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The Garden

Georgiou 48, Germasogia, 25101212, LEMESOS (LIMASSOL)
Mon-Sun 12:00-23:00
Food: [rating:3.5] 3.5/5
Service: [rating:3.5] 3.5/5
Ambiance: [rating:3.5] 3.5/5
Economic crisis? What crisis? When brand new restaurants like The Garden are full almost every day it makes one wonder if there is indeed a serious issue with Cyprus economy. It is new and it is good but it comes at a (very high) price.
As the name suggest it is in a garden on the Limassol beach front around the tourist area. The entrance near the busy street is more of a lounge where you can enjoy drinks with shisha, but also have some food. The area at the back is a proper restaurant with a small part in a veranda, with long and comfortable red and yellow sofas. It is elegant and classic adjusted for 2012 levels and the atmosphere is relaxed but sophisticated at the same time.
The food is international to say the least as they offer a selection of sushi and sashimi, and everything else you can imagine from all over the world including burgers, tandoori chicken, a very wide selection of pasta and salads, steaks and fish. What was striking was that the starters come at a range of 12-19€, the salads are around the same price, and main courses’ prices vary from 15-36€ which we all thought were overpriced. What did not “fit in” with the whole concept apart from the fact the menu was way too long, was that it was on A3 piece of paper and were dirty and wrinkled, whereas I would expect something more classy.
The starters came relatively quickly. The dim sum, (which was spelt dim sam), was actually very good, even though a bit different to what we were used to. It came on a plate rather than a bamboo box and was accompanied by a mildly sweet sauce. The fattoush salad with pomegranate was also good and its ingredients were fresh and tasty but on the whole it was less memorable
The main courses were unfortunately a bit late but we had time to enjoy our wine. The lamb kebab, which was more like lamb meatballs with spicy rice was very good with extremely tender lamb cubes. The black cod (called Nobu style black cod even if it wasn’t really Nobu style), and at 29€ (!) it was also very tasty and quite a large portion. My 36€ black angus steak with foie gras on top and mushroom sauce on the side was excellent. It was very tender and full of flavour. We didn’t want any desserts, despite the fact that the dessert menu was long and included literally everything (cheesecakes, crepes, a typical pavlova and a selection of chocolate cakes). We were, however kindly offered two on the house that were quite good but very rich and filling.
It might be expensive, and it might have a few faux pas here and there but the verdict was still positive: very good food, pleasant atmosphere in a pretty garden, fairly good service and we still paid as much as we paid at Boho Chic two days earlier (50€ each for four people) and it was a hundred times better.

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