Seven St Georges' Tavern
Good for: A real taste of Cyprus
Lonely Planet review for Seven St Georges' Tavern
If only everyone was as loving and meticulous about food production and preparation as George, the tavern's owner. Everything you eat and drink in this place is grown, dried or pickled organically by the owner. He has a herb garden at the back, and a meat-smoking cabin from where drool-provoking smells tickle the nostrils. Even the wine is produced here, from organic home-grown grapes.
Your meze, the house speciality, comes in the usual trickle of olives and capers, beetroot and carrot salads, cold meats, casseroles and smoked ham. Everything is season-dependent so you might get hand-picked wild asparagus, herbed wild mushrooms, aubergines in tomato, or fantastically tender kleftiko (oven-baked lamb). In terms of food, this is the closest thing to a self-sufficient heaven. The restaurant is in an old house, with a vine-and-palm-leaf-covered terrace. A good, traditional host, George walks around and chats to his guests. His 'food philosophy' is proudly displayed on the website and he's happy to tell you about it himself. And as you'll see once you've eaten here, you'll come out feeling the harmony between your stomach and your soul.