So what is this Cyprus Meze you speak of?
Basically it is an opportunity to try and myriad of Cypriot dishes. The exact contents of a Meze vary from restaurant to cafe to tavern often depending on what is in season. You may also find more traditional home cooked Mezes in village restaurants. However, one thing you are almost always guaranteed (and this is its appeal to me!) is a good portion of whatever is provided!
Normally either a fish or meat Meze is offered, although some places will provide a vegetation option also. It is similar in style to the Spanish concept of Tapas.
A Cyprus meze traditionally starts with a large Greek salad, pita or fresh village bread, and dips including Hummus (chick peas based), Taramasalata (fish roe), Tsatziki (yoghurt and cucumber) and Tahini (sesame based).
While that is being consumed, the meatier and more substantial options options start appearing, these can include.
Sheftalia (Cypriot herb Sausage)
Souvlakia (grilled kebab pork cubes)
Calamari (Squid rings)
Catch of the day
Grilled lamb or pork chops
Stifado (beef stew)
Kleftiko (melt in the mouth oven baked lamb)
Lountza (a gammon like meat)
Loukanika (Sausage marinated in wine and corrainder)
Grilled Halloumi Cheese
Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves)
Cypriot Style Roast Potatoes (or chips)
The list really does go on, and I have seen many a large appetite beaten by the meze. However, it is the single best way of sampling as many Cypriot dishes as possible in one sitting
Bon Appetite! /Kαλή Oρεξη! Kali orexi!
Stuffed vine leaves are often served as part of a Cypriot meze. They are often stuffed with rice, or rice ad mince meat.
A Cyprus meze normally starts with traditional dips includint Tzatziki, Taramasalta, Aubergine dip often being accompanied by beetroot and potato salad (as pictured)
Fish mezes are popular especially in coastal location with food from local fisherman catches.
Often including, sea bass , bream, calamari etc
From the taste of grilled Halloumi to fresh bakes Cypriot pastries and seasonal fruit all washed down with Cyprus wine of a keo beer, discover Cyprs Food and Drink.
Just outside Paphos Market is Laona Restaurant serving traditional Cyprus food for almost thirty years.
A great option for a day of relaxation on your holiday is to take a boat trip from Paphos or Limassol.