By Nathan Morley
The Marquis De Napa has been operating since 1989 and makes a specialty out of flambé dishes and superb local produce, but also offers an international style menu consisting of steaks, seafood, kebab, pizza and pasta dishes.
Despite some reports to the contrary, Ayia Napa is currently bustling with activity, especially on the Kryo Nero Avenue, to the east of the resort. Set among Russian, Mexican and local taverns, the Marquis De Napa is one of the sleeker spots and offers a nice, warm décor which spreads out into an open patio area – perfect for these warm summer nights.
There is a standard starter-main-course-dessert menu, but the best deal if you are on a budget is the set menu at €22, which gives you a choice of dusky eastern Mediterranean flavours, seafood or meat dishes followed by your choice of dessert.
The flambé selection always seems to be popular, with the original house favourite Pork a la Indienne topping the menu listings. The flambéed pork is sautéed in butter with a coconut liqueur and served with mushrooms, curry sauce, peppers, garlic and cream (€16.90).
For starters, I chose the village salad from the ‘Cyprus corner’ of the menu, which hit the spot with plenty of zest, lots of olives, tomatoes, thyme and feta (€5.90).
The seafood selection is very impressive and includes trout, sea bass, sole, fish meze and even lobster thermidor at €38.60. I also noticed that Afelia appeared on the menu, which I have noted for next time – it is a delicious local dish made from marinated chunks of pork, cooked in a red wine and coriander sauce.
However for mains, I opted for the supremely fresh King Prawns Provencale which were almost impossibly juicy – with very strong flavours (€22.60). The prawns are sautéed in rich garlic butter, mixed with onions, mushrooms and tomatoes and served in a thick white wine sauce. There is an option of chips, boiled, roast or jacket potatoes and you’ll also get a side dish of succulent grilled eggplant, and boiled broccoli and carrots.
It is perfect food to eat on their breezy patio as you observe Ayia Napa nightlife with a glass or two of the crisp house wine, which comes from Paphos and is made with the local grape variety xinisteri (€13). The wine list is impressive and includes French, Italian, Portuguese, Chilean and Greek varieties.
The dessert menu is stuffed with local delights, including the ever popular baklava, but we finished with a ‘Monks Coffee’ (€5) – a mixture of Benedictine and coffee, with a dash of fresh cream – its combination so obvious I wonder where it has been all of my life.
The dining room staff, dressed in crisp black and white, offer a friendly and efficient service. They are all locals who have worked together for years.
SPECIALTY Flambe dishes
WHERE Marquis De Napa, Kryou Nerou street, Ayia Napa
CONTACT 23 723610
PRICE set menu at €22