Oroklini, 24647177, Larnaca district
Tue-Sun 12:00-15:00, 19:00-23:00
I am always a bit cautious when it comes to very famous and popular traditional restaurants, as we are often disappointed. Admittedly there is less bias when it comes to new places. Fortunately we found Voreas to change our mind. Despite it being very well known, the restaurant has met and exceeded all our expectations in every aspect: ambiance, food, originality and creativity.
It is in an old house in the centre of Oroklini village with a very cute and bright, traditional courtyard. I can imagine how our tranquil lunch could have been ruined if the restaurant was packed, as there is a relatively high number of tables quite close to each other, but nevertheless when we went it was calm and quiet so we didn’t mind.
Despite the fact that Voreas offers a wide choice of “a la carte” dishes we opted for “meze” to be able to try everything, and thank God we did! Apart from the standard salads and dips Voreas serves a selection of Greek or Cypriot dishes with a twist that in our opinion made all the difference. The cheese “saganaki”, the zucchini chips and the fantastic artichoke with just salt, oil and pepper were truly exquisite. The sausages were very tasty and so was our all-time favourite, “pastourmas”. One could see the effort that was put into the creation of the dishes, they even made their own home-made bread with olive oil and oregano. One of the things that surprised me was the fact that, despite the amount of food that was served, everything was fresh and cooked right there and then. To our surprise the group’s least favourite was the grilled meat dishes (souvlaki, pork fillets and chicken), possibly because by the time these arrived we were all quite full.
All in all it was a very pleasant May day lunch with very well prepared “meze”, lovely atmosphere and friendly staff, all for 25€ each. One thing is certain: we have finally found a taverna apart from Ariadni that Mr Proud Cypriot can go without complaining!