If you think haute cuisine is available only in urban centers around the island, well you're wrong! Meze isn't the only grub you'll find in the villages around Cyprus. And here are four restaurants in the countryside that are proof positive that fine dining isn't exclusive to the city at all.
Picture yourself having Dim Sum at Kathikas, Crème Brulee with soutzouko at Kalopanagiotis and wild boar at Platres. It's enough to make you drive the distance to experience other delicacies besides Cypriot gastronomy.
Although the menu has a selection of dishes inspired by Cypriot and international cuisine, the Farmyard also has an incredible selection of Chinese & Thai delicacies. Outstanding Dim Sum, excellent lemonade chicken, authentic noodles. On your next visit to Kathikas, go for the extraordinary and try Farmyard, voted one of the 50 Best Restaurants in Cyprus on the WIZ GUIDE.
Tel. 70009696. Kathikas
The modern decor in this sunny restaurant with excellent views arouses your appetite for their sought-after menu. Try Lountza-krasato carpaccio, the Superfood salad, and also a Crème Brulee with soutzouko while enjoying wine and the extraordinary mountain views. There are no words to define this truly unique 'made in Cyprus' experience.
Casale Panayiotis Hotel, Kalopanagiotis, Nicosia
Thursday - Friday dinner only, Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday lunch only
On the green mountains of Platres, you'll find, among other things, excellent food at the Petit Palai Hotel. With a menu that includes choices of fresh pasta, meat, fish, and even game, as well as pizza baked in a stone oven. But don't leave until you've tried the orange pie or chocolate souffle. You'll definitely regret it!
Tel. 25866606 (25421723 hotel phone)
Petit Palais Hotel, Pano Platres, Limassol.
Monday to Sunday 12.30-16.00 & 19.30-22.00
MITOS MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT
Mediterranean cuisine that follows the prevailing gastronomic trends, that is Mitos Mediterranean Restaurant. Always investing in local raw materials - sometimes with an organic approach, their a la carte menu has options for everyone. And not to be outdone, they also have a rich wine collection hailing from local and international origins.
Library Hotel, Kalavasos, Larnaca
The restaurant will reopen in March