Pithonos 8 (off Onasagorou), 22270504, LEFKOSIA (NICOSIA)
Mon-Sun 10:00-2:00
Food: ★★★½☆ 3.5/5
Service: ★★☆☆☆ 2/5
Ambiance: ★★★★☆ 4/5
It seems that October is the month of new openings, but The Market Company is the only place where it is near impossible to get a table. I am not sure if it is because it is small and cute, because the décor is super cool or because it’s good value for money, but it seems to have attracted a large (and good) crowd and we surely hope it stays that way!
A week after the opening we managed to book a table for 4 people (on a Tuesday). My first thought was that the fact that a cool café/wine bar takes bookings decreases its coolness by  at least10%, but apparently Cypriots refuse to go to “all the way” to the old city and not have a table waiting for them. I guess they don’t know the concept of “have-a-drink-at-the-bar-while-you-wait” yet!
The place itself is very pretty, cool, relaxed and fortunately different (even though the rustic ambiance is starting to become a trend as well). The fact that they kept the “old and used” touch goes fantastically with the whole concept and location. The few tables outside and the bar inside, makes it also appropriate for all purposes: a coffee/breakfast/lunch during the day (and apparently brunch on weekends), early drinks at the bar or outside, and dinner with nibbles later on.
The menu is short but complete. The wine list is good including all kinds of wines for all tastes. Although the food menu is short (it consists of around 12 dishes) all of them are inviting and go very well with the wine bar/nibbling kind of concept. We ordered 5 dishes for 3 people and it was kind of enough but we could easily have had 2 more. The fried calamari was tasty and very easy to eat. The mini burgers-idea was fantastic and the burgers themselves were good and tasted like home-made. The idea of the halloumi wrapped in filo pastry with dried figs was quite good, but we all made a comment that it should have been hot hot hot rather than warm. The pâté was very good and went well with the dried figs from the “halloumi” dish as well! The highlight for me was the beef steak skewers as they were surprisingly tasty, very soft and full of flavour. The fact that they were so easy to eat was also a big plus.
Overall everything was satisfying and fulfilling. The only issue that we had was the fact that the table was too small and it was a bit uncomfortable to eat on(however since it goes well with the concept of the place and it is not supposed to be a dinner place, I accept it and ignore it). The second issue that we had was with the service that, despite the girls being super friendly and kind they were simply not enough to cover the whole area of the Market Company. Fortunately the owner is interviewing for more people so that should be settled very soon.
Verdict: return ASAP (or maybe a bit later than ASAP when it becomes easier to get a table!). Fortunately they leave a few tables for the “walk-ins” but I am sure they are not enough.

 

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  1. Also had a similar experience there, loved the fact that on Saturday morning when we were there they brought us small croissants for free! They were warm and I might even dare to say, seemed home made! Let’s hope it keeps up the good work and something even more important: let’s hope they will renew their menu every now and then (let’s say every 4-5 months, not asking for more), so as not to have the same results as another resto near by…

  2. Great ambience, decent food, good prices. BUT still, i think they lack professionalism.Hopefully they will get it right quickly:
    1) You call and try to reserve for brunch, they say they do not make reservations for brunch, i go there sunday 11:30 place is packed there is one free table and says reserved. What is that? You make reservations for some but not for others? Very professional…
    2) Free,unused table at the back with two chairs. You say you need a table for 4 and the owner replies “sorry, whatever you see available”. Really dude? You can not add two more chairs to an unused table to accommodate more people?
    Classic attitude of a new place , they get a lot of traffic first days and they think they are set for life , then they keep driving people away and one day they go bust. I hope it does not happen to them because i really like the place.

    • The 2/5 for service is validated!

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  4. Relatively good ambience(on the inside), prices on drinks were decent. however, there was bad service, one of the waitress was really rude and arogant, and it’s too crowded for me, it’s not yet the place that i would go and chill.Very irritating that you need to have a reservation just to have a drink or two

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  7. Nice space, the food was pretty decent but the service was atrocious. I could live with it being slow but not with it being rude. When we asked for our eggs to be fried both sides we were told it’s not possible and that we “were being difficult”. Needless to say, we will not be re-visiting.

  8. These people have no idea how to run the place! It’s not only the waiters who are rude and totally unprofessional, but the manager/owner as well!

    First of all, they will give you a face (accompanied by an ostentatious sigh) when you ask to add something to your order literally 2 minutes after you actually place it, then, they will say they serve nutella when they actually serve a “homemade chocolate spread” and they will even try to convince you that it’s the same as nutella. They will even try to convince you that it’s ok to have prosecco on ice (just because the chilled prosecco finished during the previous shift) and, above all, they will snatch the menu from your table on their way without even asking you if you want to order anything and they will bang the bill on your table when you ask for it.

    And if you even dare to complain to the manager for the behaviour of his staff described above, he will just say “well, sorry guys, this is how we run the place, either you like it or not”!, making you feel that he is actually doing you a favour for allowing you to sit/eat/drink at his place!

