When a nod to the fancier, more gourmet choices appeared on the cards it was an opportunity I couldn’t resist. Let’s be honest, fine dining is not something that many attempt weekly, it is saved for an occasional treat – but when you decide to indulge, where should you splurge to enjoy the best food on offer? One of the best establishments in the Limassol fine dining scene is the small French restaurant located in the tourist area, La Maison Fleurie.
La Maison Fleurie has long been a staple in Limassol, a small family-run restaurant (one of the few left) that opened its doors in the 80s and has worked non-stop ever since. Walking into the restaurant you are greeted by a French boutiquey retro vibe, that in a way manages to draw you into the whole French culinary experience – the accompaniment of French music throughout the meal also adds a cute touch. The staff, the family itself, are absolutely wonderful and work had to make your experience there a memorable one.
The menu itself is classic French fine dining, so if you are a fan you are in for a treat and even if you are not but are a food lover then this is a place you shouldn’t ignore. We started the meal with a smoked duck salad and fresh oysters. The smoked duck was simply wonderful and was paired with a fantastic onion jam – an interesting sounding combination that was well judged. The same went for the superbly fresh oysters, which are actually flown from France and delivered right to your table. To all those seafood lovers out there, the oysters are a must have. Almost as much of a temptation was the homemade pate and foie grass. We stuck to the goose foie grass and were not disappointed but the duck, boar and rabbit options are all certain to put a smile on your face.
A great touch to the meal was during the ‘intermission’ between starters and main course, we were delightfully offered a complimentary sorbet to cleanse our palate and signal our move. For a main we tried the restaurant specialty Duck Marco Polo, which is a duck leg cooked in a mouthwatering mushroom sauce. The duck itself was cooked to perfection and with every bite the meat was so tender that you just couldn’t wait to move on to the next bite. Other main courses include salmon, deer, steak tartar and veal. No matter what you choose, the meat selection is guaranteed to be cooked well and satisfy even the toughest critic.
The meal though does not end there as for desert you are presented with a platter of all the available deserts to pick. We plumped for the panacotta and the crème brulee, the perfect ending to a delightful meal.
La Maison Fleurie is a great option for a fine dining expedition – and that is what this truly is – no steak and chips here. For those ready for an exciting and new culinary experience this is the place to be.
SPECIALTY French Cuisine
WHERE La Maison Fleurie, 18 Christaki Kranou, Limassol
CONTACT 25 320680