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Restaurant review: Searays cafe bar, Paphos

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Searays cafe bar is a hugely popular place to visit as it enjoys a great location on the edge of the Akamas national park in Peyia, Paphos. However, this is hardly relevant at present as in common with other bars and restaurants around the island, it is closed to customers, offering only take away and delivery.

Currently, the entire ‘dine out at home’ experience is about customer service and the food.

Both are excellent at Searays and despite being forced to operate in a different way to survive, the favoured eatery has managed to maintain high standards and stills serves good quality, tasty, home cooked food, even when its packaged up and delivered to your home.

The cafe is now offering a take away and delivery menu (limited area and for a small charge) from Monday to Saturday from 12 to 7pm, for minimum orders of €20.

Starter choices from €5 include butterfly prawns, soup of the day, halloumi or prawn cocktail and main courses chilli con carne, baked fillet of cod, aubergine and courgette bake, Irish Angus beef burger, cottage pie, beef lasagne, lamb kofta, scampi, steak or chicken and mushroom bake, butterfly prawns and minced beef and veg bake. Dishes are priced at €8-€11.

They also offer a Sunday lunch which is delicious and hugely popular and is available on Sundays from 12.30pm to 3.30pm and must be pre-ordered a day or two before as it’s cooked to order. In the midst of a busy week, we carefully perused the menu and placed an order for three Sunday lunches as a weekend treat.

One, two or three courses are available. A main course costs €10, two courses €13 and three for €16.

Choose from (the menu may vary slightly) chicken liver pate with cranberry sauce or prawn cocktail with home made marie rose sauce to start, followed by roast loin of pork, crackling, stuffing and apple sauce; roast beef served with horseradish sauce; roast turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing and cranberry sauce; baked fillet of cod or a vegetarian dish of the day. All main courses are served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy.

The desserts are good too, apple crumble, chocolate fudge cake, or dessert of the day.

We ordered a mix of both starters and beef, pork and roast turkey as main courses and apple crumble and chocolate fudge cake to finish it all off.

The food arrived in separate containers which ensured that nothing was soggy, while portions are generous.

The prawn cocktails and pate and toast all disappeared rather quickly and were of a good standard. Surprisingly, even after being cooked packed and driven a distance, the beef, pork and turkey were still moist and warm and only enhanced by a separate serving of delicious home-made gravy – no Bisto gravy granules here.

Careful spooning out of the vegetables (carrots, peas and cabbage) ensured none of the excess water ended up on our plates, and roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings were added.

After tucking in (very enjoyable) and despite cleaning all the food off our plates we moved on to the desserts, which rounded off the meal nicely.

Following the initial order, we have ordered lunch a couple more times and Sundays are now more relaxing with hardly any washing up.

 

Searays Cafe bar, Peyia, Paphos

Tel: 99 617415. On Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/searayscafebar/

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