Dinner & Drinks
We recently popped into Eden Square, firstly for dinner at El Chico Mexican Restaurant and following our delicious meal with a couple of perfect Mojitos in Nalu Cocktail Bar in Protaras. I grabbed a moment to chat to owner Constantinos on the night and I arranged a day to do a catch up …
Over a lovely coffee, Constantinos reminisced about when they opened back in 2003, What’s On magazine at full flow … It’s designer style, pioneering something different for Protaras, not buy one get one free style, instead something a little more classy but then, what else would you expect from this duo.
The Old Days
Constantinos oozes hospitality from his early consulting days to working bars at Lost & Found in Nicosia, to The Sunrise Beach Hotel in Protaras and I suppose you could call him a ‘Styled Mixologist’ … We talked about Eden Square, presenting several different venues, a choice of international cuisines and chillout bars. Nalu, meaning Wave, quite perfect!
Directly off the pavement, under an arch of greenery your maitre’d will show you to a table. Nalu bar is open air, so it’s alfresco style through our long hot summers with lovely sunny bits and a few shaded areas during the day and those lovely tall warming gas heaters for the chilly nights in April and November, not needed of course from May to October.
Plants all over the place, seating about 300 people, with comfy sofas, around cool coffee tables at the start and towards the end of the season, then in the summer months they increase the comfy high stools and tables …
To the Table
It’s table service, by a well oiled crew, really cool ambient lighting especially at the bar raised at the back of the seating area with comfy stools around it if you want to keep the barman company …
At Nalu Bar, Constantinos explained; “We start off the evening with chill out sounds and it slowly becomes a little more clubby past 10, 11’ish and we present the best DJ’s from all over Cyprus, the UK & Scandinavia, who play here on rotation. The music generally, really cool chill out, soft house, RnB through to Clubby style as the evening evolves!”
Serving all your favourite drinks, its mainly cocktails on the Menu mixed with premium spirits by well trained styled mixologists, my favourite the popular Gin Cocktails a choice of about 20 … A few of the most popular include; Rossa Mia, a blend of Aperitif, mustachio, lime and ginger or the Strawberry Lips, coz everyone loves vodka and Thommy’s Margaritas Mmmm!
One of my favourites has to be The Elderflower Smash or the Antigua or I love their twist on the Sexy Colada, just that little bit different but you really must try the Ginger Apple served in a shot glass with crushed ice with a hint of black pepper.
Naturally you might want to have a little nibble while you’re enjoying your drink, so choose from a delicious selection of fresh salads, freshly made sushi, cheese or meat platters or a blend of them all … Check out their Facebook Reviews here.
We’re not allowed to mention the 15 plus exotic flavours from the east that you can enjoy with your friends but its one of their specialties’ so go and savour their ‘before or after dinner accompaniments’ 😉
Naturally in a classy lounge style cocktail bar you’ll expect to find a nice coffee. Understanding that coffee is huge these days you’ll find pure fresh ground coffee served hot or cold or in your cocktail!
Events & Parties
They generally look for any ideas to throw a party, things like Kataklysmos aka The Festival of The Flood and the 15th August and for no special reason and occasionally have live music events, but tbh, this place is special on any day or night so lots of people choose it for their birthdays parties and special events. Oh and, if you mention What’s On you’ll be in for a nice surprise!
El Chico Mexican
At the top of Eden Square is the very popular Mexican Restaurant … its a casual affair, in a traditional Mexican taverna setting with cacti everywhere and cafe style seating. Here, in a relaxed ambience, their chefs conjure up delights from Mexico with an experience that shows through … Their TripAdvisor reviews speak for themselves …
On our last visit I went for the Chicken Chimichanga as always a perfectly grilled breast of chicken topped in melted cheese and crispy bacon and Louise went for the BBQ Chicken Salad, but I had a taste it was Mmm! … My choice to drink was a Strawberry Margarita just first class and Lou went for a Lemon Margarita, just as nice, but be warned they’re moor’ish!
Which one first?
The setting here is wonderful, casual, clubby chill out cocktail bar and first class Mexican cuisine and just opened the excellent ‘ Il Bocco Divino’ Italian Restaurant and the exceptional ‘Kamakura’ Japanese Restaurant, here’s a sneak peak at their Menu … so all you have to do is decide which one to dine at before a cocktail or two at Nalu Bar or after dinner of course, or both … Hmm? … oh and, it’s advisable to Book a Table but it’s not always essential
There’s just about everything you’d expect to find at a top Mexican tavern … rather than go through them all here’s a link to their Menu … My favourites include the Fiesta Grande for starters its a selection of Mexico’s most famous appetizers, The Loaded Nachos are fun so too the Nachos
Louise loves their Salads and the potato skins and much as a good old traditional chimichanga is usually my choice I’ve also tried the Steak for Cowboys and The Fajitas served sizzling to your table and the Cracked Baby Back Ribs will leave you licking your fingers as well as your lips … oh and there’s a really cool Kids Menu to … and whatever you do, leave room for their deserts …
Saint Charalambos church
I love the little church at the top of the square built by the family in memory of Constantinos’ father Charalambos.
You’ll find Eden Square, at 28, Protaras Avenue, it’s half way down the main strip on the sunny side of the road, opposite The Sunrise Pearl Hotel … Check out their Video here … Hit the Google Map Icon Below … there’s ample off street parking …
GPS: 35.01528, 34.05168
Takeaway & Delivery
I highly recommend to ‘dine in’ at this venue but they also offer a Takeaway service, see menus above …
Ref: Network Number: 8033