While the franchise has grown over the years, with many restaurants around the country, my suggestion is to book a table at Plaka in Eastgate Shopping Centre. Situated on the piazza, the restaurant is not only beautiful to look at but satisfying to your tummy, too.
The best way to enjoy Greek food (and that’s coming from a Greek) is to order Meze – that means selecting a variety of small dishes of heaven which you and your friends and family can share and enjoy together. From calamari, to haloumi, baby octopus and the traditional village salad, you can’t go wrong. And please don’t forget to try the dips with some warm pita bread, too.
You’ve also got to try a Yiro or Souvlaki in pita – choose between beef or chicken, wrapped in pita with tzatziki sauce, tomatoes and onion (or skip the onion, like I always do – it’s still divine!).
Their mains are to-die-for too. Whether you choose a traditional meal like Mousaka (baked mince meat layered with aubergines and potatoes and topped with a béchamel sauce), or Giovetsi (lamb and pasta rice prepared in a tomato sauce), or the simpler T-bone steak, prawns or baby chicken… either way you’ll be left with a smile. Each dish has a unique taste which leaves you wanting to lick your plate. But please, don’t!
And of course, what’s a meal without dessert, right? And when it comes to Greek desserts, there are so many to choose from. My favourite is the Rizogalo (rice pudding) – it’s a must from Plaka, trust me.
Best part is, you can see right into the kitchen so you know they’re clean. Plus, the service is great, the staff are friendly and the atmosphere is relaxing… in fact, you might even forget that you’re still in Joburg and might actually want to book that flight, after all.
No one knows how to enjoy food more than the Greeks so let them feed you! Happy eating folks.
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By Angela Bekiaris