Review: Tapas hits the spot at Mezepoli in Melrose Arch

Offering everything from freshly baked pita bread and dips to grilled sardines, sausages and sushi, Mezepoli in Melrose Arch is the tapas-lover’s mecca, says Bazil Stander.


Mezepoli is arguably one of South Africa’s best wine bar and mezze house combinations. The small plates of Greek mezze are simply outstanding and consistently so: visit after visit this slick kitchen operation keeps delivering great flavours. Standout plates include the feta-stuffed calamari tubes, biftekia (Greek burgers), Serrano ham with caper berries, sheftalia (traditional Cypriot sausage), gruyère croquettes, black-eyed beans, and grilled sardines. The house-baked pita breads with dips make the perfect snack with a cold glass of wine on a hot Joburg day. The mezze menu is supplemented with a small selection of meat and fish dishes offered as main courses, as well as an excellent selection of sushi.

Sushi at Mezepoli

Sushi at Mezepoli. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.


They come to the party with an extensive wine list featuring the best South Africa has to offer, as well as a fabulous selection by the glass.


Featuring a professional, easy-going and upbeat front-of-house team, service is always hassle free.

The outdoor area at Mezepoli.

The outdoor area at Mezepoli. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.


Relaxed, modern and airy, this light and white space could easily be sitting on the waters’ edge in Santorini or Mykonos.


Be sure to book ahead as they fill up fast.


Calamari at Mezepoli. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

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