We were treated to a smorgasbord of delicious Greek food at our recent Zomato Meetup at Plaka!
Let me just say, I love Greek food – when I visited Greece last year my tummy was in heaven! It was an incredible gastronomical experience- from rich Greek yogurt with honey to souvlakis in pita to desserts like kataifi.
I have been to the Plaka at Cresta Shopping Centre where I had a great experience during Restaurant Week last year, and my favourable opinion of Plaka was further reinforced last night at the Eastgate branch.
We started off with pita breads and an assortment of dips (tzatziki, houmous and tirosalata) accompanied by a gorgeous greek salad.
Starter mezes were then served: dolmades (steamed vine leaves with a rice and herb filling), halloumi, kolokithakia (deep fried baby marrow – which I really enjoyed) and spanakopita (spinach and feta in phyllo pastry). All these dishes had such an array of textures, colours and flavours and were all veggie!
The stuffed calamari was a great dish – it was filled with peppers and a rich, creamy feta cheese that oozed out of the calamari tubes. Yum! Definitely my fave dish of the evening. A lovely La Motte Sauvignon Blanc complemented the meze selection perfectly.
The chicken souvlakia, giouvetsi (a lamb and pasta rice dish) and kleftico (slow roasted lamb shank) dishes then arrived. The giouvetsi dish had lovely soft and tender lamb pieces with a tomato based sauce and pasta rice. The Kleftico was also a winner!
The evening was rounded off with a decadent dessert of baklava and halva ice-cream – divine! We were also treated to some Greek drinks: ouzo (a popular aperitif) and mastika (not for the faint-hearted!).
The hospitality of the staff and management was fantastic! The atmosphere is warm and welcoming with music and festivity as birthdays were celebrated at tables around us. All this, together with the great company of fellow Zomato foodies made for an awesome evening!
— Refiloe Montsho (@MaBlaq) August 26, 2015