You couldn’t put this excellent traditional Cypriot Tavern any more central, sitting proud on the T, looking west up Nissi Avenue, its all wood and arches, that excel at sunset, sort of rough cut, with barn wheels and wicker baskets and lots of farm memorabilia gathered from a family that’s been in farming for seven generations, the ambience sort of reminiscent of a traditional Cypriot farmhouse of many years past.
The cuisine is naturally traditional, and most of the ingredients in the kitchen come from their families farms, assuring only the freshest produce, oh, I just want to say this place is that good, it gets really busy, so you might need to grab a drink at the bar, soak up the atmosphere and wait a bit, or make sure you book first, either way, the family and staff welcome you with traditional Cypriot hospitality, getting you a drink really quickly and tbh, a better team is hard to find … I love their tagline; “We Serve Smiles & Positive Energy’!
Joining the team in 2015, Matre’d Andreas has been in the restaurant industry since he was 8 years old, working in Coombe Abbey Hotel in Coventry, while Head Chef Christos Pascalli is fully qualified and a member of the Association of Cyprus Chefs, he heads up a busy team, pulling out all the stops to provide a variety of traditional Cypriot Dishes, nothing frozen, everything freshly made, from the hob to the traditional clay ovens and Charcoal Grills.
Naturally, you’ll find things like Moussaka, freshly made in individual clay pots, amazing Stiffado, cubes of beef marinated in vinegar and onions just like Yia Yia used to make, delicious Afelia, or Tavas … My fav is the Lamb Kleftico, a whole Lamb Shank cooked for at least 6 hours over a bed of cinders in a sealed clay oven, so tender the meat just falls off the bone and the Cyprus Potatoes omg!, of course as in many Cypriot kitchens, starters are a cool selection of fresh chilled salads, served with breads and a few homemade dips, the Tahini, a garlic lovers heaven! …
On a recent visit with my good friend Thea, we tried the Cyprus Combo for two persons, like a mini meze of traditional dishes with a delicious salad and dips for starters, and bowls of kleftico, tavas, sifado, afelia, cous-cous, rice and hand cut chips and we added a plate of Dolmades, aka Koupepia, on the side … for a description of these Cypriot dishes click here
The Traditional Meze is one of the best I’ve ever tasted, about 16 Seasonal Dishes, served nice and slowly, in four courses, a terrific way to try many local dishes in one go, from salads and dips to authentic dishes and delicious char grills with vegetables and hand cut chips of course, but make sure you go hungry coz it’s huge!
Steaks & Grills
Famed for their awesome Steaks, just wait til you taste the New Zealand Sirloin perfectly cooked to your taste, with or without your favourite sauce … Or the huge Isaac Pork Chop is massive, or the ever-popular gorgeous Meat Platters for 2, with many cool mix-it-up ideas … its a feast of Pork Souvlaki, Chicken Souvlaki, Sheftalia, Lamb Chops, Pork Belly aka Ftana, Chicken Donner, Grilled Vegetables, Grilled Halloumi, Lountza, Tsatziki and chips … oh, and the Cyprus Burger is totally unique; it’s a secret Homemade recipe with pork and beef served with a special commandaria sauce that’s just a taste bud explosion!
With lots of fishermen friends, they’ve always got Fresh Fish and Seafood on ice, the Sea-bream I tried was cooked to perfection … or there’s Fresh Calamari, Octopus, and the occasional surprise catch, so make sure you ask what’s in the fridge … The Seafood Platter is a fish lovers dream and the Mixed Grill the same for meat lovers … with a few more unique ideas for Platters coming this Spring.
It’s a family restaurant so the kids have their own menu … so much to choose from the Pizza Margarita, chicken nuggets, pork or chicken kebabs, grilled chicken, plain pasta, with maybe a little grated halloumi, spaghetti bolognaise, or hamburger and chips oh, and once they’ve chosen they can solve the puzzles and colour the menu in, brilliant!
Do make sure you leave some room for dessert, because their delicious Cyprus Sweets are to die for and a lovely way to round off your meal, hmm btw, the Chocolate Ecstasy is OMG! … and if you eat there on a festival night look out for some surprises …
Behind the Bar
All the wines are Cypriot, mainly from Paphos and Limassol, carefully selected including several award-winning varieties as Cyprus is now producing some of the worlds finest wines, served by the glass, bottle or 1/2 litre and 1 litre carafes, and at very good value topping at about €26 … There’s a very well stocked bar with bottled beers and a few exotic cocktails, and you must try the Farmers Special … Hic!
Open Long Summer Season
March ’til November
Daily: 3 pm ’til 11.30 pm
Most credit cards accepted
You’ll find Farmers at 27, Arch Bishop Makarios III Avenue, its immediately on the traffic lights at the beginning of Nissi Avenue … see map below … Oh, and why not check out their Trip Advisor Reviews
GPS: 34.986360, 34.000530
Don’t wait ’til the last night to try this Tavern!