    We are talking about a lot of attitude!

    About their reservations policy – you go there at around 6.30-7.00 after work, the place is empty, yet they won’t give you a table as they are all reserved for 9 o’clock! Regardless of the fact that you will most probably be finished and out long before 9. Ridiculous policy!

    Also, what is it with their kitchen opening hours? They want to promote their menu as the “nibble while you are drinking” kind of thing (as opposed to a full dinner), yet their kitchen is open during typical restaurant hours. So even if you do manage to get a table at around 6.30-7.00, don’t expect to be served anything to nibble on!

    It’s a shame that the place is being run so badly (and I’m mostly referring to the “attitude” part) because it could have a lot of potential, especially since their prices are very reasonable compared to other places in the city and their food is actually quite good, both quality-wise and quantity-wise.

    • Συμφωνώ με τους “Moonlight” και “foodie” …….
      Το γκαρσόνι που μας “εξυπηρετούσε¨ ήταν το λιγότερο που μπορώ να πω αγενέστατο, ειδικά μετά που του υπενθυμίσαμε ότι δεν μας είχα φέρει όλη την παραγγελία μας και όταν ζητήσαμε να μας εξηγήσει τι ακριβώς περιλάμβανε ένα πιάτο.
      Και το όλο θέμα με τις κρατήσεις….. τι να πώ; Πολιτική για να πουλάει “μούρη” το μαγαζί!

      • Να προσθέσω πως ακόμη και το μπαρ λειτουργεί με κρατήσεις όταν είναι busy! Για χαλαρό ποτάκι πάρε τηλέφωνο 2 μέρες πριν…

  9. i need three things to relax at a place – atmosphere, quality service and good music.
    this place has none of these three…..they do have good music but you dont hear it ….. the service reminds of an auswitch champer service – rude when you enter and of course rude until you get your exit sign ( your bill )
    third and last the atmosphere…..when the first approach from the waitress at 7 o’clock is that everything is booked for 9 o’clock and cant use the tables because you will rearrange the chairs…..tell me if this attitude is really welcoming and if, just if, you get a table you CANT nibble while drinking….it is forbidden….kitchen is closed until 845.
    please please give me a break…we dont need an attidude like this in the old part of our city!!!!
    life is easier…

  10. Θα ήθελα και ένα review του συγκερκιμένου μέρους σαν επιλογή για brunch κάποια στιγμή.
    Μετά την πρώτη μου επίσκεψη έχω μετικά σχόλια, και θα ξεκινήσω από το ότι αυτά τα μέρη που έχουν λίγο “χαρακτήρα” παραπάνω από άλλα, θα έπρεπε αυτός ο “χαρακτήρας” να είναι αισθητός και στο εξωτερικό τους. Αλλιώς δεν υπάρχει καμιά διαφορά εάν κάτσει κανείς έξω. Ίσως το να είχαν κάποιο ηχείο έξω για να ακούγεται λίγο κι εκεί η μουσική να ήταν ένα καλό σημείο για αρχή.
    Μετά, πρέπει να πω ότι το προσωπικό πρέπει να είναι ενημερωμένο για τα πιάτα. Αν δεν έχουν τις γνώσεις και τη λογική να ξέρουν από μόνοι τους 5 πράγματα, θα έπρεπε η διεύθυνση να αναλαμβάνει το θέμα. Είναι απαράδεκτο να χρειάζεται συζήτηση 2 λεπτών με την κοπέλα που μας εξυπηρετούσε και η παρέμβαση άλλου πελάτη για να μισο-καταλάβουμε τι cheesecake σερβίρουν!
    Κατά τα άλλα, το πιάτο με το χαλλούμι ήταν υπέροχο. Μας σερβιρίστηκε ζεστό, λιωμένο, και βοηθούσε στο δέσιμο της γεύσης με τη μαρμελλάδα σύκου. Ωραία ήταν και η σαλάτα με ρόκα, αν και απλή συνηθισμένη συνταγή, η εκτέσεσή της πέτυχε αρκετά.
    Θα επέστρεφα για να δω και το εσωτερικό τόσο μέρα για brunch, όσο και βράδυ για ποτό και τσίμπημα.

  11. ΤΟ ΝΕΟ ΣΤΕΚΙ ΤΗΣ ΠΟΛΗΣ.

    ΜΕΤΑ ΑΠΟ ΠΟΛΛΕΣ ΜΟΥ ΕΠΙΣΚΕΨΕΙΣ ΕΧΩ ΝΑ ΔΩΣΩ ΤΑ ΣΥΓΧΑΡΗΤΗΡΙΑ ΜΟΥ ΣΤΟΥΣ ΔΗΜΙΟΥΡΓΟΥΣ ΤΟΥ MARKET COMPANY.

