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Gold Sakura

Agiou Antoniou & Posidonos Ave, 26947492, PAPHOS
Mon-Sun 18:00-23:00
Food: [rating:3] 3/5
Service: [rating:3] 3/5
Ambiance: [rating:3] 3/5

After two days of being in a Cypriot meat festival over the Easter weekend (ie extensive over eating and drinking), for our second night of our Paphos mini-break we thought it would be a wise idea to clean the palate with some sushi and salads, in order to be able to continue the meat feast the day after). The first place that came to our minds was Gold Sakura the hotel we were staying in.
Even though the restaurant is relatively big with a long bar at the entrance, we were surprised to see a few busy tables around, including a few locals, which is definitely not very common on Easter Sunday night. The décor is quite Japanese-like with the color beige and a wood effect prevailing. The long sofa bench, the buzzy bar and the different floor levels definitely create a pleasant atmosphere.
The fact that the menu was on a piece of A3 paper (front and back) was a turn-off, but the content of it looked good so we didn’t hold a grudge. Full and fed up with meat as we were given the last few days we all preferred to have more sushi and raw fish than cooked dishes and only shared a curry (so that the male Proud Cypriots would not complain). The California roll was very good, while the spicy tuna maki was quite tasty. The prawn tempura dish was up to standard while the curry was quite decent, even though not the best I have had. Given that our main course was probably a third of what we would normally have had, we opted for desserts. The coconut panna cotta with a mini chocolate fondant was very good, while the mango sorbet was in fact mango ice cream and very average.
All in all we remained quite satisfied with the food and if we lived in Paphos we would probably return to satisfy our Japanese food cravings. Regarding the price, we thought 35€ each was a lot for what we had, especially since we shared only one bottle of the Cypriot wine, Zambartas for four people.

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