The only thing I like more than writing about food is eating it and luckily for me I get to eat at a lot of good places week in and week out. And, while I do like a good fancy-pants dining experience it’s always the low-key spots that get me most excited. The type of places I know I will go back to on my own dime time and time again. BBQ Workshop in Rivonia is that kind of place for me. I found this casual eatery while browsing Zomato in search of a laid-back spot to enjoy lunch with the boyfriend and was instantly obsessed. After my first visit I went back just 2 days later for more… it’s that good! Trust me, if you love Greek food and all things meaty then you cannot go another day without trying BBQ Workshop.
The best thing about BBQ Workshop is their oh-so-flexible menu. You can custom make a dish to suit your tastes and how hungry you are with absolute ease and I love it! Pen in hand, the large paper menu allows you to pick it, tick it, and order it in two simple steps. Simply write your name and table number on your menu sheet and then tick off everything you want to order to create your very own barbeque feast. Diners can choose from a wide selection of options such as pitas, souvlaki (meat skewers), gyro (meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie), ribs, chicken wings, steaks, seafood, club sandwiches, burger sliders, salads, and starters and add a delicious array of sauces, sides, and more to create a plate to suit any taste.
The boyfriend and I were after something light and opted to share an open plate meal which included three 130g chicken souvlaki, a bowl of tahini sauce, chips, tomato, red onions, and pita bread for just R110! We added an extra pita for R8 and some drinks to wash it all down and got away with a lunch for two for just R150. We were both suitably full after what was actually quite a lot of grub and couldn’t stop raving about our experience to family and friends for the next few days. The chicken skewers on our plate were super succulent and packed with flavour, they also paired beautifully with the tahini dip and the soft, fluffy pita bread.
Instead of souvlaki, the open plate meals can also be ordered with gyro, homemade ribs, or even 1/2 roasted chicken and 1/2KG pork ribs and vary in price according to your meat choice. The dish also comes with a selection of dips including hummus, smoked brinjal, and Tzatziki. If the open plate meals aren’t up your alley and you’re with a large group of people then I’d suggest tackling the menu tapas style and ordering a selection of starters (which include fried calamari, dolmades, Keftedes, and falafel), a selection of souvlaki meat options (choose from chicken, pork, beef, and lamb), a salad, some pita breads, and a selection of dips and sauces. It’s a great way to feed a large group of people without breaking the bank and you’ll be able to customise your choices to a variety of different tastes.
If you’ve got space then you can’t leave without trying their legendary Vaflaki (mini waffles). Those in the know come from far and wide just for a taste of this yummy dessert treat paired with a variety of gelato flavours and syrups. You can order Vaflaki to go or enjoying it at your table after your meal. The dish starts from R35 and is available in Plain Jane, Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate or Double Trouble. For a real indulgent treat add a scoop of Gelato (choose from flavours like Fresh Cream, Fresh Banana, Fresh Strawberries and Nutella) and finish it off with a swirl of strawberry, blueberry, hazelnut, or caramel syrup.
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.