Cafe Aman, Anafotia, Larnaca
We are always on the lookout for somewhere different to eat at, so dipped in online to see what was around us. We plumped for Cafe Aman in Anafotia. The place seemed to have a good number of positive reviews and wasn’t too far away.
After a quick check for directions we set off. We went along the motorway as if you are heading for Larnaca Airport. At the exit for Anglisides, you turn off the motorway and at the end of the slip road, turn left at the T junction. Just after Christou Bros DIY shop on the right you need to turn right. Be careful though as there are 2 rights – you need to take the second one that is signposted ‘Anafotia’.
Follow this road along until you come to a crossroads. In true Cypriot style there are no signs to tell you which way to go so we chose straight ahead. Needless to say we went the wrong way! Quickly realising, we turned round and just as we were sorting ourselves out, we saw a pickup coming towards us so we checked for directions. The passenger in the pickup spoke good English and told us he used to live in Wolverhampton… (more about this strange coincidence later!). So that you don’t make the same mistake, when you get to the crossroads you need to turn LEFT!
Not before too long we arrived at Anafotia and noticed Cafe Aman straight ahead. We parked on some waste ground just by Cafe Aman’s outside seating area. As we went in March, we decided to sit inside. As we opened the door the first thing we noticed was the amount of, shall we call them objet?! on the walls, on the sides and on the floor – quite an assault (in a good way) on the senses.
We were shown to our table by the owner of Cafe Aman, Stavroulla. She explained the different options as there is no menu as such. We went for the meze option which can be a bit of gamble. We had booked ahead (their phone number if you want to to the same is 99412650) and there was already salad, dips and bread on the table. The salad was plentiful and there was a good selection of dips… tahini, houmos, tzatsiki, yoghurt. The dishes started to arrive. There was the usual grilled chicken, pork, lamb and halloumi as well as stuffed vine lives, stuffed courgette flowers, egg and wild asparagus, homemade pasta and so on. Our current visitors, Tracy and Malcolm, thought the choice was excellent and were full of praise
The chicken went down well – with a great flavour and the pork souvlaki was a favourite too. Perhaps our only niggle, and this happens so often in other places, was that the dishes came out a bit too fast. The pressure to keep up meant that we had to keep eating rather than being able to take our time.
The surroundings in Cafe Aman were very interesting. Andros, the owner of Cafe Aman, is quite a collector of ‘stuff’ and he takes delight in showing you all the different things in the room. Old school chairs, old farming tools even some old army uniforms are there for all to see.
I mentioned about our encounter with the man from Wolverhampton. As we were sat eating our meal, Wolverhampton man turns up and says hello. It turns out that he is the brother of the owners of cafe Aman! Even more of a coincidence, he is friends of some people in our village, Vavla that we know as well. It is certainly a small world!
In summary the welcome we got from when we first arrived to Cafe Aman to when we left was second to none. The food was good, traditional style Cypriot food that filled us up to the brim. The acid test of a restuarant is, ‘would you go there again’ and the answer to this is a definite yes. have a look at their facebook page for more information www.facebook.com/Cafe-Aman-Anafotia-252565298101199/ If you want real, authentic Cypriot hospitality then a visit to cafe Aman is unlikely to disappoint!