It all began in 1979 when Gregoris Papastylianou and his family repatriated back to Cyprus from London. After many years overseas, working in and owning restaurants in Australia, the UK, and America, Gregoris made the decision to return to his home, so that he could make his lifelong dream of starting his own restaurant in a post war Cyprus a reality … the restaurant is now operated by his eldest son Stelios.
I’ve been eating here for over 20 years, mainly because they serve traditional Cypriot cuisine at it’s finest. I love it, as you walk in its just like Yia Yia’s garden. You’ll experience the unique flavors of Cyprus, along with the art of cooking authentic Cypriot cuisine and the culture that surrounds each dish, and all in a casual, authentic setting with traditional decor with stamnas and jisves scattered around, wooden roof beams, a lovely open fireplace, stone floors, a gorgeous water feature with a relaxing old style hospitality, real hanging vines … it’s without doubt, one of the oldest, best and most recognised traditional taverns in Paphos …
Serving a selection is their speciality, so if you are thinking about an authentic Cypriot Charcoal Meat Meze, with over 20 seasonal dishes, whatever you do make sure you’re hungry, because this is going to fill you up !
‘Tis Imeras’ which literally means ‘of today’, so here you’ll find the menu changes depending on the season … you have a choice of a Seasonal Ospria, or Beans and Pulses in English, with 4 dishes to choose from my fav being the fresh Black Eyed Beans with Courgettes. I always ask for a few sardines and some fresh onion with mine please!
You must try one of our Cypriot Dishes … a popular choice is the very tasty Makaronia tou Fournou, aka Macaroni Pastiche, or mine and every kids’s favourite the Keftedes … Hand made and deep fried Meatballs, btw we were weened on them … and a little warning; you can’t stop at just a few!
There’s an tasty choice of crispy Salads, try the Traditional Cypriot Village Salad or the deliciously moorish Halloumi Salad, with mixed greens with chunks of halloumi cheese …
For a healthier option you can opt for their delicious char grilled dishes, the Mixed Souvlakia with home made Shieftalia is to die for …
The extensive menu includes a huge variety of starters and dips to choose from including; the Soup of the Day, or the very tasty Dolmades, stuffed vine leaves baked with seasoned mince meat and rice, just like yia yia used to make …
For your main course you can opt either for one of their traditional meat based mains like the melt in your mouth Kleftiko, cooked for over 5 hours in a sealed clay oven out back or one of their specialities the Moussaka or why not try one of their Vegetarian options like the Vegetarian Moussaka!
My absolute favourite dish here is the Baby Lamb Souvla. It will really tantalise the taste buds, as it is cooked very slowly over real charcoal and served with a little imagination …
If Seafood is more your preference, as is my usual choice for dining out, then you have a variety of fresh fish dishes to choose from … The Fish Meze is a special treat for me, and the Norwegian Grilled Salmon or the Garlic Prawns … Mmm!
If you are really hungry … they offer a great selection of side dishes and extras to add to your meal!
And now for my ultimate fav part of a meal … Dessert ! Why not try the Crispy Paklava with Ice Cream or their signature dessert the Brandy Pudding made in house with dates and walnuts served with fresh cream.
They welcome enquires for private parties and large family groups and of course for Birthdays and weddings, promising you’ll receive a little extra attention … and the Loyalty Lunch idea is brilliant!
Over the years, Mandra Tavern has built a reputation second to none in Paphos, just take a look at their Trip Advisor reviews …
Open Long Summer Season
Daily … 12 mid day ’til 11 pm
You’ll find them at 4, Dionysos Street, Kato Paohos … they are on your left as you take a short walk from the promenade, or Ayios Antoniou Street, Kato Paphos
Truly Authentic with Traditional Cypriot Hospitality!