By Alexander McCowan
There was a time when the only food dispensed in a public house was a bag of Smith’s Crisps containing a tiny screw of salt. How times have changed. The pub is now the first dining out experience of the majority, particularly in rural areas of the UK, where the level of cuisine sometimes matches anything available in a starred restaurant. However, the same cannot be said of licensed premises in Cyprus, where in the main, food is the last item on offer.
With one or two exceptions, pubs in the capital are a disappointment and certainly not a place to take the family or even the wife. So let me introduce you to an exception: Murphy’s. Over the last year this has been transformed into the most family friendly enterprise while at the same time being the base of the city dwelling sporting gentlemen.
The pub is divided in such a way the diners in the outside covered areas have no need to enter the main bar arena. The management offers seating to about 200 and serves from 10am till late night. This is one of the last refuges of the traditional breakfast which is the first item on their grill menu and contains two free range lightly done eggs, two English sausages, crispy bacon, grilled haloumi, mushrooms, tomatoes, buttered toast, a separate pot of baked beans and an optional pot of tea or coffee. There are four options for the breakfast menu including a vegetarian omelette and they can be ordered at any time of day.
The starters include jalapena peppers stuffed with cream cheese, potatoes with ground spicy beef sauce and sour cream, nachos with chili con carne, and many more.
There are mixed grill platters for two, cheese fruit platters, sandwiches and burgers of all kinds but the most popular dishes are the steaks and chops; the latter appear to have once adorned a mammoth, judging by their size. The beef might be a fillet, pepper, Black Angus Brazilian picana, Diane or T-Bone and if that’s not enough try the chicken and pork kebabs. The sweet list is limited to cakes.
The service is first rate and children are welcome; there is a children’s menu. This year Murphy’s will offer a special Christmas dinner yet to be announced. The premises are open every day but booking is essential at weekends and in the run up to Christmas when a number of companies and clubs will be holding their functions.
Well worth a try.
WHERE Murphy’s, 11A, Alkeou Street, Engomi, Nicosia – next to the Europa Hotel
CONTACT 22 445005