Araouzos Restaurant

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Araouzos Restaurant has re-opened as : Meze Meze

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Overall rating 
 
7.3
Food + Drink 
 
8.0
Service 
 
8.0
Atmosphere 
 
5.0
Value For Money 
 
8.0

Good even on a quiet Sunday

Early on a Sunday evening there was only one other table occupied and the diners departed part way through our meal, but other restaurants in the village were doing no better for customers, so this is no condemnation. I don't need the company of fellow diners to enjoy a meal - and this one was certainly high on the enjoyabilty scale.

We ordered meze which began with the familiar pattern of salad and dips accompanied by some warm home made bread. Go easy on that bread as it is very filling and there are plenty of dishes to follow.

Kelftiko was a rare inclusion as a meze dish, the egg and courgette dish was memorable and the halloumi outstanding. Even the local village wine was well suited to the balance of the meal.

Couscous is a dish that is frequently used as a bland filler, but here it was actually quite tasty. I asked, but never did find out, what it had been blended with.

Already over-stuffed, the meal was rounded off with a coconut/semolina cake which was a dish too far, and then the waiter wandered over with a small tray of fruit and a small bowl of flaming sambuca in which to dip the fruit - a great way to lose those unwanted nose hairs ;)

The bill for three with gratuities was an entirely reasonable €60.

Was it the best meze we have had? No - but it was up there with the better ones and we will certainly return ... although next time someone else can drive ;)

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When were you here ?
Yesterday
Best For ...
Good Food
Venue Service Type
Seated Dining
Best Point
Interesting choice of dishes
Would you recommend ?
yes
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Overall rating 
 
9.0
Food + Drink 
 
10.0
Service 
 
9.0
Atmosphere 
 
8.0
Value For Money 
 
9.0

Will definitely go back!

We actually went to eat at Yiannis next door which is a favourite of ours, but he was closed despite having the menu board outside and his OPEN sign showing! Anyway we were made very welcome by Andreas and his staff despite being the first ones there at 1pm. More people turned up and apart from a very tired screaming english toddler (who was left to roam around unchecked by his parents)it was very enjoyable. Two of us had the Special Lamb with Spinach,one had Keftedes and another Pork Souvlaki. It was all delicious and the complimentary olive tapande to start and Bakalava for dessert were the best ever (I don't usually touch them!), the bottle of red wine simply superb and old man Araouzades sat with us for over an hour telling us all about the huilding and his general view on life. It was a very entertaining lunch and one we will surely repeat in the nit too distant future! The total bill for one starter, 4 mains plus wine was approx €60.

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Yesterday
Venue Service Type
Seated Dining
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Overall rating 
 
8.5
Food + Drink 
 
9.0
Service 
 
9.0
Atmosphere 
 
8.0
Value For Money 
 
8.0

Great Birthday Party

we were lucky enough to taken to this place for our riends 50th birthday on1st August. We were greeted at the door by Yiannis and introduced to Andreas, shown to our table and the feast began. A little quick to start then slowing down to a leasurely pace. We had so many choices on the meze that I left out some of the dishes as I didn't want to overfill myself. We were treat to live greek music on the keyboard, just adding to the atmosphere. Once we were sure the meze was over, many of us got up to dance. Near the end of the night they played some english popular music so the dancing continued well after the entertainer had finished. We were never rushed, we were very full and we were very drunk but having a good time. We left,(in a mini bus long after many decent bedtimes)the owners thanked us, asked for feedback,(they got it & it was fevourable)then wished us well. The food was excellent and of a very high quality. I first went here in 1998 and what a change now. The owners even dress in traditional costume. Can't really comment on value for money as our birthday friend picked up the tab but he ddn't look displeased. Will go back.

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Last Month
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5.0
Food + Drink 
 
6.0
Service 
 
4.0
Atmosphere 
 
4.0
Value For Money 
 
6.0

lunch in the hills

Having been recommended this restaurant by my in laws who found the restaurant on a bit of a jaunt on their last visit to cyprus it was about time we visited. When we did arrive we were the only ones there for lunch and no-one else arrived whilst we had our lunch so apart from a tape player in the background the only atmosphere was us.



First impressions were good though, stone built and decorated with traditional artefacts and a general sense of cleanliness about the place.



We ordered a meze which started well with a village style vegetable soup which is just what we needed having been caught in the rain just before arriving. Then all the usual dips with village bread started to come and the halloumi lounza and loukaniko soon followed and dish after dish came of all that you would expect and some you probably wouldnt and the meal culminated with souvlaki and sieftalia kebabs which i almost wish came first as they were really very good- better than i expected. Precious stomach space had been lost to previous maybe not so satisfying dishes.



All in all it was a good meal and i would definately go back, although this time i would go back on one of their live music and dancing nights to get a real feel for the place!

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When were you here ?
Last Week
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Overall rating 
 
7.8
Food + Drink 
 
8.0
Service 
 
7.0
Atmosphere 
 
7.0
Value For Money 
 
9.0

Great but quiet

We spent the late morning in the local animal park and following a bout of heavy rain needed a decent meal to get us going. We had originally chosen to try another Kathikas Taverna, however they had workmen in today so we opted for Akaouzoz. And after briefly browsing the mostly traditional Cypriot food menu we opted for a meze as it had been a while, and with the child asleep we knew we had some time to relax !

So the match began with the intial few cold "rounds" coming on quite fast (an excellent Houmous as well as tahini, tzansiki, potato + beetroot salads, homemade bread), maybe a little too fast, but once the cooked food came out things slowed down to a better pace. We then enjoyed deep fried haloumi, lounza, keftedes, fried courgetts w/egg, ending with sheftalia, souvlakia (juiciest+tasiest i have had - ever) and a surprise serving of Kleftico. I`m sure there were more courses but have forgotten. Finished off with a simple but effective fresh fruit platter with "zambuka" dip, a little unusual but hit the spot. All the food was very good, sometimes excellent.

Only on the way out did we notice the opening times and it appears that we had stayed quite a while past closing time, however we were made very welcome, initially by Andreas who introduced each course, and towards the end by the cook(s). Andreas appeared to disappear half way through without a word which was a surprise but the cooks, whilst lacking confidence in English were able to converse with my wife in Greek, even bringing an extra course of Keftedes for the child once he woke up. The tavern was empty when we arrived and had no further customers so in the respect we did, and should have, received all of their attention :)

The stone built venue itself was decorated with photos, old tools and pots which with the open fires added to a sense of being way off the beaten track. I can only imagine the atmosphere on a busy music night, but from what we saw was very good backdrop but presumably due to season and time of day was very quiet, not that this can be the fault of the restaurant !

I remember at the time thinking there were a few meze courses thrown in which weren't on the menu but as with the nature of this meal there will be seasonal additions or removals, so with a final bill for meze for 5 and a few drinks being €80, i think was more than reasonable.

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Yesterday
Best For ...
Budget
Venue Service Type
Seated Dining
Best Point
venue
Would you recommend ?
yes
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