Niazi opened its doors in 1949 in Limassol as a shop serving locals. In 1974, it was relocated to Kyrenia and became a kebab house.

In Europe, you can see everywhere little kebab shops, (döner kebab) it consist on roasted meat cooked on a vertical spit. It can be called Gyro (in Greece) or Shawarma (in Arabic countries). In Europe, it is just called kebab, doner kebab is just one sort of kebab. You can count easily 40 types of kebabs only in Turkey (just to give you an idea).

The kebab is grilled, roasted, and stewed dishes of large or small cuts of meat, or even ground meat; it may be served on plates, in sandwiches, or in bowls.

So when we were in Cyprus, we took few hours off the casinos and went to Niazi. It was the perfect spot for our group of 16 people. When you enter the restaurant, you understand why it is called a kebab house.

The Kebab Bar @ Niazi

The Kebab Bar @ Niazi

You have several tables, and in the middle of the room, there is a very typical old man sitting in front of a giant charcoal grill. He cooks several kebabs at the same time and the waiters serve them to the tables.

In other words, some have sushi bars some have mozzarella bars and Niazi has a kebab bar.

The “Full Kebab” concept is simple: you have several mezes (Middle Eastern tapas) to start your meal and then you chose among different grilled kebabs from the “bar”.

The minute we sat different mezzes came to our table, my favorites were the hummus, the aubergine salad, their own yogurt and also the grilled halloumi cheese (it is Cypriot semi hard cheese made with goat,sheep and sometimes cow’s milk.)

We had Raki to accompany our food. Raki is an anise flavored hard alcohol that goes very well with kebab or fish. It can be called Pastis, Ouzo, Arak, or Sambuca depending on the country where you are in.

Once we finished our mezzes, the kebabs started flying. We had the adana kebab, the kaftas, the meat and chicken skewers, the chicken kaftas, the aubergine kebab and the lamb chops just to give you a little idea.

No need to say we were full and a little tipsy at the end of the evening. Most of the dishes were delicious, and the service was incredible. The best, it wasn’t expensive at all, more money to lose at the casino ;)

Overall it was a great evening. And after seing the other restaurants in Cyprus, I will say Niazi is the place to go. Don’t expect a fancy spot and don’t wear your fancy clothes. It is casual, and because of the inside grill, when you leave the restaurant you smell like a little kebab yourself!!!

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