Restaurant review: Blue Spice Restaurant, Protaras
By Tracy Roth-Rotsas
With the sudden opening of a saturation of restaurants, bars and nightspots along the eastern coast as the summer sun becomes stronger, to lure in customers venues in Ayia Napa and Protaras are required to do far more than simply provide food, drinks or music. Blue Spice Restaurant is more than just a place serving tasty food. There is a pool (quite a large one) as well as a separate kiddie splash pool – with a grassy garden area and sunbeds, just a short stroll from the beach. Upstairs, there are two self-catering apartments. Downstairs, there is an art gallery, a sizeable restaurant overlooking the pool, and a separate specialty pizza restaurant. And on Thursday nights, a live rock band performs (in English)! Enough?
The restaurant itself is open long hours – early morning until very late at night, and the menu covers breakfast, snacks, lunch, and dinner so is quite comprehensive. The décor is homely but busy: hearts, beads and other trinkets hang from the roof and light-fittings while signs declaring ‘Happiness begins….’ are propped around. At night, string lights and coloured bulbs hanging from oversized umbrellas reflect off the pool to provide a lovely ambience. Quite a few staff running around means that service is pretty good so our order is taken quite quickly after we are seated.