By Nan Mackenzie
A grill house to Cypriots is what a Bernie Inn was to Brits back in the 1970s and 80s. The Three Little Pigs grill house may not be as large as a Bernie Inn, with seating for 16 only customers at a time but you do sit comfortably on traditional rush mat chairs that have been given a Swedish style paint job and you eat from a spotlessly clean shabby chic rendered table. From here you can then relax over a glass of wine and watch as your meal is being prepared at the open grilling area. You may also marvel how the young guys behind the counter maintain both their energy and perspiration levels as the heat from the grill is sufficient reason on its own to pop down here in winter for both sustenance and a toasty atmosphere when the chill winds blow off the sea.
The owners and masters of the art of grilling are cousins Agapios and Marios, both were born a few metres up the road and now, after opening in June this year, they are keeping up what was a family tradition with their much respected grandfather having been well known in the area as a master griller and coffee shop/takeaway owner. As youngsters the cousins would always be on hand to help serve customers and watch as Grandpa fired up his home made sheftalia and pork kebabs. Grandpa still keeps a watchful eye on his protégées and can be spotted almost every evening seated close to the grill area watching Agapios and Marios’ every move so customers have the double reassurance that there is a very high level of quality control going on in this family run establishment.
This is a genuinely friendly place to come and eat with everything edible being sourced from local farmers, and of course pork dishes major on the menu. My friend and I started with homemade tzatziki and a nippy but nice cheesy dip, proper piping hot pita bread, salad and a glass of rosé wine. This was followed by a juicy Greek kebab, sheftalia, chicken kebab, then a new twist on the burger with a Greek inspired stuffing of a hamburger with melted feta cheese. Both my chum and I had to cry a halt at this stage just as Agapios plonked down a chicken and sausage wrap, that’s when we asked for the take away box and now, the day after, I am enjoying the grilled chicken lettuce bacon parmesan cheese and homemade dressing all wrapped in a Lebanese pita, an ideal lunch time treat.
There is a bargain mixed grill platter on offer for 9.95, also a pork chop the size of a baby elephant’s ear for 8.95, which comes with salad, chips, pita and tzatziki. The menu indicates which dishes are categorised as large meals, but be warned if you do plump for those you have to indeed have a big bad wolf type of hunger on you.
For those more into chicken, a family can dine on a whole chicken accompanied with a village salad and chips or you can go for pieces of marinated chicken which have been spit grilled.
Throughout a regular troupe of customers entered and left the shop clutching their takeaways, the owners’ young children were busy in a corner happily crayoning pictures or doing homework and with the long hours these guys put in working six days a week from 10am until very late it’s really nice to see the wives and kids being part of their fathers’ business. Oh! and I forgot there is television, one of those high definition jobs which makes even a football match mildly interesting to watch. All this added to the sheer enjoyment of eating in a place with zero pretentions, where you can get good food well cooked at a very reasonable price, where you don’t have to get dolled up for the evening just sling on a jumper and jeans and you are all ready to enjoy comfort food served by genuine people.
SPECIALTY Traditional Cypriot /Greek food
WHERE The Three Little Pigs – opposite Sun Fresh Bakery close to the new Mall on Tomb of the Kings Road.
PRICE under 10