Updated: Jun 7, 2021
Cypriot cuisine has similar ingredients and flavors as Greek and Turkish food.
A typical Cypriot dinner begins with appetizers, dips, and salads, followed by meat-heavy mains, and concluding with a light dessert and traditional strong coffee that’s brewed with local beans. Eating together is cultural in this Eastern Mediterranean country and meals are often shared to build relationships and community.
Here are some of the most delicious Cypriot food you should try if you visit Cyprus.
Appetizer (Mezze) & Main Courses
Halloumoti / Hellimli is a Cypriot savory pastry/ bread made with halloumi cheese, it is consisting of flour, water, salt, butter, halloumi cheese, and olive oil.
The flavor can be enhanced with chopped onions and mint.
The dough is traditionally baked in clay ovens until the exterior of the bread became golden color.
Village salad is a rustic and simple salad, it is similar to Greek salad.
Village salad made of tomato, cucumber, whole kalamata olives, and thinly sliced red onion, with the addition of fresh lettuce, then topped with chunks of feta cheese, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkled with dried oregano.
Literally means “small dishes" from 5-20 dishes. It contains dishes of Pita bread, and a variety of dips* such as tzatziki, taramosalata, and hummus. Ouzo and Arak go best with a meze.
Meze acts as a tasting platter of appetizers, either as an accompaniment with drinks or as the first course. It may also contain salads and desserts.
It can be served hot or cold.
*- Tzatziki – a healthy yogurt dip made with garlic, cucumber, and olive oil;
- Tahini is a paste of crushed sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon, and garlic;
- Taramosalata, a type of fish roe mixed with pureed potatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, and onions;
- Hummus, a traditional pureed chickpea and tahini dip;
- Halloumi, which is grilled and spiced soft goat or sheep’s cheese.