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The Greek Fisherman

The Greek Fisherman
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Cost
R160 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance, Family friendly
Food
Mediterranean, Seafood
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Graham Howe

Food
Taste your way through a delicious platter of your favourite meze (with a selection of twenty classics available). Don’t miss the white bait, spanakopita, grilled sardines in coarse salt, haloumi, fried baby marrow, mussels in tomato and feta or grilled prawns with lemon and olive juice. Mop up the sauces with warm pita bread and a trio of dips (hummus, taramosalata and tzatziki).

The flavours are sun-splashed Mediterranean, authentic expressions of traditional Greek dishes down to mamma’s homemade moussaka (available in a vegetarian version too). But leave room for the hearty mains: a seafood skewer, signature slow-roasted spit roast lamb, tender lamb souvlaki or stifado beef and tomato stew – all served with lashings of olive oil, rock salt and oreganum. Good, fresh ingredients, generous portions and great value make this family-owned Greek restaurant a waterfront landmark.

There are good alternatives for vegetarians – and a special kiddies menu with half portions and prices. Leave space for a strong cup of Greek coffee with ouzo to wash down a stand-out dessert like chocolate hazelnut baklava, loukoumades (doughnuts in spicy honey syrup) or dodoni feta cheesecake with sour cherry syrup.

Drinks
They have an extensive cocktail menu and an award-winning Cape wine list with vintage wines, served by a knowledgeable sommelier.

Service
Warm and attentive, from the waiters to the sommelier.

Ambience
It's family-friendly: lively and relaxed. Here you get warm Greek hospitality in a fabulous waterfront setting with spectacular terrace views.

And…
Gyros (lamb, beef or chicken pitas) are served from 11am to 6pm. Share a meze set menu for four or more (R220 to R280).

(September 2016)

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  • Sue-Anne Allen

    Food
    The Greek Fisherman offers a fairly large menu comprising of a wide range of meze, soups, salads, pasta, and main course dishes. Whilst not only offering Greek fare, there is an authenticity to their meze, which is best enjoyed by ordering a number of dishes, along with fresh bread to be shared and enjoyed by the whole table. The whole grilled sardines, dressed simply in coarse salt and lemon and grilled on open coals, is exquisitely prepared. The skin is crisp and the flesh moist and flavoursome. The Biftekia – mince patties stuffed with feta cheese, also prepared on coals – is another must try. The Mixed Greek dip platter comprising of tarama, tzatsiki and hummus with toasted pita bread is another good way to start. When it comes to the main course, the seafood dishes naturally come highly recommended. The Falkland calamari is simply prepared with a herb and garlic butter sauce and is gently grilled until tender. Another recommendation is the Prawn Aegean dish, which sees prawns stuffed with garlic, parsley, salt an paprika, and flambéed with fresh lemon juice. If sharing is more your thing and you are stuck as to what to choose, consider the Seafood Feast platter, comprising of crayfish, prawns, calamari and mussels, all on a bed of savoury rice served with chips. A feast it certainly is. Duck, rabbit and chicken dishes can also be found on the menu, as well as a number of meat cuts. With the City Grill restaurant next door being the sister restaurant of this establishment, all steakhouse cuts are SAMIC/NDA certified grain-fed South African beef. When it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth, a number of Greek favourites are on offer, from loukoumades, baklava and sweet mezedes (a selection of mini Greek desserts).

    Drinks
    There are a number of cocktails on offer as well as aperitifs, which include items like Campari and ouzo. The wine list is comprehensive, with some French champagne’s on offer as well as a good selection of local MCC’s. The selection also includes a good variety of wines by the glass, at fair prices. Craft beers feature as well.

    Service
    Friendly and efficient. Staff are also very knowledgeable as to the menu and available specials.

    Ambience
    The elegantly decorated interior is warm and inviting, but the large outside seating area with its views of the harbour and Table Mountain is where you want to be on for warmer days.

    And …
    During the winter months, a speciality lamb dish is prepared, and is a signature of The Greek Fisherman. Tender lamb on the bone is slowly oven roasted with lemon, black pepper and oregano. The dish is uncomplicated and really does allow for the ingredients to speak for themselves, a must for colder days, in fact it’s so good it could and should be enjoyed at any time.

  • Not your typical Greek tavern, but the food is authentic and delicious. Order mama’s meatballs, the mixed meze platter or Greek lamb. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    With old family recipes handed down from one generation to the other, the things to try are the biftekia, cheese filled meat patties grilled on open charcoal, or the mixed meze platter with dips and pita bread, then go on to lemony roast lamb and potatoes with origanum and garlic, or rich moussaka, all deliciously irresistible. Finish with sweet and smooth crème brûlée.

    Wine
    A very good list with some Cape treasures, even retsina, some with a hefty mark up.

    Service
    Slick and friendly.

    Ambience
    Not quite your average taverna, it has an urban gloss, especially inside, but first prize is sitting outside on a fine summer evening with the lights of the harbour all around and Table Mountain views.

    And...
    Become a regular and sign up for the loyalty card for extra savings and promotions. (GL, September 2010)

User reviews

  • What a find! This beautiful restaurant has incredible food to match. I had the slow cooked lamb with tzaziki which was honestly one of the most delicious meals I've ever had. It literally fell off the bone. The staff are on the ball, the view is gorgeous and the food to die for. Definitely worth a visit!
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  • Great location with a view on the boats in the harbor. I had the fisherman's soup which was to die for. Lots of seafood and lots of flavor. Pricey, but to be expected at the V&A. Waiter service was on point. Glasses were never empty. Afternoon well spent!
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  • Appalling! I think this may be the worst restaurant I have been to in Cape Town. Fish was completely overlooked - blotting paper. When we complained the manager was downright rude. Service was slow, and wrong. Stay away.

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  • Great meal. Awesome vibe. Will definitely join them again. The stuffed calamari on the menu is a winner. Thank you.

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  • Absolutely outstanding lunch at The Greek Fisherman. We were welcomed and given a great seat. Our waiter, Edward, was wonderful and guided us through the wonderful menu. He suggested a couple of meze starters for us and we loved it. Our wine recommendation by the wine stewart was stunning and matched our mains perfectly.

    I can highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for an amazing meal with efficient friendly staff. Thank you Greek Fisherman for a stunning afternoon.

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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Eat Out reviewed
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  • Licensed
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