Plaka is situated on the piazza at Eastgate Shopping Centre. Standing out starkly against a collection of fast food restaurants, Plaka is the home of Mediterranean eating at Eastgate. Newly refurbished to offer patrons an even more authentic taste of the Greek islands, Plaka Eastgate is spacious and inviting. With shades of crisp white and ocean blue, their decor immediately transports you to another place. This is the ideal spot for a quiet Sunday lunch with the family, date night or a celebratory dinner.
Plaka has been delivering authentic Greek cuisine to Joburg foodies for over 26 years. Their menu is generous, offering a variety of traditional meze, fish dishes and vegetarian dips. Made from the freshest ingredients, their food is simple yet delicious. Having eaten our way through the menu, we recommend the meze platter for two, a hearty feast of pita bread, assorted dips, falafel, handcut chips, tomato salad and grilled halloumi. Paired with a chilled glass of white wine, this is more than satisfying. Sit and talk for hours over this meal with loved ones for a true Greek dining experience.
Plaka's dessert menu is equally enticing, featuring classic Greek pastries, ice cream and rich, creamy yoghurt served with crushed nuts and honey. The Eastgate branch also treats their patrons to a special palate cleanser in between mains and dessert - slices of chilled watermelon sprinkled with cinnamon. Overall, their service is welcoming and attentive. It is definitely worth a visit!
Once you have devoured your meal and thoroughly soaked up the relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere at Plaka Eastgate, pop into their on-site deli. Here, you will find the best imported products to make your own Greek feast at home, along with a selection of home-made meals, biscuits and other sweet delights. It's this little touch of homeliness that sets Plaka apart from the rest.
There are two other Plaka venues in Gauteng to visit on your great Greek eating adventures. Click here for more information.
Just a few blocks away from Plaka at Eastgate you will find its rival, Mythos. Located on the square at Bedford Centre, this authentic Greek restaurant recently reopened its doors to welcome in patrons, old and new. Their newly refurbished decor is evocative of a Mediterranean palace, with opulent drapery, generous seating and romantic lighting.
Mythos first opened in 2006 and has since expanded across Joburg at various venues. However, their branch at Bedford Centre has always maintained an air of fine dining without sacrificing a family-friendly atmosphere. There is almost always a celebration to be had at Mythos, such as an anniversary dinner or their 'Big Fat Greek Evenings' which take place on the last Saturday of every month. Complete with a fantastic feast, live music and dancing, performances from trained belly dancers and breaking of the plates, Mythos offers their guests far more than just a dining experience. The warmth of family and friends exudes in everything they do.
But, speaking of the food, Mythos has both a set menu and main menu. Featuring an array of traditional salads, dips, sides and main meals, there is no shortage of Greek flavour here. Mythos prides itself on using only the best imported ingredients, evident in the flavours and quality of their food. And, like any good Greek restaurant, sharing is the name of the game here. The meze platter for two includes keftethes, fillet souvlaki, chicken souvlaki, prawns, calamari, yiro, peri-peri chicken livers, tzatziki, taramosalata and pita bread. While quite protein heavy, this platter can easily be paired with a village Greek salad to find its perfect balance.
After a filling Greek feast, what could you possibly have room leftover for? Gelato, of course! Mythos at Bedford Centre boasts an enticing gelato counter, stocked with a variety of flavours. We say give them all a try to find your favourite. From chocolate hazelnut to pistachio, funfetti and even tiramisu flavours, they have something to soothe any sweet tooth.
Find your nearest Mythos branch here.
So, there you have it! All that our two favourite Greek giants have to offer. We'll let you make the final verdict on who the ultimate winner of this challenge is. Opa!
When it comes to Greek delis in Joburg, you've come to the right place! We've eaten our way through many an eatery to be able to present to you the most curated list on the internet. Ready? Let's begin!
Located in the idyllic St Andrews suburb is a classic Greek delicatessen well worth visiting. Meze Emporio is both a deli and a restaurant, offering patrons a delicious array of Greek dishes to enjoy. Whether you enjoy cooking up a storm, or are more of a restaurant type, Meze Emporio has all you need. This is the perfect place to stock up on creamy Greek cheese, olives, pita bread, dips and frozen snacks. Or, soak up some sunshine out on their patio while enjoying a strong cup of Greek coffee accompanied by friendly conversation from the regulars. You'll feel transported straight to the motherland!
Details: 011 453 8761 | 17 Chaucer Avenue, St Andrews, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.
Olive You is one of the many secret hidden gems of Edenvale. Situated right next door to The Chocolate Den, this Greek deli offers a wide variety of local and imported olives. From the standard green, black and kalamata varieties to gourmet stuffed olives, they have it all! You can also stock up on organic olive oils, honey and an assortment of preserves here. It is definitely worth popping by over the weekend.
