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If you want to try authentic Cypriot cuisine, head into the mountain villages of Cyprus. Here you’ll find traditional tavernas serving proper home cooking, and you’ll get much more for your money. The resort towns cater to international tourists, offering restaurants serving all types of foreign cuisine, including Japanese, Italian, Indian and British. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks of the best places to eat in Cyprus:
1. Pyxida Fish Tavern. This fish restaurant in the capital of Nicosia serves a brilliant fish meze, which includes 19 different plates. You can also savor main courses such as seafood with pasta, or select fresh fish and seafood from the fridge gallery.
2. Limanaki. This Pissouri Beach restaurant has a loyal fan base of both locals and tourists. Owned by Sam Kazzaz, Limanaki is an upscale Mediterranean restaurant with impeccable service. The menu is certainly unique — alongside the Cypriot and Mediterranean dishes you’ll find Indian options such as prawn curry, lamb jalfrezi and homemade vegetable samosas.
3. 7 St. Georges Tavern. At this authentic Cypriot tavern, the philosophy is to work with the fruit and vegetables produced on the island, selecting ingredients according to what is in season. The meze here is some of the best in Cyprus, with a huge selection of organic plates.
4. Samisen. This Japanese restaurant in Coral Bay serves sushi and popular teppanyaki dishes. The chef prepares the food right in front of you on a flaming grill, making for an entertaining night out for the whole family.
5. Lord Kitchener Restaurant. Located in the small village of Psematismenos, Lord Kitchener is well worth the journey. Serving modern European cuisine, the restaurant has an intimate, friendly atmosphere. The menus are changed daily and dishes are created and prepared by chef-owner Dean Simmons.