Right in the bustling heart of Kato Paphos, the Mandra Tavern is opposite the Dionysos Hotel in Dionysiou Street.
This one’s an old favourite of ours. The ‘Mandra’ bit comes about from the building’s former use as an agricultural outbuilding. Despite the history, the Mandra today is a good restaurant, even if it is unashamedly targeting the tourists.
The welcome is warm but not effusive, the service efficient and the food good. The Mandra Tavern has a menu with a wide range of choices to suit every taste. Even vegetarians are catered for straight off the menu. The choices span both traditional Cypriot food and of course a wide range of items familiar to the usually British tourists the restaurant caters for.
We ordered a vegetarian Mousaka and a Kleftiko. Both were good but not brilliant – is this because the restaurant softens the traditional tastes to make them acceptable to the tourists – or has the food been prepared earlier and micro waved?
Our only issue with the Mandra Tavern is the value. In the years we’ve been eating there the prices have climbed steadily.
Our dinner for two as two main courses, a carafe of red wine and a Keo beer came it at just under €40 – which prices the Mandra right at the top of what’s acceptable.
Would we go back? Yes we will – but if the price continues to hike then there’s other places to eat in Kato Paphos that serve better food at much better prices.
If you’re after a warm welcome, good traditional food and great value check out the Laterna Tavern in Apollonos at the other end of Bar Street opposite Bubbles Bar.