Some of us, myself included, did auditions in Sea Point to become DJs at Radio Good Hope, became trainee DJs and had to go to Sea Point at least once a week for a training session in one of their studios. It was during one of these trips that I was introduced to Aris Souvlaki by one of my fellow trainees. Not a 5 star venue by any stretch of the imagination. No, expect plastic over the red and white check table cloths, thimble sized wine glasses and plastic grapes hanging from the ceiling. But the food was out of this world. Their souvlakis and shwarmas were the best I've ever eaten, the pitas loaded with garlicy tzatziki and chopped tomatoes.
|Aris Souvlaki in Sea Point, South Africa. Photo from here|
Those were the days! Well, I'm sure if I looked really hard, I could find a Greek restaurant in Taipei somewhere, but I'm sure that their souvlakis and shwarmas would not be as tasty as Aris' in Sea Point.
Last night I had a craving for those souvlakis, so I tried my own. Now, I really couldn't be asked to bake my own pita bread tonight and I didn't do the tzatziki either (even though it is dead easy to make). I simply didn't have the time. But by all means, serve these souvlakis with pita or some fresh bread, chopped totatoes and some tzatziki.
- 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- the juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 1 Tbsp unflavoured yoghurt (I had nome and actually substituted it with 1 Tbsp mascarpone)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- Mix everything together in a zip lock bag and marinate it for about an hour or overnight in the fridge.
- Skewer the meat and discard remaining marinade. Remember to soak bamboo skewers before using to prevent them from burning.
- Preheat a griddle pan (no oil needed if non stick) until screaming hot. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes a side. Serve with fresh pita bread, chopped tomatoes and big dollops op tzatziki. Alternatively, remove the skewers and serve with some mixed salad leaves as a light meal.
Aris Souvlaki can be found at, 83A Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town.
Telephone: +27 (0)21 439-6683