The Varsity, Cambridge

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35 St. Andrews Street. 01223 356060

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    Varsity: Greek timewarp

    by SallyM Updated Nov 14, 2007

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    Varsity Restaurant

    Varsity is a Greek Cypriot restaurant, but not particularly authentic. It seems to be in something of a 1970s timewarp. There are two or three dishes on the menu which come with a sweet mandarin, pineapple and cream sauce, and rather too many are served with chips. More worryingly, the Greek salad, is served with an overpowering mustard dressing. I have never encountered this in any other Greek restaurant (in Greece, Cyprus or the UK).

    Having said that, the moussaka was perfectly OK, the desserts appeared home made and the prices are reasonable for Cambridge.

    It's also said to be the oldest restaurant in Cambridge and has had many famous visitors.

    Favorite Dish: The hummous starter came with lots of fresh warm pitta.

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    The Varsity: Totally Timeless!!

    by johngayton Written Nov 11, 2007

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    Think of everything you've ever eaten in the 70's and add a touch of Greek-Cypriot, chuck a few off-pink (do they call that magnolia or something these days?) tableclothes over the formica. Ach, you might even add a candle or two when it gets dark outside. Old-fashioned service with a smile and not too huge a bill to finish. That's why its been around forever!

    Yep, nothing ground-breaking, no snail porridge nor bacon and egg ice-cream, just good timeless classics done the old-fashioned way and none the worse for it.

    This is always a busy little place and deservedly so.

    Favorite Dish: Taramasalata followed by Steak Diane - who needs Mongolian fusion (that'll be the restaurant that just went bust 100 yards down the road!)?

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  • The Varsity: Longstanding Cambridge favourite

    by invisiblemma Written Jul 10, 2006

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    Greek restaurant with a 20+ year history in Cambridge (my parents used to go here as students) - unlike so many places in Cambs, it's neither a tourist trap, nor a disappointment. It is, however, rather small (a large mirror on the back wall makes it seem spacious, but you'll need to get in early to get a table, and if you're in a group, I'd ring ahead). It's not cheap, but is excellent value for money. In fact, writing this has made me feel so enthused that I may go there for lunch. Convenient central location, ten mins from bus station, 15 from train station

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  • the varsity restaurant: the only potatoes i didn't hate in england

    by cielo85 Written Sep 1, 2003

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    i don't really know what kind of restaurant it is,it played exotic music there, the potatoes there r really great, and i ordered chicken cassaseur ,it's really amazing,i really love chicken a lot i think*S*

    Favorite Dish: chicken chasseour(?)

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    The Varsity: The Varsity

    by steventilly Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Lovely food, good sized helpings, attentive (but not overly so) and efficient service, very good price.

    Favorite Dish: It's got to be the Vegetarian Mezze. A fair sized portion of every vegetable dish on the menu:

    1 - Olives, Feta, Pickled Chillis, Salad, Hummous, Tzatziki and Pitta bread.

    2 - Vegatable kebab, stuffed pepper, stuffed aubergine, rice.

    3 - Vegetable moussaka.

    No room for dessert!

    Greek style coffee - sweet black sludge in a mug! Very uplifting, and we had a medium! Goodness knows what a 'strong' would be like!

    Total price, 8 pounds and 50p for the mezze. Can't remember the price of the coffees.

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