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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