By Nathan Morley
Well its time to soak up a few summer rays with some alfresco dining and occupying the main corner next to McDonald’s on Nissi Avenue, the terrace of the informal Seasons Café-Restaurant offers the best view of Ayia Napa’s busiest street.
The outside seating areas are perfect for relaxing in on a sunny afternoon with friends or sitting back and watching the world go by. It has loyal and local regulars, a friendly atmosphere with staff always ready to welcome new faces.
As for the menu, it defies its touristy surroundings with a pretty impressive selection of international dishes.
One of the most popular choices comes under the heading of Combo Grills – all at €9.90. These are basically traditional dishes with a modern twist and include skewered grill – a mix of chicken, prawns, onions peppers and bacon or the BBQ combo – chicken wings and ribs, ‘plunged’ into a BBQ sauce.
A T-bone steak grilled on charcoal will set you back €15.90 or a ‘traditional Shepherds Kebab’ – mixing chicken and beef is €9.90. There are also lighter bites to nibble on and a good selection pastas and snacks. Classics such as homemade locally sourced fish and chips are very popular.
For my main course I had lightly breaded tender schnitzel (The crusty pork schnitzel €8.90) – a classic of Austrian and German cuisine, which was much bigger than I thought it would be. It was cooked to absolute perfection, with a beautiful mahogany crunchy- nutty coating. It came with a supporting cast of chips, a slice of lemon and a miniscule patch of salad.
The service was rapid and efficient and the restaurant is not terribly noisy for such a central location.
Nothing on the dessert menu is surprising, but don’t let that stop you. I succumbed to the temptation of a ‘Chocolate thunder’ – a delicious concoction of ice cream drenched with chocolate sauce, wafers, roasted almonds flakes and fresh cream at €7.90. There is also a selection of waffles (at a whopping €8.50 for the chocolate mania or fruity waffle).
The restaurant hums with customers most nights, staying open until late evening and at the weekends the atmosphere can be lively after 8pm.
One surprise during this visit – I was delighted to discover the emergence of a new, dynamic, local micro-brewery whose ales are on sale at the bar.
The beer market appears to be opening up in Cyprus, which is refreshing after years of Keo, Carlsberg and Leon domination. The family-owned Prime Brewery, based in Sotira, is now distributing ales to some local cafés and restaurants and the verdict is very good. Their Pale Ale, which is an organic brew, is delicious – it’s a light orange colour with gold glints and comes from a medieval recipe, while the Amber Ale is made from a complex mix of nine supreme malts and three varieties of American and British hops (primemicrobrewery.com).
Beer aside, everyone nowadays, regardless of the time of day, seem to be sipping mojitos at cafes – the last time I drank one I felt dreadful for days. But, if you fancy one, they are available at €5.50, under the ‘daddy’s special drinks’ section of the menu.
WHERE Seasons, 3 Nissi Avenue, Ayia Napa
CONTACT 23 725100
PRICE Kebebas €9.90, steaks €15.90