22 Nov Review: Pappas on the Square
Pappas on the Square has a new look and we were invited for a first look and to taste the new offerings on the menu.
It was interesting to learn that the Greek family restaurant has been around for 30 years! Interesting, because I suppose we’re living in a time where not much lasts, never-mind 30 years. Good on you, Pappas on the Square!
The new look
Pappas on the Square teamed up with Reis design who found inspiration from Mediterranean blues and ash wood colour pallets with splashes of copper. Reis created a welcoming and warm space for patrons to enjoy a hearty authentic Greek meal with loved ones.
It was a jovial affair and one couldn’t help but join in the celebration. A Greek band provided just the right ambience and added to the Greek allure of the restaurant. The real party kicked off when the Greek dancers came out and invited everyone to join them. I didn’t even mind getting home much later than usually on a school night.
The new menu is divided into small and medium dishes in true meze style. I like this for two reasons:
- I find a lot of restaurants have adopted what I call “American sized” portions. This is way too big for most woman and is a waste really. The up side is that I always have leftovers for lunch however.
- You get to taste a lot more dishes because everyone is sharing. It’s also more sociable.
I’ll be honest, the Greeks aren’t too big on the vegetarian lifestyle, and that’s fine, it’s not their culture. The restaurant prides itself on being authentic.
The new vegetarian starter and meze options that were added to the Pappas on the Square menu were tasty, delicious and well worth it.
Baked phyllo pastry filled with spinach and feta
One of my favourite Greek snacks, these tasted like the ones my Greek friend’s mom makes
- Feta cheese in phyllo pastry
Infused with mastiha, sesame seed, thyme and honey
It was the first time I had this and I am sold. I want it in my face, all the time
Vine leaves, rice and herbs. Served with Greek yoghurt
These were filling and tasty
- Greek salad
With no lettuce
Need I say more? NO LETTUCE! This fact made me happy, it was a big bowl with lots of feta, cucumber, tomatoes etc. Fresh and delicious. I stopped ordering salads in restaurants years ago because you generally pay R80 for a bowl of leaves.
These are the Greek version of doughnut holes, but not as sweet.
I wasn’t too fond of it and tasted like a small vetkoek drizzled with honey to me.
- Mastiha panacotta
Mashita is a resin obtained from the mastic tree and is an acquired taste.
Sad to say that I wasn’t too fond of this dessert either.
It might look like there are no veggie mains. The restaurant already have some vegetarian favourites on the menu, just not new ones added.
- Roasted Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese
The restaurant is well worth the visit. It’s inviting, warm and big enough so that the tables aren’t too close together. This is a pet hate of mine. No-one wants to hear other people’s conversations. Having tables spaced properly is definitely a bonus in my opinion.
The food is top-notch. Everyone around us enjoyed the meat dishes too. Pappas on the Square is definitely worth a visit.