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NIKOS Coalgrill Greek

NIKOS Coalgrill Greek
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Cost
R135
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool
Food
Greek, Mediterranean
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
yes

Critic's review

Nikita Buxton

Food

The menu features mezze, dips, salads, plated souvlaki (skewered and coal-fired meat), yiros (meat in pita wraps) and kreas (a variety of meaty dishes) – some traditional, and others with modern twists.

If you’re in the sharing mood, the mezze is the way to go. The Santorini-baked feta in phyllo pastry is the perfect balance of crunchy and soft and is paired with a delicious drizzle of sticky honey and grapes, for a hit of sweetness. The tender brinjal stack with a crumble of feta can also be shared or makes for a great vegetarian-friendly main. The tiropita (cheese pies) and spanakopita are top notch and generously stuffed with their perfectly seasoned fillings.

The pita breads deserve their own special mention. Even though they’re suggested as a side, the slightly charred tender dough is good enough to eat as a main, paired with a bowl of tangy tzatziki, rich hummus, or mildly-spiced htipiti (a dip made of roasted red pepper and feta).

Moving on to the heartier fare, the souvlaki is generously plated with two large skewers of extremely tender coal-fired chicken, beef fillet or pork, with the option to add an extra skewer. These come with chips, pita bread, salad and your choice of dip.

If you can’t decide, try one of the yiros. Hefty chunks of meat are wrapped in pita bread and come in several variations. The Corfu version is filled with meat and fries for extra bulk, while the Mykonos one comes with a spicy hit of htipiti dip. If you still want a side, the lemony roasted potatoes are delicious, and the spiced roasted cauliflower head is a healthier option.

As for the desserts – if you have any room left – the halva ice cream is great, as is the Turkish delight, but the baklava takes the prize. The modern deconstructed pud is comprised of corrugated phyllo served with ice cream, mixed nuts, warm sticky syrup and a spicy flurry of cinnamon. It’s a great send-off, especially when accompanied by a cup of proper Greek coffee.

Drinks

The wine list is quite limited, but you can always bring your own bottle, for R40 corkage.

Service

While the restaurant is still new, the staff are on the ball and super friendly. You’ll also be seen to by the owners, who are eager to please.

Ambience

The space is breezy and spills out onto the pavement. It could get a bit warm in Durban’s humidity, but the Santorini-style décor makes it feel cool and pleasant. Succulents, shells and Greek music (though perhaps a touch too loud) complete the scene.

And…

They currently don’t take any bookings, so get there early to nab a table, or call in for the already-popular takeaways of souvlaki or yiros.

(October 2017)

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User reviews

  • Laid-back, sunny Taverna The new kid in town (June 2017) is the Nikos coalgrill Greek restaurant in the heart of busy Durban North. It has added a bright and inviting venue to the plethora of eating places surrounding it, but the crowded tables indicate how inviting Nikos really is. The place buzzes from lunchtime to evenings, and the menu offers excellent Greek dishes that truly satisfy. The souvlaki choices are popular pullers, and my skewers of chicken (beef fillet, pork, lamb falafel and chickpea are. alternatives) were tender and succulent, and came accompanied by great chips and a choice of dips(hummus, Tahina, Tzatziki, all) adding zest to a very filling dish. The fried brinjal stack , topped with crumbled feta was another pleaser, and the menu offers a further range of meat dishes, equally tempting, such as skinny lamb chops, coal-grilled pork chops, and mixed pork and beef mince patties. There is a good selection of starters and side dishes, and the sweet Greek section of the menu offers Halva icecream, Pavlova , Karathopita and Corrugated Baklava that will light up the faces of any Greek food lover. An informal, comfortable place to add smiles to those seen at all the tables.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian

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