Teta Mari

Teta Mari
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  • Phone Number 011 268 5019
  • Location Shop 5 Illovo Square, corner Rivonia & Harries Roads Johannesburg, Gauteng
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  • Opening Hours

    Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4pm

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R200 avg main meal
Groups, Local cuisine
Deli fare, Food from the Americas, Middle Eastern
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Critic's review

Jodi-Ann Pearton

A gem of an establishment, with sublime cuisine on offer. The menu has something for every diner and reminds one of a true New York-style deli. There are a variety of Middle Eastern dishes as well as American-style classics.

The menu boasts a gorgeous and extensive breakfast menu and if you are lucky enough to secure a spot at Teta Mari before midday, the shakshuka is the best in town. Try the breakfast of the Middle East, a delightful combination of eggs, labnane and chopped tuna salad. There are the obvious candidates of continental breakfast and French toast available too for the more conservative and traditional diner.

Off the main menu there are too many amazing dishes to describe. Each dish is packed full of flavour and prepared with seasonal, fresh ingredients from scratch. There is also a specials board daily, offering all kinds of tasty delights. Some of the highlights include the schwarma on a plate – a choice of protein and deconstructed schwarma components, perfect as a lunch offering with some food theatre. The Lunch in America category boasts traditional open sandwiches – the brisket on rye is to die for and will transport you straight to the streets of New York. The quinoa salad is a highlight too.

Look out for the lamb shish kebab on the specials board – one of the best tasting dishes in town. Spicy, juicy lamb meatballs served with homemade hummus, tahini, chilli, chopped salad and pickles accompanied by a fresh, hot pita bread.

The drinks menu is extensive, with everything from your usual candidates – cooldrinks and cordials – to speciality milkshakes, freezos and fabulous fresh pressed juices. The establishment is licensed and offers fabulous wine by the glass or bottle.

The service is not a highlight at Teta Mari but the cuisine and ambience override that. The wait staff have a lack of attention to detail and are inattentive. Booking is easy but it's not uncommon for them to get lost.

The ambience is typical deli dining. An easy-going restaurant environment with the buzz of patrons swiftly moving in and out of a cosy dining area. The dining area is well-appointed and there is also a deli area which creates a gorgeous, traditional look and feel. The outside area is fabulous for summer gatherings and warm weather lunches.

This is a wonderful all-round establishment for any consumer. The environment is child friendly and offers plenty of safe parking.

Overall this is one of the best deli-style restaurants in town. Hands down, this establishment offers some of the most sublime and delicious hand-crafted dishes around Johannesburg – a real hidden gem.

(September 2016)

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  • Rupesh Kassen

    This is an ideal spot for a quick breakfast or relaxed lunch with friends. It also happens to offer some Kosher options. The menu will transport you to the Middle East, with dishes like shakshuka, poached eggs in a rich tomato sauce with hints of coriander and chilli, topped with crumbled feta cheese and served with a warm mini loaf. For a healthier option, the Israeli breakfast of eggs, labneh, tuna and Israeli salad will allow you continue your tasty journey. For lunch, pop over to the Americas with a brisket sandwich, or their famous hot dogs on a toasted roll with chopped pickled cucumber, fried onions, coleslaw and sauerkraut. It sounds like a mouthful and indeed, it’s a serious hunger buster. The shawarmas take you back to the Middle East with an explosion of flavours: meat spiced to perfection, served in a warm pita with tahini, Israeli salad and fried aubergine – pure heaven. The menu also features juicy burgers, steak rolls and chicken soup, which is guaranteed to cure you of the miserable winter blues.

    There is a range of coffees, including an authentic Turkish coffee made in the a traditional pot. Freshly squeezed juices and homemade lemonade, along with a small selection of reasonably priced wines, round out the offer.

    Efficient staff and the ever-present Sandy (owner and chef) ensure a good experience.

    Tucked away in the back of a shopping centre, the space has earthy décor, offset by chandeliers that take up the entire space without overpowering it. Great thought has gone into creating this warm, inviting eatery.

    Make sure to take a peek into their deli counter for some cheats for dinner. They also offer a catering service for functions and office lunches.

    (October 2015)

  • Gwynne Conlyn

    Theirs is a cleverly designed menu in that it’s attractive to those popping in for a quick snack. But if you want to settle in for a long lunch, there’s ample opportunity for that, too.

    The menu is extensive. There are interesting breakfasts choices like shakshuka: poached eggs with hints of cumin in a spicy tomato salsa, evocative of the Middle East and North Africa. Then there’re fragrant treats like marak adashim soup: a thick lentil soup infused with Middle Eastern spices, garlic and coriander and served with a side of chilli flakes.

    Indulge in rare roast beef served on rye, ciabatta or a bagel with tangy relish and crispy onions. The famous New York Reuben (brisket served similarly, with a sweet mustard sauce added) also features, as well as other standards like fish cakes.

    Their shwarmas – that hum Middle Eastern melodies in your ear when you take the first bite – consist of meat spiced to perfection, served in a pita with tahini, Israeli salad, and fried aubergine. Heaven. They're also famous for their juicy burgers, which come in options of beef, turkey, chicken or falafel.

    To finish, indulge some more. New on the menu is a range of fabulous frozen yoghurts with a variety of toppings.

    Wines range from the most pocket-friendly to the pricey. Their choice of table wines are from The House of Mandela winery (the brainchild of Nelson Mandela’s eldest daughter Makazie and a granddaughter Tukwini). All the expected red and white varietals are there, as well as blends like the Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot.

    Like the food, the service is generous. The entire experience is like having been invited to a cosy gathering – all very comforting.

    This family-owned business snuggles into the back of the Illovo Centre, but the hum of traffic fades away once you're inside. There’s a touch of New York deli about the place, and a cosy nest of tables with umbrellas outside.

    It’s also a deli, so takeaways to impress the family (and treat yourself) are obligatory. A Kosher menu is also available.

    (July 2014)

  • An owner-run café with an interesting selection of Middle Eastern breakfast dishes and American classics. Tasty and generous food. The shashuka with perfectly poached eggs and spicy tomato salsa will put the spring back into your step. The service here is attentive and the coffee is excellent. (EO mag 2014)


Set menu - MENU - Updated February 2018


  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dog-friendly
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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