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Restaurant review: The Woody, Limassol

It’s great to wander beyond the centre of Limassol and try some places you haven’t thought of before and that have recently opened their doors – The Woody in Episkopi is a prime example of that.

Located outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, it is a great place to get away from it all and enjoy a relaxing meal. Its menu consists of ‘pub food’ but with a gourmet twist making it absolutely tantalising.

So let’s start off with the meal. Being a huge lover of halloumi, the fried halloumi starter was a must have! Served beautifully in a large bowl with mixed greens, it was actually cooked the right amount therefore avoiding being too heavy. The pomegranate and sweet chili sauce gave the dish a refreshing and sweet taste. The same can be said for the garlic mushrooms as their pairing with the provolone topolino cheese was mouth-watering. However, the highlight of the starters is the chef’s must-try signature calamari, with part grilled and part fried calamari served with smoked fava bean puree, artichokes, raspberry vinegar, soy glaze and micro greens. The combination of flavours packs a punch of taste with each mouthful – it is simply good enough to be a main course. It’s not just about the taste though as the plating was amazing.

The main dishes are not as plentiful and as varied as the starters, but that is not necessarily a negative. This means they do a few dishes and they do them well, the kitchen is not overstocked with pre-prepared meals and everything is fresh, and this is exactly what I got with my experience there.

If you are a fan of pork, then this is the place for you with dishes like pork neck, pork knuckle and pork loin all served beautifully and all more than one person can handle (a normal person’s appetite that is). I went for the pork loin, that was cooked to perfection, with all is flavour coming out with every bite and that was paired with the hoisin and gravy sauce. The other star is the pork neck, with two cuts of pork neck each in their own individual marinade and served with accompanying sauces: one made from arugula, pesto Genovese and topped with four-year aged gouda and the other made with mixed greens, oregano and Italian dressing. All I can say is that everyone should try this, it was absolutely sensational.

The Woody is a great gourmet pub that will certainly give you a new obsession in the summer months. Even though the décor is basic pub, it is definitely worth a trip for the top quality food.

WHERE 14 road n34, Episkopi, Limassol
WHEN 1pm to 2am
HOW MUCH Startes from €7.50, mains from €14
CONTACT 99 596972

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