Nothing beats waking up on a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning and heading into town for sumptuous fare. Whether you’ve got a weakness for fluffy pancakes, love an eggy treat, or fancy a healthy bowl of yoghurt topped with fresh fruit, My Cyprus Insider lets you in on the latest brunch time developments in the capital. Read on…whet your appetite, and prepare for some serious indulgences!
1. Bastione: Out with the brunch, in with the ‘drunch’
Bored of brunch? Love the idea of sipping on your favourite cocktail alongside your weekend foodie fix? Then why not try drunch at Bastione? Known for its tantalizing fine cuisine, this Nicosia hot spot set in a prime location right by Famagusta Gate has now given gastronomes yet another reason to rejoice with Sunday ‘drunch’. For those not in the know, drunch officially combines lunch with alcohol, although most people enjoy it as a late breakfast, much like you would enjoy brunch.
Bastione’s drunch menu is divided into a few main categories: salads, eggs, main dishes, specials of the day and desserts. Egg lovers can tuck into a range of treats, from eggs benedict with chiromeri and avocado, to scrambled eggs with prosciutto and green salad as well as a dreamy ‘Meli Melo’ omelette with caramelised onions, cheddar cheese, chives and green salad. Love a good fry up? Go for their fried eggs with Cyprus sausage, halloumi, grilled tomato and fried potatoes.
The mains can best be described as the kind of dishes you’d want to tuck into for Sunday lunch, including Spaghetti Bolognese, fish and chips with mushy peas and Black Angus burger. And to wash it all down, Bastione recommends four fantastic cocktails: Bellini, Bloody Mary, Bucks Fizz and Margarita. Who are we to refuse?
Drunch served every Sunday.
Where? 6, Athinas Avenue, Taht-El-Kale, Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22-730025. www.bastione.com.cy
2. Silver Pot: All-time favourite brunch joint
Absolutely packed weekend in and weekend out, we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Silver Pot deserves a gold medal when it comes to the quality and taste of its food, having rightly earned its reputation as one of the very best spots for brunch in the capital. Wonderfully relaxed and laid back, little wonder the place is such a popular hangout come Saturday, now also luring in happy diners on a Sunday, with a special menu that takes on a rather different flair, jazzed up with soups and pizzas in the mix.
From their roasted tomato and pumpkin soup topped by fresh basil and croutons, to pizza with caramelized pumpkin, blue cheese and pine nuts, you really can’t go far wrong. There’s also a great selection of salads to devour, while their ever-popular selection of pancakes and French toasts continue to provide diners with drool-worthy moments aplenty. Our personal favourite? It has to be their moreish blueberry pancakes with fresh blueberries, natural maple syrup and mascarpone cheese. Ask for them with crispy bacon and you’ll be in absolute heaven, guaranteed.
On a Saturday, all-time favourites are still on the list. Be sure to try their deliciously dreamy green pancakes made with spinach, green chilli and fresh onion, served with pan-fried halloumi, lime infused butter, greens and Roma tomatoes. Then there’s their ‘veggie brunch’ with cumin and chickpea hummus, roasted mushrooms and Roma tomatoes on toasted country bread, served with crisp greens, avocados, fresh sprouts and toasted mixed seeds. If you’ve got a sweet tooth? Go for their French toast with brie, crispy bacon and lashings of natural maple syrup. And if, per chance, you want to keep things nice and healthy, their breakfast pots with yoghurt, fruit, granola and maple syrup are always a big hit.
Brunch served Saturday and Sunday.
Where? 3E Themistokli Dervi St, Central Nicosia. Tel: (+357) 22-101722. www.silverpot.com.cy
3. Get Fresh: Tantalising weekend delights
One of the first places to dish up brunch in the capital, the well-known Get Fresh is still one of our favourites, attracting a varied clientele, from hipsters and young families to business men and just about anyone and everyone in between. And it’s one of the few places in the city where you can enjoy dishes with a real English twist, making it rather popular with ex-pats. With a recently updated menu, you can look forward to all the popular staples with a few recent additions in the mix.
If you’ve had a bit of a crazy Friday night and fancy going all out, opt for the ‘English Breakfast’ with a choice of eggs (either scrambled, fried or poached) with cooked tomatoes, bacon, English sausage, mushrooms and beans. Absolutely delicious! Then there’s eggs benedict (with a choice of ham, bacon or smoked salmon) and eggs florentine to enjoy, as well as the ever popular ‘Engineers Salad’ with poached eggs on a bed of rocket, chorizo, sautéed potatoes and cherry tomatoes with a soy sauce and olive oil dressing.
But their newbies are dreamy too, like the fluffy Spelt Pancakes made with fresh blueberries, maple syrup and walnuts, served with blueberry compote on the side. Want to make the kids happy? They’re bound to smile with a portion of eggs with soldiers. Feeling health conscious? Delicious granola and yoghurt pots also make for a healthy option. And don’t forget their pressed green juices for your vitamin fix. Do keep in mind that there are only a few tables inside in the winter so it’s always best to head out for an early brunch to ensure you get a table.
Open for brunch on Saturdays only (closed Sunday).
Where? Andreas Dimitriou 4D (shop 1). Tel: (+357) 22-667332. www.getfresh.com.cy
5. Bistro Epocha: Where the cool kids go
With Themistokli Dervi Street in Nicosia having fast become the place to go for brunch time fancies, countless establishments have set up shop in the area offering hungry dinners an array of options (especially on a Saturday). If you’re looking for somewhere a little quieter and low key than the rest – often attracting artistic and creative types – then Bisto Epocha is the place to go.
Small, warm and cosy with only a handful of tables and an all wood interior offset by Victorian Blue walls and a splash of mosaic tiles across the bar area, it’s the perfect spot for a Saturday morning rendezvous with a menu that’s based on ‘tradition with a twist’, according to the owners.
While the focus is on homemade lunchtime grub during the week, Saturday sees young and hip crowds indulge in a continually changing menu. Firm favourites include a French butter croissant freshly baked on premises, called ‘New York style’, served with fried egg and bacon. Then there’s the ‘Bonjorno’ with cheesy scrambled eggs and bruschetta topped with avocados. Got a really sweet tooth? Their French toast with Nutella and maple syrup may just hit the spot!
Brunch served Saturday only (closed Sunday).
Where? 39, Themistoklis Dervis, Nicosia, Cyprus Tel: (+357) 22 765 335.