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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