Greece might be down but it’s by no means out. While bankers and lawyers worry about Grexit, the Greeks are – true to form – getting on with their lives and doing what they do best: great hospitality. Located on Bateman Street in Soho, Suvlaki (an Athenian style grill) has recently been revamped (featuring original, eye-catching design by Afroditi Krassa) and reopened its doors to the hungry British public.
Greeks like to eat so you can expect good food. This is Soho though, so you can equally expect quick service, tables to be turned fairly rapidly and the bill to reflect the location. Suvlaki is a meat skewer grilled over charcoal, can be eaten alone or in pita bread and is Greece’s national street food. This restaurant has created a fun menu around a simple dish, has great vibes, friendly staff and good service and is therefore perfect for the third or fourth date in.
You’re thinking Friday night; boozy, casual and hellafun and you’d be right. Meet at Suvlaki, the artwork on the facade will give you something to chat about immediately. Dive inside, bag the Naughty Corner table (squeezed in is the name of the game here so you might as well just make like a Borrower and enjoy it) and order a bottle of Greek wine – there’s a concise little menu consisting of two reds and two whites. Next: quickly order something to nibble on while you decide on what you’ll eat – kalamata olives and pita bread with tzatziki will do the trick. Move on to an assortment of suvlaki wraps or skewers (lamb, sausage, cheese or vegetarian) which are prepared over a robata-style charcoal grill. The no bun Greek burger stuffed with feta or the pita burger with lemon mustard make very pleasing alternatives. Add a couple of orders of oregano covered chips and same again for Greek salads. Feast – for tonight you are Greek! Round off the meal with a delicious coffee to boost you into your next round of drinks elsewhere. Pick from our Soho favourites such as Milroys of Soho or The Cocktail Trading Co.
Suvlaki is teeny so maybe not one for the high people? Also – they don’t serve milk for their Greek coffee so be warned – but I thought that this was a confident and proudly Greek move rather than a fault.
3. It’s one of those little life affirming Soho experiences.