Cyprus Restaurant

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Our family recently took a weekend trip to Highlands, North Carolina. Highlands is a very cute and small mountain town. The downtown area is only about two blocks, but is filled with great one-of-a-kind shops and stores. There aren’t really any chain hotels, restaurants, or stores in the area, which we very much appreciated.

Even though the town is small, there is a good variety of restaurants available. We had a hard time deciding where to go! Herb and I split off from the family for the evening to have a date night of our own. We decided on Cyprus, an upscale, modern farm-to-table restaurant specializing in international cuisine. We were not disappointed!

As soon as you walk in the door, there is a display of the freshly picked vegetables that will be used in the evening’s dishes, as well as the fresh fish-of-the-day on ice.

Before we were seated, the hostess explained what the meat and produce were, where they were from, and how they would be incorporated into the daily specials. We really liked the atmosphere of the restaurant, modern, upscale, and ethnic.

Our waitress explained the menu to us. There was a set “House Menu” with several options for appetizers and main dishes, but there was also a list of the daily specials, which incorporated whatever seafood, meat, and produce were fresh from the market that day. They brought out some fresh bread and olive oil with spices with our drinks.

The dishes offered were themed from a variety of countries, from Europe to Africa to South America. Herb and I split an Italian-themed appetizer that the waitress recommended as one of her favorites, the Parmegiano Reggiano Eggplant with a peppered gorgonzola cheese reduction and roasted tomato sauce. It was mouth-watering! The eggplant was crisp and the sauces were full of flavor with a slight spicy kick to them.

For my main course, I ordered a Brazilian dish, Moqueca de Salvador, which was a coconut stew with mussels, shrimp, lobster, red grouper, and jasmine rice. The stew was served in some kind of square leaf on a plate. It was full of flavor and the seafood was fresh and cooked perfectly.

Herb ordered the surf and turf special of the day, which was seared sea scallops (bigger than golf balls!) and braised lamb shoulder with onion, tomato, carrots, fire-roasted tomatillo salad, and smoked chile potato chips.

The best thing about mine and Herb’s relationship is that we’re food sharers. Whenever we go to a restaurant and order, I know that I get to share some of his dish, and he gets to try some of mine! Anyway, his meal was also great. Those scallops were the best I’ve ever had! Herb said the lamb was melt-in-your-mouth and the saltiness of the chips worked well with the scallops and greens. Check out the picture below: that thing at the bottom is a huge scallop! Delicious!

After cleaning our plates, we were pretty full. I didn’t think we’d get dessert, but the waitress brought out the dessert menu, and Cyprus offered “small desserts”, just a few bites of deliciousness, so we ordered a Chinese Five Spice Apple Crisp with ice cream and a Cinnamon and Cayenne Dark Chocolate Ganache Cake. Wow! They were small – just enough to top off an amazing meal. The chocolate was my favorite. It was rich, but not overpowering, and the cinnamon and cayenne added just enough hint of spice to make it a little different. The apple crisp was great as well, more flavor than a standard restaurant dish. We could definitely tell that the ice cream was homemade as well.

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Overall, Cyprus was an absolutely excellent dining experience. We definitely recommend stopping by if you’re looking for something fresh, unique, and delicious!


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