Whilst many of us have been craving the taste of the Mediterranean sea air and smell of those classic Greek flavours, it all might still have to wait – well at least the former. With South African COVID-19 regulations easing to Alert Level 2, it was time to visit Pappas on the Square.


  • Pappas on the Square has been on the square ever since it opened back in 1994.
  • Feast on all-time Mediterranean favourites like Souvlaki, Pappas Chicken, Beef Moussaka and more.
  • With the country in lockdown, many might have missed the refreshed décor of Pappas on the Square.
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It’s been a gruelling time for most eateries in greater Sandton, many of which have become institutions for both locals and regular visitors. One of those is Pappas on the Square, with its great menu and perfect location, overlooking Nelson Mandela Square.


Pappas is a family-owned Mediterranean restaurant that has been in business for over three decades and in 2017, underwent a massive interior renovation designed and implemented by REIS Interiors. Whilst most have been in lockdown, many might have missed the new Pappas with its modern Greek atmosphere and traditional Greek entertainment upon request.


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The décor is fresh and contemporary, furnished with blue hues and copper details, featuring modern dining chairs and handcrafted moonrock planters on the walls – all the details have been locally sourced and manufactured. Image: The Sandton Times

In addition to this, and in the Zeitgeist of food delivery and food to go, Pappas also has Pappas on the Street which offers some all-time favourite street-food style meals to go, available on Nelson Mandela Square.


During a casual weekday dinner, The Sandton Times had a chance to taste some of the new and classic dishes that make Pappas on the Square an all-time favourite destination for those Mediterranean flavours. We’ve picked our favourites dishes and drinks!


Pita Bread with Taramasalata and Hummus

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Enjoyed any time of the day, this hors d’oeuvre sets the tone for what is to come at Pappas on the Square. Image: The Sandton Times

Lamb Phyllo Cigar and Prawns Kataifi

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Served in an authentic yet contemporary style, the Lamb Phyllo Cigar consists of Lamb, Feta, Spinach and Olives wrapped in Phyllo Pastry served with Chunky Tomato Sauce whilst the Prawns Kataifi are Prawns in Kataifi Pastry, Deep Fried with Peri Mayo Dip. Image: The Sandton Times

Pappas Melon Berry Punch

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This non-alcoholic drink is both delicious and refreshing, combining Cranberry Juice and a Strawberry Smoothie with a Watermelon Syrup. Image: The Sandton Times

Cypriot Sundowner

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As the sun sets on Sandton, this beautifully presented alcoholic Cocktail brings together Gin, Campari, Mint with Grapefruit Juice. Image: The Sandton Times


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Translated ‘the stolen lamb’ is one of Pappas must-have dishes! Slow Roasted for 7-Hours with Rosemary and Garlic, it’s an all-time classic served with roast potatoes. Image: The Sandton Times

Sea Combo

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Known for their seafood dishes, this ocean feast consists of Baby Sole, Grilled Calamari and Prawns in a Lemon Butter Sauce, best enjoyed with some rustic chips and creamed spinach. Image: The Sandton Times


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To round off the perfect Mediterranean meal, try the Ground Almonds and Spices & Syrup hugged in a Baked Phyllo Pastry, served with Vanilla Ice Cream. Image: The Sandton Times

Anyone who has eaten at Pappas on the Square knows why they have been serving up a taste of Greece for such a long time, and now with a refreshed interior, will be bringing a whole new generation of diners memorable meals.


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