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Estrella

Archiepiskopou Makariou III, 99878742, LIMASSOL, Mon – Thu 7am – 11pm, Fri 7am – 12am, Sat – Sun 8am – 12am 

A long anticipated arrival is real. Everything you dreamed of in a breakfast or brunch is also real and it’s #happeningnow at Estrella. From chocolate overload pancakes to “bougatsan” (“bougatsa” + croissant”), be ready to indulge.

My first ever comment on Estrella was regarding its location, which for me is beyond ideal: right in the very centre however hidden behind large shops and busy streets. Everything about it is modern so don’t expect retro, rustic or anything vintage yet hip and happening vibes. The high ceilings, the long bar, the outside space in shopping centre generally have a happy and positive outcome.
The menu is long with every possible variation you can imagine on croissant sandwiches, pancakes waffles and of course…eggs. Savoury, sweet, light, (ok not so light), you name it. And that’s the best part of Estrella if you ask me. You don’t have to “feel like eggs or pancakes” to go, you don’t have to feel like anything besides feeling hungry!
We went in a group of 4 plus 3 kids, so fortunately we had a chance to try quite a few options. I am not going to rant about every single dish, but say that everything was carefully prepared, looked truly indulgent and tasted good. It’s not the epitome of innovation and flavour explosion by the mastering of classic American dishes.
The ultimate fluffy, thick pancakes with an overload of maple syrup, a huge club sandwich with white sesame bread, fried egg and a lot of bacon were probably my favourite.
I liked the flakey butter croissant with scrambled eggs although I would have added avocado.
I thought the spinach omelette with yogurt and tomatoes was quite good (I am not big on omelettes so can’t really see how an omelette can be excellent).
The rich chocolate pancakes were beyond indulgent, but overly sweet for me. Classic chocolate lovers would kill for that, I’m sure. Savoury pancakes with bacon and cheddar were surprisingly good – a combination I would have never imagined.
The thing with Estrella is that it’s classic. It doesn’t go the extra mile on new things. It has taken all the classic (mostly American style) rich breakfast dishes and has perfected them mainly in looks, but flavour too. In my opinion there is a time for Estrella, there is also a time for matcha pancakes and homemade sourdough avocado sandwiches. Having said that, I would love to try their bagels, burgers and savoury “peinirli” and would definitely go when in need for classic pancakes or a full on egg breakfast.
I don’t think it’s fair to talk about the service as I went on the first day of opening, but it was truly unacceptable. I sincerely hope it’s better now. If you want my advice go on a weekday.
Other than that, it’s worth it, go and indulge!

Did you go because you saw it on Cypriot and Proud? Don’t forget to let them know!

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