Details: 011 453 5818 | [email protected] | 99 Linksfield Road, Glendower Shopping Centre, Edenvale, Johannesburg.
If it's a deli with a little bit of everything Greek you are in search of, look no further than The Cheese Place in Linden. Supplying Greek expats and foodies with the finest cheese, olive products and other delicacies, The Cheese Place is a haven for Greek food lovers. There is nothing pretentious about this Greek deli - it's all about homemade comforts and quality dairy. Visit them as soon as you can for a slice of homemade baklava or traditional biscuits served with piping hot Greek coffee.
Details: 011 782 0381 | [email protected] | Linden View, 14 - 1st Avenue, Linden/Victory Park, Johannesburg.
While not strictly a Greek deli, La Marina Foods is the home of Mediterranean food products in Johannesburg. Stocking an entire factory full of fresh fish, vinegar, cheese, preserves, canned goods and cold cuts, this is the place to get your hands on the best imported brands. The La Marina factory store also boasts an on-site restaurant, which serves up traditional Greek fare with a twist. Think grilled halloumi served with onion marmalade or a delectable meze platter for two. Opa!
Details: 011 608 3277 / 010 010 7220 | [email protected] | 7 Platinum Drive, Longmeadow, North Business Park, Lethhabong, Gauteng.
Are you looking for lekker Greek delis in Joburg? Then look no further! The Gourmet Greek offers exactly what its name implies - delicious Greek cheese, gourmet double thick yoghurt and other delicacies to delight your taste buds. Based in Midlands, KZN, this Greek deli has stockists located all around Johannesburg, including Cheese Gourmet in Linden, the Fresh Earth Food Store in Emmarentia and Jackson's Real Food Market in Bryanston. You can also order your products directly from their online store to be collected at a stockist of your choice. Super easy and cheesy, what more could you ask for?
Details: 033 234 4338 | [email protected]
Soul Souvlaki was originally conceptualised as a market stall, dedicated to serving Greek-inspired street food to the hip food connoisseurs at the Maboneng Market on Main. Since 2012, this brand has expanded to four cafe stores located around Johannesburg.
I recently treated my life-long best friend to a mid-week dinner out at Soul Souvlaki Bedfordview. We were quite ashamed to discover that this quaint side-street cafe has been in operation since August 2018 (we both drive past it almost every day!). Nevertheless, we headed off enthusiastically, having studied their online menu beforehand with eager excitement to try something new.
Before I delve into an in-depth analysis of our eating experience, there are a few disclaimers that need to be made. Firstly, we are huge fans of Mediterranean cuisine — especially the cheeses. Seeing that Soul Souvlaki includes offerings of grilled halloumi and feta cheeses on their one-page menu, we were bound to be impressed. Secondly, we love sharing platters. Not only do they cater to our student budgets, we also get to taste a little bit of everything without feeling too piggish!
Naturally, we ordered the restaurant's meze ''create a plate'' platter option. We chose a combination of lamb skewers, grilled chilli feta, pita breads, rocket salad, eggplant dip and potato wedges. I also ordered a Greek coffee to add to the authenticity of the experience. While I found the unfiltered texture of the coffee slightly off-putting, the taste was surprisingly sweet. This was great, since I am currently dedicated to a low-sugar eating plan (sigh).
Our platter arrived in good time, brimming with our chosen enticing nibbles. Now, I must admit that we have eaten our fair share of potato wedges together over the years of our friendship, and Soul Souvlaki's are undoubtedly some of the best we have tried. The lamb skewers were perfectly cooked and the chilli feta added a lovely extra kick and creaminess to the whole meal. Overall, we greatly enjoyed our mini feast and have promised to go back for more.
Unfortunately, we were far too full and short on time to sample any of the cafe's desserts. The atmosphere of the place lends itself to long discussions and the joyful passing of time. Although the indoor restaurant is rather dimly lit, it is, nonetheless, a welcoming environment, thanks to the care and attention of the waitpersons and restaurant manager. If you are looking for a break from the noise and chaos of shopping mall restaurants, Soul Souvlaki Bedfordview is a must-visit spot. The nostalgic vibe of this neighbourhood cafe has definitely left an indelible impression on both myself and my friend. We almost hope that it doesn't become too popular with the locals!
Soul Souvlaki Bedfordview is open Monday to Sunday from 11:00 AM. Find them at 2 Hawley Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.
Contact: Tel (010) 595 1189 | Email: [email protected]
Images courtesy of Soul Souvlaki