FINE DINING IN CYPRUS
ITALIAN RESTAURANT REVIEW
Fine Dining in Cyprus at 5* Annabelle Hotel – At this time of year, it is lovely to discover gems that offer incredible views together with the highest quality of food. One of the leading restaurants in Paphos is most certainly in the most fantastic location right by the sea at the Annabelle Hotel. Arriving at The Annabelle is always great as they have easy parking, and a short wander through the hotel takes you down to the seafront where their Italian restaurant is located. It has been designed to reflect a rustic village taverna and offers a variety of traditional seating or large booth-style settees for extra comfort. We highly recommend booking a table at the front for a magical uninterrupted view of the sea.
ALL DISHES ARE DESIGNED FOR SHARING
We were warmly welcomed by the Maître D’ and shown to our table at the front with deep settees positioned to make the most of the sea breeze. The menu stresses that all dishes are designed to be shared. From the antipasti, salads, plates of pasta, fish and meat, the variety is extensive with a different take on traditional Italian dishes. The restaurant is under the Executive Chef of the Annabelle, Laurent Brun, who has a particular gift for creating contemporary and imaginative Mediterranean food.
As mentioned before, the strong message from the menu is that these dishes are designed for sharing, so we went with the flow and decided to select a few to be enjoyed together over a couple of hours. We were not in a rush and aimed to make the most of the experience relaxing by the sea. Unusually for us, we decided to bypass the starters as the selection of homemade bread was exceptional. However, if you did want a starter, the Antipasti section has a great range including Homemade Bruschetta with marinated baby vegetables, artisan charcuterie and imported cheeses from Italy. For anyone looking for a healthier option, there is also an extensive selection of unusual salads. We decided to order an Insalata Salad as a delicious side dish. It arrived with homemade sundried tomatoes and slivers of sharp aged parmesan cheese. We also ordered the Messina salad which consisted of pickled aubergine with green olives, capers and toasted pine nuts. The combination of these flavours worked wonderfully!
GLUTEN-FREE, WHOLE WHEAT, EGG-FREE PASTA & VEGAN CHOICES
Since this is an Italian restaurant, we felt it would be rude not to try one of their pasta dishes. It is worth mentioning here that if you have a restrictive diet, they have gluten-free, whole wheat and egg-free pasta dishes available on request. They also have a number of both sweet and savoury vegan dishes throughout the menu. One of the main vegan dishes was Chickpea Balls with Porcini Mushrooms and Tuscan Kale with a fresh tomato compote. On the dessert menu, they even have a Vegan version of the classic Italian Tiramisu.
A SENSATIONAL SPIN ON MEDITERRANEAN TASTES & DESSERTS
The pasta dish we voted for was called Taormina. This was an Aubergine and Provola Cheese Ravioli served with sun-dried tomatoes and baby spinach. This dish offered a new taste sensation for us – all the flavours complemented each other so well! It is undoubtedly the most appealing part of this restaurant and their menu, in that they have taken the traditional and turned it around, so you are trying something completely new and different. The main point here is that it works and, if you love Italian food, you will love this restaurant.
The other main dish we decided to select was called Novara, a black rice risotto dish with seafood. This is cooked on open coals and comes with a deliciously light parmesan cream sauce. The fish included large King Prawns, cuttlefish and octopus. We both felt this was the showstopper of the meal and actually struggled to share this one fairly between us. Due to the generous portions, we did not have room for a dessert. This was a shame as they were no doubt superb and a new version of the traditional Italian desserts. We will certainly return to try these in the future.
EXPERT SOMMELIER GUIDANCE ON PAIRING THE PERFECT WINE
As you would expect in a restaurant of this standard, the wine list offers an excellent range of wines. The added bonus at Mediterraneo is they have a trained professional Sommelier called Alexandros who will happily match wines to your food. We benefitted from his advice in choosing a fine wine which went with all our dishes. Once our food and wine were finished, we wanted to linger longer in this spectacular spot to enjoy the view, so we ordered two coffees to finish the meal. The Mediterraneo Restaurant deserves its exceptional accolade as a leading restaurant in Paphos, and we are looking forward to returning very soon to try a different variety of dishes from the menu.
Dress Code – It is worth mentioning that, at lunchtime, the dress code is casual. In the evening for dinner, it is smart casual with no shorts or flip flops allowed.
Booking is essential! – To reserve a table, call +357 26 885 000.
Mediterraneo Restaurant Opening Hours:
- Drinks: 10 am – 5 pm
- Snacks: 12 pm – 5 pm
- Lunch: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
- Dinner: 7 pm – 10 pm
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Published by Cyprus in Style August 2020 – #InStyleBusinessNetwork