A ‘meze’ enjoyable evening
This year marked our first summer holiday as a family, and I’m not sure if anything could have prepared me for the complete contrast to those of past. Trips as a twosome consisted mainly of resting, eating and drinking – with much research going into finding the best places to conduct those activities.
Now, with a 13 month old, in Cyprus, those activities were much interrupted – most annoyingly the nice meals out! But luckily my parents were on hand to help, and as our stay coincided with our fifth wedding anniversary, we afforded ourselves a night off, just the two of us.
Back to the ways of old, we consulted friends, family and the Internet for recommendations to spend our only meal of the 10-night trip away from the all-inclusive buffet. We settled on 7.St Georges (https://www.facebook.com/7StGeorges), a family-run farm and meze restaurant with a difference…there is no menu.
The kitchen essentially serve a selection of meze dishes in waves, based on seasonal ingredients grown and cooked on site, until you simply cannot eat anymore! Starting with the traditional salads, dips and fresh homemade organic bread, these were followed by grilled bacon chops and green vegetable scrambled eggs, crispy, yet succulent seasoned chicken thighs and pickled peppers, and 8-hour cooked goat kleftiko with garlic roasted potatoes. This was the point that I felt I definitely could not eat another thing.
Intrigued by what might be next to arrive, if we were to carry on, my husband sort the advice of Ben, the maître’d and son of the family that own and run the venue (with his mother in the kitchen and father, George, the farmer). Ben informed us that he actually didn’t know what would be served next! He simply delivers whatever the kitchen gives him, meaning that everyone in the packed restaurant that evening had eaten different dishes. This summarises the charm of this rustic traditional taverna, every diner’s experience was different, but brought together by the warm hospitality and fantastic food.
We did stop at the kleftiko, but were persuaded to sample some sweet treats, by Ben, who quickly returned with a piping hot and gooey steamed chocolate brownie and a sweet and creamy rice pudding. I somehow mustered up some space to sample both and was thrilled I did, as they were both rich and delicious.
Special meals out may be few and far between for us now as parents, but if they are all as good as 7.St Georges, then they are worth the wait!