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“Up and down”
Review of Kyrimai

Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Greek
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Part of the Kyrimai hotel
Reviewed January 5, 2014

We had a nice Xmas dinner at this restaurant last year, so decided to return this year start January with one of our friends. The service was very good and the recommended red wine (Monemvasia, regional dry red 2006 for 25 EUR) was an excellent fruity, full, yet dry and not too heavy red wine.
The starters were very well prepared; two carrot ginger soup (velvety and really tasty) and one potion of the small feta cheese pies with locally cured ham (crispy and creamy). A really nice start!
For mains we (three p.) ordered the pumpkin risotto, the rooster with linguini and the chicken breast with parmaham and truffel sauce. The risotto had a nice taste but was a few minutes undercooked. The truffle sauce was delicate and delicious, but the chicken breast a bit to dry.
The linguini served with the rooster was absolutely flavourfull; a bit of tomato, herbs and chicken stock with an al dente pasta. The best part of all of the main dishes! However, the rooster accompanyong it was unfortunately so dry that we could not eat it. We tried and then gave up. It is probably the driest rooster I ever ate. What a shame with that great tasting pasta!
When the waitress arrived, we mentioned that the rooster was way too dry and that the chef should try it him/herself. She apologised and the dish was actually removed from the bill, which was very much in line with the good service received throughout the evening.

My friends wanted to try some homemade desserts (we specifically asked for home made ðelicacies) and ordered a chocolate and a cheese cake. The (more senior) waitress came to inform us that we should know that the cakes were not home made, but from a well known bakery. Only the chocolate mouse was home made. Again a very proper service. We agreed to only try one piece of (not home made) chocolate cake and it was actually not bad, but also really not worth the calories. I understand that a smaller restaurant cannot have a full time dessert chef, but think that a good uncomplicated home made apple pie and chocolate cake should be feasible to cheer up the menu. Less of higher quality is more!

When the bill arrived, also the dessert was removed (next to the rooster) as a kind gesture.
All in all it was an evening with up and downs. For the price, the level of quality is not sufficiently consistent, so I do not think I will visit the restaurant again. It is a shame though because the service was great, setting fabulous and some (parts of) the dishes really tasty.

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Thank estdk_10
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

for a hotel restaurant, it is a very good one, served in a beautiful way, we enjoyed meat and fish and loved the view, very nice

Thank nikosinathens
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

No matter how many times we have visited this restaurant, its location and views to the sea and rocks is simply breathless. Nevertheless, we noticed a decline in the quality of the food and service compared to prior years, which is disappointing. Four appetizers and a bottle of Greek wine will set you back around €90, which is not a bargain for the area. As a tip, make sure you reserve a table by the sea, and be there before sunset.

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Thank MintiF
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

We ate at this beautiful restaurant last autumn at lunch time, and were rather disappointed, especially as breakfast had not been cleared (at 2 o'clock!) and there were hundreds of hornets feasting on the jam left out. We had therefore to eat indoors, in an attractive room, and were happy enough with the lunch offerings. I remember an excellent white wine made in Kalamata.
We went back in June, also for lunch, and found the outside spotless, tables set for lunch, and a different menu. The lunch menu is described as a 'snack menu' and has 4/5 options. I had fresh grilled prawns from Gytheion, just up the coast, with proper mayonnaise and salad, and my husband had a kind of deconstructed gyros, with smoked pork, brilliantly garlicky tzatziki, chips, salad and home made flat bread. These, with bread, water and a beer, came to 23 euros, which we thought was excellent value. We shall certainly go again, and i would like to try the dinner one day, which is probably where you'd tell the Michelin star input.

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

We spent 3 days here at Kyrimai and had the opportunity to try the hotel’s cuisine.

BREAKFAST: Normally it is taken at the terrace next to the pool with sounds of the water lapping against the rocky coast below. It is served right to the table, different every day and the variety is rich. It includes homemade pies, breads and cookies, cakes, variety of homemade jams, omelettes, cheese and ham, coffee and the freshest ever orange juice, enough to fill you up for hours. The way breakfast is presented in a huge crystal or porcelain platter counts a lot!

The restaurant of Kyrimai can easily be compared to Top Gourmet restaurants of Athens.
We had dinner here both the two nights and I found it excellent in every way and enjoyed its culinary creations.
Under the supervision and guidance of Michelin starred Chef Yianni Baksevani the restaurant has been highly upgraded. Traditional Greek dishes are presented in a modern innovative twist. The terrace by the water is the perfect setting for romantic candlelit dinners under the stars.
Guests can enjoy their dinners also at the dining room which is just as chic and romantic as outdoors. Matina will surely advice you with her expertise knowledge to choose the right wine from the long wine list.
Elena, the top Supervisor Chef in the kitchen these days is an asset to Kirimai. She surprised us happily with her mouthwatering and exquisite dishes. Both nights the dishes we had were superb.

MENU: Salads are between €10 - €13.Try the Spinach salad and vegetable Spring rolls -simply amazing!
I highly recommend that you try “Fava” with chopped octopus pine nuts, raisins & caramelized pumpkin. It is delicious!

If you are after vegetables don’t miss trying the Caramelized filled aubergine ....it is out of this world in taste and presentation. If you don’t find it on the list ask for it. It was my best dish.
The Small pies stuffed with cream cheese & rose jam €10.00 were also good.
Finally another excellent and very delicious dish that I loved was the local pasta made of carob syrup. It comes with fish of the day or prawns. I forgot exactly how it appears on the menu list. -€18

The Wine list includes some of the best local labels ranking from €17.00 to €45.00.

SNACK MENU: I found it quite economic.
There are two types of salad. The traditional Greek with feta cheese balls and black sesame is the one and the second is the Mixed green salad with fresh fruit and honey vinaigrette. Both cost €8.00
The other option is the Trilogy of Greek dips for €5.50.

Fried local shrimps on fish roe mousse and small herb salad at €10
Souvlaki (kebab) on a pita bread with sliced tomato, onion and tzatziki served with fries cost €9.00.
Fried calamari with smoked aubergine salad €9.50.
There is of course the Dish of the Day which you can ask for.

Desserts vary between €6.00 and €8.00

I tried Baklava with fresh & dry fruit & vanilla ice cream -it was too sweet for my taste but my husband loved it.
We also tried the Cream cheese flavored with mint & jam, but we preferred more the Meringues with warm fruit salad and ice cream.
Fresh fruit served with ice cream cost €6.00

TIP: Guests should have in mind that service in the restaurant can be a bit slow, however the food is definitely worth the wait.

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Thank greekcypriot2009
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