Gyros with a Twist: GRK Eatery Redefines Greek Street Food
Modern Greek eatery, GRK, opened its doors in Sandton, Johannesburg in early July 2022, launching their menu with an exciting, modern twist on classic Greek street food — gyro. 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, but using a ‘new method’ of cooking the meat, with an innovative twist.
Gyro with a Twist
Although a different take on the traditional gyro, there is no compromise on that punchy gyro flavour. This ‘new method’, which was encountered by the owners in Greece five years ago, involves cleaner and more sanitary approach to cooking meat. The meat is thinly sliced, then cut on open kitchen butcher blocks with custom made half-moon knives, unique to GRK.
The new method not only offers a product that is fresher and safer, utilising only top-quality meat (prepared and grilled onsite), but also ensures that discerning diners are provided with 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.
Pork, beef, lamb, chicken and kofta gyro are offered, all served in traditional pita. The pitas, which are imported directly from Greece, contain no added sugar and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans — available in four variations – village (choriatiki), wholegrain, carob and corn. Furthermore, vegetarians and vegans have the option of falafel, traditional halloumi and mushroom.
All gyros come with a variety of dips, which have been specially adjusted to South African palates, making it more appealing. Dips include classic options such as Tzatziki (garlic, herbed or avocado) and hummus but also less traditional flavours such as yoghurt mustard and babaganoush.
For authentic yet elevated Greek street food which you can enjoy at the eatery or at home, look no further than GRK.
The menu also includes a variety of salads, all freshly prepared with top quality produce — displayed in GRK’s fruit and vegetable fridge, in their open kitchen.
GRK Contemporary Eatery
The eatery, which is owned by Greek natives, displays a fresh clean look, with interiors designed by Giorgio Tatsakis of Atelier Giorgio. The restaurant interior features 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.
The contemporary setting of GRK is largely made up of custom coloured Herringbone Wolkberg tiles. They appear on both the floor and walls, mirroring the geometric wooden detail that stretches across the ceiling above, as well as an upholstery print which is a modern take on a Greek mosaic.
The restaurant interior features ebony timber, a neutral palette and clean geometric lines.
Inspired by Greek art forms, a focal point is the organic shaped bar counter detail and the symmetrical, modular wall panel placed perfectly at the back of the arched seating booths.
Besides gyro, GRK specialises in vaflaki (freshly baked mini waffles imported from Greece), homemade Italian gelato (using imported products), as well as authentic ready-made meals, personally prepared by their in-house team of Greek chefs. For authentic yet elevated Greek street food which you can enjoy at the eatery or at home, look no further than GRK.
Location: Shop 5, Rivonia Village Shopping Centre, Corner Rivonia Boulevard and Mutual Road, Rivonia, Sandton
Contact: 010 534 7672
*To place orders or for more information call 010 534 7672 or visit GRK’s website below
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