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The Third Room

October 21, 2020

En route to Koffea from Lazaris I go on a little detour and encounter a coffee shop The Third Room. I stop and have a coffee. Coffee not good. Not bad, not undrinkable like Costa or Starbucks but not good either.

Design contemporary, part of a boutique hotel.

I ask is it third wave, as definitely not? Guy does not hear me due to awful moronic loud music. I say I will sit outside and can talk to me there.

When coffee arrives, with a glass of water and two tiny little biscuits, thus service good (unlike Athens in Cyprus water never brought without asking) I explain music too loud and must be turned down, 30x covid-19 ejected at high velocity across the room straight into his face. I am thanked and music turned down.

Coffee not good, I leave it cup half full.

Asked what I think of the coffee I say not good. A sour taste though I cannot pinpoint what is wrong. I suspect the beans and recommend source better quality beans.

Currently source coffee beans from Jasmine a local roastery. Sourcing locally, supporting local producers, the circular economy, is always to be commended, but not at the expense of quality.

I ask of the name. Not third wave, maybe third place, nether home nor office. No, coffee shop during the day, cocktail bar at night. Though that is two not three.

I am fascinated by what appears to be an avocado growing as very difficult to grow. I want to inquire more but distracted by our discussion and it slips my mind.

Guy asks can I return and discuss coffee. Not very likely as lack the time otherwise maybe yes.

Later I have a coffee at Paul’s Coffee Roasters. A world of difference good coffee and skilled barista makes.

Covid-19 biosecurity good, apart from loud music which was then turned down on request. Open and airy, open to the street, clean, outside seating, staff wearing masks correctly (which is more than can be said of most places).

Improve the coffee and this will be an excellent addition to the Larnaca coffee scene hidden in the back streets of Larnaca.

— to be continued —

moussaka No 1 restaurant

October 19, 2020

It is strange, moussaka one of the few local dishes I had never tried.

Souvlaki, kleftico and more recently tsipira yes, moussaka no. Not until a couple of years ago at a greasy spoon café run by Turks.

Moussaka is never the same, everyone has their own recipe never to be shared.

The moussaka I had tonight at No 1 restaurant was excellent.

Moussaka with salad and a small bottle of red wine.

Very few places in Protaras open. I took a walk along the seafront, then cut through a dark alley up to Number 1. Places that on a previous visit to Protaras about ten days ago were then closed but with stock inside now stripped of stock.

No 1 restaurant one of the few places that are open. I was their only customer, the street outside, the main street through Protaras, deserted.

Covid-19 biosecurity good. Hand sanitiser as walked in, tables marble top easily kept clean, I cannot comment on menu as was not handed one, no loud music, waiter wearing mask correctly though not necessary outside though a government requirement. I suggested they implement track and trace, log date and time, contact details of diners to be notified if covid-19 outbreak.

No 1 restaurant will close end of the month end of season. The only reason still open, they own their own premises no rent to pay and government pays part of the wages of staff provided remain open until end of the season.

Svoulaki at Ithaki Garden

October 16, 2020

Earlier in the week I had eaten at Ithaki Garden, the service good, the food good. If not I would not have returned. I was therefore surprised the reviews commenting how bad the service. Tonight I learnt why. The service was appalling. Covid-19 biosecurity leaves much to be desired.

Ithaki Garden is hidden down an alley, somewhere to stumble upon. I have in the past used as a short cut, always empty.

This evening empty, only to be told every table reserved apart from the the one I was guided to.

More waiters than when I last visited and yet fewer customers, it was not even busy when I left.

A menu brought to my table, I was then ignored for ten minutes. I had not looked at the greasy menu, I knew what I wanted, souvlaki and could have taken my order ten minutes earlier. The greasy menu I did not touch.

Souvlaki reasonable, chips not. First visit I was given a choice. Noisy loud Germans at a nearby table were offered special of the day. I was not told of any specials. What constituted a salad a little bit of decoration on the side of my plate.

Red wine I ordered half way through my meal was reasonable.

At least one waitress wandering around with mask hanging around her mouth. This is the norm everywhere.

Covd-19 biosecurity left much to be desired. Waitress with mask hanging around her mouth, greasy menu, glass upturned on table. They did though have hand sanitiser.

Menu should be simplified, single printed sheet, which is then disposed of. Staff should at all times be wearing masks correctly covering nose and mouth.

