& Greek Restaurant
Inside Dimi's, a warm
Greek music, and aromas
of Traditional Greek
Cuisine greet you
An evening at
& Greek Restaurant.
Dimi's Bistro and
Greek Restaurant in Stellenbosch is the new kid on the
block well worth a visit. By day, a Bistro serving Bistro style food, by night,
At the bottom of Dorp Street (what, you mean just before the R44? NO, go further
down, across the R44...) on the corner of Dorp and Stadler, you'll spy some Red
Umbrellas and a few tables and chairs outside a Georgian building with huge Arched Windows.
His entrance is right on the corner.
In through the door on a coolish evening
and we were warmed by the candlelit atmosphere, rich colours, and friendly
smiles of the guests, who as Dimi confirmed, were regulars.
If you're a wine buff, take your own, as their wine
list is modest. We wondered where the menu was till we spied the 2 big blackboards sporting the evenings
specials. A limited choice suits me fine as I can never make up my mind. I could have chosen any of the
dishes , to be honest, but for starters, we went for the Meze Platter and The Greek Salad. A plate of home
made Rye and Walnut Bread appeared on our table, which was impossible to resist. Judging by the approving
noises coming from the other side of the table, I'd say the Meze Platter was a hit with my Husband. His
affirmative sounds and gestures prompted me to taste the Dolmades, which was more flavourful than any I could
recall having had.
My Greek Salad "with a twist" was a far cry from the average steakhouse greek salad, with roasted roma tomatoes,
spaghetti sliced cucumber, generous chunks of Feta, quality smoked olives etc..and it was HUGE...had to regretfully
leave a bit to save space for what promised to be a great main.
Service was good,
and friendly. Every now and then you'd see a greying head pop up from behind the counter....this was the man
himself, Dimitri, giving his all to his creations. ( The Kitchen is semi open plan to The Restaurant ) There
were strains if Greek music interspersed with other European and Era style of music, all very appropriate for
the venue and the evening.
about Dimi and his restaurant or food. The servings are sizable, no little R5 coin sized
fillet medallions here!! Its the kind of food you'd expect in a greek Taverna on a little island in Greece,.
But for the stamp of Dimi's personality on it, unique twists to the traditional take on a traditional
dish....plus a commitment to fresh ingredients, and grilling rather
than frying, as a healthy departure from traditionally oily Greek
Mains did not disappoint. A lamb shank that really was falling off the bone, melt in the mouth tender,
and a Moussaka that was delicately flavoured with cinnamon.
We regretfully had no space to sample the Baklava or other traditional Desserts. But I'm sure
they're equal in quality to the first two courses... next time we'll definitely go for a sweet
Jo Scott for www.stellenbosch-unlimited.co.za May 2012