Restaurant Review | A Unique Gastronomic Experience at ‘Koutourou’

“I want to do simple cuisine with excellent ingredients.”

Demetris Nicolaou, Koutourou Ouzeri, Paphos

Koutourou Ouzeri is a popular restaurant situated by the Municipal Park near Eros Square in the centre of Old Town Paphos. Housed in a traditional building, Koutourou is filled with interesting artefacts, mainly from the 20th Century and is beautifully designed to give the feel of a unique, trendy space in London. It was opened in June of 2014 by the charming owner and head chef, Demetris Nicolaou, who now leads a team of nine staff working both in the kitchen and front of house.

Koutourou is not just a meze place – it is so much more than that. The menu changes every day, in order to provide the diner with the freshest ingredients. Do not let the dishes mislead you; they are large and designed to be shared at the table.

As Demetris says “I want to do simple cuisine with excellent ingredients that are not smothered with coverings. I believe if you cover good ingredients, you have lost the taste”.

Koutourou, translated literally, means ‘randomly’. You can select the dishes you want to enjoy. Most of the vegetables used in the restaurant are homegrown in their own garden in Paphos.

Front of house is covered by a very friendly and efficient team who serve the food at the tables and look after all the guests, whilst chef Demetris can be seen in full view cooking away in the kitchen. On the night we dined there we enjoyed a wonderful selection of dishes served with a beautiful home-baked loaf of bread. The beetroot salad with tahini and honey was exquisite and perfectly balanced. Their most popular dish at Koutourou is the oven-baked halloumi with honey which the whole table marvelled at.

Our main dishes of prawns in beer and duck with peanut butter certainly lived up to Koutourou’s reputation of Mediterranean Cuisine with its own identity.

Certainly, in all the food you can taste influences from Asia, North America and South America. On the side we enjoyed roasted cauliflower, roasted potatoes and a unique spicy cheese dip. All together this made a unique gastronomic experience.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL to stand any chance of eating here.

25 Martiou Street, Paphos, 8047
Tel: +357 26 952 953 for reservations.
Closed on Sundays.
Lunch: 1pm – 2:45 pm
Dinner: 7pm – 10:30pm

Restaurant Review by Cyprus in Style Magazine.