    ΔΙΑΚΟΣΜΗΣΗ ΔΙΑΦΟΡΕΤΙΚΗ, ΦΑΓΗΤΟ ΠΟΛΥ ΚΑΛΟ, ΕΥΧΑΡΙΣΤΗ ΑΤΜΟΣΦΑΙΡΑ, ΚΑΙ ΑΨΟΓΟ ΣΕΡΒΙΣ. ΚΑΙ ΕΝΑ COMMENT ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΞΑΝΘΙΑ ΣΕΡΒΙΤΟΡΑ,,,ΕΠΑΓΓΕΛΜΑΤΙΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΨΟΓΗ ΣΤΟ ΣΕΡΒΙΣ, ΠΡΩΤΗ ΦΟΡΑ ΜΕ ΕΝΤΥΠΩΣΙΑΖΕΙ ΚΟΠΕΛΑ ΣΤΟ ΣΕΡΒΙΣ,. ΑΝ ΚΑΙ ΤΗΝ ΖΑΛΙΣΑ ΜΕ ΤΙΣ ΕΡΩΤΗΣΕΙΣ ΜΟΥ ΓΙΑ ΤΑ ΚΟΚΤΕΙΛ,, ΠΡΟΘΙΜΗ ΝΑ ΑΠΑΝΤΗΣΕΙ ΣΕ ΟΛΑ. ΣΥΓΧΑΡΗΤΗΡΙΑ ΣΤΑ ΑΦΕΝΤΙΚΑ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΕΠΙΛΟΓΗ ΠΡΟΣΩΠΙΚΟΥ.

    Κ PLEASE ΤΩΡΑ ΠΟΥ ΚΑΛΟΚΑΙΡΙΑΖΕΙ ΒΑΛΤΕ ΠΕΡΙΣΣΟΤΕΡΑ ΤΡΑΠΕΖΙΑ ΕΞΩ ΓΙΑ ΝΑ ΒΡΙΣΚΟΥΜΕ ΤΡΑΠΕΖΙ ΕΥΚΟΛΟΤΕΡΑ.! ΤΗΑΝΚ ΥΟU

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  13. Hey… really!
    How rude can one waitress be? Wow!
    Well if you want to experience it then go ahead and visit The Market. We went yesterday, the place was empty inside and outside and the waitress told us there was nothing available. And I asked her: “the whole place is booked”? And she turned and said very ironically … “well when we say the whole place we mean the whole place”… and while she was completing her answer she turned her back on me and continued..”and when we say half.. we mean half and so it goes…” and she left! She actually went inside and left us there!

    Well done people! No service whatsoever in many places in Cyprus, but this one really impressed me.

    It is actually nice to go somewhere and feel appreciated you know? Good service is part of the game in case you did not know. Maybe it’s the first and most important thing one notices at a place.

  14. Dear Annie, relating back to your comments from SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 AT 2:30 PM,
    I believe you were a plain victim of discrimination. It seems the place became popular,
    manage to secure a clientele, which as far as I learn consists of locals and includes
    many gays. It is common in Cyprus to practice discrimination, and this is known among
    the staff working there. A good example is high street cafeterias where Cypriot elites go,
    will turn away with excuses, any young Greek soldiers from ELDYK, even though those
    lads are in Cyprus, in the army, doing service, to secure the safety of the locals. To my
    mind you were excluded because you appeared British, a visitor, and not one of the
    in crowd. All this that I am writing is an educated guess. And alas, I am rarely off the mark.
    You should reward some other shop with your business, where the owners and their
    staff are polite and welcoming. And you did very well to report what happened to you.
    It is a great service to the rest of us.

  15. Μόλις διάβασα το σχόλιο της Άννη πιο πάνω και είπα να γράψω τι έγινε την τελευταία φορά που επιχείρησα να καθίσω στο μαγαζί.
    Περνώντας είπα να ρωτήσω ΜΗΠΩΣ επειδή ήταν ακόμα νωρίς θα μπορούσαμε να καθίσουμε πριν έρθουν οι κρατήσεις τους. Η αντιμετώπιση της κοπέλας ξεκινά με ένα ειρωνικό χαμογελάκι και το “έχετε κράτηση;” (-λες και αν είχα δεν θα το έλεγα). Εξήγησα ότι όχι, αλλά είπαμε να ρωτήσουμε αφού περνούσαμε από εκεί, just in case.
    Κοιτιούνται λοιπόν οι 2 υπάλληλοι μεταξύ τους, γελάνε, με ξανακοιτά η κοπελιά και μου κάνει ένα “ε, χωρίς κράτηση…”. Παραπάνω με ενόχλησε το γελάκι το ειρωνικό, οπότε από τότε ούτε καν γύρισα να δω το συγκεκριμένο μαγαζί.
    Τρώω πολύ συχνά έξω, είχαν ωραία πιατάκια, αλλά η συμπεριφορά ήταν απαράδεχτη, και προφανώς δεν έχει συμβεί μόνο σε εμένα. Απαράδεχτο επίσης είναι το να κάνει ένα μαγαζί κράτηση σε ΟΛΑ του τα τραπέζια και να μην έχει λίγο χώρο για walk ins.

    • Κρατούν και το μπαρ! Αυτό εγώ το βρήκα απαράδεκτο

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