Mangas Tavern & Restaurant

Written by on March 27, 2012 in I Eat Cyprus, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

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

How I heard of this place: We drove by. It looked bright and cute and had meze, so we parked the car and walked along the peaceful sidewalk of Nissi Avenue back towards Mangas.

Type of cuisine: Greek themed fare. A simple menu, similar to what you might find in a local tavern, including homemade pizzas and a children’s selection.

Ambiance: Walking up to the bright, relatively newly renovated space, my first impression of Mangas is charming. It is styled, as we came to experience, after a traditional coastal tavern, similar to what we saw perched on the cliffs of the Greek islands. The stonework is pure white, complemented by the gorgeous azure shutters and furniture. The walls became a quick favorite, as they are 3-D paintings of picturesque coastal landscapes, homes and scenes; nautical memorabilia decorates the rest of the dining area. Being a glass-walled and sun-drenched building, Mangas was the perfect stop for our lazy afternoon meal on the way to the Larnaca airport. We chose to sit in the large outside terrace dining area, complete with playgrounds for toddlers and young children. Light background music keeps us entertained during this low season when only two other dining parties joined ours. I imagine the spot is quite popular due to the effort that Mangas has undergone to create such an inviting, bright, clean and open estbalishment.

What I ordered: Keeping it simple and Greek, Chris and I began with two small bottles of Mineral Water (€1.70), followed by selections from the three-course Set Menu. I opted for the Rodspatta Fish (€8.95) and Chris chose the Lamb Kleftiko (€9.95). To start, we were each offered two generously-sized pieces of buttery garlic bread, followed by our meals. The Lamb included a side of vegetables (carrots, zucchini, broccoli) and juicy potatoes roasted with a tomato and broth. My fish, served with the same vegetables and a baked potato, came served in a pool of lobster-dill sauce and a fancy slice of lemon dusted with fresh chopped parsley. While the food did leave something to be desired, we were served good wholesome simple food with no fancy extras. The portions sensible, the meats cooked well and the sides satisfying. The included dessert options were Irish Coffee or Creme Caramel; both of us opted for the latter.

What I loved: The garlic bread was my favorite part of the meal, followed by the zucchini and baked potato. Chris loved the lobster sauce over my fish, and sucked clean the bones of his Lamb Kleftiko!

Why I loved it: The clean blue and white of Mediterranean tavernas, the outdoor seating in the beautiful spring sunshine and the calm, low season vibe of Ayia Napa.

Cost: Average (€9-€25 per entree)

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