Sax in the courtyard (Lab, Downtown, Limassol)

Having based myself in Limassol for a number of months, I`ve been steadily documenting the eating out venues in the main town area (check out the Limassol district guide), and I`ll admit that the quantity of venues in the downtown/old town area is quite something. So, I wasn’t surprised to receive an invitation to a venue that I’d not heard of or frequented yet, and with wine tasting from local Limassol makers and some jazz also on offer, this seemed like the Sunday of Sundays !

Key Information

  • International/local fusion menu
  • Main plates, nibbles and platters

  • World & local beers & ciders
  • Spirits, Soft & Hot Drinks
  • Local wines Oenos group

  • Garden courtyard oasis
  • Contemporary indoor furnishings
  • Open for lunch & dinner

 

Stepping up into a relatively insignificant entrance way, the hustle and bustle of the seaside end of the busy Anexartisias Street (shopping area) is quickly left behind and a modern venue giving an air of calm opens before you. An inviting glimpse of hanging leaves at the back invites passage through to the courtyard garden, where the sky view and loose leaves from the mature bougainvillea sprawling across the stone back wall encourage relaxation. With summer starting in earnest this weekend, a balmy evening under the stars with live saxophone drifting over downbeat a funky backing track, a great way to see out the weekend.

Whilst Lab has an extensive beverage menu, the focus this evening was on local wines, as provided by the co-operation between local Limassol wineries (Tsiakkas, Vlasides, Argyrides ) called ‘Oenus’. Sofoklis Vlassides achieved his dream in 1998 when the relatively high slopes of Kilani village became home to his estate vineyards. We tasted his pale rosé, blended from Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc, which as a relatively new issue numbers approximately 6000 bottles per year, and it was a pleasant fruity glass, perfect for an evening under the stars. His koumbare, Orestis, popped over next (brimming with proud excitement after winning the Gold Award for the Tsiakkas Commandaria at the 8th Cyprus Wine Competition early in the month ...) he poured a thumb of a smoother, fruity Tsiakkas grenache/shiraz rosé. Whilst I missed Ms Argyrides from Vasa winery, I sampled the rich, slightly acidic, Chardonnay, before enjoying a regular glass of the Tsiakkas Xinesteri which like some others made with this indigenous grape, it was clean and crisp.

This evening’s special platter menu includes options for assorted cheese, cold cut & cooked meats, fruits, seafood and vegetable salad. We opted for the latter, and despite the high attendance, the regularity of service from the kitchen ensured that our finger food/nibbles arrived promptly. Served on a, customary, piece of slate was a basket of crispy light battered kalamari, pair of prawns, some deep-fried vegetable wraps and a delicious chunky tomato relish dip with coriander & raisin. The fresh salad may well have seen better days, but on balance this was a great slate platter.

After a long wet winter, and a few false starts, I believe that summer is starting in earnest this week. If sipping young local wines and enjoying interesting finger food under the stars, with live saxophone drifting over a downbeat funky backing track is your cup of tea, then this laidback contemporary venue is worth a try to see out the weekend, and many more balmy evenings to come. Scroll down, and take a look at the photos :

For contact details, directions and additional information visit the Lab. Cafe/Restaurant listing

Geoff Dutch

I have been working in web development & ICT for small business for almost 20 years. When not in front of a computer, I enjoy staying active, like music, travelling and food! Born in North London last century, I lived in Pafos from 2006 - 2014 and since late 2014 in Limassol. Facebook / Twitter