I’ve been eating at Ropas since my first season here, the year they opened in 1991 … It’s one of my favourite places to go if I fancy truly authentic Cypriot Meze. Of course I’ve known Costas and his wife Nikki since then and I have to say this guy oozes traditional Cypriot hospitality, so too Nikki and family, son Stelios out front and daughter Flora helping Nikki in the kitchen, tbh this team are really hard to beat!
The restaurant is huge, holding up to 250 people including around 100 in the gardens out back. Its traditionally decorated, green and white gingham table cloths and cafe style chairs, old photos, artefacts and old whiskey barrels everywhere. I have to mention that Costas, previously a chef at Nissi Beach Hotel, goes shopping himself to buy their produce and ingredients, to make sure that he gets the best and the freshest, saying; “I won’t trust to get my products delivered’.
Lets start with the Meat Meze … to begin with it’s seasonal so it’ll differ all throughout the year. You’ll get about 23 to 25 dishes, normally starting with two salads, Village and Roccella with freshly made homemade dips, Tarama, Tzatziki, Olives, Pickles and my fav their Tahini, served with warm, freshly baked homemade bread, just delicious! … Check out their trip advisor Reviews here.
I don’t want to mention all of the dishes, but that’s followed by one of their specialities, his world famous ‘Boullez’, aka baby kolokassi or sweet potato, cooked to perfection as many of his dishes are using his Yia Yia’s recipes and trust me the locals travel for miles just for these … often as not served with grilled halloumi, lountza, a local cured ham and a mix of vegetables, in January to March that’ll include my absolute favourite freshly picked wild asparagus with an egg cracked on top! Mmm!
Bits & Pieces
Next you’ll probably get served Cypriot meat balls aka Koftedes, Koubebia aka stuffed vine leaves and his wild mushrooms with Honey, all are just to die for! Accompanied by Cheese Balls, made with Feta and grilled Cypriot sausages, Spicy Barstouma and Loukaniko, made with a hint of red wine.
Wait for it
Then even though by now I’m stuffed, out comes the meat dishes, chicken and pork souvlaki, cooked to perfection over real charcoal, Sheftalia, indigenous to Cyprus and Ftanna, aka Belly Pork, nice and crispy … in the summer you’ll get Lamb Kleftiko and in the winter Rabbit Stiffado … oh and, stiffado style broad beans and a plate of hand cut chips
A seafood lovers dream, starting much the same as the meat meze, with salads and dips and boullez. Moving on, you’ll get three types of Kalimari, baby, rings and whole fresh kalimari and octopus. Accompanied with Fish Balls, mussels, and shrimps cooked in a wonderful Ouzo sauce. Then out comes the fresh local fish which could include; shallow fried Whitebait, Tsipoura and Sea Bass or Sea Bream … Again served with chips and all the dips!
Make your own
Now it should be noted their meze is filling so do make sure you go hungry and all of the above are available to order separately so here you can create your own meze if you’re not too hungry or if you prefer to mix up a bit of surf and turf!
Head Chef Nikki is also very famous for her traditional Cypriot dishes like Makaronia tou Fourno aka Pistachio, Moussaka, Affelia, cubes of pork cooked in white wine and coriander seed, often served with your meze and my favourite, their Beef Stiffado, best if it’s yesterdays, or at least 2 or 3 days old!
On the grill
Nikki cooks a mean steak, over real charcoal, using selected Irish Beef cuts, grilled to your liking and served if preferred with your favourite sauce, Diane, Pepper or A ‘la crème with locally grown grilled or steamed vegetables and a choice of the worlds best Cyprus potatoes … btw if you prefer fillet of pork, I highly recommend it!
Normally following your dinner, Cotas serves a fruit platter of seasonal fruits but if you ask anyone about their Galaktoboureko they’ll probably say its absolutely amazing and tbh, its everyone’s favourite, so make sure you save a bit of room for this … oh and, I almost forgot their Loukoumades aka mini donuts are just as delicious.
Behind the Bar
You’re pretty much guaranteed to find your favourite drink … It’s authentically Cypriot there too, as many locals, family parties, drink scotch and usually order by the bottle, half bottle or quarter bottle … but naturally they’ll happily serve just one shot. They also stock, local and imported beers, ciders, Champaign, soft drinks, milkshakes and coffee …
Events & Parties
It’s an excellent choice to hold your birthday party, wedding or christening party or special event, Ladies Day, Mothers Day and often on a Sunday you’ll find at least one party taking place. Costas, Wife Nikki and the team will make absolutely sure its a day you’ll never forget. He’ll cook a buffet style to your preferences or off the menu and if you mention What’s On you’ll find some very special offers. If there’s a group of 10 or more of you Costas will be happy to sort you out your transport to the restaurant.
If you want to enjoy your meal with a little live music every Friday night an excellent band play your favourite Greek classics, a mix of Rembetika and Laika from 9 pm til 12 midnight and often as not someone will end up getting up for a dance. From October ’til March its inside next to an open fire on the chilly evenings but from April ’til September is out back on the courtyard and really not to be missed!
Open All Year
Daily: 6 pm ’til 11 pm
All credit cards accepted
You’ll find Ropas Tavern at 63, Nicos Psaras Road, Paralimni 5280 … it’s aka the old aka Stadium Road, running adjacent to the old stadium … with ample off street parking … See google map below …
GPS: 35.032029, 33.982423
Famous for over 30 Years!