Vienna Cafe Paphos, Cyprus: First and last time
The Vienna Cafe in Paphos, Cyprus looks amazing from outside with the beautiful colours and decorations, so I wanted to try how it is from the inside.
I wish I didn`t! We have waited to get the menu for about 10 minutes, although the waitresses looked at us many times, but nobody cared. They were sitting on the sofas chatting to other customers, guessing their friends.
When finally the male waiter brought the menu, we ordered 2 coffees and 2 desserts. I was happy to found a dessert which said had strawberries and rosted almonds on it.
1. The water I ordered was out of stock
2. My coffe was a single espresso although it clearly said on the menue it was double espresso in it with milk and something else (no milk either)
3. My dessert had no almond flakes whatsoever on it and the strawberries were from a can, melting from the sugar syrup :-(
4. My friend ordered a cold coffee latte which came without milk, when we asked to bring some milk, we got some boiled one!
When I asked the waitress why wasn`t there any almond on my dessert, I was told : "Next time say you want almonds before you finish eating it" WOW! Why would I have to say it when it states on the menu???????
I also said I expected something more austrian-style if it`s called Vienna Cafe... She said: " Well this place has nothing to do with Vienna" WOW! Amazed again on how she doesn`t care about the image of the place.
So I am asking myself:
Why do they call a place Vienna Cafe if there is nothing from Austria?
Why do they employ these rude waitresses who have absolutely no idea of customer service?
Why was the owner of the shop smoking cigar and sitting from one table to the next bringing his children and letting them play on the floor?
Is this good customer service?
Is this like a coffee shop in Vienna?
I bet the owner has never been there, I have many times and they are very famous for their service and food.
Make it short: this is a place which I will never visit again.
I would like to hear about other people`s experience about this coffee shop.
Thanks for reading my comment.
Favorite Dish: nothing
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various: Don't believe the Guide Books
Guide books recommend various restaurants but when you go they have closed, changed ownership or simply gone downhill. Take your courage in your hands and try any one.
As an example Rough Guide recommends Tyriminhos as 'possibly the best fish restaurant' in Paphos. It served musssels - turned out to be frozen green-lipped as available from your local cut-price supermarket. Dover Sole with special garlic sauce was so smopthered in sauce as to destroy the delicate taste of the sole. Service was by young students who had little idea of the food. Very disappointing.
Favorite Dish: The bottle of Keo beer.
THE WINDMILL RESTAURANT: Don't miss the lemon pancake and Special coffe
FOR EATING YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE WINDMILL RESTAURANT IS ONLY A FEW METERS AWAY FROM SAINT ANTONIOS BAR STREET OPPOSITE THE ANGLICAN CHURCH. THEY HAVE SET MENUS WITH 3 COURSE DINNER FOR A VERY GOOD PRICE. THE FOOD IS LOVELY AND THE OWNER IS SO FRIENDLY.RESTAURANT WAS RECOMMEND BY SUNDAY TIMES AND SKY T.V. THEIR MEZE IS EXCELLENT BUT COULDN'T FINISH IT THEY WERE SO MANY THINGS TO EAT. THE FOOD IS PERFECT. WE ALSO HAD PEPPER STEAK FOR ONLY 11 EUROS AND SET MEAL 3 COURSES FOR 14.50 EUROS.
DON'T MISS THEIR LEMON PANCAKE BACLAVA CREAM CARAMEL AND THE SPECIAL COFFEE THAT THE OWNER SERVES ON YOUR TABLE.
TO CONTACT THEM CALL 00357 26 933518
Favorite Dish: PEPPER STEAK AND CHICKEN PIKATINA WERE MY FAVORITE DISHES. CHICKEN PIKATIN IS FRIES CHICKEN IN A TOMATO SAUSE AND CHEESE ON TOP. ALL SERVED WITH FRESH VEGIES OF THE DAY, RICE AND ROAST POTATOES.
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nikos tyrimos fish taverna: indifferent fish and seafood
Everyone in town, and all guidebooks, seem to recommend this fish restaurant... a simple taverna very popular with locals and visitors - in fact when we went there, it was mainly packed with locals, which we took as a good sign.
Favorite Dish: The meal was fairly indifferent... the speciality is the Fish meze - a huge selection of fish mezes (over 20, if I recall correctly) but you cannot choose them. We asked about them, and most of them cosisted of fried fish. We declined.
