3 Reviews
Greek, Mediterranean
Phone Number 0615339071 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Wednesday to Saturday 12noon to 2.30pm

Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6pm to 9.30pm

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Menu - Ouzeri Lunch Menu - Updated in July 20223 Ouzeri Dinner Menu - Updated in July 20223 Ouzeri Wine Menu - Updated in July 20223


R180 avg main meal
Greek, Mediterranean
R180 avg main meal
Family friendly, Groups, Kids
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Dinner, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways

Critic's review

Chef and owner Nic Charalambous started Ouzeri as a series of pop-ups to showcase traditional Greek and Cypriot cuisine, and to present a version that had not yet been seen in South Africa. It was so successful that he opened a permanent space, which bridges the gap between familiar and experimental. The menu is compact, and intentionally so. Nic strives to offer a balanced variety and a perfectly curated experience through just 16 dishes, using ingredients treated with immense care, attention and precision, allowing them to take centre stage in unexpected ways. Start with small plates such as tirokafteri (a spicy feta dip) with perfectly cooked chickpea fries and pil biber chilli; beef tartare with a deep, nutty walnut skordalia (garlicky potato dip), toasted buckwheat, pickled chillies, grated Karoo Crumble cheese, chives and lemon zest; or anari-and-spinach dumplings with burnt whey butter and aged halloumi. For mains, opt for smoked mussels with chicken rice and avgolemono – a beautifully executed lemony chicken broth enriched with whey rather than egg – or the supremely popular beef shin youvetsi with roasted bone marrow and goat’s cheese. Revithia (chickpeas), served with mushrooms, slow-cooked chard and yoghurt, offer a completely new and memorable take on this humble legume and will keep vegetarians more than happy. There are just two desserts on offer: a yoghurt cake with mastiha (mastic) cream, figs and almonds; or mahalepi with sorbet – a soft, rosy panna-cotta-textured dessert with grapefruit sorbet – simple, refreshing flavours to end the meal. Each dish is listed with its place of origin and the presentation is uncontrived, trusting the distinction of flavours and ingredients, and offering excellent value for money. The experience of eating here is relaxed and confident, trusting in good, well-prepared ingredients, great flavours and textures.

A tightly curated beverage list is on offer, and a cocktail – such as ouzo and grapefruit – might be suggested to kick things off. Two “barrel” house wines (a red and a white), made in the Swartland, are served by the carafe as is traditional at a Greek taverna. The list is rounded out by interesting garagiste finds, including some skin-contact and sparkling options. The sommelier is happy to suggest pairings, and there are some special options on offer.

Service is relaxed, attentive and confident, with knowledgeable staff more than happy to make suggestions from the menu and the wine list.

The space is busy and lively, but not loud. The understated, stylish Mediterranean decor completely suits the style of food and service, creating a gracious feel in a very urban environment. Expect whitewashed walls, a muted colour palette and elegant yet simple decor.

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User reviews

3 Reviews
    While the food we had was great, the staff were rude. I appreciate that loadshedding makes things difficult for the kitchen, perhaps reduce your capacity as the alternative (being told to leave away halfway through a meal) is hardly great service. Unfortunately it seems this is a recurring issue and judging by comments online, doesn’t seem to be something the restaurant cares to fix. I would rather recommend going to a multitude of other top restaurants in the area who don’t demonise their customers for loadshedding which is not the fault of either party involved.
    The food was delicious, the interior and ambience had a Mediterranean feel, Odette stood out as a waitron/manager but having made an 20.15 booking, we were disappointed to be told at 21.20 that the kitchen was closing in 10 minutes and we were unable to have one of the 2 desserts as the ovens were off already. We felt that we should have been told the timing situation on arrival.

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