Athinas 6A, 22101228, LEFKOSIA (NICOSIA)
Mon-Fri 12:00-16:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-15:00, Mon-Sun 19:00-23:00
Food: [rating:3.5] 3.5/5
Service: [rating:3.5] 3.5/5
Ambiance: [rating:4] 4/5
One thing I appreciate is the ability to improve. There is always room for that. Although I can’t say D.O.T had opened on the wrong foot it has still managed to alter a few things that needed to change. Firstly, over the past few months they have managed to create a very well-respected brunch menu with all the dishes a brunch should include (including a burger with a fried egg on top- an all-time classic). Secondly they have introduce soundproofing, something that was needed especially when the restaurant was full (which happens almost every night). Thirdly, they now change their menu regularly, which I think is necessary to keep things interesting. Finally, they are now open for lunch daily with a menu which is a bit different to the dinner menu and also includes dishes of the day.
It is at the border of the old city walls but it’s not right in the very centre of the old city which means it is more accessible and an easier option than the old city itself. I like the fact that it’s got windows around the whole of its circumference as it makes the inside space bright and sunny during the day, contradicting the cool rustic and vintage décor of the place. I also like that there are always colourful and funky flowers decorating the space, making it more “alive”.
The food is similar to the dinner selection with some necessary modifications like a few cheaper dishes and a dish of the day. Although the menu is relatively short and fits on an A4 page, it has a little bit of everything: salads and starters, a good selection of burgers, seafood, pasta and meat dishes.
I immediately noticed that I wanted to try more than one salad, not something that happens often. Particularly interesting was the lentil, quinoa and smoked herring salad, as well as the chicken salad that we ordered. The chicken salad was served with iceberg lettuce, rocket, a yoghurt and curry sauce served in a tortilla bowl and it was truly delicious with a mild yet refreshing taste. It was also a good modification to the standard (and boring), Caesar salad.
We also shared a “marathopita” with feta mousse. We ordered this mostly because we were interested to see what it was. It was only after we had it that we realised that it was probably the best starter in the restaurant. It was really a crispy flour pita, filled with herbs and served with a feta mousse on top to balance the herbs and give it a stronger flavour.
The burger with cheddar cheese that I felt I had to have as it is their best seller was equally delicious. The patty was thick and home-made with a herby taste (something that I always like), served with a layer of cheese, tomatoes and gherkins, all in a home-made bun. The fries were fantastic being extra crispy and salty.
I didn’t get a chance to try the home-made gnocchi with spinach, tomatoes and mascarpone that looked rich but light, nor the pork fillets with dry apricots and wild rice that the proud Cypriot friends had, a dish I ‘ve been told I have to have the next time I visit the restaurant.
We did get a change to try their “halva” with toffee and nuts, an interesting modification to the traditional dish and the perfectly light dessert after a big meal.
In a nutshell, I thought it was a very good addition to our daily lunch options. A place that doesn’t make you feel you are so close to a busy centre and a place that although offers home-made food it gives you the option to try something more creative. All of that for less than 20€ per person!