Here, in Cyprus we are quite familiar with Lebanese cuisine. The Maqam Al Sultan in Larnaca is one of the best Lebanese restaurants in the island and for a very important reason: authentic flavour. This is because the chef is Lebanese and the main ingredients are all imported from Beirut.
You will taste wonderful flavours when you try the food there. For starters, the hummus dip, muhammara dip (grilled sweet red pepper with walnuts, olive oil, paprika and Lebanese herbs), tabbouleh and fattoush salads, Samke Harra dish (roasted sea bass fillet with fresh tomato, garlic, parsley, and fresh green chilli).
Next in line are the main dishes, like crunchy falafel, homemade Lebanese soujouk sausages, Sawda Djejmarinated chicken liver with pomegranate sauce, traditional pitas like Fatayer spinach and Manakeesh Bizatar. Then you have LahemMeswi (soft sirloin steak on the grill), Shawarma chicken, Shish Taouk (souvlaki marinated in Al-Sultan sauce), Kafta Kush-Kash (minced lamb meat with parsley, garlic, and tomato purée with hot sauce), and a hearty platter among others.
The beautiful setting is adorned further with a view of the sea.
There is belly dancing on Fridays and Saturdays, and you can enjoy your drink and nargile at the lounge bar on the top floor. 7 Agkyras, Finikoudes, Larnaca, 24 400 665.
Maria Th. Massoura