New on the dining scene in Larnaca is Holy Cow neocanteen. Located in the backstreets not too far from the port roundabout, it is not a place you would stumble across while having a stroll in town.
Holy Cow’s stylish yet simple exterior makes it stand out from the rest of the buildings on the street. Walking in, the simple tables and wooden chairs give the feeling of being in a canteen. On closer inspection, you’ll notice the wooden walls and plenty of greenery combined with high ceilings and long, low hanging lights, which give it a modern and trendy feel.
Luckily, we had booked a table as the place was heaving. All tables were filled with people tucking into their food. We were shown to our table and promptly offered menus. The waiter was very polite and informed us he would be available to answer any questions.
The name Holy Cow gave me the impression that it would be a heavily beef oriented menu. So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that Holy Cow caters for all tastes and preferences. There is a massive variety of food to choose from including dishes such as duck in berry yuzu sauce, honey soy chicken stir fry, various pork dishes and salads to name but a few. There is even a breakfast menu boasting an array of favourites.
The waiter came to take our order and we did indeed have a question! One of my fellow diners asked what the duck was like. He assured us it was excellent and that it is pink. The person asking was not keen on the idea of their duck being pink yet he did not offer to have it cooked a little more. We all ended up ordering burgers. It seemed like a good idea as people on all tables were eating burgers! We also ordered our drinks with our food but they took a longer time to arrive than would be expected.
It seemed as though Holy Cow was a little understaffed and not able to fully cope with a packed restaurant as even though all other tables seemed to be eating as we arrived, our food still took a long time to come. But it was a meal worth waiting for! The burger was cooked and seasoned to perfection. All burgers are high quality Black Angus beef cooked medium to well, unless asked otherwise. I ordered the ‘Drunken’ which is beef patty, bourbon bbq sauce (on the side), double back bacon and cheddar cheese served with a small portion of fries and small side salad. Others on the table were equally as pleased. Being so impressed they couldn’t wait to completely empty their mouth to say ‘best burger I’ve had!’
One thing I would comment on though was the bun. It was unable to last the duration of the meal and disintegrated as it absorbed all the juices and sauce. It became a little messy but you don’t order a burger and not expect to get your hands a little bit sticky (especially with a bourbon bbq sauce!)
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our food and left happy and talking about what we would order the next time we visited! If you have not yet discovered Holy Cow, I highly recommend a visit!
WHERE Holy Cow, Nigritas Street, Larnaca
CONTACT 24 650114
PRICE Burgers around €12