JO­HAN­NES­BURG RESTAU­RANT – PLAKA

Food & Home - - Foodbites - BY PA­TIENCE GUMBO-CHIMBETETE

Iam not a big fan of Greek food, but a visit to renowned Greek restau­rant, Plaka, at Cresta Shop­ping Cen­tre – with its re­vised menu and re­freshed decor – left me ask­ing for more. Upon ar­rival, we were taken in by the great vibe and live­li­ness of the place – I’m not sure what I was ex­pect­ing, but it def­i­nitely was not this fun af­fair! The ef­fer­ves­cent at­mo­sphere drew me in and, as we found our ta­ble, a friendly waiter came to take our or­ders.

Af­ter read­ing through the menu and find­ing our­selves un­sure of what to or­der, the restau­rant man­ager sug­gested we look at the “fam­ily ta­ble” – a se­lec­tion of pop­u­lar hearty dishes de­signed for fam­i­lies and friends to share. The meals came with a vil­lage salad, gen­er­ous por­tions of dol­mades, beef ke­babs and pork ribs. I found the pork ribs – which were coated in a sweet and spicy sauce with sesame seeds – a bit sweet, but my hus­band thor­oughly en­joyed them and com­mented that they tasted like noth­ing he’s had be­fore.

Since the menu still in­cludes many tra­di­tional Greek favourites like cala­mari, pastit­sio, kleft­iko, whole grilled line­fish, prawns and lamb chops, I also went for a nice serv­ing of eight queen prawns, which were sim­ply divine. And see­ing that the restau­rant will be open on Christ­mas Day, I might just go back for more of the new menu!

SHOP U224, CRESTA SHOP­PING CEN­TRE, C/O BEYERS NAUDE DRIVE AND WELTEVREDEN EN ROAD, RAND­BURG; 011-478-0392; PLAKA.CO.ZA

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