Pantopoulion in Old Market: "the best mixed meze in Cyprus" Limassol District Restaurant Tip by MrBill

Limassol District Restaurants: 10 reviews and 32 photos

  cozy & warm
by MrBill

Okay, be forewarned, everywhere you look in Cyprus you will be told, 'this is the best mixed meze in Cyprus' and even some of the guide books will steer you to the typical tourist trap type places that normally only cater to busloads of tourists that do not know better. The honest to goodness truth is that a lot of the mixed mezes are not fresh and not very good. Now, you have been warned.

One notable exception is the Old Market Square located in the Old Town. This is a warm & cozy restaurant in the wintertime and is cool & inviting in the summertime. It does serve the best mixed meze that I have had so far in over one year. If you order a mixed meze for three and there are four of you, I doubt whether you will be able to finish it? I am not just talking quantity naturally, but it is freshly prepared and very well done. When they say 15-dishes, they mean 15-different dishes and they don't count a small dish of olives or pickles as one of the dishes either like many places do.

Their salads are also very fresh and tasty, but above all else this is a carnivore's delight.

Favorite Dish: On Saturday nights, they have live acustic music. I am not a fan of most commonly played Greek music, especially if it played too loud. I like traditional Greek music, but it is a rarity here in Cyprus. However, these guys play a very good mix of songs and music and best of all you will recognize many of their songs. It is the right music for this restaurant and not a touristy gimmick.

They have an excellent selection of local wines. Maybe 200 different bottles to choose from? You can browse the selection along the walls and either choose a full bodied red, a dry, crisp white or a medium rosé to go with your meat and fish.

They are suggesting reservations on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. As this place is popular with the locals, I would say Saturday is a must, especially if you plan to arrive after 8 p.m.

Address: Old Market Square
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: The Old Market Square is located near the Central Bus Station in the Old Town
othercontact: +99 804 959
Phone: +25 81 84 81
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 5
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 25, 2005
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