Whether or not you grew up following Tenishia, there’s no denying the Maltese DJ duo’s international success. In the last decade, Joven Grech and Cyprian Cassar went from being Maltese household names, to ranking in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs of the World list five years in a row. Now, with Joven taking up the Tenishia mantle alone, Cyprian is ready for a new project… a gyros and churros restaurant in Msida.
“First of all I wanted to thank each and every one of you who have always been behind my back when I was part of Tenishia, and also those who are following me with my new music project,” Cyprian started in a Facebook post shared last week. Cassar recently took up different musical projects, including making music as Kostas Cross and producing it at Somnio Recording Studios.
“Me and another two crazy friends had this idea for a new restaurant / bar concept,” Cyprian said. “Right now, work is being done to create a great place for all of you to come and enjoy, with amazing food items which are new to our shores, and also a great atmosphere”.
Those “two crazy friends” Cyprian mentions are none other than Luca Zerafa and Matthew Agius, the well-known local tattoo artist who inks people for a living over at Paoloa’s Skinlabel.
What’s more, the new restaurant, aptly named Gyros & Churros, will be opening in the previous site of White Arrow, one of the most popular snack bars in the Junior College area from yesteryear.
As promised, Cyprian has been sharing regular updates from the site, which seems set to receive a radical makeover.
Gyros is a Greek dish made of meat (traditionally pork or chicken but nowadays anything from veal to lamb) wrapped in a pita with tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce. What gives the meat its specific flavour (apart from the marinate, of course) is that fact that it’s usually cooked on a vertical rotisserie, much like kebab shops.
Churros, on the other hand, are traditional in Spain and Portugal, and are fried-dough pastries. The hot snacks are served as part of breakfast, lunch or dinner, and if there’s one thing that can go down just as beautifully as gyros as a snack, it’s these babies.
“As my mother is from Cyprus, I went there many times and always enjoyed the good fresh meat on the grill,” Cyprian told Lovin Malta. “There is where I had my first gyro, which comes with fries inside the fresh baked flatbread. From there we had the idea to introduce this in Malta, and we bought a special conveyor belt BBQ grill just for this item.”
“We also decided to introduce churros to Malta, which are so big in Spain,” Cyprian said. “We are also shipping a special churro machine with churro dough to Malta, so the taste will be authentic”.
Cyprian went on to tell Lovin Malta that the special conveyor belt BBQ grill and churro machine are just the beginning, with “more surprises to be revealed later on”. We don’t know about you, but with this new restaurant set to open in a few weeks’ time, it’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas came early this year.