Coral King, Coral Bay, Paphos

 

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It’s not unusual for me to work on holiday – unfortunately I get fidgety in every way. What is unusual though, is for me to find a place so fabulous, I want to write about it separately from my standard travel blog. The Coral King restaurant has proved to be the exception.

As you would expect from a holiday resort, Coral Bay has a strip full of bars and restaurants, a woman selling balloons, and loads of groups of ‘lads lads lads’ who are on their way to Banterbury. It isn’t the place you would expect to find fine dining by a long shot. But nestled among the happy hour cocktails and the 3 euro fry ups like a diamond in the rough, is the Coral King.

When you arrive, the decor is unapologetically Greek, which is a nice change from all of the other places on the strip that rely on gimmicks to become crude caricatures of themselves. Although they cater to all tastes, they still do authentic Greek food, like traditional meze and moussaka.

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It’s hard not to go overboard on the starters here, especially seeing as they do little Cyprus delights like grilled halloumi. If you have the appetite for it, then I suggest you go for it, however bear in mind how reasonable the portions are of the mains. If you order a pork kebab, it will come deliciously cooked with enough sides to keep you going for a week. The moussaka comes in an individual pot, which is probably large enough for two give the sides. The spaghetti Bolognese is just right, and the sauce was much more tangy than the standard jar situations you can get in the supermarkets, which leads me to believe they make it fresh like everything else. For flavour, you couldn’t fault any of the dishes at Coral King, but if you are looking for a bit of extra flair, order one of the highly instagrammable desserts that come complete with sparkler.

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As far as drinks go, they have the pick of the cocktails that their rivals do, without being inclined to rip you off with dodgy local spirits. They also have a very agreeable house red wine which is the first house red I’ve had all holiday that I didn’t confuse with the vinegar for my salad. You will find Coral King at the bottom of the strip, on the end, the beach end, opposite Blazing Saddles.

It is central in every sense of the word, and very easily accessible if you are in Coral Bay, so if you do stay here and you don’t visit, then you are definitely missing out.

Coral King is around 30 euro per head including starters and drinks.

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