Ithaki Garden

October 13, 2020

Cutting through an alley on my way from Paul’s Coffee Roaster to the seafront I pass through a square. Having found no bus at 1900 and the next bus the last bus 2045 I decide to eat at the restaurant that occupies the square.

Ithaki Garden a Greek restaurant.

I order souvlaki. It was excellent. I ordered red wine which was good.

A pleasant quiet place to eat of an evening.

On a par with Plaka. Far better than would find in Protaras.

— to be continued —

Lunch at Hanki Korean restaurant

October 5, 2020

A lovely warm sunny morning, a pleasant contrast to the last few days when cold and raining, and yet Guildford all but deserted.

And very little open, maybe Catch 22.

Fresco a tiny Greek place closed, appears to have closed down as closed on previous visits, but no surprise as gave Greek food a bad name.

La Casita not open Monday.

Guildford Institute restaurant not open today. I had sent a message to ask if open but lack the courtesy to reply.

Bamboo Shoots I miss, but decided not to reopen following lockdown.

Koja coffee shop, change of name, new owners I do not know, but was always empty and would require more than a change of name, not open today, closes at one on days when open.

I decided to try Hanki, a tiny Korean restaurant in Jeffries Passage.

None too happy to find a Deliveroo serf crash helmet no mask, waiting several minutes for order. How many minutes before I arrived, how many places to and from today, previous days, in the future? An ideal disease vector. I asked the young guy serving to file a formal complaint with Deliveroo. In future, make wait outside for order, if step inside to pick up, though better to hand to outside, must remove helmet, must be wearing a mask.

I chose deep fried chicken. It came with nothing. I asked for rice, it was extra. I was then drawn to a different dish deep fried chicken which included rice, this I chose.

When served was reasonable, decent portion, not in same league as Bamboo Shoots, but nevertheless reasonable.

Brought to me on tray with hand sanitiser also brought to the table.

Covid-19 biosecurity with the exception of the Deliveroo serf good. Tables clean, young guy at all times wearing a mask, I lacked ability to scan QR code and gave my contacts details in writing.

When opened a couple of years ago, Hawaiian food but run by Koreans. I asked why Hawaiian, serve food you know, Korean. I am pleased they took my advice.

But always empty, I have never seen customers when I pass by. Lunchtime today, apart from Deliveroo serf, I was the only customer.

It was then to Krema for an excellent cappuccino.

Deliveroo serf speading covid-19

October 5, 2020

Deliveroo serf acting as ideal disease vector for covid-19.

Deliveroo serf waiting several minutes in Hanki a tiny Korean restaurant, several minutes within a small enclosed space for order to be processed. That was whilst I was there. How many more minutes before I walked in? How many places visited, in out no mask, how many customers visited no mask, today, preceding days, following days? No track and trace, not required to provide contact details. No attempt  to remove crash helmet.

No surprise covid-19 cases doubling every few days.

I asked the young guy serving to file immediate complaint with Deliveroo. In future, make wait outside until order ready, do not allow inside, if steps inside to collect, remove helmet, wear mask. It would be advisable not to deal with this Deliveroo serf again.

Lunch at Gail’s bakery

October 3, 2020

What is it with these places, why no understanding of covid-19 regulations?

I walked in, unpleasant loud music blasting out.

I explained breach of covid-19 regulations, explained why, noisy, customers shouting, emitting 30 times coronavirus at high velocity across the room, I had to shout to make myself heard repeat to make myself understood.

I ordered a sausage roll. Usually they hot it up. Not served cold. A fresh batch was brought out of the oven, one of which I was offered.

I found a clean table as far removed from others as possible. I would usually sit outside, too cold, raining and no free tables.

Sausage roll was good, and was cooked Previous visit not cooked through.

Very noisy, music not turned down, unpleasant atmosphere, not possible to relax and I was starting to get a headache.

Tables not cleared of dirty crockery. This is the norm in Gail’s, tables not cleared, tables not cleaned. Bad enough in normal times, unacceptable during coronavirus pandemic.

Eventually tables were cleared, but not not cleaned, not wiped down and decontaminated.

I left, asking for a drink of water on my way out. I had asked for a drink of water when I ordered but none ever arrived.

For some perverse reason only half a door open, causing congestion on entering or leaving.

Covid-19 biosecurity appalling. I was not asked for contact details, loud music blasting out which was not turned down on request even though explained why, dirty dishes piled on tables not cleared away, tables not wiped down and cleaned. Only plus, staff wearing masks at all times and wearing correctly. Gail’s must be shut down and hit with a hefty fine.

