Beach white wood tables, dressed in vibrant blue and white striped tablecloths, open shelves stocked…
As the menu says, it’s as though you’re in a Greek kitchen when you step inside Nikos Coalgrill Greek Pineslopes, and when you meet Restaurateur Marina Appelbaum, you’ll feel right at home.
Passionate, personable and particular about details; having penned a book as well as plating the perfect Kleftiko, Marina shifts the stereotype when it comes to women in business. Inspired by her strong mother, who started the first Greek restaurant, The Three Sisters, she instilled an indelible work ethic in her five children, which Marina embodies today.
Her mother made her who she is and is very much a part of the authenticity of Nikos, as it’s based on her restaurant reinvented for today’s world and is a marriage between contemporary Greek dining and her traditional recipes. With the original Nikos named after her nephew, Marina has opened the second restaurant, with another six sites scheduled to open in a few months!
Everything is freshly prepared daily in the interactive kitchen, and Marina recommends her renowned Tarama, as well as the Reloaded Hummus with feta and pomegranate, which is her favourite. The Nikos team are celebrated for their personality and effortless pronunciation of complicated Greek dishes.
They’re inspired to have a strong and successful woman at their helm, who isn’t afraid of hard work, having rolled knives and forks from the age of 12.
From baklava to burgers, Marina is also the proud owner of a RocoMamas’ franchise; and inspired by her integrity of food, would love to share a table with Restaurant Mosaic’s award-winning chef Chantel Dartnall to talk all things food.
Her greatest reward is sharing her love of Greek cuisine with patrons who are unfamiliar with the menu, and to see them return again and again. She likes to keep things spontaneous, so she doesn’t take reservations!
A: Shop 33, Pineslopes Shopping Centre, Corner of The Straights and Witkoppen Road, Johannesburg
T: 087 701 2272
Words Taryn Louch and Images Supplied
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