Archive for the ‘food’ Category

Tsipoura at Spartiatis

November 5, 2019

Monday, two weeks ago, tsipoura at Spartiatis overlooking Konnos Bay.

End of season, many of the tables already removed, few diners.

Spartiatis a seafood restaurant in a quiet location overlooking Konnos Bay

Tsipoura at Spartiatis

October 31, 2019

Mid-October, excellent tsipoura at Spartiatis, a quiet location overlooking Konnos Bay.

A very hot night, gale blowing, thundersorm out to sea.

Starter undbidden cougettes thinly sliced deep fried served with bread. Bread served in tradional manner fresh baked, in a basket, wrapped in a tea towel.

Tsipoaka ie sea bream excellent.

Followed by ice cream and figs.

Fresh figs cooked in a pan with syrup, cinnamaon and a little water.

Lamps were blowing in the wind.

Spartiatis almost enpty. Everywhere hit by al-inclusive hotels killing the local economy.

Pork chop at Nissiotis

October 28, 2019

A trip to Larnaca, then on return Intercity bus to Ayia Napa, change to local bus, alight at Protaras and walk along the seafront to Nissiotis.

Did I wish for moussaka? No, today I would try pork chop.

Succulent and tasty though a little tough.

Red wine, a second red wine, followed by cocktail with the bill.

Nissiotis is in a quiet locatioon overlooking Protaras Pier. Unlike other restaurants in Protaras it has not engaged in a race to the bottom with all-inclusive hotels, a race no one can win, one of the few places in Protaras worth eating.

Yogurt at Lazaris Bakery

October 28, 2019

Having had a quick look at the Larnaca Internationla Food Festical (Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11-13 October 2019), the only stall of note Nick’s Coffee Bike from where I had an excellent cappuccino, I walked along the seafront to Larnaca Medieval Castle, then to Church of St Lazarus and nearby Lazaris Bakery.

Lazaris Bakery overlooking Church of St Lazarus, sympathetic restoration of an old building.

Food is good, but I do not recommend for coffee, for coffee try Paul’s Coffee Roasters or Nick’s Coffee Bike.

Water to help oneself. A very rare example in Cyprus. The other is Paul’s Coffee Roasters, though Nick’s Coffee Bike will give water if asked. The norm in Greece, but hospitality lacking in Cyprus where they would rather sell a bottle of water in plastic contributing to plastic pollution. Another rare example is Vrissaki Beach Hotel where water is on the bar to help oneself and at night free tea and coffee.

Excellent Greek yogurt with fruit and nuts.

It would be pleasant to sit outside but for the traffic fumes and smokers.

Outside seating needs to be made No Smoking and the whole area pedestrianised and traffic free including the seafront.

Larnaca International Food Festival

October 28, 2019

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the second International Food Festival in Larnaca (Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11-13 October 2019).

Was it worth visiting? No, not at least not what I saw setting up, worst type of junk food would find on a bad street food market in England.

The only stall of quality, Nick’s Coffee Bike, and having relocated from his usual pitch outside Larnaca Marina, a dramatic drop in customers

I assumed he was not there and it was only because I chose to investigate the Larnnaca International Food Festival I found Nick.

As always an excellent cappuccino.

Souvlaki at No 1

October 21, 2019

Following a trip to Larnaca Monday two weeks ago, decide to eat moussaka at No 1

I wished for moussaka. No moussaka.

Why a sign outside if no moussaka? Or at the very least remove the sign.

I should have got up and left. Got up and left and headed to Nissiotis where excellent moussaka.

Mushroom soup was excellent, or would have been had not too much salt been added.

Only ever add tiny amount of salt. If need be more can be added to suit taste.

Svoulaki served on top of pittas bread with salad piled on top. Pretty dumb, as the souvlaki gets cold. I scraped the salad off, but even so, souvlaki was cold before I was half way through. The pork succulent and tasty, but tough.

Souvlaki poor compared with served in Plaka in Athens.

Then long wait for the bill, a very long wait, no one around to call.

Use of facebook to log into wifi not acceptable. Even worse, posting on Facebook that at No 1.

This is serous abuse of data protection and personal privacy and possibly illegal as breach of EU data protection.

Facbook exists to collect and abuse personal data, which is then used to manipulate.

The most valuable data for facebook is personal data and location data. Never on facebook live link where are. No 1 do this without even asking.

Restaurant almost empty. True of most nights when I pass by. True of almost every restaurant in Protaras. Casualties of all-inclusive hotels and a destructive race to the bottom.

