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Marika’s

Marika’s
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Cost
R110
Ambience
Local cuisine, Quick meals
Food
Greek, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Portuguese, Tapas, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R35 for first bottle, R75 thereafter

Critic's review

Greg Landman

Food
This is the real deal when it comes to Greek food in Cape Town. It’s very popular with a fiercely loyal clientele and for very good reasons. High flavour, generous portions, reasonable prices – these are a few of my favourite things.

Marika is in the kitchen making things like the superb yemista – baked tomatoes stuffed with mince and rice and served with orzo. The extensive meze menu includes garlic-rich skordalia, fabulous tzatziki, kefthetes (meat balls) very good fried calamari, and battered eggplant and baby marrow strips. Here, too, you will find things like dolmades, of course, fried halloumi, and many other offerings.

Mains feature pork ribs, when they are available; excellent moussaka; a lamb burger with potato wedges and tzatziki that locals just love; prawns baked with tomato and feta; and grilled chicken.

Wine
The small but focused list has some treasures lurking (at a price) and others, including their reasonably priced house brand. There’s also Metaxa brandy, ouzo, and retsina to make it all swing along.

Service
Charming with a smile. Bear in mind everything is made as you order it so relax and drink some wine. The Greek expression “Siga siga” – slowly slowly – springs to mind. Marika’s husband, Frank, full of bonhomie, goes from table to table and seems to know everyone.

Ambience
The summer, when one can sit outside overlooking the rooftops of the ‘burb, is first prize, but in winter it’s nice and cosy inside. Elegant it is not, but it is very relaxed and comfortable.

And…
Keep track of their wine evenings that includes food and the winemaker himself.
You’ll need to book but it’s great fun.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • I almost don't want to write this review for fear that it gets so popular I won't get a table on a whim every again, but this one is too good not too share and I believe in giving credit where credit is due. In my opinion this is the best Greek food in Cape Town and as it's actually cuisine I'm very fond of, I don't say this lightly. The staff are warm and accommodating. Food is consistently excellent. The mezze (halloumi especially), gyro, lamb chops, creamy tzatziki and bughasta dessert are always winners and our favourites. We eat here often and it's a real neighbourhood gem. Completely unpretentious and utterly charming.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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