Suvlaki

Restaurants, Greek Brick Lane
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A modern Greek restaurant on Brick Lane.

Britain might have really gotten its head around excellent street food in the last five years or so, but the Greeks have had it nailed since they started mass-peddling souvlaki in the 1950s. Take meat, add tzatziki and salad, roll up in a pillowy pitta, bite in and yell ‘YUM!’.

Brick Lane’s newest Hellenic eatery has named itself after the dish – minus the ‘o’ – and opened a dinky, fun dining room that’s the sister to a Soho branch. There’s a real sense of fun to the place: smiley staff, buzzy conversation, a tucked away booth labelled the ‘Naughty Corner’... and that’s before you realise that the menu offers shots of ouzo for £3. The food was good-to-average: the pulled pork and orzo pasta combo of ‘pork kritharaki’ was all melty brilliance and the lamb chops came beautifully pink, salty as a sailor’s brow and served with a slice of lemon, in authentic Greek style.

The souvlaki range was surprisingly variable for a supposed signature dish, though, with a spicy prawn version featuring chewy crustaceans suffocated by a vast pile of mega-greasy, deep-fried kale. But kormos (chocolate biscuit cake) came with shots of mastiha liqueur for £3. Which perhaps explains the reason that, as we left, one female diner was attempting to dance with a waitress. We’ll say this about the place: it definitely has a party vibe. Will its souvlaki make you want to yell ‘YUM!’? Depends on which one you order.

By: Alexi Duggins

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Venue name: Suvlaki
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Address: 161 Brick Lane
Spitalfields
London
E1 6SB
Transport: Shoreditch High Street Overground
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.
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tastemaker

Funnily enough the souvlaki was the most disappointing thing on the menu, but it's worth a visit for the fluffy pita and unreal halloumi bites alone. The rooftop is great on a sunny evening and the Greek white wine was unexpectedly good too. The Greek salad was lacking in feta, but, honestly, those halloumi bites. I'll be going back for more.



This is the sister restaurant to Suvlaki in Soho which I'd heard very good things about so when I looked on the website to find that they also had a restaurant in Shoreditch I couldn't wait to visit. This restaurant is set at the end of the very bustling Brick Lane which is a great location. On entering you immediately smell the wonderful aromas of the food. We were greeted by Giulia who was an absolute delight and looked after us so well throughout our lunch. She showed us to our table which was the Naughty Corner a great little alcove set out for Two people. We looked at the menu which is Greek Tapas and just wanted to try as many dishes as we could although the advice we were given was between 3 & 5 plates per person depending on how hungry you are. After consulting with Giulia we chose a good variety of dishes . We started with a selection from the Small Plates section which were a Mediterranean Baked Feta , Courgette Fritters & the Olive & Citrus Wood Smoked Eel. All three dishes were amazing as was the Greek Salad side dish and the Pita Bread with Tzatziki We then moved on to the Suvlaki section where we had the Corn Fed Chicken & the Mount Olympus Wild Boar skewers both delicious. You could also have these as mini wraps or even a regular wrap but as we were sharing it was easier to have the skewers The next section of the menu is the Signature dishes and these are a must especially the Spicy Lamb Chops which were stunning so a big thanks to Giulia for the recommendation. I also had to to have the Octopus which is a big favourite of mine and I would feel like I missed out if I didn't try it and I'm so glad I did it was simply delicious Now it was time for dessert of which you only have three to choose from but the ones we chose were delightful. The Chocolate Biscuit Cake and the Orange & Almond Cake paired with a shot of Mastiha a fabulous Greek Liqueur This ended our time in the Naughty Corner and what was also an excellent lunch where the food and service was amazing. I would highly recommend this place as it's everything you would expect from a small and friendly Greek restaurant and I for one hope to return soon. A final thanks to Giulia plus compliments to the chef 🇬🇷

Tastemaker

I've been meaning to try Suvlaki for a while and finally got my chance last week. It took me a looooong time to choose what I wanted because everything on the menu sounds so damn good! I settled on the wild boar wrap and I was not disappointed. The flavour was incredible and, even better, they did not scrimp on the meat like some places do. Add to this the incredibly friendly staff, including Irene who I had a lovely chat with, and this place is one that I see becoming a regular for me :)