Green Kampos Hilton Hotel (Prasinos Kampos Restaurant)

Written by on March 24, 2012 in I Eat Cyprus, I Eat...Out with 2 Comments

(No website found at time of publishing) – Kampos, Cyprus

How I heard of this place: We were told of the Kykkos Monestary (one of the wealthiest in the country) as a place where we would be able to procure a humble room for no charge for one evening. We decided to try our luck, and after being sent from the local supermarket across the parking lot to the restaurant in search of the Father, we were given the keys to our accommodations. Settling in to the dormitory-style room, with hot, running water, but no towels or sheets, Chris began to feel his back itch. He lifted his shirt to ask me if it was red or bitten by something, and sure enough…bug bite after bug bite lined his entire torso. Needless to say, within minutes, we were out of there. Our 21:00 drive back down the moutain led us to the tiny town of Kampos. We noticed a sign for a hotel and pulled up next to the dark space. Chris made his way in. I stayed in the car.

Type of cuisine: Traditional Greek-Cypriate fare.

Ambiance: One large, open room with high ceilings painted white, with floor tiles to match make you wonder how often the space is used for large parties and celebrations, such as local weddings. I imagine it is the only place of its kind in this small town. The yellow and blue patterned, striped curtains hang from up high, covering windows througout the establishment that we were unable to see. The wooden tables lined with rust-red table cloths and white linens set askew were covered with large plates of glass to keep neat and tidy. Burgundy cushions are tied to each of the metal-framed chairs. The bar directly ahead and towards the back of the restaurant maintains a handful of green-cushioned stools, seated beyond the office desk, complete with laptop, register, half-drunk bottles of water and jars of local honey for sale. The bottles in the bar are squished into wooden framed compartments against a mirrored wall. Picture frames holding black and white photographs of (presumably) family members) as well as religious images of saints, the Virgin Mary, and the Kykkos Monestary are displayed throughout the space. As we found our seats, futbol (soccer) played on the vibrant big screen ahead, until the owner came out and adjusted it – by placing a VHS tape of traditional music (from the 1980s by the looks of the fashion and facial hair on the musicians), blasting it loud for all to hear and acknowledge.

What I ordered: Having only a handful of menu items available at 21:30 that evening, while they prepared our room for us, Chris selected the Kebab with Chips (€8) and I chose the Moussaka (€8) at the recommendation of our server. She also offered us juice, purchased by our new friend, “Jack”, who was sitting at the bar.

On a return visit, 25 March 2012: For breakfast, we made our way back to the cozy restaurant to enjoy our already set Mediterranean breakfast of two hard-boiled eggs, three types of sliced local cheese, tomato, cucumber, four slices of deli meats, local green olives, individually packed butters and marmelade, as well as a small plate of Nescafe and Ahmad tea bags. A small carafe of hot water, a dispenser of steamed milk and a basket with four slices of toasted bread made their way to our table after we were seated.

Kampos

What I loved: The fried pork, the sauteed potatoes, the Moussaka, soon became the yummiest meal we had consumed in days! Each plate was licked clean by the time we were through.

Why I loved it: The friendliness and familiarity of the people. “Jack” joined us at our table to give us pointers and hints for our road trip after we had consumed our meals and enjoyed the fresh, local, hand-picked oranges. The owner of the establishment, knowing we had little cash on hand, offered to have us pay the local supermarket the following day for our stay and our meals. He then brought us three each of a local fried snack resembling perogies or flattened samosas, one stuffed with cheese and the other with a local green similiar to spinach. We were both pleased, impressed by and thrilled with the level of service, friendliness and love with which everyone at the establihsment welcomed us.

Cost: Low to average (€8-€13 per entree, if available)

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  1. Jack says:

    I am “Jack” that was sitting at the bar. Appreciate the comments and just want to add that it is in our culture, especially in small villages, to treat tourists that way. Our pay back is the return of the tourists and when someone goes out of their way to put a few words for others to find out about us. Thank you

    • mojdeh says:

      Wow! Jack! It’s wonderful to hear from you. Thank you so much. My husband and I always remember your kindness and the hospitality we felt during our visit! What a beautiful surprise. If you’re ever in the Seattle area, please do let us know.

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