Smashing Plates

Usually, breaking plates in praise of a musician or dancer is considered part of "kefti" - the irrepressible expression of emotion and joy. A plate might also be broken when two lovers parted so that they would be able to recognise each other by matching the two halves even if many years passed before they met again. Small slintt versions of the mysterious Phaistos disk are used by modern Greek Jewellers this way, with one half kept and worn by each couple.

Breaking plates is also an act which implies abundance - "we have so many plates we can break them!" - similar to lighting a fire with a piece of paper money. In English, the phrase "getting smashed" is slang for getting drunk. It is said that it was first used one morning by a traveller who had a little too much ouzo or tsikoudia, and woke up among the fragments of the previous night's revels, feeling as broken up as the plates around him.

At The Greek plate breaking can be done whenever you are in the mood - ask your waitron for more information - or attend our special Plate Breaking and Greek evenings. Leave your mobile number and e-mail address on the back of your bill and we'll invite you to attend. We do provide catering for birthdays, special occasions, and other celebrations on request.

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    George is your host and what a host he proves to be, the man is everything you think when you think “Greek restaurateur” with equal parts humour, enthusiasm and genuine passion for people and food. It’s not Santorini-by-the-sea but rather everything it promises to be, a great ambience with an alfresco dining area that is comfortable and conducive to a festive night out.

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    A couple of weeks ago I was in Jeffreys Bay with my family and we decided to go restaurant hunting. As we spotted the Greek, I could only think of one thing “Get him to the Greek”. I said to myself that I got myself to the Greek, I would have just as much bragging rights as Russel Brand. The restaurant was magnificently set out and gives you the sense of being in a Mediterranean country.

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    How do you know if a Greek restaurant in Jeffreys Bay (or any other place in the world outside Greece) is really good? Well, first if you walk past the restaurant on a Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm, and it is completely filled with patrons ---- while other nearby restaurants are nearly empty and waiting for dinner guests in a couple hours.Second, if you walk into the restaurant and hear people speaking Greek at several tables.