With the summer heat on its way out dining options multiply – you no longer need to ensure there is air conditioning to enjoy a great meal. And a more than viable option is Artima Bistro with its cool interior and increasingly less sultry veranda.
Located within the heart of Old Limassol, it belongs to the Carob Mill family. The Carob Mill tends to cater to all tastes, with the elegant Artima Bistro offering upscale dining. Eating outside is right next to the Medieval Castle.
Artima is pretty straightforward. Amidst all the cafés, Artima offers something different. The restaurant is housed in a traditional Cypriot building yet inside it is anything but traditional with its modern furniture and stark lines.
Artima’s menu is based on Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and I must say it offers a lot of exciting choices. Studying the menu over and over again, I was unable to decide what to eat. When you are at a restaurant and are unable to choose what you want because everything looks delicious, that’s a good position to be in.
Artima does a lot of things well but it has a very creative fish menu. As a starter I chose the sweet pepperoncino Calamari. The freshness of the calamari exudes in each bite and the combination of the sweet pepperoncino sauce with the calamari gives it a unique taste. The dish looked delightful, the ideal start to a meal.
The fish options continue with the salads and main dishes, while some their most impressive fish options lie within their pasta. The Astakomakaronada has lobster, garlic and tomato sauce, prawns and broccoli in lobster shell sauce and Ink Tagliatelle. This has long been staples on the menu and are some of the restaurant’s specialties. The Astakomakaronada it is truly a must. The lobster, garlic and tomato sauce along with the prawns and broccoli in the lobster sauce complement each other and the pasta perfectly. If you are keen for a new pasta experience, Astakomakaronada should be your first choice.
The fish theme continues with a wide variety of sushi and sashimi dishes, with the best option being the sushi rolls platter that consists of benihana, shrimp lovers, spicy tuna and sashimi rolls. Sushi can kill or boost a restaurant’s other options and here I would say the latter; it tasted amazing.
However, if you are not a fish lover there is a variety of meat and poultry dishes.
To top of your meal, Artima offers a wide variety of international and local wines, that will accompany any meal choice and your surroundings perfectly and a wide range of ‘tempting deserts’ which were also amazing.
All in all, Artima is in an ideal location with incredible surroundings and a delightful array of dinning choices. Even though it might not be your cheapest dining option, it is worth every penny.
WHERE Lanitis Carob Mill Complex, Vasilissis Street, Limassol
CONTACT 25 820466
PRICE: Approximately €35-50 per person