Xilino Lounge Bar & Restaurant, Vrysoulles

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Xilino Lounge Bar & Restaurant, Vrysoulles, Ammohostos, Established 2005

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Twelve years ago their long awaited dream became a reality ! … George and Fivi Aresti, had planned for the day that their four children would get married and leave the roost, allowing a little more freedom, space and time to enjoy life . So, what do they do ? They converted the downstairs of their beautiful Scandinavian Pine Log home into a restaurant, which has unquestionably become an eatery of exclusive cuisine !

Extraordinary
The menu is unique, with recipes that have been passed down, from great grandmother to great granddaughters, and with a lean towards George’s lifetime hobby of hunting, both with the barrel ‘n dog or flippers ‘n spear . much as nowadays he’s hunting more for fresh wild mushrooms, asparagus and wild seasonal vegetables and fresh herbs . omg ! it’s a veggies dream …

Loyal Customers
The selection will suit everyone from the fussiest of Cypriot tastes, to the try anything once Brit and the numerous, loyal customers, of tens of nationalities, that over the previous three decades hired bikes or cars from George & Fivi at Ham Yam Bike & Car Hire of Ayia Napa …

Surprises
Now, I did say extraordinary, so of course you’ll find things you won’t find elsewhere . the kitchen is always full of surprises, even their meze, much as it’s traditional village style, is very seasonal and hence differs from month to month .. even the meatballs are renowned to be the best in the village, some say Cyprus, and they’re just one of the family Aresti’s secret recipes …

Variety
It’s hard to choose a favourite here, but The Flambe Specials are amazing especially the Angus Beef from USA or Xilino Special, Pork Fillet with honey, red wine, onions and mushrooms . The flambe King Prawns mind boggling . Duck Surprise, hmm, must be the splash of balsamic added to the honey and orange sauce . The Liver and Onions, perfect . Sheppard’s Dish, Pork fillet stuffed with fetta cheese a taste bud explosion . and my fav the The Rack of Lamb with George’s secret sauce . Mmmm ! … if you just fancy a soup or an omelette they’ll make it nice and fluffy and there’s even a separate children’s menu …

Platters
my absolute favourite has to be the Mix Grill Platter … this is up to 24 seasonal dishes . served on a big wooden platter, sizzling … omg ! . but make sure you’re hungry …

Around the World
George explained that over the past thirty-five years, they have visited over twenty European countries, accepting invitations from many of his loyal customers, who eventually became his friends, almost family, and they’ve enjoyed with them the menus of hundreds of restaurants along the way . He smiled as he told me; he’d stolen his favourites from his travels and just couldn’t exclude them from the menu, which with all intents and purposes will change as often as the seasons and as regular as the sun . So do ask about the daily off- the-menu surprises !

Sea Food
Btw, they serve a selection of sea food but if you’re looking for something special in the fish and seafood cuisine, George suggests you give him a call a couple of days in advance . then you’ll be in for a very special treat …

Aresti Family Feasts
Fivi’ is your chef come hostess with the most’est, would cook daily feasts for her gastronomic hubby, along with the crew at the workshop, and if you’ve ever had the fortune to pick up your hire car at lunch time, you’ll understand what I mean about feast ! So when they put on one of their BBQ Buffet Eat All You Can Specials, don’t miss it !

Family Affair
Catering goes back a long way on both sides of the family and Fivi’s dad opened Gorgona, aka Mermaid restaurant in Larnaca, and just over a decade ago George’s father closed the famous Bamboo in this very village . Fact is, between them, there’s not much they don’t know about the kitchen and hospitality catering …

Private Parties & Events
Its also a great choice for a private party or special event, up to 120 people . inside log cabin style or outside on delightful tree lined terraces . with personal wedding or party dressage by the wonderful Mitsis Creations and quality cuisine fit for a king and queen …

Take Away & Delivery
They also provide a take away and delivery service up to 10 km away … but everything is cooked fresh to order so plan ahead is best …

Hospitality to the extreme !
The Aresti family are undoubtedly one of the most amazing hospitable families I have ever met, from the effervescent Fivi to her remarkable hubby George, one of the finest chaps I have ever had the pleasure to meet . Son Michael is awesome, following in their footsteps, now the matre d’, so many of you will know exactly what I mean, and if you don’t .. You soon will !

Go join the Aresti Family !

Open All Year
Daily, except Sunday
Summer 4 pm ’til 12 midnight
Winter 4 pm ’til 11 ish
You’ll find them at 179, Trikomou Street, 5521, Vrissoulles . it’s tucked away opposite St. Demetrious Church, near the school and the big car park … just hit google maps below …

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