By Stephanie Robb
Sometimes a hearty, homey taste of local and simple dishes fuels demand and little cafés and restaurants are popping up around the island trying their hardest to offer their interpretation of what simple traditional cuisine can be. One of these places is Glykolemono, located in the heart of Limassol, just a breath away from the municipal zoo.
Glykolemono is deliciously simple in its décor, catering to a vintage atmosphere and ambiance – it’s a prime spot for lovers of chill-out spots – serving dishes that aim to delight and whet the appetite. It is mostly seen as a brunch and lunch spot, yet nothing stops it from delivering great and hearty main dishes in the form of homemade pizzas and burgers. And therein lies its beauty, all dishes are homemade fresh, therefore guaranteeing top quality with every meal.
Having visited during lunch time, I found a great variety of dishes that are ideal for the middle of the day, the prime for me being the ‘peinirli’. Although the name might seem strange it is a delightfully fresh bread dough topped with a variety of toppings. My vegetarian choice was the cheese, tomato, olives and green peppers peinirli, which didn’t disappoint. The combination of flavours provided a hearty meal without being too heavy and the proportion of cheese to the other toppings was just right, with each bite leaving me craving for more. The peinirli can be served with an array of toppings. You can get the mozzarella, haloumi, tomato and lounzta peinirli or the cheese, feta, chicken, peppers and tomato option to name a few. Either way even the fussiest eater will find something.
Another great option are the perfectly crafted pizzas and calzone made with a homemade twist; gone are the greasy, unappetizing stock pizzas. This is the age where the quality and taste of the materials is what ultimately counts. However, don’t expect a large variety of pizza toppings to choose from, their great taste comes from them sticking to the basic mozzarella and pepperoni route and doing that extremely well.
What should not be skipped though is the traditional Bougatsa, made fresh every day. Made with cream and pastry, it is the prime choice to satisfy a sweet tooth, and the sweet does come out on top of many of its competitors.
Glykolemono does not only offer food, it offers a lifestyle of slow and simple living that many people go without these days and an injection of this every now and again can work miracles.
WHERE Glykolemono, 25 Olympion Street, Omiros & Araouzos Tower, Limassol
WHEN Mon – Friday 9–23:00, Sat – Sun 09:00 – 00:00
PRICE €10 per person