By Nathan Morley
The privileged location of the Anemos Beach Restaurant near the new coastal path in Protaras and the consistent quality of its food make this restaurant very attractive both for locals and visitors.
It is a lovely, relaxed place, which gives a stunning vista of Protaras bay and the distant Karpas peninsula. Like most places at this time of the year, it gets busy around 7pm – so aim to eat at 6pm and you are guaranteed to catch the lovely twilight over the sea as the sky turns from blue to black.
The delicious local fish Tsipoura (€12.90) charcoal grilled to perfection is just the best way to enjoy lunch or dinner, or if you want something different try one of the selection of mezes.
The Tsipoura flesh is firm and white with a delicate taste. It falls off the bone with ease and even the grilled skin is delicious, especially with a dash of lemon or pepper. That said, watch out for bones as you get quite a lot in this fish and you need to concentrate when eating.
The fish only comes with homemade fries, so it’s best to order their classic Greek salad, which consists of vine-ripened tomato, cucumber, peppers, onions, olives and a small chunk of feta cheese.
With fresh fish being the specialty here, my partner ordered a rather tasty grilled salmon fillet, which came with chips and rice (one side dish would suffice). The vegetables were your bog standard broccoli and carrots (€14.75).
If you want to avoid the à la carte menu, there are several three-course set menus on offer, along with daily specials, including Kleftico (€10.75) or mixed Kebab (€9.95).
The service is traditional, but good.
Factor in a superb wine list as decently priced as the food, and you’ll find this restaurant as good as some of the best anywhere.
For those who like Mediterranean wine, Malagousia Gerovasiliou, a fine Greek wine is available for €28 a bottle or you can stick to local favorites such as Thisbe for €13.75.
Desserts are traditional with Yougurt and Honey (€4.75) or apple pie at €5.75.
When you’ve had your meal, take a stroll along the newish coastal path which stretches from Protaras to Pernera. A few hundred meters from the restaurant you can catch a glimpse of the 2,400-year-old tomb which was discovered there in 2010. The tomb is covered by glass and is thought to be part of a larger cemetery or burial ground.
There are many trendy little outdoor bars dotted along the path, serving late into the night.
WHERE Anemos Beach Restaurant, Protaras
CONTACT 23 831488
PRICE Three-course set menu from €10, fresh fish from €13