Right at the beginning of the year my family decided to try out the new Mythos Greek Restaurant in Hillcrest. My sister was still home for the holidays from Cape Town, and we love Greek food, so it was a complete no-brainer! We actually took the most beautiful family trip to Greece in 2007, and my lucky folks are headed back in June this year (green with jealousy here). Here are some of the piccies from our trip, to show you why I’m so envious:
Beautiful, right? We hired a yacht and sailed around the Ionian Sea for 2 weeks, just my parents, my sister and myself. Then we spent a week between Olympia (the site of the original Olympic games) and Athens. We got to explore the small, virtually untouched islands and then soak in so much history and culture too. I loved all the museums, I’m such a history nut! And the food, oh my word the food. You’ve not tasted dolmades, until you’ve eaten them at a taverna on a little island, where the owner’s mother has made them fresh that day.
Anyway. Back to South Africa, and Mythos Greek Restaurant!
VENUE, ATMOSPHERE & STAFF
The restaurant is beautifully decorated, and I loved the blue and white decor, and the greenery everywhere. The staff were also exceptionally friendly and helpful.
Mythos have a decent wine list – they even offer some Greek wines. It was in Greece that I first started to enjoy red wine, so this is a bonus for me!
They also have a very nice selection of cocktails and even some shooters. The Peppered Strawberry and Watermelon & Mint G&T’s (R65) sounded divine, and I’ll definitely try those next time.
What Hubby and I really enjoyed though, was the fact that they have our favourite white wine on the menu. Buitenverwachting Buiten Blanc is so lovely, fresh and easy to drink, and we were THRILLED to see it there, as a lot of restaurants seem to have stopped stocking it. You can actually order it here by the glass (R48) and the bottle (R145).
Their menu is so varied! You can opt for meze (smaller portions of food so you can share a number of different dishes), meats, seafood, traditional Greek dishes and pita meals. We went for the a selection of meze for starters for the whole table to share – the Meat Meze Platter For 2 (Keftethes, fillet souvlaki, chicken souvlaki, prawns, calamari, yiro, chicken livers, tzatziki, taramosolata and pita bread, R295), the Dolmades (Grapevine leaves stuffed with rice and herbs R48) and the Cheese Croquettes (Feta, Emmental and Gruyere cheese croquettes R59). All were absolutely delicious and were finished up in record time. The only negative was that the Cheese Croquettes could have been cooked a little longer, as the cheese wasn’t completely melted inside.
I can’t quite remember what everyone else at the table ordered for their main’s (and they’re not quite as well trained as my Hubs, pausing for photos before he tucks in), but Hubs and I shared the Seafood Platter For 2 (Grilled calamari tubes, squid heads, mussels, hake, prawns, taramosolata, skordalia and pita bread R325). It was melt-in-your-mouth perfection, all the seafood was delicious, and this way we were able to taste lots of different things.
I so wish I could say I’d tried a dessert, but I was stuffed to the brim. I plan on going back, as their dessert menu looks incredible. Baklava & Ice Cream (R65), Pistachio Halva Ice Cream (R60) and Baklava Cheesecake (oh my word, two amazing desserts in one, and something I’ve been told to try, for R65).
We were all super impressed with Mythos. The food was exceptionally good, the service was great, and I WILL be back for a slice of that Baklava Cheesecake!