Restaurant of the Month – Parea Greek Taverna
Let’s go to the Greek! Parea Taverna and Grill is literally a true Joburg establishment with their doors being open for an incredible 29 years of great vibes and yummy food.
Combining dedication and passion, the team at Parea have it all just right. Welcoming smiles, great food, traditional Greek dancers, involved staff and the odd smashing of plates on a Friday night – what more do you need from your local Greek restaurant?
Arriving on the doorstep of Parea, you would be forgiven for thinking you have been magically transported to a small Greek village. Tables on the balcony, covered with blue and white tablecloths are packed to capacity with traditional dialects, and the feeling of family is already a strong one.
This makes complete sense when they tell you that the term Parea is one of those great Greek sayings that although almost impossible to translate basically describes a group of people who derive great pleasure simply by being together. Now we get it!
Inside you can peruse the cold counter while you wait (these delicacies can be purchased and taken home for later nibbling) before being seated at the rustic tables. The tables are close together, again lending to the air of a busy taverna in Greece, and on Friday and Saturday nights the traditional Greek dancers wend their way between the tables with a dexterity that is impressive.
Come hungry – that’s all we can say, and we are so glad that we did! If Meze and sharing is your thing, then you’re in the right place. Not only do you get to taste all the different types of dishes on offer but it also makes your dining experience way more festive and hands on.
You will be in awe of all the delicious options, as the food comes out of the kitchen at supersonic speeds. We highly recommend the deep-fried squid heads, flame grilled haloumi, falafels and of course pita bread accompanied by a variety of dips which is an obvious and tasty choice.
Everything is prepared fresh on site and we just can’t rave enough about the incredible selection of dips! We tried the four-dip platter of Humus, Skorthalia, Tzatziki and the Melitzanosalata which is finely chopped brinjals in a garlic dressing, yum!
Greek food is simply prepared which allows the natural taste of each item to speak for itself. The team in the kitchen rely on ancient traditional cooking methods and freshness of ingredients that allow them to produce a standard of food that keeps customers coming back again and again.
Parea is available for functions and birthday parties and is fully able to accommodate up to 200 people. Set menus can be put together to suit your specific requirements, for tables of 5 or more if pre-booked.
Reviewers choice: Whole ocean line fish – perfectly grilled whole in olive oil and Parea’s secret fish spice.
Tip: Make a booking. This place pumps like you would not believe.
Parking Suggestion: As parking can get a bit hectic on Corlett Drive on busy nights, it is a good idea to keep in mind that there is extra pay parking on the corner of Oxford Road which can accommodate up to 75 cars.
A: Shop 3D, Corlett Drive, Illovo
T: 011 788 8777
Images Heather Hook and Supplied.
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