Koutourou Ouzeri is the kind of hidden gem that all food lovers hope to stumble upon when travelling. This Paphos-based restaurant is housed in a stunning old Colonial building that provides a beautiful backdrop for an unforgettable dining experience. I owe a debt of gratitude to the insightful Sherie Virdi for introducing me to this much-sought-after eatery.
The restaurant boasts both indoor and outdoor dining areas, each with its own unique charm. At this time of year, the indoor area is particularly cosy, with the added warmth of a wood-burning stove. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with an array of 20th-century objets d'art and modern artworks, including a classic motorbike on display. Demetris, the owner and chef, cooks in an open kitchen, adding to the restaurant's vibrant atmosphere, and you can witness the hustle and bustle of the kitchen from the dining area.
The service at Koutourou Ouzeri is exceptional, with knowledgeable and attentive staff who are eager to guide diners through the ever-changing menu of Greek tapas-style dishes. The food is truly the star of the show here, with dishes packed with fresh and flavorful ingredients.
The signature baked halloumi with honey is a must-try, with an umami sweet taste that's simply divine. My tip? Give it a beat to cool down before indulging in this little slice of heaven. The pork belly is another standout dish, and chef and owner Demetris Nicolaou deserves recognition for his expertly crafted flavours and textures. This dish is truly deserving of the attention of the Michelin judges, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him recognized in the near future.
Despite the exceptional quality of the food and service, prices at Koutourou Ouzeri are surprisingly reasonable. It's clear that Demetris and his team take great care in sourcing the best ingredients and preparing each dish with precision and care.
In summary, Koutourou Ouzeri is a charming and delightful restaurant that provides an unforgettable dining experience. Whether you're seeking a romantic evening out or a night with friends, this hidden gem is the perfect spot for you. If you're searching for a taste of Greece in Paphos, Koutourou Ouzeri should be at the top of your list.
It's always advisable to book in advance to secure a table. I witnessed many failed walk-in attempts and I can see why, enjoy!.