French bistro in Nicosia

19 10 2009

French bistro nicosiaAs anyone who has tried to eat out in Nicosia will know, there are lots of options just not many good ones. Nicosia has a huge range of restaurants but most of them offer average food, high prices and poor service.

Last week, we had something to celebrate and decided to go out for dinner. Having never been there, we thought it was time to try “Brasserie au Bon Plaisir” the only French bistro in Nicosia.

The restaurant, located just off Griva Digeni and opposite the Russian Cultural Centre, recreates the look of a traditional french bistro. Sat on one of the outdoor tables – we were the first people there as locals tend to only arrive at restaurants after 9pm.

The menu is a little disorganised so we had to turn to the owner for wine advice. He recommended a delicious muscat which was dry and fruity. It was probably the best white wine we’ve had in Cyprus. They also offer a range of french beers as well as non-alcoholic drinks. We ordered mussels in blue cheese sauce and confit of duck with potatoes. The food was exquisite. The flavours were delicious and not over-powering as can sometimes be the case with French food. The duck was cooked perfectly and the mussels were big and had a good flavour. Portion sizes were good and the mussels came in a big, traditional pot.

Throughout the meal, the service was friendly and attentive – unusual for Cyprus. For dessert we shared some creme brulee. It was sublime. Having eaten out quite a bit, it was definitely up there as one of my best meals out ever. It was also very reasonably priced for Nicosia. If you’ve visited the French bistro in Nicosia then let me know what you think…

Brasserie au Bon Plaisir,  Alasias Street 15E, Reservations (+357) 96 75 51 11




2 responses

19 10 2009

Being a vegan, I am of the strong opinion ducks are best left to fly, swim and live long fruitful lives, but the restaurant sounds good!

20 10 2009

Thanks for putting this up. I have spent ages looking for a good French bistro in Nicosia to take my wife to so we duly tried it last week for our anniversary. The service was excellent, better than most I’ve had on the island and the food was to die for. I thought the bill would be to die for too but it was all very reasonable considering that they fly many of their fresh ingredients in from France. Agian many thankss for this and I’ll keep looking at your website!

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