Loud music, noisy environment, people shouting, are projecting thirty times covid-19 at high velocity across the room. Quiet conversation, minimise the ejection of covid-19 and only into the immediate surroundings of those talking.

If we are to get a grip of coronavirus, establishments like Gail’s which flout the rules must be shut down.

Gail’s is a chain, overpriced bread, low paid temporary staff, never see the same person twice, due to open soon in Tunsgate in Guildford.

Neither cakes nor coffee good. Far better cakes and coffee in Blue Bear Bookshop and Krema, where also take covid-19 biosecurity seriously.

Lunch at Pho

October 3, 2020

When Pho fake Vietnamese street food restaurant first opened I ate there several times, but on each visit, the quality had suffered and the service appalling. The last time with a friend the dish we were served was cold. I never returned.

Today with Bamboo Shoots no more La Casita too late I decided to eat at Pho, and convenient to cross the street for a coffee in Krema.

As I walked in Pho, it was empty apart from one diner in a corner. Nothing has changed, it was never busy.

As I walked in I was assaulted by loud unpleasant music. I asked the waiter to turn it down. He said it was a restaurant.

Now apart from why would anyone wish to have loud music in restaurant when go to relax enjoy a meal maybe converse with friends it is a breach of covid-19 regulations.

I made it very clear the music was going down.

With reluctance he turned it down.

My dish ordered it came amazingly quick which belies the lie freshly prepared, it was actually quire good, though served on a cold plate.

A female came over and asked was I ok. I said yes and explained why I had requested then demanded the music be tuned downs, it was a breech of covid-19 regulations and these regulations were in place for very good reason. To protect staff and customers, it is a failure to adhere to the regulations why covid-19 is out of control. A noisy environment, people are shouting, if shouting they are projecting thirty ties the covid-19 across the room, if talking quietly it is only in their immediate surroundings. She thanked me.

In the corner, the lone diner coughing, lacked the courtesy to go inside to cough contaminating the entire restaurant. I could not leave quick enough.

I asked when I left and the other diners left, they opened the doors and ventilated the restaurant.

Whilst I was awaiting my dish, a family came in and sat at a nearby table. They had the entire restaurant to choose from.

Covid-19 biosecurity reasonable, I was asked to give my contact details as soon as I walked in, staff were wearing masks, but the loud music must be addressed.

Lunch at La Casita

October 3, 2020

One train cancelled, next one running 27 minutes late, I arrive in Guildford an hour later than intended.

A long time since I have eaten at La Casita. Owner welcomes me as a long lost friend.

Décor has changed since my last visit. Previously like an old Spanish restaurant, now very bright and modern. I like both.

Externally La Casita looks tiny, appearances though can be deceptive, inside it is quite large.

I am surprised how busy. I comment busy. Owner reminds me I usually arrive as he is about to close.

I choose a table as far away from other tables as possible.

I choose sea bass in a spicy sauce with rice.

My lunch excellent, but I would expect no less at La Casita.

Covid-19 biosecurity good, indeed sets a standard others should follow. Staff wearing visors at all times (though Japanese study shows next to useless), I am told off for not wearing a mask as I walk in (though I do don a mask to walk to the toilets at the rear), a simplified menu on printed paper brought to the table (to be disposed of). The only addition I would make, temperature screen on entry (as they do at Paste).

I then wander to Krema for a coffee.

Lunch at Caffe Macchiato

September 30, 2020

I was looking forward to lunch at Indonesian street food restaurant but as last week I found closed. Closed down? Nothing to say. People will do as I have done, visit once, visit twice, maybe a third time, but after than not bother.

Caffe Macchiato changed hands last year and now under a new owner.

I have not visited since it had changed hands.

I was surprised how busy, I have never seen so busy, not to my liking, but I have not visited before at lunchtime.

I ordered pollo crema a funghi.

A long wait, but then was busy and everything is freshly cooked.

Not too happy served on a cold plate.

Of grave concern lax covid-19 biosecurity. Waiters either not wearing masks or not wearing correctly, kitchen staff wandering around no mask, but my greatest concern the same greasy laminated menus.

Please wear masks. The menus incinerate. Drastically cut down the choice, put on the wall, and hand patrons a printed paper sheet which is then disposed of.

I noticed baclava on sale. I asked where the man was from. He said Bagdad and learned to make whilst living in Baghdad.


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