Probably one of the areas’ most famous restaurants, Kamasias Taverna, once aka Tony’s, has an impeccable reputation to provide the best in traditional seasonal meze … Warm and cozy in the winter and cool and breezy in the summer, I’ve been eating here for over 30 years, even Cyprus’ President Anastasiadies pops in occasionally and it’s without doubt one of my all time favourites!
It’s a family affair
The man with the big mustache is Tony, originally opening Tony’s Tavern almost 50 years ago in 1970, right in the heart of Paralimni, in 1980 they moved to a bigger and better venue just up from the traffic lights on 1st April Avenue, opposite our old office, and in 1993 to the current venue, passing the eaterie to son Andreas, joined by wife Daniella, who heads up the kitchen for 24 years now and grandson Antonis, who maybe one day will turn it back into Tony’s Taverna 😉
On the menu
Here you’ll find traditional seasonal Cypriot Meze at its absolute finest … about 16 dishes, starting with fresh seasonal salads and homemade dips … then it can get a little different, baby Snails, Rabbit, Souvlaki, Asparagus with an Egg cracked on top, Fillet of Pork, fresh Lamb Cutlets, Beef Liver, Chicken, grilled local Sausages, and Ftana aka Pork Belly, cooked to perfection and delicious hand cut Chips … or you can just make up your own Meze from the extensive menu.
Now this is where this place excels … they call them seasonal ‘Rain Gifts, so this family are dedicated to bringing you the freshest and most sought after wild Cypriot produce, like baby wild Artichokes, Snails, Asparagus, and a regular trip to Paphos to find rare wild Mushrooms is all part of the norm, often walking 15 to 25 km a day to bring you the best selection that night … needless to say if you like wild Mushrooms this place is a must !!!
I could easily say everything is special here, but you really must try a couple of dishes that are quite unique … They travel for miles just for the Rabbit in Lemon Sauce, it’s mum’s secret recipe of over 40 years, entrancing, and just to die for!, and you really must try the Black Angus T-Bone, any carnivore’s heaven! it’s almost enough for two, if it wasn’t so nice or maybe go a’la carte with one of their saucy dishes …
The fish is fresh daily, of course … The Fish Meze is amazing ! Prawns, Mussels, Grilled Kalamari, always a selection of today’s catch and my fav the shallow fried baby crab omg! Fresh fish daily includes, Sea Bream, Sea Bass, Red Porgy, Red Mullet, Black Fish, Kalimari, Grilled Octopus … or my fav the Fisherman’s Platter; Mussels, Shrimps, baby Crab and baby Kalamari, just perfect !
Toning down their once selection of Cypriot and Greek Wines in the Cava from 200 to 100 different labels, you’ll be sure to find something to compliment your meal perfectly, the beers and spirits are served by the quarter bottle up to a bottle … and if you like good Malt Whiskey just ask or a speciality Cognac, hmm you’d better start saving for the piece d’resistance a very special bottle of Delamain Cognac, one of only 500 bottles made in 2008 … a touch above my budget, you’d better check before you order a shot, you’ll be amazed !!!
Through the Winter you’ll find heart warming village style Soups, an open fire and there’s live music every Friday night. They welcome corporate business lunches and parties or special events with a guarantee that you’ll leave satisfied … almost 50 years must mean something so why not check out their Trip Advisor Reviews and their Facebook page for loads more photos !
Children & Desserts
Even the kids have their own selection and if there’s any chance you still have room for afters, all their sweets are home made … they normally just bring seasonal fruit but whatever you do try a little Shamali its absolutely delicious !!!
12:30 pm ’til 3:30 pm then 6:30 pm ’til 12 midnight
A Take Away Service is available.
Closed on Mondays
You’ll find them at 23 Daidalou Street, Paralimni, it’s the triangle green, almost opposite Lidl’s Supermarket and about 50 metres from Akis Express
At Kamasias they live for the table !