By Bev Mortimer
Stepping into the new restaurant in St Francis Bay you might be forgiven for believing you are in Greece and not in sunny South Africa. The blue chequered tablecloths, blue curtains and clean white walls, the warm welcome from the Pitsiladis couple George and Lisa and the small cosy and intimate atmosphere of the taverna blend into a distinct Grecian air. But the real Olympian magic comes when one savours the authentic Greek recipes with everything cooked 100% the Greek way using imported Grecian oil and vine leaves. Even the food is cooked by the hosts themselves.
Above: George and Lisa owners of Dionysus, the new Greek restaurant in St Francis Bay.
“Eating in an authentic Greek taverna is what we missed most about Greece when we settled in St Francis Bay two years ago,” says Lisa. We know the ‘Greek way’ and decided to use our years of experience in Greece to open a unique Greek taverna near our new home.”
Dionysus is open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner, but every day during season. Lisa cooks in the morning and at night she is in charge of the tables and plays the role of hostess while in the evenings George grills over the fires.
“All our recipes are 100% Greek recipes. And everything is made according to tradition. We don’t change or adapt them in any way,” Lisa continues. “As in a Grecian taverna, here you will not find peri-peri prawns or chicken, nor tartare or tomato sauce, there is no lettuce in a traditional Greek salad and there is no ice cream for dessert!
And the proof is in the eating…
A friend and I dined there recently one week night. The cosy atmosphere and the hearty welcome form Lisa and George made us feel at home as we set our feet through the door.
Service at the tables is done by Lisa herself and it is fast and efficient. We never had to wait long for anything.
After a pre dinner refreshments the entrees arrived. We ordered a mixture of Greek dips with Greek pita and we had fun sampling them all. Very tasty and more-ish. Being a vegetarian I also ordered the vegetarian dolmades and the calamari done in true Greek style with a fine crisp batter. My friend loved the Greek meat balls, pronouncing them as being ‘delicious’. while I enthused about the dolmades. She also raved about the lamb kebabs, polishing them off with gusto.
We found we had eaten heartily and decided to forego dessert.
There is only one item on the menu for dessert – the rich Greek baklava…a favourite with many. Tel: 076 197 7602