This was definitely one of my favourite finds last year! Hugga by the Sea is just a little way down the Dhekalia Road from town, on the Sunny side overlooking the Med, opposite The Nautical Club, and tbh it’s not something you’d expect to find here … I had to ask, ‘Hugga’, it’s name, is derived from a Danish word for charming, special, cozy, sort of creating a warm atmosphere, which tbh describes it absolutely perfectly.
It’s classy, chic and unique, it’s spacious, the designer obviously minimalistic with a touch of finesse. Outside there’s a large terrace, partly covered, with comfy bench sofas and seats, huge umbrellas, dropping down to lush gardens, with mature trees creating the shade, overlooking the sea, with gorgeous architectural lighting by night … inside its all stone pillars and wood with classy finishing, stylish lighting, high ceilings, cool touches and condiments to compliment, all creating an ambience that puts them up high in my favourite eaterie rankings.
I’m sure I’ve crossed paths with owner Chris before, an interesting character to say the least, might be something to do with potatoes, but coming from a long family history in the catering and hospitality industry, Chris’ family owned restaurants in Larnaca, and in true Cypriot fashion he grew up helping the family so it’s in his blood … and inevitably Chris went onto study extensively and qualified in hotel management, btw, ask him about his Bee Park 😉
They’ve only been open for two years now, but this place has already gained an excellent reputation amongst the locals of an international mix, for providing top quality cuisine, and by not holding back on quantity, unless you ask them to size down a dish for the children or Yia Yia … oh and all at very reasonable prices!
Starting every day serving delicious breakfasts, in wonderful surroundings; the full English is Orange juice, 2 eggs, 2 bacon, sausage, mushrooms, grilled tomato, beans, toast, and coffee for only €5 … it’s excellent value for money!
On the Menu
Then lets move on to Brunch, Lunch and Dinner … Starting with The Meat Platter, which already seems to be everybody’s favourite, and who am I to argue? I thought it was excellent … but there’s so much to choose from an international menu, and all prepared fresh to order by happy Cypriot and international chefs … btw, when I asked Chris’ what his favourites are he told me “the Steaks of course, but he also loves the Pasta, the Carbonara or the Fish Pasta, he said, its hard to choose” …
Chris has his own Sheep Farm feeding them mainly a diet of lush green grass and Cyprus potatoes and then prepares and cooks one of the best Kleftico I’ve ever tasted, cooked slowly in real clay oven together with the potatoes, for at least 6 to 7 hours … and the meat just falls off the bone, tbh, you’ll never taste anything like this Mmmm! oh, and btw the Lamb Chops … OMG!
I have to say; the best way to cook meat in Cyprus is on the Charcoal Grill and at Hugga they’ve got it right … so you must try their Angus Beef Steaks cooked to your liking and the homemade burgers finely minced with the same beef, and served with a little finesse … Naturally they also serve Souvlaki, delicious cubes of Pork or Chicken on skewers, slow cooked over real charcoal and served with salad and Pitta bread, oh, and btw, the Pork Chops are huge!
This is a family restaurant with traditional values, so if you’re wondering whats for dinner?, keep your eyes open for the blackboards both outside and inside, with daily specials that change with the seasons, and naturally mostly served with Cyprus potatoes, the best in the world, straight from their farms, so expect to find only the freshest and the best here 😉
Famed for their brilliant Platters for two or more; Meat, Cheese, Anti-pasti, Vegetable or The Testing Platter a mix of everything and at such cool prices … But one of my favourites, you must try the Pork Fillet in red wine, blended with mushrooms, onions, English mustard and fresh cream into a tantalising sauce served with fresh vegetables and rice … or I think next time the Chicken Breast stuffed with Feta cheese, mint and garlic, sounds delicious, hmm, or the Chicken Fajitas and crispy Nachos covered in cheese look amazing!
Save a little room for desserts because they make delicious Waffles & Crepes, with 3 or more toppings from an insatiable list, or maybe just stop by for afternoon coffee with a naughty treat 😉
Its a family friendly restaurant so the children have their own menu or you can size down any meal … oh and there’s a fantastic kids playground tucked at the back so the kids can play safe bouncing around on a big inflatable and trampoline, and well that’s enough to wear them out so you can get some sleep tonight lol
Behind the Bar
A very well stocked bar, with a selection of fine wines from Cyprus, Greece, and Italy … Frozen Margaritas, that I must warn you are very moorish, Daiquiris, just as much, Smoothies made with fresh fruits, all your classic cocktails and my fav The Hugga Lover, a mix of Gin, pink grapefruit, soda, lime, mixed berries and Cointreau … that’ll shake up your taste buds 😉
There’s 6 Screens showing all the live sports and Chris plans to continue hosting Charity Events plus Live Music, Quiz Nights, Cyprus Nights, Buffet Nights and it’s very spacious, so its a great choice to hold your party or special event! oh, and if there’s just a group of you and you fancy trying something new, Chris will sort you out a cab there …
I enjoyed my interview with Chris, and just have to congratulate him on his endless list of achievements, his impeccable hospitality, unique ideas and his kindness to local charities and naturally combining it all to offer you an excellent dining experience with a little finesse!
Open all Year
Summer: Daily: 9am ’til 1 am
Winter: Daily: 9 am ’til Midnight
Directions & Delivery
You’ll find them on the corner at 2, Michalaki Kalorli and Dhekalia Road, Livadia, Larnaca … It’s on your left with the sea to your right, just past Jumbo, and opposite The Nautical Club, with ample off street parking … See Map below … or to order Free Delivery in the surrounding area Click Here
GPS: 34.952590, 33.650006
A new and commendable dinning experience in Larnaca!