Published on August 12th, 2015 | by Gavin0
Suvlaki Athenian Grill, Soho
Summary: Finally an authentic Greek street food experience in London
Authentic Greek kebabs are few and far between in London. Having spent a number of summer holidays on the Greek islands, I’ve longed for the day when proper pita wraps reached our shores. I had grown tired after years of fruitless searching, but after attending the launch of Suvlaki Athenian Grill in Soho last month, I think my prayers have finally been answered.
Suvlaki is the brainchild of Yannis Theodorakakos, a former finance exec who is dedicated to bringing the Athenian street food experience to a London audience. The kitchen is headed up by Chef Elias Mamalakis, a popular TV personality and published author, so there is plenty of pedigree behind the venue. The concept of Suvlaki is pretty simple, it’s named after the Greek delicacy suvlaki (or souvlaki) which is just skewered meat grilled over charcoal; it may seem basic but it’s so much more than that.
Walking through the door, Suvlaki is half kebab shop, half taverna; the menu boards above the open kitchen remind me of my local takeaway, but the smart seating area is a vast improvement on Ozzie’s Kebabs. The menu is kept basic, which is how I prefer things; you’ll find a variety of grilled meat skewers including pork, chicken, and wild boar with the option to upgrade to a pita wrap, as well as a choice of Mediterranean salads.
I’m not a great fan of Greek wine but luckily they also sell ouzo and some pretty good beer from Greek microbreweries. My personal recommendation would be to give the Fix lager a try if you order the Wild Boar sausage.
Coincidentally I had got back from Athens the week before taking a trip to Suvlaki, and can confidently say the pita wraps tasted just as good as the ones from Monastiraki flea market. And the best part about it is the prices weren’t markedly different either. If you take away, a regular sized wrap is only £6.20 which is insane value for such good quality cuisine.
I didn’t need much convincing when I heard that there was now a proper Greek kebab house in town, but Suvlaki has far exceeded my expectations. If your only experience of a kebab is a greasy, tasteless doner, then get down to Suvlaki without haste, your mind will be blown!
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