Probably one of the areas’ most famous restaurants, Kamasias Taverna, once aka Tony’s, has an impeccable reputation to provide the best in traditional seasonal meze … Warm and cozy in the winter and cool and breezy in the summer, I’ve been eating here for over 30 years, even Cyprus’ President Anastasiadies pops in occasionally and it’s, without doubt, one of my all time favourites and this year they are in the top ten finalists for the best Tavern in Eating Out Cyprus, and I just know you’ll love it!
It’s a family affair
The man with the big mustache is Tony, originally opening Tony’s Tavern almost 50 years ago in 1970, right in the heart of Paralimni, in 1980 they moved to a bigger and better venue just up from the traffic lights on 1st April Avenue, opposite our old office, and in 1993 to the current venue, passing the eaterie to son Andreas, joined by wife Daniella, who heads up the kitchen for 24 years now and grandson Antonis, who maybe one day will turn it back into Tony’s Taverna 😉
On the menu
Here you’ll find traditional, seasonal, Cypriot Meze at its absolute finest … about 16 dishes, starting with fresh seasonal salads and homemade dips … then it can get a little different, baby Snails, Rabbit, Souvlaki, Asparagus with an Egg cracked on top, Fillet of Pork, fresh Lamb Cutlets, Beef Liver, Chicken, grilled local Sausages, and F’tana aka Pork Belly, cooked to perfection and delicious hand-cut Chips … or you can just make up your own Meze from the extensive menu.
Now this is where this place excels … they call them seasonal ‘Rain Gifts’, because Tony and the family are dedicated to bringing you the freshest and most sought after wild Cypriot produce, like baby wild Artichokes, Snails, fresh Asparagus, and a regular trip to Paphos to find rare wild Mushrooms is all part of the norm, Tony often walking 15 to 25 km a day to bring you the best selection that night … needless to say if you like wild Mushrooms omg, this place is a must !!!
I could easily say everything is special here, but you really must try a couple of dishes that are quite unique … They travel for miles just for the Rabbit in Lemon Sauce, it’s mum’s secret recipe of over 40 years, entrancing, and just to die for!, and you really must try the Black Angus T-Bone, from Australia and USA, any carnivore’s heaven! it’s almost enough for two if it wasn’t so nice or maybe go a’la carte with one of their saucy dishes … my fav the Pepper Sauce!
This summer they are adding Kleftico to the menu, promising you’ll never taste anything like it … This is prime cuts of Lamb, slow cooked in the Clay oven for over 12 hours … it goes in at 10 pm ish every night and comes out midday the next day and omg I can’t wait to try it!
After continuous requests from their clients from near and far, Andreas and the crew have decided to provide a selection of traditional Souvla this summer especially on a Sunday when the whole of Cyprus spills to the beaches of Ammohostos and naturally it gets busy in here on a weekend.
Much of the fish is fresh daily, of course … The Fish Meze is amazing! … Prawns, Mussels, Grilled Calamari, always a selection of today’s catch and my fav the shallow fried baby crab omg! Fresh fish daily includes; Sea Bream, Sea Bass, Red Porgy, Red Mullet, Black Fish, Kalimari, Grilled Octopus … or my fav the Fisherman’s Platter; Mussels, Shrimps, baby Crab, and baby Kalamari, just perfect!
Toning down their once selection of Cypriot and Greek Wines in the Cava from 200 to 100 different labels, you’ll be sure to find something to compliment your meal perfectly, a selection of bottled beers and spirits can be served by the shot, quarter bottle, up to a whole bottle … and if you like good Malt Whiskey just ask or a specialty Cognac, hmm you’d better start saving for the piece de resistance a very special bottle of Delamain Cognac, one of only 500 bottles made in 2008 … a touch above my budget, you’d better check before you order a shot, you’ll be amazed!!!
Through the Winter you’ll find heartwarming village style Soups, an open fire and they welcome corporate business lunches and parties or special events with a guarantee that you’ll leave satisfied … almost 50 years must mean something, so why not check out their Trip Advisor Reviews and their Facebook page for loads more photos and videos, oh and if you go please give them a review on Trip Advisor.
With Live Music every Friday night this place really parties Cypriot style with a little Bouzouki … check out this video of the amazing Elias Vretos from Greece, singing on the tables … and lots more of their Videos here …
Children & Desserts
Even the kids have their own selection and if there’s any chance you still have room for afters, all their sweets are homemade … they normally just bring seasonal fruit but whatever you do try a little Shamali it’s absolutely delicious !!!
12:30 pm ’til 3:30 pm then 6:30 pm ’til 12 midnight
A Take Away Service is available.
Closed on Mondays
You’ll find them at 23 Daidalou Street, Paralimni, it’s the triangle green, almost opposite Lidl’s Supermarket and just off that huge roundabout about 50 metres from Akis Express
At Kamasias they absolutely live for the table!