If, like me, your preference in restaurant decor is simple, uncluttered, classy and modern, then Koi has the best decor of any restaurant in Paphos.
If, like me, you enjoy switching between Japanese and Thai cuisine, typically but not necessarily a Japanese starter with a Thai main course, then Koi's menu is full of hidden delights. The Japanese rice with egg and vegetables which I had for the first time this week is to die for!
This week, though, we also had the very first poor dish we have ever had between us in Koi. The fried seabass was overcooked, under spiced and served dry on the plate without any sauce. Seabass is in any case not the obvious fish for this Thai standard. Compare and contrast with the superb version of this dish at Phukhet.
Everything else was as good as always, the sashimi was excellent as was my wife's mixed seafood with vegetables. I will treat the Seabass as an aberration from a kitchen under pressure.
That is where the "but " in the headline comes in. The slow service other reviewers have noticed is a direct result of the owner cutting the number of waiting staff down to 2. There have presumably been similar reductions in the kitchen. On Friday, in November, they had 60 customers arrive within a 30 minute time span. You cannot maintain the quality of service that Koi has had in the past with two waiters for 60 clients.
Something has to give, and as always in Paphos that is the service to customers who are obviously tourists. Wages have been cut as well here, as in most Paphos restaurants. That means that regular patrons such as ourselves always get speedy service, simply because they know we are going to tip. First-time customers, such as the earlier reviewer, who turn up to a restaurant with classy decor in flip-flops, will do well to get served at all! Always look like a good tipper, even if you are not!
That is the way of things in Paphos. Koi has spent a fortune on the decor, has excellent chefs and an imaginative menu as well as very good waiting staff. It is a false economy to cut back so heavily on labour costs even in a recession, but that is not going to change any time soon!
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