Our hotel in Ayia Napa recommended this absolutely outstanding taverna in Sotira, which was only about fifteen minutes away by taxi (around €15 each way). The hotel staff said we should go there to experience real Cypriot cuisine, rather than pay through the nose for a poor pastiche in Ayia Napa itself.
The building of the taverna is exquisite, with ample seating inside and outside. I took it as a good sign that many of the clientele were locals. The service was very good.
The menu was extensive and the waiting staff were very helpful regarding what was in each dish. We all had the meze (€18 per person) and supplemented it with an absolutely amazing rabbit and onion stew (like french onion soup with tender rabbit chunks).
Meze for four was an enormous amount of food, all of which was delicious and hearty. This is not a place for finicky presentation; dishes came when cooked and were simply presented. The finest dished were undoubtedly the aforementioned rabbit stew, the homemade halloumi, kolokasi chips (a Cypriot root vegetable like a cross between a sweet potato and celeriac), tahini, grilled mushrooms and lamb kleftikos. The meze also came with fruit at the end, as well as very sweet Cypriot pastries in honey.
The wine was delicious and there were aperitifs on the house (brandy, amaretto and a Cypriot fortified wine).
This is a truly wonderful restaurant, tantalisingly accessible from many of the tourist trap towns nearby. Please go here to try real Cypriot cuisine! You would spend far more in a poor taverna imitation in, say, Ayia Napa even including €30 on taxis.
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