Cyprus Food Festival

Article By Raihana Karim - Astute Horse , On December 19, 2019

Situated in the heart of Dhaka, the Royal Park Residence Hotel celebrated 3 days of “Cyprus Food Festival” for the food gastronomes. Starting from 7th to 9th December, 2019 the food enthusiasts had the chance to try this unique food of Cypriots.

Keerthi Weragoda, the CEO and Rajeeva Mendis, the Executive Chef of the hotel warmly welcomed all the guests. The inauguration program was attended by the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, HE Crisanthe De Silva and the High Commissioner of Maldives, HE Aishath Shaan Shakir. Both of them relished the food and appreciated the hospitality the hotel provided.

In a brief interview session, the Executive Chef Rajeeva Mendis mentioned, “I think Cypriot food is uncommon in Bangladesh. We served Cypriot food here back in 2005 when I used to work here, but after I left, it was discontinued. I wanted to bring back the tradition and rejuvenate Cypriot cuisine here. I also worked in Cyprus for four years, which was another source of inspiration”.


While speaking to the press HE Crisanthe De Silva said; “Food is what brings different people together under one roof. Although we are frequent patrons here, this is the first time I have tried Cypriot cuisine. Sri Lankan food contains many spices but the soothing effect and the mild taste which Cypriot dishes have is a suitable change from the blend of rich spices that we are used to”.

HE Aishath Shaan Shakir also expressed similar thoughts about the food festival, “I am a regular here. Every Friday they have Sri Lankan special menu but today (Friday) they prepared something even more special. The hospitality is over the roof here as always”.

The hotel was decorated beautifully keeping the culture and heritage of Cyprus in mind. All the staff members including the waitstaff were dressed in traditional Cypriot attire.

Cyprus is close to the Middle East and their cuisine has great impact from Greek and Turkish cultures. Ingredients like parsley, garlic and yoghurts are the essentials in most of the dishes. Hot spices are not used but Italian herbs such as mint, cardamom, arugula and estragon are extremely popular, while lamb, beef and rabbit meat are most frequently used. Tuna and sword fish are also Cypriots’ favorites.  The hotel tried to give their guests the authentic flavors of the cuisine. They served Greek style prawns with herbed couscous, lamb stew with onions, eggplants in tomato sauce and many more.

The hotel had different stations for fruits, handmade breads, appetizers, main courses and one for the desserts. The best part of this amazing festival is that the entire selection of dishes were all baked and not fried.

Along with the excellent food quality, Royal Park also maintains the highest security for their guests.

The hotel is renowned for their uniqueness of the food items that they serve their guests. This was an amazing experience for the residents of Dhaka to explore Cyprus cuisine. Royal Park Residence Hotel is pleased to present authentic taste of unfamiliar cuisines from around the world. It is a great opportunity for Dhaka residents to enjoy different cuisines from around the world.