Modern Greek eatery GRK opened its doors in Sandton, Johannesburg earlier this month, with an innovative gyro menu, offering classic Greek street food with an exciting modern twist.

A classic gyro is usually made from meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie and served wrapped or stuffed in pita bread. The owners saw an opportunity to make the gyro the star of the show, via the “new method” of cooking the meat, discovered by the owners in Greece five years ago.

The new method offers a product that is fresher and safer utilising only top-quality meat prepared and grilled on flat grills onsite. The meat is thinly sliced and then cut on open kitchen butcher blocks with custom-made half-moon knives, unique to GRK. This method of cooking is cleaner and more sanitary, offering discerning diners safe and great-tasting food, in a modern, upmarket, yet casual setting. 

Although a different take on the traditional gyro, there is no compromise on that punchy gyro flavour, and GRK offers pork, beef, lamb, chicken and kofta gyro, all served in traditional pita, imported directly from Greece.  They contain no added sugar, are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and come in four variations: village (choriatiki), wholegrain, carob and corn, each containing their own nutritional values. Furthermore, for vegetarians and vegans, falafel, traditional halloumi and mushroom options are offered, which are equally as delicious as the meat options. All gyros come with a variety of dips, which have been specially adjusted to South African palates, making it more relevant. Dips include classic options such as Tzatziki (garlic, herbed or avocado) and hummus but also less traditional flavours such as yoghurt mustard and babaganoush. Added to this simple menu, is a variety of salads which are all freshly prepared with top quality produce, displayed in GRK’s fruit and vegetable feature display fridge, situated within the open kitchen.

The eatery, which is owned by Greek natives, displays a fresh clean look with interiors designed by Giorgio Tatsakis of Atelier Giorgio, featuring ebony timber, a neutral palette, and clean geometric lines.

“Inspired by, and paying reference to Greek art forms, the intention of the space was to steer away from the traditional ‘blue and white’ aesthetic that one generally sees and associates with a Greek restaurant, and modernize it, just like the food.” Comments Giorgio.

Besides gyro, GRK also specialise in Vaflaki (freshly baked mini waffles imported from Greece), homemade Italian gelato (using imported products), as well as authentic ready-made meals which are personally prepared by their in-house team of Greek chefs, ready for you to grab-on-the-go or enjoy at the eatery.

For authentic yet elevated Greek street food which you can enjoy at the eatery or at home via their deli options, look no further than GRK.  Visit www.grk.restaurant.