Where to Go for a Meze on a Cosy Winter’s Evening in Paphos – Restaurant Review

RESTAURANT REVIEW PAPHOS

IDEAL FOR COSY WINTER EVENINGS – EFRAIM TAVERN

PAPHOS RESTAURANT REVIEW BY SARAH COYNE

THE LOCATION

Restaurant Review Paphos – Efraim Tavern is positioned right in the middle of the pretty village of Kouklia. The village square is pedestrianised, so you need to park at the entrance to the village square. It is located in an old traditional building, just a short walk down on the left-hand side from the parking and occupies a beautiful position overlooking the square with St. Luke’s Church. There are many tables outside for the warm evenings, but this is also an ideal winter location, with cosy inside dining areas. The restaurant, which opened in 2008, is owned and run by Maria Efraim and her family. Her father has owned the building since 1934. Over the years, this restaurant has not been on my eating out list as I had never heard of it. However, after it was independently recommended by three separate friends in the space of a week, we knew we had to try it!

THE MENU

Cypriot culinary themes run through the whole menu, from the starters to the desserts, offering a great variety with an imaginative twist, making it that little bit different. Our friends had all recommended the Meze, so we knew that was what we were going to have. Also on the menu are Starters, Salads, Snacks, Fish, Pasta and main dishes such as Moussaka, Meatballs and Chicken, in different cream sauces. These are variations of other family recipes, passed down through the years, from generation to generation.

The Meze was priced at what we thought to be a very reasonable 20 euros per person. The best advice we can give, as with every Meze, is to arrive at the restaurant hungry because there are many courses to enjoy! It starts in a different way to most with a lovely fresh salad served in a warm loaf of bread. On the side, they also served Pitta Bread. This was followed by the usual selection of dips (Tzatziki, Hummus and Tahini) and Pastourma Sausage. Then the dishes just kept coming – all hot and very tasty. Whilst sometimes with a Meze your dishes can be rushed, and it goes too fast, this was not the case at this tavern, as they gave time between each course.

A delicious variation of Deep-Fried Feta arrived followed by Halloumi and Lountza, Courgettes in Egg, Spicy Chicken Kebab, Courgette Flowers filled with Halloumi, Pork Kebab, Stifado with a strong taste of Cumin, Lamb Chop, Pork cooked in Red Wine, Cheese – filled Ravioli, Meatballs and Sheftalia. In total, there were 20 dishes over the evening. Of course, this didn’t include the dessert of Semolina Cake, which was free of charge and a nice touch to conclude the meal.

THE DRINKS & WINE LIST

There was a great selection of Cypriot wines, which was good to see, and which other restaurants should heed. As a red wine drinker, it was a delight to be offered a selection of twelve reds on the list. They also gave us an additional short wine list of Greek wines, which had some attractive options.

THE SERVICE

All the staff were professional and attentive. On the Saturday evening we visited, it was very busy, but at no point did we feel rushed. The perfect accompaniment to the evening was the Bouzouki player who was playing in the square, which added to the whole dining experience.

THE SIGNATURE DISHES: Efraim is also renowned for some Special dishes, including the Village Bread filled with Salad, Traditional Beef Stifado, Ratatouille and Fried Halloumi with Oat flakes and Honey.

  • RESTAURANT ADDRESS: Apostolou Louka, Kouklia.
  • TO BOOK, CALL: 26 432 082
  • OPEN: 7 days a week 10.00 – 23.00

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