Los Bandidos Mexican Restaurant, Ayia Napa

Los Bandidos Mexican Restaurant, Ayia Napa, Established 1993

I recently popped in to catch up with the gorgeous Ioanna to find out what’s on this summer.  I’ve been eating here since the day they opened back in 1993, coincidently the year we moved here.  I must say, since their renovations early in 2020 the place looks absolutely awesome, still authentic, more comfortable and cozier and the extra little bit of front garden is really cool, adding more tables, more al ‘fresco style and naturally the service is still impeccable!

They opened back in March this year, with plans to stay open all year, so you can go eat with them anytime and as always they’ll offer you the best of traditional Mexican Hospitality Cypriot Style! … Check out my Live Video here

Cyprus’ Finest !
It’s just a short walk up from Ayia Napa’s square and without a doubt, one of the best restaurants in Cyprus!, just ask anyone!  oh, and I should warn you, it’s seriously addictive!!!  Established over 30 years this eatery quickly gained its reputation as one of the finest eateries in Cyprus and every year they seem to get better.  They do absolutely everything with such style and finesse and with an excellent crew, authentic music and traditional Mexican décor, oh, and cacti everywhere!

In the Kitchen
Let’s start by saying one of my best friends and one of Cyprus’ finest chefs ‘Demetris Germanos‘ aka Jimmy, heads up an awesome team that’s really hard to beat, you should see them in full flow.  I’ve known Jimmy over 30 years and often talked to him about cooking and watched him conjure up as authentic a menu as you’ll find this side of Mexico City … I once asked Jimmy why they are so good, he said, “we cook everything fresh to order, using the finest products from local farmers and my team of chefs have been together for years!”

The Menu
I highly recommend you ‘eat in’ here, the selection is absolutely massive and there’s everything you’d expect from a top Mexican restaurant, so do check out their Facebook page or Instagram for their menu, or their new web site, coming soon, for the full menu … and check out their Fb Reviews here.

My favourite Entradas have to include a Jug of their world famous Strawberry Margarita, or two 😉 … accompanied by the Loaded Potato Skins with sour cream and guacamole, or we often add Nachos Supremos served with cheese and a choice of chicken, beef or vegetables, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream oh, and some spicy Mexican Chicken Wings to share! … Mind you, the Ensaladas are tantalizing to say the least … oh, and btw, I’ve learnt to save some space, coz the desserts are OMG!!! …

You might as well start with another jug of margarita … I warned you they were Moorish … My favourites include; the Chimichangas, the Burritos, ‘the best I’ve ever tasted’ so too the Enchiladas, toped with Ranchera sauce and cheese.  Other choices include, The Poblana, strips of chicken fillet cooked in their own special cream sauce and we always add a plate of Tacos Bandido … 

Actually the Fajitas are just amazing here choose chicken, beef or pork served wit floured tortillas, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, and caramalised onions … love the way they get served still sizzling on the big wooden platters … hmm, might as well go for a Supremos Fajitas coz that’s a mixture of all of the above … or for fish lovers the Mixed Seafood Fajita are to die for! … to share, of course!

On the Grill
Head chef Jimmy is a local lad, so grilling meat is in the blood … the beef burgers are delicious but just wait ’til you try the huge T-Bone Steak, grilled to perfection or the world famous Bandido, Pork Baby Back Ribs cooked in Mexican spices and a secret BBQ sauce, they’ll leave you licking your fingers as well as your lips … Guaranteed!

If you fancy a little seafood the fresh Tuna when in season, just melts in your mouth and the Mixed Seafood Fajitas a taste bud explosion but Camarones Calientes are king prawns, stuffed with cheese and jalapenos rolled in bacon served with rice and refined beans, worth going back for every time … trust me, it’s really hard to choose …

I warned you to leave some room for dessert or you’ll just have to pop in for afternoon wine or fresh ground coffee with a naughty treat 😉  The selection of wines and coffees a complement to the setting.  The homemade Tiramisu is just omg!, the Lava Cake, death by chocolate, Mmm, The Chocolate Chip Paradise is just fabulous and not forgetting the Chimichanga Banana is everyone’s fav!

Having said that, one of my favourites for dessert has to be the Bandido Ice Cream with a Mexican Ice Coffee and a shot of Tequila?, which btw they serve the best Tequila you’ll find anywhere! … And the Churros just delicious.  It’s a traditional Mexican dessert, fried sticks, in sugar and cinnamon with a selection of topping! Just irresistible!

Behind the Bar
If the delicious food and the world’s best Lemon or Strawberry Margaritas, served by the glass or jug, aren’t enough to keep you going back.  They’ve got a well stocked bar with all your favourite tipples, plus Mexican Beers like Sol, Desperado, XX, and Corona.  You must try their signature cocktails, my faves are the Tiki Bandidos, the Pink Sunset and the Monkey Business, to mention but a few …

Viva Mexico
Naturally they serve lots of Tequilas including Coza Querou, Omega, Milagros and Nascal, that’s the one with the worm in it! Hmm … Oh, and do try on the Sombrero’s; makes a great selfie shot to send to your friends to make them jealous.

They’ve always got special events happening here, especially on Mexican National Day, on 16th September, Valentines, Easter and Christmas Day.  It a great place for a Kid’s Parties with a separate kids menu and trust me, they’ll have a good time!  It’s always someone’s birthday here which is an awesome display from the crew, all the hats and guns are well cool.

I love the ambiance in this place, with my very good friend Tasso out front making sure you’re all happy.  You can Dine-In; catering for couples who just want a quiet meal, families, work parties and special events.  There’s even big screen TV’s so you can keep in touch with live sports events and the atmosphere totally unique and tbh you’ll probably have to go back, coz you’ll always see someone get served something you didn’t choose, that you wished you’d had!

There really is no place like it … just like their unique recipes or sauces that Jimmy has sworn me to secrecy … I can’t recommend this place enough.  It really is a must try! … Just check out their reviews on Trip Advisor

Take Away & Delivery
Naturally they provide a Takeaway service and Delivery by Wolt & Bolt, Covering Ayia Napa, Paralimni, Protaras, Sotira, Dherynia, Liopetri and Xylophagous Areas … All Credit Cards are accepted and the crew speak, Greek, English, German, Bulgarian, oh and of course Mexican 😉

Give Away
Look out for their regular ‘Give Away’ contests where you can win a Voucher for your table! and btw, if you need a taxi, they’ll call one for you …

Free Margaritas
This is a lovey touch … Show them this article on your phone and they’ll give you a free Strawberry Margarita!  What a lovely way to start your evening meal!

Open long summer season
March ’til November
Daily: 6 pm ’til 11 pm
Sunday: 12.30 ’til 11 pm

You’ll find them at 2, Ari Veloucioti, in the centre of Ayia Napa, just a short walk from the Square, near Titanic Bar and up the slope, but be warned many of their clients are regulars and they travel from all over the country.  So we highly recommend you reserve a table or expect a wait … No probs! I hear you shout, it’s worth waiting for the best margaritas in town … Yum !
GPS: 34.990540, 33.999180

Voted Cyprus’ No.1 Mexican Restaurant
Viva La Mexico!