If you needed one more reason to visit Soho for dinner then Suvlaki is it. Recently opened at 21 Bateman Street, this Athenian Grill’s aim is to bring the best Greek souvlaki to the streets of London.
The first thing you’ll notice about the restaurant is its size: teeny in comparison to some of its neighbours but perfectly formed and strikingly designed. The team have managed to utilise the small space to its full potential and with that, have created something rather cosy and marvellous. It’s the type of place you’re going to knock knees or make a few friends on the table next to you so don’t be afraid – for one night only, you’re in Greece. Go with it!
The menu is split conveniently into Skewers, Wraps, Signature Dishes, Salads, Snacks and Sides, though that didn’t make our choosing any easier. When we finally came to order (with the help of a carafe of their Alpha Estate Malagouzia 2014 white wine) we were well and truly ravenous. Our starter of Pita Bread with Tzatziki came (thankfully) almost immediately, warm and ready to scoop up the dip. Next to arrive was the Baked Feta, the unanimous winner of the night (trust us – it’s not a maybe, it’s a must) – we loaded the warm, gooey feta onto the pita and rolled our eyes back with utter content. From the skewers list we ordered the Wild Boar Sausage, Pork with lemon glaze and Vegetarian – all delicious, but we have to hand it to the veggie option, it held its own quite nicely. Our final meat dish was the much recommended Lamb Shoulder Suvlaki from the signature dishes: 200g of tender lamb just ready to be pulled off the skewer. Teamed with a side of Greek salad, it topped off a sublime meal.
Whilst it’s likely you’ll be stuffed by the time the question of desserts crops up, don’t think about missing out on the Chocolate Biscuit Cake with homemade Greek coffee ice cream, this would definitely be a crime – seriously, we decided to share and instantly regretted our foolish decision. Pair with the Samos Nectar (2009) dessert wine and we guarantee you’ll leave with nothing but fond memories of Suvlaki.
21 Bateman Street, W1D 3AL | www.suvlaki.co.uk