Cyprus: comfort food and friendly service at Stou Rousia
Walking around in a foreign city trying to find a decent food joint unaided can be tough, even when you find yourself in the small-sized beachfront town of Larnaca, Cyprus. Luckily, getting a local's advice can go a long way, especially in such places where information is scarce.
I recently took a short trip to Larnaca on a weekday afternoon with too much rain and little info, when we opted going for a brief lunch. Along we walked in at Stou Roussia, a local joint nestled in a quiet street behind the Town Hall. The blue and white checkered tableclothes and the warm lighting were quite cosy, while the smell of the cooked meat on the fired up charcoal was making our entry all the more inviting!
The menu quite simple but lengthy enough, covered a wide array of choices around meat and vegetables with the occasional local recipes - traditional seftalia is a definitive must here! A delicate texture on the meat, balanced out nicely with some herbs and served with thick cut fried potatoes. Cypriot salad -oh well, the Cypriot version of the Greek salad- was also a treat and quite fresh!
Other notable main courses were the tender chicken cooked in the oven with the signature Cypriot potatoes, or the ravioli with haloumi cheese! Unless you wanna opt for the more classic option of seftalia in a pitta.
The place also gets to host patrons in their cute little terrace right outside during the summer months, which is more or less most of the times throughout the year. The service is also very friendly so all in all all a pretty solid food experience.