Many years ago, No 1 was an excellent place to eat, always busy. It then went downhill, quality and service poor, prices high. It then picked up, but now has gone downhill again.

It is though a sad refection of sign of the times. Restaurants in Protaras are going bankrupt in a race to the bottom against all-inclusive.

Tagliatelle bolognese Ravioli’s Italian restaurant

October 14, 2019

I was going to eat at Spartiatis a seafood restaurant overlooking Konnos Bay, but a cool evening with wind blowing, I decided to eat instead at Ravioli’s an Italian restaurant.

Large widescreen showing sport in a restaurant is never a good sign. Bad enough in a pub.

My order came quick, far to quick. Not a good sign.

When I arrived the restaurant was almost empty. When my food arrived it was empty.

My tagliatelle bolognese was not good, tough and chewy. Parts were piping hot, other parts cold. Not helped by serving in a cold bowl.

Very poor compared with what I have had elsewhere.

Then a large rowdy pig-ignorant group sat on a table behind me. One shouting he was going to get seriously drunk. Why do people not show manners when dining out?

On my way out I out an ice cream. Very poor quality. Far better to be had from patisserie amelie a coffee shop in the centre of Protaras.

Moussaka and salad Nissiotis overlooking Protaras Pier

October 6, 2019

In recent years quality of food served in Protaras has fallen, many restaurants gone under, all in a race to the bottom to compete with all-inclusive hotels.

One of the rare exceptions serving quality without having to go out of Protaras is Nissiotis.

I chose moussaka, served in a clay pot with a second bowl of Greek salad.

Portion size generous, my only criticism too generous, sufficient to share with a friend.

My only other criticism, poor choice of beer. But this is true of everywhere in Protaras.

The restaurant was almost empty. One of many casualties of all-inclusive hotels, which are killing the local economy, killing the tourist economy. And as with everywhere, Nissiotis hit by the collapse of Thomas Cook.

A quiet location overlooking Protaras Pier.

Burger and off Old Speckled Hen at Tilly Shilling

October 3, 2019

I was going to the Tilly Shilling but as I passed by Pick a Bap Korean restaurant in the shabby shopping centre I decided to drop in instead.

A big mistake. Sweat and sour chicken, I barely touched it.

Each visit to Pick a Bap has been worse.

Friday night, I left half eaten, Monday barely touched.

Food not in the same league as Indonesian street food restaurant in Aldershot or Bamboo Shoots in Guildford.

It was then on to Tilly Shilling, a Wetherspoon pub.

Poor choice of beer. I picked Old Speckled Hen. It was off, tasted vile, smelt vile, best described as vinegar.

Waiter took one whiff and agreed and changed for a half of Brew Dog Punk IPA. I should have requested a pint.

Burger not good.

Wetherspoon has gone rapidly down hill. Poor choice of beer, food never good, corners cut to maintain profitability.

At night this pub is the go to for the local drunks boozing on cheap booze. Dreadful inside, and on the street causing a nuisance with their drunken noise, screaming and shouting into the early hours of the morning.

Police and local council need to act to either get Wetherspoon to clean up their act or shut the pub down. At the very least make tables outside no smoking and close at midnight.

Pick a Bap Korean restaurant

September 24, 2019

Pick a Bap Korean restaurant, generous portion size, mainly takeaway but there are tables for eating in.

My dish was slightly aromatic.

The use of plastic, both for serving and for utensils is not good.

Where I sat was dirty and had not been cleaned.

The food is promoted as healthy. Meat or poultry with rice is not healthy. White rice, as with any processed carbohydrates, is not healthy.

They are though new, only been open a few weeks and are learning.

I have suggested they must make water available, either on demand, or a jug or jar of water.

Plastic they have got to have a rethink, use of plastic is not acceptable.

Dishes for eating in, some form of compostable container for takeaway.

An idea from an Indian takeaway, metal containers which buy from the restaurant, cf reusable coffee cups, have proved to be popular. Bring back, and either refill, or exchange for new clean container.

They were were willing to listen and improve, do not wish to be seen as bad for the environment.

St Modwen, who have already done an excellent job destroying Farnborough, are doing their best to destroy the evening economy by locking the main entrance to the Kingsmead shopping centre.

Busy lunchtime, mainly the lunchtime rush, then not busy. At night empty.

I have suggested at night, what food is left, sell at reduced price or give away.

Not as good as either the Indonesian street food restaurant in Aldershot or Bamboo Shoots in Guildford, but a marked improvement on the very low quality of food in Farnborough.