23723258 M Mousikos (see page 78)

23828833

N Napa Tavern (see page 78)

23721280

O Octagon (see page 80) Orange Grove Restaurant & Bar (see page 82)

23962266 23721995

P Paladela (see page 80) 23832896 Passion Lounge Bar (see page 80) 99415604 Posto CafŽ (see page 82) 23820250 Q Quatro Italian Restaurant (see page 85) 23723838 S Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar (see page 82) Spartiatis (see page 81) Square (see page 84)

23816110 99314000 23831386 23744833

T Tappis (see page 79) Taste of India (see page 79) Tequila Garden (see page 80) To Ploumin Tavern (see page 78)

23821959 23722274 23723620 99658333

V Vangelis (see page 79) Vasiliskos (see page 85) Vassos Fish Harbour Taverna (see page 81) X Xilino Restaurant (see page 79)

23821456 99176739 23721884 23962403 99471509

90 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Glossary

Souvlaki 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. Moussakas: 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.


Folio Restaurant and Wine (see page 82) 23744800 G Guru Day Spa & Lifestyle Bar (see page 82)

23831101

H Hokkaido (see page 85)

23721505

J Just Italian (see page 84)

23744300

K Kalamies (see page 80) Karras (see page 81) Kava (see page 82) Kyklos (see page 78)

23831145 23820565 23730545 99272712

L La Cultura Del Gusto (see page 84) 23833860 99605291 99419536 Lime Light (see page 80) 23721650 Los Bandidos (see page 80) 23723258 M Mousikos (see page 78)

23828833

N Napa Tavern (see page 78)

23721280

O Octagon (see page 80) Orange Grove Restaurant & Bar (see page 82)

23962266 23721995

P Paladela (see page 80) 23832896 Passion Lounge Bar (see page 80) 99415604 Posto CafŽ (see page 82) 23820250 Q Quatro Italian Restaurant (see page 85) 23723838 S Sage Restaurant & Wine Bar (see page 82) Spartiatis (see page 81) Square (see page 84)

23816110 99314000 23831386 23744833

T Tappis (see page 79) Taste of India (see page 79) Tequila Garden (see page 80) To Ploumin Tavern (see page 78)

23821959 23722274 23723620 99658333

V Vangelis (see page 79) Vasiliskos (see page 85) Vassos Fish Harbour Taverna (see page 81) X Xilino Restaurant (see page 79)

23821456 99176739 23721884 23962403 99471509

90 Time Out Cyprus | Eating Guide 2011

Glossary

Souvlaki 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. Moussakas: 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.



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