The waves gliding in on Larnaca’s Phinikoudes beachfront can be the perfect backdrop for an enjoyable and calm evening out. And what better way to enjoy it than at a first floor restaurant with an appetising meal.
Walking along the red carpet that leads to the elevator up to Hobos Steak House, I felt like a superstar arriving for something quite special. The only thing missing was a sea of paparazzi and adoring fans requesting autographs!
When the elevator reaches the first floor and the doors open the earthy colours that decorate the restaurant give off a warm, calming feeling with a touch of class. We were greeted by a hostess who guided us to our table and made sure our menus were brought over promptly. Being quite early in the evening, the restaurant was fairly empty and lacked a bit of atmosphere, but we were sat by the window, so at least we had the view to make up for it.
The bright red and impressive menu starts not with the starters but helpful information, such as where each cut of meat comes from, so you can make a more informed choice whether you would prefer something more lean or have that little extra bit of fat that makes the steak so juicy! With a choice of New Zealand, American Black Angus steaks or Japanese Wagyu beef available, Hobos offers a ‘100% quality’ guarantee.
Alongside the classic steak favourites such as pepper steak and steak Diane, Hobos have their own ‘special sauce’ and have recently added the more adventurous steak in a creamy, white chocolate sauce! All steak dishes are served with jacket potatoes, fried potatoes, mashed potatoes or white and brown rice.
I ordered my favourite, Rib-eye steak, medium to well done with some of the southern comfort steak sauce on the side, accompanied with a jacket potato. To avoid any awkward moments and to ensure there is never any confusion about which steak belongs to you, Hobos have a cute little ‘Hobos cow’ standing on your steak, indicating how it has been cooked. I soon had my succulent steak in front of me.
With 30 years of operation, it’s no surprise that they have perfected the art of cooking steak. My knife effortlessly glided through the steak and it tasted exactly as I had hoped it would. However, I was caught in a dilemma! Do I enjoy the steak flavour as it is? Or do I dip in to my tasty southern comfort sauce!? My panic was soon over, as I decided I could still reap the benefits of the yummy sauce by having it with my jacket potato.
Fear not if this is a place you would like to try but your partner or friends are not big meat eaters. There is something for everyone, with the options of salads, pasta, chicken and fish dishes also on offer. If you fancy something exotic to drink with your meal, there is also a selection of cocktails on offer. From the well-known Mojito to the more adventurous Mastic Lover, the cocktail list is limited, yet covers most people’s preferences.
After our plates were taken away we were presented with the dessert menu. Homemade ice creams and desserts sounded too good to resist. One of my favourites, Crème Brulee, was on the menu – to be served as a trio of different flavours: vanilla, cinnamon and pistachio. I waited in anticipation for my dessert however, it turned out to be somewhat of an anti-climax. It was nice but not at the same standard of the main meal I had just thoroughly enjoyed.
All in all, for a delicious steak dinner made from quality meat and for a great view of Larnaca seafront, I would highly recommend a visit to Hobos steak house.
SPECIALTY: Steaks – international
WHERE: Hobos, Athinon Avenue, Larnaca
CONTACT: 24 652584
PRICE: Mains around €20-25