I don't remember what fish we had - but it was nothing sepcial . in particular the grilled sardines were tasteless. We had the feeling that despite its popularity the fish was not the freshest on the market. In all fairness everyone else seem to be happy about their meals, and about 95% of the customers had ordered fried fish.
Hondros: Greek Taverna
A nice Cypriot typ taverna serving traditional local food at reasonable prices. There always seemed to be a crowd of people here so that's a good sign. The tables are set under a canapy of vines so it's quite a nice setting. The food is really tasty and service is good although waiters lack a few smiles.
Favorite Dish: Kleftiko
Feta's Corner: Meze meze meze
Feta's Corner is a treat in Paphos. In the older part of town Ktima, the restaurant is set in a sweet area with a couple of fountains surrounding it. The tables are all set out on the pavement, some of which are on the opposite side of the road the the kitchen, so can be funny watching the waiters going back and forth across the road with hands full of food. Despite being on a road there is a lovely atmosphere about the place and the service is efficient and attentive.
The best thing to go for here is the Meze as you get to try almost everything on the menu. I would reccommend skipping lunch and leaving extra room in the waistbands as the dishes keep coming and coming. Absolute delight.
Favorite Dish: Meze and the Stifado. Oh and the Halloumi is GORGEOUS!
The Pelican: Harbour restaurants
It takes a lot for me to do a bad review of a restaurant but here we go... The Pelican sells itself as a Seafood restaurant but as you can imagine as a harbour restaurant it a bit of a tourist trap. The menu caters for everyone's taste, from pasta, burgers, seafood, so called Cypriot food and plenty more. The menu took about 15-20 minutes to read through, so this should be warning enough! I thought I'd try something traditional so went for the Moussaka and truely wish I hadn't, it was so tastless and the chips that they had served with it were like rubber. I'm afraid to say that I've had more tasty mircowave Moussaka's at home. I had to send it back but the owner kindly didn't charge for it.
My friends had the seafood Meze and although nothing really wrong with it there was nothing more to it than grilled fish etc with no seasoning.
The atmosphere here was not great either, with tables crammed in among the other numerous restaurants serving the same dishes. If you are looking for good traditional Cypriot food or a romantic night out than stay away for the harbour and The Pelican.
Pambis Diner: Snacks and Breakfast - Hard to Beat
Pambis Diner provides a great place for a quick snack/breakfast or evening meal as you wish, or just a rest stop and quick drink on your way home, particularly for those who are staying in the Universal area of Kato Paphos. The menu provides a range of snacks, burgers and full meals at very reasonable prices.
Favorite Dish: "Effiel Tower" - this is listed as a snack, BUT, provides a full tank.
This particular delicacy consists of a layer of French Toast topped with two large sausages, another layer of French toast topped with a couple of rashers of bacon, another layer of French Toast all topped off with baked beans.
I know it's not the healthiest of dishes but, boy it tastes good!!
Stay away from the chips though, They try and make "Real Chips" (rather than frozen) unfortunately it's not happening for them.
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Michaels: Great Meze
Michaels is a Cypriot owned and family run restaurant. Michael does the cooking and his wife and sons wait on the tables. Thay are all friendly and have time for a chat or passing word no matter how busy they are.
This is a great restaurant who advertise "the best Meze in Cyprus", but don't they all!, this however must come close.
Michaels is set in a quiet area just off Poseidonous Avenue and prices are about average.
Favorite Dish: Meat Meze
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Pavaroti's restaurant as you can tell by the name is an Italian restaurant around 1.5km from Paphos Harbour. It is a small, quiet yet well run restaurant with 6 tables (i think if i can remember) so its an ideal place for them quiet nights out. Its an easy place to go for a nice Italian meal aswell as to spend the night relaxing. The restaurant is ideal for both famililes and couples and the food is definatly above average.
Koh – I – Nor: Koh – I – Nor
This place is really hard to find, as its off the main Posidonous Avenue. When actually in the restaurant (it was quite quiet when we was there) it is very good service and we found the menu to not be over-priced. The food was done really quickly, and you get a good meal out of it aswell. It is worth a try if you like you Indian food, and the food is excellent, so it is definatly worth finding if it sounds like something that would like to try.
