Archive for the ‘Protaras’ Category

Andama pork chop

November 3, 2022

Nightmare Larnaca to Ayia Napa to Protaras.

1800 bus from Larnaca packed. No local bus to Paralimni. I go for a massage. Over twenty minutes for a bus. Bus packed indicating no bus for sometime.

I had not intended to eat in Protaras but now late. If anywhere open.

Arrive Protaras 2120, having left Larnaca at 1800.

Luckily Andama open

Tomato soup, pork chop, accompanied by red wine.

Something going very wrong in the kitchen, vegetables cold, served on a cold plate.

I felt like lining up the kitchen staff. They are letting themselves down, the kitchen down, the restaurant down.

There is absolutely no excuse for serving cold vegetables, for serving hot food on a cold plate.

Coffee liqueur to finish.

I noticed no buses passing by.

I check on-line. After six, local bus only one an hour, after midnight, no buses.

.. to be continued ….

Happy Days moussaka

October 31, 2022

Moussaka Monday, free bottle of red wine.

Vegetable soup, followed by moussaka, accompanied by red wine.

A cool evening. I sat inside.

I was the only one.

Quiet. The nuisance bar opposite, closed.

Protaras nighttime end of season

October 31, 2022

Walking through Protaras this evening it was like a ghost town, streets deserted. Very little open n

Andama poor quality pork chop

October 30, 2022

End of season Not many people about. Many bars and restaurants closed.

Andama not busy.

Andama has a problem, at least their kitchen has a problem.

Food is tasty, well cooked, but is served at best luke warm.

Tonight the vegetables mostly cold, the pork chop tough and poor quality.

Very disappointed.

My coffee liqueur served in an attractive shot glass. Not how to serve.

They offered to serve me a new one. I said no, empty the shot glass into a martini glass with ice.

Surprising the difference this made.

Local coffee liqueur from a local distillery. I wanted to buy a bottle. But too bulky, and too heavy , to be practical. A pity as an excellent coffee liqueur.

Protaras nighttime end of season

October 30, 2022

Streets deserted, many places, bars, restaurants closed.

Andama, one of the few restaurants open, not busy.

When I left Andama, it was not long after ten, but the deserted streets felt like early hours of the morning.

Ravioli’s Italian restaurant

October 30, 2022

One visit a year is enough. I live in hope in vague hope it may have improved. Or maybe I am a glutton for punishment. At best mediocre.

Last night, the second time this month. More fool me.

My ravioli tonight was not good, tough and chewy.

I am choosy where I sit. If I cannot sit where I wish, I will usually walk out.

No, you cannot sit at the indicated table. Why? It is reserved.

The table sat empty all night. Two, three, four tables became free.

My table was dull and gloomy. I had to get up to find light to read the menu.

Very overpriced for very poor quality ravioli.

I can cook far better ravioli.

Complimentary ice-cream.

When I finished my meal, the nearby table smoking, smoke was blowing over my table.

Last straw. When I paid waitress demanded I left a tip.

Pizza I cannot comment on as I have never tried.

Risotto I have tried in the past. As with the ravioli, I can prepare and cook superior risotto.

The strange thing is Ravioli’s is owned by the hotel on the other side of the road. The hotel serves better pasta.

Spartiatis sea bream

October 28, 2022

Public holiday, Spartiatis packed.

Sea bream, sat outside.

When I finish, I move inside. Too cold to sit outside.

Andama pork chop

October 27, 2022

Interesting menu. Greek alphabet, numbers, useful words and phrases.

Also a clever use of lateral thinking, as do not notice the wait until food arrives.

Tomato soup, pork chop, accompanied by red wine.

Later coffee liqueur courtesy of owner.

Early evening was very warm. Later cool.

Coffee Lab Paralimni

October 27, 2022

Coffee Lab a Greek coffee chain. New to Paralimni. Located in the main square, opposite the bus station, overlooking the church.

Pleasant design, which immediately ruined with wide-screen TVs. Yes, sadly Cyprus, village mentality.

Allegedly specialty coffee, but would not know this from the mediocre cappuccino served.

Two bedroom apartment scam

October 27, 2022

Two bedroom apartment. On arrival, one bedroom apartment, sleep on a sofa in the lounge.

Even height of season, illegal overbooked, not possible to relocate, not acceptable. This is the end of season.

The owner of the apartment’ should have offered an alternative accommodation and paid compensation.

Three women, one child, arrived to find they did not have the two room apartment they had had booked.

But no, refused to act, here are worthless food vouchers, catch a bus to a restaurant. At scguess, their family restaurant.

The group sought my advice.

Take photos. Collect evidence.

Claim against whoever booked through.

File a complaint with Abta.

Post pictures on social media with relevant hash tags.

One-star review on Google maps, with description and pictures.

Tourism ministry must act to clean up the industry. Fine, drive cowboys out of the industry.

Tourism ministry must act on my advice a couple of years ago. Follow the example of Spain, every establishment, bar, restaurant, hotel and apartment, a complaints book, with prominent notice. Fill out a complaint, copy to client, to establishment, and government.

I have not named and shamed. I do not wish to on hearsay.

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