Limassol Marina, 25051878, LEMESOS (LIMASSOL)
Food: [rating:3.5] 3.5/5
Service: [rating:3] 3/5
Ambiance: [rating:4] 4/5
When you hear they “created” a beach next to Limassol Marina that looks like one of the beaches in Protaras what you are supposed to think? Or do? I was initially shocked then just curious to see what it was all about. Why did we need to do that? Each city has its own style. And yes, surely the beaches in Limassol are not like in Protaras beaches but that’s part of each city being different. Obviously we can now change landscapes too!
The second reason I wanted to visit this new man-made beach was its beach bar, the new gem by The Carob Mill Group. When I called to reserve a table for Saturday lunch and was asked if I had already reserved sunbeds as they were all full, I wanted to go even more! Luckily I was told that if I went early enough I would find some of the less comfortable ones that cannot be reserved.
We arrived at 9am to get sunbeds and were surprised to see that 95% of them were free, and remained so until 11. I liked that they were on the grass, rather than the golden sand, which Surely it looked good but felt like I was walking on a field in the city (aka “χωραφι”).
The Beach Bar a few meters away is actually very pretty and stylish. I liked how it had a summery, island vibe with boat ropes hanging from the ceiling, yet had a modern decor. Although service on the beach was slow and inattentive (not to mention expensive since 6€ for a small, fresh orange juice is beyond reasonable), we decided to stay for lunch.
I will jump to the conclusion and say we all left with mixed feelings. Bad feelings came form the fact that we couldn’t find a lot of dishes we wanted to eat. Most of them were either too rich (burgers and fries), too small or full of fruit and honey. In a nutshell, they need to add more light dishes suitable for a hot beach day. The lack of vegetarian options was another thing that I didn’t like.
What I did like however, was the flavours of the food we ended up ordering. The Octopus Nicoise with a yuzu flavoured dressing was quite tasty. Despite being told it was a small dish one could have it as a main course. The Quinoa salad with feta cheese that we had without dry figs, raisins and pomegranate was quite light in both, texture and flavour. The Sunsed Salad with crispy goat’s cheese and a light sesame-seeds-and-honey flavour was better than average, although simple and nothing we haven’t seen before. The Asian Salmon and Tuna Crudo, which we also shared as a starter was a bit mushy from the avocado but it was a good starter to have on a hot day. The Prawn Linguini was by far our favourite. It was cooked “al dente” with a very light sauce, and not the usual tomato “soup” prawn pasta is served in. We didn’t have any burgers and I did think having a long burger list on a beach bar is pointless.
We paid 120eur for 3 beers, 2 starters, 3 salads and a main dish for four people. The prices are elevated but we expected nothing less. The verdict is that the food is of good quality although the menu could have had more suitable dishes. The beach looks pretty, and it’s much quieter than any other beach in Limassol but having sand that doesn’t feel like sand and simply looks good is not my cup of tea.