When I think of Greek food, I think a wine-like sea, whitewashed houses, hot sand and long, lazy lunches of tantalising, comforting and surprisingly healthy Greek food platters. Think tender-fried squid, wispy spanakopita, moussaka lamp chops, chicken pitas, creamy tzatziki – the list goes on! Here are my favourite Greek restaurants in Cape Town that dish up the most delicious Mediterannean fare.
This homely family–run restaurant has been around for quite some time, but has never lost its real taverna atmosphere. Serving up all of your favourite Greek fare while taking in the hustle and bustle of the passing trade, Mykonos Taverna is a fabuous spot to enjoy with the family or a group of friends. On the last Saturday of each month, you can take part in a festive plate-smashing fiesta, complete with Zorba-style dancing. 343 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town. Details: 021 439 2106
If you’re looking for an authentic yet modern place to feast on all your favourite Greek mezze, look no further than this Gardens restaurant. Serving up traditional dishes bursting with simple yet bold flavours, you can bet that everything on the menu is sure to take your taste buds on a journey. Intimate and cosy but still somewhat contemporary, it’s a top-class date night venue! 31 Barnet Street, Gardens, Cape Town. Details: 021 461 3333
Chilled-out and child-friendly, this is a spot the whole family will enjoy. With a big selection of Greek and Mediterranean-style snacks and dishes on offers, including options for both vegans and vegetarians, make sure you arrive hungry! Take a seat out on the alfresco patio or in the comfortable indoor section and get ready to tuck into simple Greek fare done well. 30 Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town. Details: 021 791 3897
Located on the famous Camps Bay strip, this stylish spot offers classic Greek dishes, tapas, sushi, and dim sum … a tempting mixture, isn’t it? The cool, contemporary ambiance is ideal to enjoy with that someone special or even a group of friends. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as munching on Greek snacks and sipping wine while overlooking the ocean here! The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town. Details: 021 438 1915
Laidback and totally unpretentious, this mom-and-dad affair is owned and run by Marika and hubbie, Frank. Dishing up mouth-watering Mediterranean and Greek specialities, all the food here is made with love. Plus, the restaurant offers stunning views of Table Mountain and the harbour from the balcony upstairs. This, paired with the soft sound of Greek music in the background, creates a Greek-island-taverna feel! 176 Vredehoek Avenue, Vredehoek, Cape Town. Details: 021 465 2727