As one of Nelson Mandela Square’s most renowned eateries, Pappas has undergone a transition to reveal a fresh and opulent new look. In the early 1980’s the restaurant rapidly gained popularity with their unconventional way of serving steak on a hot rock; an item that is back on the menu by popular demand. Over the last two months the restaurant has undergone a series of renewals, incorporating some of South Africa’s most prestigious interior design names.
The complete customer experience has always been very important to us. All of the changes we have incorporated will focus on building on the quality our regular patrons have come to expect of us; while introducing ourselves to a new generation of customers. It’s an evolution for the future of our family’s business.
Charles de Olim | Co-owner of Pappas Restaurant
The remodelling includes a new bar enrobed with plated copper as well as a bespoke semi-private dining room, perfect for client functions or special occasions. Pappas has joined forces with Reis design from Linden who have used a Mediterranean colour pallet of cobalt blues and ash wood with splashes of copper in their conceptualisation. Reis Design went on a search across South Africa selecting tailored elements from the eclectic team at Dokter and Missus as well as the wood whisperer himself David Krynauw based in Johannesburg.
Meanwhile, the family quartet of Ria, Charles, Evros and Angie have been hard at work developing new menu items that resonate with their continued passion for the industry. The new menu will be subdivided in Small and Medium plates filled with popular meze items and appetisers as well as including Pappas’ Famous Steaks, and their famed fish dishes. Remaining true to their roots some of the new menu highlights are Trout Ceviche with lime and coriander; Feta Cheese in Phyllo infused with Mastiha; and Beef Ribs to name a few. Those with a sweet tooth can also look forward to the Greek take on the donut hole, Loukoumades & some fusion plates like the Mastiha Panacotta. Mastiha (pronounced ma-stee-ha) is a resin (or gum) gathered from the mastic tree, a small evergreen tree native to Greece and the Mediterranean region.