Fat Mammas: Fat Mammas
Fat Mammas is well know restaurant in Paphos which specialises in American, Itallian or Tex-Mex food. The staff are really friendly, thefood is really nice, definatly for people who love a good meal, and the prices are around average but wrth it. If you have children with you they will love this place aswell. Makes a nice night out for a family, you will definatly leave here having enjoyed your night.
Camares Cafeteria Restaurant: nice food for CYP5.95
We first went to this Restaurant on the way back to the apartments one afternoon to get a quick bite to eat, then we decided to try it on the evening one evening amd the food here is proper nice! I would recommend it to anyone! The people themselves are really nice and the restaurant is very clean and quick with the service. There is also nice seats upstairs with good views of the harbour.
Favorite Dish: Well i had a burger in the daytime and was one of the best burgers i have ate.
On the evening I had a sirloin steak which i found quite big and it definatley filled me up and I would recommend the steak to anyone.
Any: Cyprus food glossary
Afelia - pork cooked in red wine and crushed coriander seeds
Arni - lamb
Avgolemono soup - egg and lemon soup
Bacaliaros - hake
Barbouni - red mullet
Baklava - fillo pastry with nuts and syrup
Bourekia - small puff pastries with meat, cheese or cream cheese filling
Daktyla - almond finger pastries
Elioti - olive bread
Elies tsakistes - cracked green olives with coriander seeds, lemon and crushed garlic
Fangri - common sea bream
Fasolia - haricot beans cooked in a casserole
Feta - salty white cheese usually crumbled on village salads
Flaounes - Cypriot Easter cakes made from cheese and spices
Glyko - preserved fruits in syrup
Halloumi - firm goats' or ewes' milk cheese, often served grilled
Hirino - pork
Hiromeri - marinated, smoked and pressed ham
Horiatiki salata - village salad of white cabbage, tomato, cucumber, capers, olives, onion, feta and fresh coriander
Houmous - dip from soaked, crushed chickpeas
Kalamari - squid
Kapari - pickled capers
Karaoli yahni - snails in tomato sauce
Keftedes - meat balls with mint
Kleftiko ofto - lamb or goat wrapped in foil with herbs and baked in sealed oven
Kolokotes - pastries stuffed with red pumpkin, raisins and pourgouri
Kotopoulo - chicken
Koupepia or dolmades - stuffed vine leaves
Koupes - cigar shaped wheat cases with meat filling
Lethrini - red bream
Loukoumades - small doughnuts served in syrup
Lountza - smoked and marinated loin of pork
Louganika - Cyprus sausages
Marida - whitebait
Moungra - pickled cauliflower
Favorite Dish: Moussakas - a pie made from layers of minced beef, spices and vegetable with a cheese topping
Octapodi krasato - octopus in red wine
Pitta - flat envelope of unleavened bread
Pourgouri pilafi - pilaf of cracked wheat
Psari - fish
Ravioli - pasta stuffed with halloumi and mint
Resi - wheat and lamb pilaf, served at weddings
Rizogalo - rice pudding served with sprinkled cinnamon
Sargos - white bream
Sheftalia - minced pork and herb rissole
Souvla - large chunks of lamb cooked on a spit
Souvlakia - kebabs
Sparos - two-banded bream
Stifado - rich beef and onion stew
Tahini - sesame seed paste, served as a dip
Taramosalata - dip made from smoked cod roe
Tigania - omelette with courgettes, mushrooms or artichokes.
Tonnos - bluefin tuna
Trahanas- soup from cracked wheat and yogurt
Tsipoura -- gilthead sea bream
Ttavas - a stew cooked in an earthenware pot
Tzantziki/talattouri - yoghurt, cucumber and mint dip
Vlachos - grouper
Vodino - beef
Xiphios - swordfish
Yemista - baked stuffed vegetables with rice and minced beef
Zalatina - brawn
Viva Cyprus: Set menus for CYP6.95
The food here was lovely! On our first night here we headed for this place, and we thought that after eating here nowhere could beat the food!
On the set menu's you could get a 3 course meal, and you just choose what you want, and then you pay CYP6.95 for all 3 meals!
Favorite Dish: I had a Lamb Kleftiko, and bearing in mind (if you're lucky) whenever you have a lamb dish its usually a couple of small lamb chops which is usually mostly bone, well... here its a mountain of Lamb! And the plates were massive aswell!
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