12 September 2012 14:10

Greek and Mediterranean cuisine

In good taste

Navarino Wine Lodge has been around for 30 years, housed in a landmark all-white neo-classical residence built in 1927 in the Nicosia neighbourhood Ayios Dometios. Stepping inside, the rustic styling dominates – the dark wood décor and warm fireplace lend the space a pub-like feel while the floor stretches out on different levels. The bar along the side of the restaurant dominates the space and dim lighting gives you the impression of being away from the hustle of the city. The exterior’s neat, simple garden and the old architecture of the building has been maintained, which provide a relaxed setting and put you at ease – as if you were entering a good friend’s home – a feeling accentuated as you are greeted in the glass foyer by the friendly owner who welcomes you with a warm smile.
This was our first visit, having missed out on previous opportunities, and we were not disappointed. In fact, we visited on what proved to be an ideal day as the Kyperounda Winery had organised a wine-tasting session at Navarino and we had the opportunity to try some of the best of local Cypriot wines. First we tried Petritis white dry, a very fragrant wine with a predominance of flowery and fruity aromas. However, as soon as we tried the chardonnay with its limpid golden colour, a well-structured creamy wine with impressive length of flavour we knew we had to share a bottle with our food.
When we returned to our table from the wine-tasting, we ordered the Chardonnay and a platter with an appealing mix of finger foods including a selections of cheeses with crackers, mini bread slices with salmon, celery and cucumber sticks; something you can nibble on while you talk about your day and the latest episode of Game of Thrones.
The menu includes the classic meze dishes, both fish and meat varieties that arrived in small portions to share with wine. On our visit there was also live music with a singer. The waiters were friendly and attentive without being obtrusive, and occasionally paid a visit to fill our glasses.
Navarino offers an alternative dining experience to other places in town; it has maintained that personal approach that family run restaurants are known for, providing an unpretentious atmosphere where you can taste authentic local wine.

1 Navarinou St., Nicosia, tel. , www.navarino.com.cy

Why should I go?
For the friendly atmosphere and for its great wine variety
What should I wear?
Dress smart casual
Who will I meet?
Everyone from professionals to groups of friends
How much will I pay?
Buffet prices range from €14 to €18
Extra info
Open for lunch and dinner.
Good for all types of occasions such as private parties, weddings, christenings.

by Nicole Zeniou