Klokkos Tavern, Xylofagou

Klokkos Tavern, Xylofagou, Established 2008

I love to discover good old authentic Cypriot Tavernas, especially when they are out of town.  As authentic as they come, this 100 year old traditional Cypriot house was lovingly restored and converted into an amazing traditional Cypriot Taverna by Elena and her husband Dimitris in 2008.  Both with over twenty years experience in hospitality, you can tell someone has a flair for design ?

Warm Welcome
As you walk in through the courtyard, and squeeze through narrow barn style doors, the ambience is so welcoming you feel like you’ve walked into your Yiayia’s place.  All stone arches, awesome lighting, and cozy little rooms, like a mini museum of times past !! Its got a warm feeling during the Winter and you’re guaranteed to receive the warmest of welcomes all year from the friendly crew and of course the lovely Elena and Dimitris, who btw is also the Head Chef, keeping it in the family 😉

Al’ fresco
In the Summer months most of the dining is al’ fresco in the covered gardens, adorned with flowers, trees, trinkets and memorabilia, reminiscent of years gone by.  They’ve even got a bar out front in the open yard, just perfect for those those balmy Summer nights, so you’re welcome to pop in just for a drink, and maybe a mini Fish Platter, Mmm !

It’ starts by being traditional, so there’s aromas of delicious Grills being cooked over real charcoal, and the sizzling Sirloin Steak is mouth watering stuff!  The Fish or Meat Meze is huge, seasonal, and full of traditional flavours, and naturally many a locals favourite!!!  The Moussaka and Macaroni Pastiche from Yiayia’s recipe and still a secret, and my fav, village style Keftedes deep fried to perfection, mmm with a pot of Cinnamon Tea 😉 or you must try the Afelia marinated for hours before being cooked for more hours in Wine and Coriander, quite delightful !

House Specials
Little things like Potato Skins for starters makes a nice change or try one of their traditional soups, delicious in the Winter … but the Mussels a’la Chef is one of Dimitri’s signature dishes, fresh Mussels sauteed in white Wine with Bacon, Mushrooms and fresh Cream … my absolute fav though is the Pork Fillet marinated in Commandaria and flambeed to perfection, leaving the sauce, a taste bud explosion and highly recommended ! oh, and do look out for their weekly specials on the boards !!!

They travel from all over Cyprus to eat the Lamb Kleftico here, it’s absolutely to die for, cooked in big clay pots, in the sealed clay ovens, for up to 8 hours, and served straight from the embers to the table still in the clay pots, brilliant !!!  You’ll never taste lamb better than this !!! omg, and the Cyprus Potatoes, just Mmmmmm !!!

Traditionally they’ll serve platters of fresh seasonal fruits but head chef Dimitri has a passion for baking!  So the desserts are all home made, the traditional Bourekia with Anari just finger licking good, but the omg, the Lava Cake will categorically make you go back! 😉

With traditional Cypriot hospitality, without trying, they excel during the festive seasons on the religious calendar and welcome those of you fasting, aka Nistisimo, before Christmas and Easter offering a nice variety of non meat or dairy dishes.  Then of course with room to seat up to 200 people, inside and out, its a great place for a party, welcoming Weddings, Birthdays, Corporate Functions, Stag and Hen Nights and just big family get togethers …

Heritage & Happy Trees
Named after Dimitris’ grandfather’s nickname, ‘Klokkos’ aka, an unripened Fig, which I’m led to believe came from the shape of his head, its a lovely story, and lends itself to the Fig design on their hand painted wooden covered Menus, which btw, give you a clue that you’re in for a treat, and trust me, you really are! … and on that note you really must ask Elena about her Happy Trees, they are wonderful !

With regular live Greek Music you can enjoy a truly authentic family Cypriot meal with a little guitar and bouzouki, all folk style to add to the traditional Cypriot ambience ! You might even grab the mic, click a few fingers and thumbs, slap a few heels or maybe catch one of the Mediterranean belly dancers !

Open all Year
Monday to Saturday
5.30 pm ’til late
Take-away orders welcome from 11:30 am
Sorry, closed on Sundays

You’ll find them about 15 minutes drive from Larnaca, Paralimni and Ayia Napa, in the heart of the village at 8 Frixou Panagiotou StreetXylofagou.  Immediately on the Zebra Crossing, on the left hand side just after the mini roundabout, heading toward Ayia Napa.  There’s ample parking outside for those who are not having more than a couple of drinks ! 

Check out their amazing Trip Advisor Reviews and you’ll understand why they are soooo popular !

And from the fig, there came a name in excellent dining !

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