They'll ask you how you'd like your meat, tidied, trimmed and cut, always doing that first before they weigh it and once you get to know these guys, you just say things like 'extra fine ground beef for bolognese, for four people' and they know how much to give you ... bear in mind they're Cypriot portions ;) ... I often run through an order for my BBQ's and how many people are coming and Andreas says I think that's enough ... brilliant!
... they call them seasonal 'Rain Gifts', and this is where this place excels ... because this Tony and the family are dedicated to bringing you the freshest and most sought after wild Cypriot produce, like baby wild Artichokes, Snails, fresh Asparagus, and a regular trip to Paphos to find rare Wild Mushrooms, is all part of the norm, Tony often walking 15 to 25 km a day to bring you the best selection that night ... needless to say if you like wild Mushrooms omg, this place is a must !!!
Again outside, and attached to the restaurant, my Favourite Place, a wonderful lounge bar, a sort of posh beer garden, in parts covered Gazebos, up high lovely sails with bits left al' fresco, aka under the stars ... Here you can enjoy, drinks from the garden bar, and finger foods, Pizzas, maybe add an exotic flavour, chilled appropriately and shared with friends, coz in this ambience it's well cool, and I just have to say the setting around the centre seating area adorned with cool architectural lighting is stunning, to say the least, and they didn't cut back on comfort here!
... Inside you will find everything you would expect from a bakery including milk, fresh breads, Bulgarian and Cypriot pastries, Croissants, Bulgarian Sausage Rolls, amongst other sweet and savory goodies ...
Panicos, a master in the hospitality industry, decided to think differently about the way we eat Asian, saying ''why should you have to decide which cuisine to choose?'', and believes Chinese and Indian wasn't enough, so he opened this impeccable Asian Restaurant that boasts 4 Asian cuisines; Chinese, Indian, Thai, and Sushi, so now you don't have to decide, in fact, they want you to mix it up!
George showed me around the grounds explaining; "You can learn so much about marine life here, and rivers and swamps and the Penguins, the first ever in the Mediterranean region, naturally kept comfortable in the appropriate climate controlled environment". Just watching one of their videos I amazingly learned that all Gold Fish don't have stomachs, so they have to keep eating, which means you should feed them small amounts 5 times a day, probably why I was never successful keeping one, but now I know!
Naturally, while I was chatting to Chris, I had to try a few of the flavours ;) and have to say I was amazed by the variety of tastes that you can add to Kettle Corn, Salted or Sweet ... The first I just had to try was the Marshmallow, just amazing, next the Cranberry, delicious, I took some home ...
It's deceiving from the outside, 'Tardis' like, comes to mind, as inside you'll find about 7,000 different labels, everything from postcards to booze and puffs, chocolates, drinks and munchies, to all your basic groceries and fresh fruit and veg, oh, Suntan Lotions and Beachwear, Body Boards and Buckets & Spades, and they're open 24/7, 365 Days a year ... now that's what I call 'convenient' and just what you'll need ;)
Taking over the aptly named Din Dins, in June 2018, Glen, Debbie and Sharon had some really cool plans, and it's obvious they got it right, from the start! Opening this family bar and restaurant, with comfy seating, both outside on the covered decking, edged with potted plants or inside, where you'll immediately notice a really friendly atmosphere, so the idea is, there's no rush if you're eating, and if you're not hungry you can just chill with a drink and soak up the atmosphere, quite unique, and on that note, the impulse banter between this crew in full flow is just awesome ...
... They definitely don't sell fast food here, they sell really good food as fast as they can and the menu is truly international, carefully prepared by Emma, ably assisted by 5 top chefs, headed up by Gavin and Andrew who conjure up a menu of international culinary delights to suite absolutely every taste, using only fresh local produce and imported delicacies ... and whatever you do you really must leave some room for dessert, or just go for desserts ... mmmm!