A traditional taverna in terms of food, decor and ambience, set right in the heart of town (next door to Massiva). We went there this evening after reading an article in a local newspaper, which was fullsome in it's praise.
Our expectations were high and we were not disappointed. The welcome from chef/patron Petros Mavros and his staff was warm and effusive. Petros found time to sit at our table, chat with us and amuse the children. He explained that all the food is locally sourced, freshly prepared and cooked imaginatively in the kitchen. The wines are sourced from the Paphos region too.
We were aware that the restaurant does not have a menu as such, but were disappointed to find that we had a choice of 'just' meze and fish paella. The reason being that two of our party do not like meze and did not relish the fish paella. However, said two bravely ordered the meze, so that made four of us. The children had a choice of chicken or mini beefburghers, chips and salad...and went for the beef burgers, which were home made and nice, as were the chips.
Despite the fact that two of our party would never normally choose meze, the experience was quite different to mezes we have ordered previously. The pumpkin soup 'starter' and salad were simply divine, as were the imaginative and tasteful dips. The bread was home made and hot out of the oven. The succession of dishes which followed were a delight, with many tasteful and unusual twists to what can otherwise be a fairly mundane eating experience. Petros's meze is anything but mundane! For meze lovers, it is a sheer delight.
After our appetites were sated complimentary baklava was brought to the table. For coffee the choice was just Cyprus coffee or Nescafe. The latter is always a disappointing let-down, when so many nice filter and Italian variations are available...and which discerning diners demand nowadays.
It seems almost churlish to mention it (as this was such a wonderful dining experience) but ice cream was not available for the children's desserts, nor ketchup for the kids chips. Kids are not 'fine diners' and most like ketchup with their chips and ice cream for dessert. Nevertheless, the waitress kindly cored and sliced an apple for the children to keep them happy.
All in all this was one of the best meze dining experiences we have enjoyed in Cyprus, though the very limited menu, and the fact that two of our family do not care for meze, will greatly limit the likelihood of a return visit.
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