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Spiro’s Hout Bay Review

I wrote a long intro. I liked it. It made me giggle. But with the amount of food I am about to take you through, a long intro wouldn’t be appreciated.

Spiro’s is an Authentic Greek restaurant in the heart of Hout Bay. Although I’m not normally one for travelling (originally from Durban, it’s engrained in me that anywhere more than a 15 minute drive is very, very far) Spiro’s has so many loyal fans on Twitter that I had to give it a try.

Once we found the place (I navigate Hout Bay as well as I do Czechoslovakia) I was very hungry. You walk from a balcony filled with lovely little tables, perfect for a lunch; in to a Café-style seated area; to the left is an enclosed dining room; and to the right a kiddies play area, complete with dress-up station, face painting, toys, movies, plus a safe, outdoor play area with a jungle gym. It is child-heaven! Just amazing. I thought that was the whole restaurant, but you walk through a set of double doors, into another in-door dining area with big, round tables. Another set of doors takes you to the second outdoor area and a very vibey bar, complete with DJ. The entire restaurant can hold about 200: 80 inside and 120 al fresco.

With a Naked Mexican in hand (ha, I made a joke), I sat for a good 25 minutes trying to decide which starter to have. The only way to end my troubles, was to have all 9 that I wanted.

The roasted red pepper, feta and chilli dip is absolutely delish. Roasted red peppers can make a dip very sweet – which isn’t my thang – but this one was had so much feta and just the right amount of chilli, it was amazing. The Taramasalata, which is always my thang, didn’t disappoint. There is no way to describe it, other than perfect.

Spiro's Hout Bay

Keftedes (meatballs seasoned with mint) were served with tzatziki, which for a nice change, wasn’t too garlicky. Score. The meatballs on their own were a little on the dry-side, but the tzatziki saved them.

So often Spanakopita, which is traditionally made with Ricotta cheese, is too creamy and you lose the flavour of the spinach. Once again, Spiros didn’t disappoint. The phyllo pastry was light, the spinach plentiful and the cheese, creamy but not overpowering.

Go get a pen and write this down: Prawns Kataifi. If you haven’t had them before, book right now and go try them tonight. Prawns wrapped in shredded phyllo pastry, deep friend and served with a dill-yogurt dip. Magical.

Tiropitakia, which I have always known to be cheese pastries, was served as more of a savoury cheese and phyllo baked “pudding” or kugel (the type you eat, not the type that you laugh at). It was very heavy and rich, a hearty starter perfect for winter. Not my fave, but not bad at all.

If anything, Spiro’s is famous for their crispy fried squid heads. If you are a health frea… I mean, health conscious, look away now. You know how the best bit about fried chicken, is the fried chicken skin? How it is crispy, but soft and juicy and flavourful. Well, this is like a little bowl of that happiness.

Spiro's Hout Bay Restaurant

Hout Bay Restaurant

Finally, we had both deep fried and grilled haloumi cheese, so we could compare the two. The haloumi itself was of an exceptional quality, not chewy at all, but soft and delicious. Obviously anything deep-fried is going to be great, but I really liked the grilled variety. I think I may have used the guise of a “comparison” as an excuse to try both. And I would do it again.

Spiro's

It took us quite some time, but after a significant period of digestion, relaxation and mental prep work, we were ready for mains.

Their chicken Souvlaki is 2 chicken skewers, basted with Extra Virgin Olive oil and lemon juice, grilled on an open flame and then served with chips, salad and Tzatziki. The flavour was spot on, but sadly the chicken itself was very dry.

chicken Souvlaki

On the other hand, the Kleftiko was MINDBLOWING. A lamb shank, with tomatoes, feta, olives and herbs, wrapped in tin foil and slow cooked for 6 hours, served with roasted potatoes. The lamb melted off the bone, the gravy was phenomenal and the potatoes were seasoned beautifully. It was an amazing dish that I am craving, as I write about it.

You would think that we stopped there, but we didn’t. Spiro’s don’t serve traditional Baklava *gasp of horror*. They serve the deconstructed version. Phyllo, caramelised nuts, honey, the whole she-bang; crushed and then topped with vanilla ice cream. It was great.

Hout Bay Restaurant Spiro's

This is going to be a strange explanation, but Spiro’s is like the El Burro of Hout Bay. It’s welcoming, the food is authentic and delicious, the owner knows all his patrons and if he doesn’t recognise someone, he makes an effort to introduce himself. Pretty much everyone who walked in, shook his hand, gave him a hug or slapped him fondly on the back. It kinda makes me wish that I lived in Hout Bay, something that no one/nothing, has ever been able to do. Spiro has a good, no great thing going and I will definitely be back for more.

PS: Oh gosh, I forgot that after Spiro saw us eyeing out the Filleto, he brought us a little portion to taste. Beef fillet basted in Extra Virgin Olive oil, lemon juice and oregano. It was so tender I almost inhaled it in one shot.

Hout Bay Restaurant Spiro's

Directions to Spiro’s
30 Main Road
Hout Bay

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Written by Kayli Vee

Copywriter at an ad agency and co-owner of the Foodblog Group. I heart oysters, gin and tonic, biltong and clever advertising.

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  1. Shame on you Spiros, Hout Bay…

    Having lived in Hout Bay for over 3 years, and having enjoyed many meals with our 4 kids (all under 6 yrs) at Spiros, I confess I’m loathe to return after our experience tonight.

    We had called at 17:20 to book a table for a quick meal at 18:00, which was promptly confirmed.

    When we arrived we were shown to the table booked under ‘David’ and immediately ordered 2no 500g steaks, while the kids headed off to the play area. These juicy steaks had always been delicious off-menu specials, but it seems they were now on the menu at R145 – but we ordered regardless.

    Having just finalised the order the Head Waiter arrived and brusquely asked my phone number; it apparently did not match the ‘David’ in Booking Register.

    There were still numerous open tables, and our kids had already gone to play in the kid’s room, so I noted that we would be very quick if his other ‘David’ wanted this specific table. He said that if were finished by 19:00, it would not be a problem, to which I readily agreed, as the kids had to go to bed, and it was only just gone 18:00.

    The food came quickly (our actual waitress was lovely), and we tucked in only to be told matter-of-factly at 18:43 that we MUST MOVE?! We had nearly finished our meal, and to move 4 little kids is a challenge, but being reasonable I moved.

    They directed us to a small 4 seater, which was now the final straw, as I was now very irritated, as this was supposed to be a quick break for the family. To add insult to injury, when I went to finish my steak, they had taken away my steak knife.

    I angrily asked the Head Waiter for a replacement, as by now the kids were unsettled and ended up not finishing their dinner and headed back to the play area. It was now 18:50, so I finished my steak and paid the bill before 19:00 as I initially agreed, but what was supposed to be a pleasant quick break with yummy food left a seriously bad taste in my mouth.

    The Manager arrived to apologise, but the Head Waiter refused to apologise, making out as if this was my fault?!

    Shame on you Spiros indeed.

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