Which is why when we learned that a halloumi-themed restaurant is coming to Hoxton in London, we quite frankly couldn’t contain our excitement.
Aptly dubbed Say Hallou-mi to Cyprus!, the pop-up restaurant – created by Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) to showcase the country’s national cheese – will be available for one week only in November.
Showcasing how the ingredient is far more than a veggie alternative at barbecues, customers will have the chance to try an array of cheesy delights, such as halloumi and cauliflower fritters with a lime pickle yoghurt and a fresh grilled courgette and halloumi salad with fennel, pine nuts, harissa, honey and lemon.
Other dishes include a chargrilled halloumi flatbread with butternut and dukkah spices – all created especially for the event by chef Francis Puyat.
And the cheese-based plates don’t stop at savoury – there’s even halloumi ice cream on offer.
Dishes start from £6 or diners can opt for the full tasting experience with every item on a sharing platter for £26 for two people (or one very cheese-hungry person)
And to wash it all down? Cypriot cocktails, of course, from a harissa Bloody Mary to a Cilantro and Ginger Martini, all created by mixologist Chad Canning.
“Halloumi is Cyprus’ most popular cheese and we’re so excited to be able to bring a key element of Cypriot culture to our pop up venture with 100 Hoxton,” says Orestis Rossides, UK Director of CTO.
If you’re tempted (and, let’s face it, who wouldn’t be?), then you should probably plan ahead as it’s only available for a limited time only.
Diners can book in for dinner from Monday to Friday 5-10pm, plus brunch on Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm, before it disappears on 19 November.
Say Halloum-mi to Cyprus! will be at 100 Hoxton, 100-102 Hoxton Street, N1 6SG from 13-19 November, 2017. You can book here.
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