Cyprus: traditional seafront meze at Militzis
Amidst constant redevelopments around the seafront town of Larnaca, Militzis is just about one of the places that has remained traditional enough for the last 35 years or so. Serving simple and tasty home-cooked food at reasonable prices, it definitely got us going during our last visit to the island of Cyprus.
Granted, Larnaca does not offer the best food around Cyprus... or the whole Med region for that matter. Nonetheless, Militzis holds the flag up high, offering great food in a pleasant white-and-green-chequered tablecloths ambience right in front of the sea!
Cooking most of their stuff in a slow-burning clay oven just outside the main hall, Militzis offers a relatively simple menu with salads and some dips for starters. The most popular of the main courses must be the kleftiko, although their kick-ass beef stew, cooked with onions, peppers and vinegar is second to none! The meat is cooked to perfection so that it is both juicy and tender, and the vinegar adds that extra bit to it. Alongside the meat, come the hot-off-the-oven potatoes that are both soft and chunky, complementing the meaty flavour flawlessly.
We also tried their renowned pourgouri, a local version of pilaf, which they make from scratch and that was pretty good. As for the local specialty, grilled halloumi as well as their homemade sour yoghurt, which better suits the meat than the creamy kind, were also very tasty!