There are some places that have been around forever, but you somehow never really notice them, or you never really get the chance to go in. But this means you might be missing out on something remarkable, and this month it came in the shape and form of the traditional Greek cuisine restaurant Ta Kopsidia.
Located just outside of the centre of Limassol, it is not hard to find but yet unheard of to those looking for restaurants in the conventional areas that are bursting with a new addition each month. This however, makes it relatively quiet and outside of that busy hustle and bustle of the city.
The very simple décor – traditional tables and chairs in clean shades of white and green – are given a touch of glamour with some Hollywood photos and some chalk drawn cartoons but it is the food that is the real draw.
The concept of the restaurant can be taken from the translation of the name of the restaurant as it means meat cuts – especially referring to the divine chops. And here they are served by weight – you don’t get the pre-cut version of what the restaurant deems an appropriate portion. You choose your own portion, whether that is a couple of hundreds grams or a kilo. Moreover, the meat itself, which is brought in from Greece, tasted phenomenal. Cooked to perfection, it was a mouthful of flavour with each bite. But this is not the only thing the restaurant has going for it.
Greek cuisine is very similar to Cypriot yet so tantalizingly different that I can never seem to resist it. The powerhouse starters of this restaurant? Most of the Greek dishes that somehow never make it onto our menus in Cyprus. I started with the traditional Ntakos, which is a piece of crispy bread topped with tomato and feta, followed by the ‘saganaki’ and the piece de resistance, the feta with fig. Yes it is cheese galore, and this is what I loved about it. Most of all, the portions were all so appetizing they could easily be turned into a combination of a main course.
To top off the starters were the zucchini fries, a deliciously tasty alternative to French fries, that were magnificent when paired with their ‘pomilorotigania’, which essentially is tomatos, feta and egg melted and cooked together. I quite enjoyed the fact that the different sides were easily combined by way of taste, as it does not throw off your taste buds with every meze sampling you have. By way of meat, the ‘yuvetsi’, served in a clay bowl with aubergines and cheese, was a highlight. My advice though, stick to the meat cuts as this is what they do best – as it says on the tin!
All in all, the pleasant surprise of this restaurant will make a certain customer out of me – this won’t be the last time I visit, so make sure to pencil it into your calendar.
SPECIALTY Greek Cuisine, cooked meats
WHERE Ta Kopsidia, 27 Dodekanisou Street, Limassol
CONTACT 25 725551