By Constantinos Psillides
Can a typical French restaurant survive the competition of the many diner options in Nicosia? Can haute cuisine stand next to the endless stream of food offered in the local tavernas, which are so favoured by the locals? And can it also offer an alternative for those wanting just a drink? The Brasserie Au Bon Plaisir is proof that Cypriots appreciate not only quantity but also quality.
Situated opposite the Russian Culture Centre, the French restaurant is ideal for people who are looking for a different night out, be that dining or simply having a drink. Decorated in the spirit of a typical French restaurant, Brasserie Au Bon Plaisir heavily resembles the restaurants one finds in French speaking parts of the world, especially those scattered around downtown Brussels in Belgium.
Although the restaurant offers a wide variety of options when it comes to dining, it’s probably best known for its mussels. Served in a pot and prepared in a variety of ways (I cannot recommend the cream, garlic and Roquefort cheese enough) fresh mussels are imported on a regular basis to keep the demanding clientele happy. The mussels are served with a side of French fries. Combine that with the soup of the day and you have a great night out!
Price wise, the French restaurant cheaper than one would expect. A pot of 500g of mussels costs €17 so a night out for 2 would cost somewhere around €40-50.
But even if you only up for drink, Brasserie is the place for you. Accompanied with a light cheese or meat platter, the establishment offers a variety of wines, like any self-respecting French restaurant/bar would do. The brave at heart might give the restaurant’s unique aperitif a chance! A mixture of cassis liquor with sparkling wine, which may go down easy but packs quite a punch!
Brasserie Au Bon Plaisir is an ideal alternative to the usual dinner outings and well worth to give a chance, even if it is just for a drink.
Brasserie Au Bon Plaisir
Where : Zinonos Sozou 15E, Nicosia
Contact: 96 755111