When you have made it your business to eat your way around a city, there is nothing better than the feeling you get when you find a hidden food gem…except the feeling you get when you leave this gem sated and content. These are the very feelings I felt when I found and sampled Cyprus House – a Cypriot restaurant in West End.
For all I know Cyprus House could have been around for years and years, and Brisbane's Cypriot community have been keeping it a secret. Well, the secret is out, because when you leave a restaurant where every single member of your party states that it was the best meal they have had in months people need to know about it.
Now, I am no geographer, but I know the distance between Greece and Cyprus is not far and so it is no great surprise that the differences between Greek and Cypriot food (to my unsophisticated palate) are not outwardly obvious. In Cyprus House, it is still called a Greek Salad, the meat is still skewered and the haloumi is still good and squeaky.
We ordered one of the banquets and were not complaining when plate after plate of delicious foods were put in front of us. First, it was dips and more pita bread than I have ever seen on one plate. Then came a big slab of the best haloumi cheese I have ever eaten and bowls of the freshest calamari I have ever eaten. This was followed by a delicious Greek salad and, then, the piece de resistance (or κομμάτι της αντοχής as the Cypriots might say – thank you Google translations): a plate of gigantic lamb chops, fresh from their skewer over the barbecue. The outside of the lamb had caramelised from the cooking, and the meat was tender and, frankly, amazing. All of this food, and it only cost us $25 each. (Be warned though – they only take cash…)
Cyprus House is the real deal – the owners and wait staff are all proud Cypriots and were excited about sharing their culture and their cuisine. They are open every day for lunch and dinner (eight days a week, according to the owner), so go discover this gem for yourself.