Nazende Ocakbasi & Restaurant is an oasis in the middle of bustling Kyrenia and is perfect for anyone wanting to experience an authentic Cypriot night.
The owner, Talat Ugür Agan, comes from Turkey but has lived in Cyprus for over 17 years. On February 10 this year he fulfilled his dream as he opened up his own Meyhane & Ocakbasi.
Although it is Talat’s first own restaurant he has a lot of experience in the restaurant business and his goals are clear; Nazende Ocakbasi & Restaurant will be the go-to Meyhane restaurant for friends, family and anyone that wants to enjoy excellent food and have great time. ”Day or night doesn’t matter. There are so many things that need to be perfect when it comes to having a successful restaurant,” Talat tells us.
”The ambience, atmosphere and the service here is the way it should be and we only employ well experienced waiters and staff from different restaurants who we know can do a great job by satisfying our customers,” he continues.
The restaurant opens at 8am with all-day breakfast and lunch for those who tend to wake up late. The Turkish and Cypriot breakfast is known to serve a lot of delicious appetisers, so called mezes. Everything on the menu can be ordered at any time of the day. ”You shouldn’t come here to hear that ’breakfast time is over’,” Talat says and smiles.
Every night, except Mondays, Nazende offers live music Á La Turka-style where musicians go from table to table singing for each and one of the customers. ”So it’s basically a Meyhane restaurant but unlike normal Meyhanes we also have an a la carte menu and people can order what ever they like and we will cook it for them,” Talat explains.
”I get to hear a lot of great comments from our customers and if they visit us once they tend to revisit us over and over again,” Talat says with a proud look on his face.
Even though the restaurant is located amongst high buildings in Kyrenia Centre the restaurant has a huge garden where you can dine and enjoy tasty food with live music until late hours. The meat is cooked in front of you and according to Talat his restaurant is great for meat lovers.
Nazende also hosts a lot of events like wedding dinners, engagement and birthday parties: “I want to be the sound of North Cyprus. If people wonder where to eat, this restaurant should be the top option and best experience, but it doesn’t tell by our prices,“ Talat finishes.
Nazende Ocakbasi & Restaurant provides take-away and delivery service for those who want to get the food delivered to their home. Just call 0533 863 29 17 and the perfect meal will arrive on your doorstep. Then agan the restaurant fits 300 people without feeling crowded and we strongly recommend a visit. A big area around the back provides comfortable parking just metres away.
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For directions to this hidden culinary gem, please see the map below.