Try rock up at Parea on a Saturday night without a booking. I dare you. It’s not gonna happen – but there’s a reason they’re so popular. This authentic Greek restaurant has been around for as long as I can remember. It’s an Illovo landmark (right by Wolves, if you’re not sure) that makes some of the best Greek food in town. I do not say this lightly. Take a seat in the courtyard section during summer and indulge in an array of tasty tapas, perfectly-fried chips and what could very well be my favourite calamari dish … ever.
Top picks: If you’re popping in for a light lunch, the chicken and halloumi in a pita, served with tzatziki, tomatoes and onions will sort you out. If you’re starving, go for the grilled calamari mains and be sure to order a side of chips. Divine!
Mezepoli is a meze and wine bar that serves up good quality Greek cuisine and, I know it sounds a bit strange, but you can also have delicious sushi here. Whether you have a variety of mezes or go straight to the yiros, you can’t go wrong.
Top picks: A couple of things: souvlaki chicken, spanakopita, taramasalata, tzatziki and, if you still have room, dolmades and deep fried halloumi.
There are two Plakas Restaurants in Joburg – both of which make a mean Greek dish. Whether you go for mezes, mains or a bit of both, whatever you do, just leave room for the baklava (with ice cream, thank you very much).
Top pick: The baby chicken with a serving of roast potatoes on the side.
The Greek Sizzler
If you visit the Greek Sizzler Restaurant in summer, be sure to sit outside – their open-air courtyard is wonderful! If you go in winter, they’ve got a fireplace inside to keep you cozy. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic date or a casual Sunday lunch with friends.
Top pick: The kleftiko – served with roast potatoes and vegetables of the day. Talk about a hearty meal!
By Nikki Samakosky.