Rainy winter days and comfort food are a winning combination, aren’t they? The My Cyprus Insider team loves nothing more than a weekend drive out into the countryside, especially if there’s a sumptuous treat involved once you arrive at your final destination. Knives and forks at the ready!
1. JinCo, Pera Orinis
Just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Tamassos dam, the bucolic village of Pera Orinis beckons; a pretty little spot overlooking the rugged Machairas mountains. And although the whole area is incredibly quiet and peaceful, there’s a brand-new hot spot in the village centre that has breathed new life into the district, having already amassed a loyal following.
Photo credit: JinCo
The so-called JinCo serves all sorts of breakfast and brunch fancies including fruity yogurt bowls, delicious bagels, naughty but nice praline pancakes, traditional Cypriot breakfast and more. Do bear in mind that this new eatery does get fully booked, so be sure to call and reserve if you want to secure a weekend spot.
2. Oenomageireion Beautiful Cyprus, Omodos
Omodos in the Limassol winegrowing district is renowned as one of the most beautiful villages on the island, and it has long attracted visitors from around the country and beyond in search of the perfect village escape. And it’s a real foodie hot spot too, home to local taverns renowned for their delicious fare.
Photo credit: Oenomageireion Beautiful Cyprus
Oenomageireion Beautiful Cyprus has now stepped in to boost the village’s reputation as a foodie paradise, dishing up the ultimate comfort food inspired by Cypriot gastronomy within a stonebuilt home in the heart of Omodos. Cooking up beloved family recipes passed down through the generations, you can enjoy hearty dishes including meats and pasta accompanied by wine from Oenou Yi-Ktima Vassiliades. Got a sweet tooth? The pancakes made with a traditional twist are also a real treat.
3. O Linos Vegan, Ineia
Who says that comfort food needs to be meaty? A lovely new spot in the heart of Ineia now calls out to all vegans and lovers of all things healthy, serving food that is good for you, inside and out. O Linos Vegan is proud of its rotating choices of authentic Cypriot dishes, served just like meze and made with the best fruits and veggies. And just because it’s vegan, it doesn’t mean it’s not comforting.
From butternut squash and chilly phyllo spirals to sweet potato and spinach pies and roasted vine tomato and crispy potato wedges, your taste buds will thank you for the experience. The place itself is incredibly cute and cosy too, recently decorated with a real traditional twist.