Fancy a weekend treat? Then head out, kick back, and give your taste buds a reason to thank you! Whether you fancy a tantalisingly refreshing cocktail by the sea, or want to tick off one of the hottest restaurants in town from your ‘must try’ list, here are a few My Cyprus Insider ideas to inspire you.
1.Gin Fish, Limassol
If there’s one place that absolutely everyone has been talking about lately, it has to be this new arrival at the old Limassol port. A great place to kick back and watch the sunset over the deep blue sea, Gin Fish oozes class and elegance in the most sleek and streamlined fashion; think plenty of white and a touch of gorgeous marble adding to the understated ambience.
As the name suggests, gin and fish are the stars of the show! That’s right, the talented team has prepared a menu that includes about 20 variations of gin ‘n’ tonics made with premium gins and fresh fruit. Delish! You can also make your own, mixing up a base, the tonic, ingredients and the froth (topping the drink). If you’d rather go for the classics, you can choose from classic and signature cocktails, wine, and more.
Once the hunger pangs kick in, there are plenty of small portions of fish and seafood available. The smoked fish, including the sardines and anchovies, are divine, as is the raw seafood, including the oysters. Do try the mussels and ceviche, while there are other delicious bites in the mix like chipirones and grilled fish including a salmon fillet with champagne and caviar sauce, and a tuna and beetroot salad with a lemon and caper dressing. As for the salads, indulge in a delicious couscous or beetroot salad. The white roe fish salad is great too!
Where? Old Limassol Port. Tel: (+357) 95-595772
2. Bolivar House, Larnaca
Characterised by plenty of white and wood, accentuated by atmospheric lights and the sea practically at your feet, Bolivar opens its doors in the morning for you to enjoy a stiff cup of coffee while lunch and dinner features Mediterranean dishes with a French touch.
At Bolivar House, you’ll get to taste hors d’oeuvres like baked pears with gorgonzola cheese, prosciutto, walnuts and a green salad with a berry dressing, and a mille feuille salad with baby spinach, raisins, walnuts, tomatoes, cucumber, anari and manouri cheeses with a grape molasses dressing. Mains include the Two Way Chicken; stuffed chicken with aromatic herbs and truffles served with asparagus and chicken sauce. There’s also a good choice of desserts on offer. The Anisette on a Génoise chocolate base – a mousse with star anise, peach cream and roasted almonds – is an absolute must try.
The cocktail menu has been compiled by the Bartódo team inspired by tales from Bolivar, Colombia. With great flavours to indulge in, you can go for a sweet, spicy, sour, creamy, smoked or savory cocktail. There are twelve signature cocktails to choose from, three signature gin ‘n’ tonic drinks, 12 classics and the awarded El Puente.
Where? 54 Piale Pasha, Larnaca. Tel: (+357) 24-664411
3. Winerys at Limoncello, Nicosia
The Winerys wine bar has recently moved to Ayios Antonios Municipal Market, now housed beside Limoncello in a pretty, independent adjacent space. And the good news is that the wine list is now longer, with a focus on Greek labels, while bartender Vangelis Spetzouras has also created a special cocktail menu inspired by all things fruity, with the August menu all about watermelons and grapes.
Do try the organic cocktails, made from certified organic alcoholic beverages and the organic fruit and vegetables. The list includes four classic cocktails, two signature gin ‘n’ tonics, two sparkling cocktails and home-made sangria. If you fancy nibbling on something, then go for the bar snacks provided by Limoncello, like the Black Angus sliders, the jamon iberico croquettes, various pizzettas and much more.
Where? 1 Evgenias & Theodotou str., Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 99-407100
4. Marina Beach Bar, Limassol
The Carob Mill Restaurants now has a new member joining the family with the Marina Beach Bar having recently opened its doors right by the water’s edge (almost!). Situated on a rather lovely stretch of beach near the Limassol Marina, this is a modern space, with simple design where wood prevails, accentuated with splashes of white, blue and black.
The Marina Beach Bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features a Mediterranean inspired menu with an international flair. Cold starters include smoked fava (split peas) with tzatziki and fresh ginger, and a variety of salads (like those made with quinoa and figs). Small dishes follow like the marinated sardines, the fresh sea bream croquettes with smoked fish roe salad and the fresh steamed mussels; the ideal accompaniment to a chilled beer or wine. Main dishes include steaks, seafood and fish, as well as oysters, and burgers. And if you love pasta, you’ll be glad to know that many rich pasta dishes and risottos are also on offer. And finally, a dessert or cocktail makes for a great ending to the perfect meal.
Where? Limassol Marina. Tel: (+357) 25-051878
5. Yumi Mackenzie Beach, Larnaca
This Asian restaurant in the capital now boasts a little sibling by the sea bang on Mackenzie beach in Larnaca. Yumi Mackenzie Beach is where you want to be if you like to be surrounded by a little action; enjoying a spot on one of the area’s most popular beaches as crowds work on their tan while socialising and dabbling in a game of beach rackets. Get here nice and early for a fresh juice or granita as you dig your toes into the sand and prepare for your morning dip.
As the hours tick by, you can go all out with a sushi platter by the bar, or kick back on your sun lounger with sushi packaged just for you. And do leave room for Japanese style cocktails; we love the Mr Suzuki made with sake, vodka, strawberry and lime. The menu includes classic and signature cocktails all made with fresh summer fruit. Cheers!
Where? Mackenzie beach, Larnaca. Tel: (+357) 96-577561