Kyriakou Matsi 16, LEFKOSIA (NICOSIA), 22 760720
Tue-Sat 12:00-16:00, 19:00-11:30
When someone tells you this restaurant is all about flavours of our culinary heritage from ancient times to today through a degustation menu you just have to try it. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it definitely sounded interesting. Plus a week before by visit their sommelier won the Young Sommelier 2019 Award – the cherry on the cake.
The space was elegant and classic with earth colours prevailing. Although quiet on a cold Wednesday evening I generally liked the ambiance and I thought it was pleasant and refined. Worth mentioning is definitely the fact that the chairs were comfortable!
Food-wise there were 3 choices: the shorter degustation menu, the longer degustation menu and an additional wine pairing option. Needless to say we went all-in. The bread came first with 3 options of home-made bread, out of which the beetroot was our preferred one. The amuse bouche of mini zucchini pie was a light and an interesting start to our meal. Out of the 8 courses we definitely preferred the meat ones with the stuffed ravioli with chicken, halloumi sauce and truffle and the veal cheeks with onions standing out.
My least favourite was the oysters with gin and the scallops with pear sauce as I thought they were rather blunt and both needed a kick in flavour. The fact that the menu changes every few weeks is indeed necessary to make their guests come back again and again.
Dessert was a rather longer part of the entire meal than expected starting with berry macaroons which tasted truly fantastic and milk ice cream with oats and rose with a light and sweet flavour (so far so good). Following those two came a tahini halvas with orange and chocolate biscuit. Although it was tasty I didn’t think it was appropriate for that meal as it was rich, and tasted more like a good porridge. Finally the sweet louvi which was served as petit fours at the end was interesting. I can’t say I enjoyed the flavour bu it was definitely something to talk about.
Another thing worth mentioning is definitely the wine pairing. The selection was fantastic, and definitely made the meal complete. The total price was around 100 euros each with the wine pairing. Yes, it’s high. I do think it’s slightly lower now, which I hope so, as I hate to see the price tag driving away people. In a nutshell it’s an interesting experience worth trying and it all depends on the dish selection every time as they change often. Top marks for the wine!