I had the opportunity to sample a wide variety of food in Cyprus, sometimes being taken out for dinner, sometimes finding something myself. Here is a selection of Cyprus food that I found.
After my first day of work, two of the British Council staff took me to the cafeteria in Debenhams where I enjoyed some chunky pork with something similar to ratatouille. The fresh orange juice was very fresh – I saw the chef opening the packet.
My only experience of food in the northern part of Cyprus. Cheesy chicken and chips with salad – all kept warm in a polystyrene box.
More cheesy chips – which were part of an excellent meal in the centre of Nicosia. It seems the British did leave something behind…
Another mountain of chips, this time with a pork kebab in Larnaca. The bread is similar to baladi bread in Egypt – very tasty. Thanks to Luisa for lunch and the very interesting stories.
I hiked 28km around a salt lake, south of Larnaca. When I returned to Larnaca I had this meal of octopus and chips at a beachside restaurant in the south part of Larnaca. Very tasty.
One of the best main courses I had in Cyprus was at the Atima restaurant in Limassol. Despite a frighteningly bored waitress, the food was excellent: a succulent pork chop in a great sauce and some very interesting vegetables. Sort of noveau cuisine but with decent portions. Thanks to Marios, Leda and the Greek Cypriot teachers’ union for the meal.
In Pafos, I tried a simple taverna. Not a tourist in sight, just some excellent kebab, potato, salad and a beer – all for less than 10 euros.
On my last day of training in Cyprus, I was invited out by the teachers. A yummy kebab and chips, washed down with a pint of local keo beer. What more could a man ask for?
On my last evening in Protaras, I nipped out to the Astoria. Poor service, uninspiring food and he was overcharged. Not a place I’ll be heading back to in the near future.
Larnaca airport was pretty disorganised with a few flights delayed. I was lucky to pick up the meal combo, chicken and vegetables with a large side salad and a beer for 11 euros. You could pay that for a glass of water in some international airports.
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Want to see Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus? Nicosia
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