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As Greek as it Gets

As Greek as it Gets
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Cost
R80-R120
Ambience
Authentic culture, Hip & happening
Food
Greek, Mediterranean
Payment
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Critic's review

Diane de Beer

Food
It’s not much of a trek from Gauteng’s major cities, but it feels like you’re in another country with chef Stavros Vladislavich in Cullinan where he’s cooking up a storm. He likes to keep it authentic, but many of his recipes come from his childhood or from friends and family who have passed on their favourite food memories. From the best grilled fish served with his moreish potato wedges – crispy on the outside and fluffy inside – to a his chicken bourekia with the familiar Greek flavours of lemon, feta and yogurt, his calamari and kingklip combo or a meal to celebrate one of the Greek festive occasions, it’s always an adventure.

Drinks
A well-balanced list embracing the spectrum. He keeps tabs on the hottest trends and current favourites are wines from Hermanuspietersfontein and Bouchard Finlayson.

Service
It’s a well-oiled machine. Staff members show a good knowledge of the menu, and know how to take care of their customers.

Ambience
Stavros and his wife, Voni, are a law unto themselves. It’s almost like acquiring an instant Greek family. It’s gregarious and glorious, with food that comes to the party. They've introduced the traditional blue and white colour scheme with red geraniums on the edges to establish the Greek theme. It’s very laid-back and you have the choice of sitting inside or out, depending on the weather. Take your time, kick back and have a leisurely meal. This is one of life’s luxuries.

And…

Don’t forget to book, and chat to the chef about your choices. He loves steering you in a specific direction and then blowing your taste buds away.

(August 2014)

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  • A little bit of Greek heaven in Cullinan with larger than life chef proprietor Stavros Vladislavic bringing a fiery ambience and flavours that conjure up bright blue skies and sea. Don’t forget to book. Once there, forget time, savour the food and wine, and leave as if you’ve visited another world. Stand-out dishes: generous portions of meze; traditional dishes like kleftiko or moussaka; and any seafood served with rice, tzatziki and beetroot. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    Just a short trip from Gauteng’s major cities and you’re in another country with chef Stavros Vladislavich plying you with kleftiko or chicken bourekia. Chilli calamari and Cajun burnt pepper fillet are also winners. A new arrival taking centre stage is the vegetarian moussaka with black mushrooms, lentils and ginger.

    Wine
    A well-balanced list.

    Service
    It’s a well-oiled machine with staff members that have grown up in the business.

    Ambience
    Stavros and his wife Voni are a law unto themselves and it’s huge fun when they’re both on the premises. It’s almost like acquiring an instant Greek family. It’s gregarious and glorious with food that comes to the party.

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    It’s best to book rather than be turned away after a long drive. (DdeB, October 2012)
  • Gwynne Conlyn

    The present village location is ideal for long weekend lunches. I’ve known the ebullient owner, Stavros Vladislavic, through a number of his previous eateries and his food has always been as Greek as it gets! Visit for lunch or dinner with kids. The mezze is a great way to start the meal, but take note: it’s abundant and there’s lots more generosity coming! (July 2013)
  • Diane de Beer

    Don't forget to book, it's a 40-minute drive to get there from either Joburg or Pretoria. Once you’re there, however, forget time, savour the food and wine, and leave as if from another world. It's a little bit of Greek heaven in Cullinan with larger-than-life chef-owner Stavros Vladislavic bringing a fiery ambience and flavours that conjure up bright blue Greek skies and sea. Recommended for a lazy, long lunch. Try anything from mezze to traditional Greek dishes like kleftiko or moussaka and any seafood served with rice, tzatziki and beetroot – you cannot go wrong. (July 2013)

User reviews

  • Such a gem! I don't get to visit often, but I always enjoy it when I do. Delicious food, and fantastic wine offering.
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  • We got to the restaurant, where the manager advised us that they were fully booked. We asked to be placed on a waiting list for when someone leaves, he blatantly refused. All this while addressing me from meters away embarrassing me in front of clientelle. Rude, poor, unprofessional service. Won't even consider dining there in the future
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  • We had lunch at As Greek As It Gets on Sunday, and what a feast we were treated to! We had the Meze Platter for two (R135 per person), and constructed it with the help of the very knowledgeable waitress. Everything was good, from the pita and dips to the chicken bourekia.

    The fact that they stock beers from The Cockpit Brewhouse (try the smoky Helles Belles Blonde Ale) a few doors down meant we could linger longer (instead of trying the beers at their source after lunch). We will be hard pressed to try anything else in Cullinan.

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  • This is the best restaurant by far. Food and service excellent. Best value all round.

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  • Food was exceptional, in a cozy setting next to the fireplace, listening to a few of Stavros' interesting stories.  The service was outstanding and we had a wonderful dinner.

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  • It cannot be better! Well worth the drive to Cullinan. Surely one of a kind - Ebiba!

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  • Had our first meal there in 2007 and was very impressed! Drive almost 100km for the great cullinary experience! Exciting food!

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  • Greek meze! The best ever.

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  • Brilliant food and excellent live entertainment. Will definitely go back.
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  • On a recent visit to Cullinan from Cape Town, we enjoyed an excellent experience at this restaurant, we had a table in front of the fire place, the Greek lamb & fillet was excellent, good choice of wine and the most exciting pudding, the Belgium dark chocolate can be recommended. Thank to the host for good service.
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  • It was our 1 year wedding anniversary today (31/01/10), and we pre-booked a table at AS GREEK AS IT GETS. We arrived 15 minutes late because we visited a Spa before hand and finished late. We were informed that our table was given away, and were assisted with a table small enough for two mice. From there, our whole experience went pear-shaped,from ordering a platter for 2, and never receiving our Greek Salad and Pita bread, to waiting for the bill and having to ask a few times for the bill before they got it right. We complained about the situation, and though the waiter felt extremely bad, and offered us free shooters to reconcile the situation, the owner, whom weve met before, Stavros, never came over to assist or ask whether we were okay. We eat out approximately 2-3 times a week, and spend on average R400 per occasion for the 2 of us. We know what the difference between good and bad restaurants are, and unfortunately As Greek as it Gets, definitely doesnt carry our thumbs up.....
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  • We went for lunch yesterday and were disappointed by the food. Salad with low cost crispy lettuce, the dishes on our Meze all tasted the same as they were drowning in the same tomato-based sauce and tough, fatty beef. Not value for money at all either. We are from Pretoria and the prices were far more than some of our favourite restaurants...eg Al Dent and Prosopa in Waterkloof Heights, Greek Easy Hatfield, Natasha and Melinas Brooklyn, Ciao Brooklyn...The people at the table next to us were also unhappy. We did not complain because a couple at another table complained about fish not cooked properly and the manager/owner argued with them. What happened to the customer always being right?We found the owner/manager very rude and interfering. This feedback is meant to be constructive criticism. I cannot see As Greek as it gets staying in the Eat Out magazine much longer.
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Menu

Set menu - Available on website

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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