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.
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.
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.
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.
Keep track of their wine evenings that includes food and the winemaker himself.
You’ll need to book but it’s great fun.
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Whether it’s tapas style dining, or you want to try out the starters and move on to your main and dessert, there’s so much variety and deliciousness offered up by the establishment, which opened its doors over ten years ago and is still run by owners Frank and Marika.
I chose the spanakopita – spinach and feta in phyllo pastry – and had absolutely no regrets. One of my dining companions went for the Greek multi-cheese pie, which went down so well, we wondered if we should have ordered two… But then this was just a starter, so practising some restraint was a good idea. The deliciously chewy halloumi also hit the right spot.
For mains, we went for grilled baby calamari, grilled butterflied prawns, and Marika’s lemon-and-herb baked lamb, all of which we shared tapas style in what was a truly enjoyable dinner.
Overall, Marika’s serves up fantastic food in a comfortable setting; perfect for a casual meal.
There’s a full bar with great wine selection. Marika’s also offers a long list of hot drinks including Irish and Kahlúa coffees.
The service is pretty average, and the waitron was stretched a bit thin.
Marika’s is easy to miss unless you know exactly where you are going, but once you climb the staircase onto the patio and inside, the well-lit, small establishment feels quite comfortable, whether you are on a date for two or gathering with friends or family for an intimate dinner.
The deck, with mountain views, would be great for dinner on calm, warm summer nights.
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Authentic and delicious, you can feast on meze with a group of friends, or have a more traditional starter-main-and-dessert. Among the small plates are four kinds of calamari, dolmades, halloumi done two ways, keftedes, mussels in cream and garlic sauce, fried baby marrow and eggplant, whitebait when available, and many more. Of course there are the familiar dips like taramasalata, tzatziki and hummus, and plenty of vegetarian options too. You can order these individually, or choose any five on a personalised mixed platter for a set price. For main courses, revel in the flavours of Greece – lamb, tomatoes, olives, lemon… as delivered in dishes like moussaka, souvlakia, lamb burgers and lamb chops, as well as good calamari and prawn options. The Arni Sto Fourno, which is lamb neck baked for hours in lemon and herbs until it peels away from the bone with the back of a spoon, comes very highly recommended. The Greek salad is as it should be – olives, tomatoes, and onions topped with a slab of feta, no lettuce.
Plenty of wines on offer, as well as a full bar.
Among the best you’ll find in Cape Town - friendly, personal, knowledgeable. You are made to feel welcome and comfortable, and it all goes towards creating a great vibe.
This place doesn’t look like much from the outside, but that’s improved with the painting of a cheerful Greek-style mural on the wall by the stairway leading to its upper level location. Inside it’s quite small, but well lit, with whitewashed wooden tables and bright paintings.
There’s a huge deck outside with great views of the city and Table Mountain, perfect for warm evenings.
Marika's, tucked away in the City Bowl never disappoints. Such a delicious menu of Greek specialties, great starters and mains, and good service. We love it.
An unassuming entrance leads up to this local gem - a great menu of Greek meze and mains plus some delicious homemade desserts, not the usual sweet Greek treats. Owner-managed, casual warm and welcoming - we'll be back.
Feels like you're eating with your long lost Greek family. Had the ribs the other evening which were exceptional. Their mezze is great, and really good value for money. Thanks to all for the awesome wrap party!
If the sun is out and the wind is down, head to Gardens for some authentic honest Greek. On just such a Sunday afternoon, 4 of us decided to put it to the test.
Situated upstairs from the legendary villa tavern and 7 eleven, owner run (Marika and husband), Marika’s has awesome views of Table Mountain as well as the harbour.The vibe is casual and the interior light and airy with white-washed tables and minimal décor (typically framed island imagery a big focus), with an easy atmosphere reminiscent of a Greek taverna. Glass sliding doors open up onto the balcony where the view can really be appreciated.
On the menu you will find all the expected classics, lots of mezes to choose from as well as pitas, baked lamb, fish, souvlakia, moussaka and the list goes on. As some of us were not that hungry, the waiter suggested we share a meze platter for R145 (choose any 5 mezes from the menu). We could, of course, not stick to 5 only and topped up our platter with a few more. I must say that the portions were generous, and the original platter would certainly have sufficed. You never know these days with tapas portions being anything from 2 baby haloumi pieces to (as in this case) a whole bowl full. At least there was no fighting over the last tentacle or any slapping away of stray hands sneaking a taste. From the meze menu we sampled dolmades (R38), grilled (R45) and pickled baby calamari (R38), lamb cigars (40), fried haloumi (R50), taramasalata (R35), spanakopita (R30) and lots of hot, soft pita bread (ordered extra at R6 each). Everything was highly enjoyable, but the taromasalata was fantastic! Salty, lemony, fishy, lovely… everything I could hope for as a huge fan! Others had the swordfish main (R98), which was the linefish of the day, and the calamari main (R90), half grilled, half fried, both served with a massive bowl of crispy delicious potato wedges (You can choose between greek pasta rice, wedges or greek salad). The swordfish was excellent, a meaty hunk of game fish, similar to tuna, and best enjoyed underdone. It was topped with a smooth lemon butter sauce. The calamari was apparently very good too as the plate was empty before we had dipped our first pita…To see what else is on offer, have a look at the full menu and wine list.
For dessert we had Nougattine cake (layers of meringue, nougat, nuts and whipped cream) and home-made halva ice-cream. Enough said. Other options include baklava, greek lemon yoghurt and Bougatsa (semolina filled phyllo parcels dusted with cinnamon and icing sugar).
The wine list is small and slightly limited with the options under R100 jumping to over R200 with very little in between. Best bring your own if you feel like something specific, although you are only allowed one bottle per party at R25 corkage. The house wine is a good option and comes in a Sauvignon blanc, Chenin and Merlot.
What you’ll find at Marikas is nothing mindblowing, but a cheerful and unassuming neighborhood restaurant with tasty food, offering good value for money that will have you coming back for more.
Best Greek food. Home away from home - delicious!