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REVIEW: Suvlaki, Brick Lane

Suvlaki shoreditch

WHAT? Suvlaki’ – which means ’little skewer’ or simply ’stick’ offers fresh, healthy, and responsibly sourced Greek dishes in a pretty little spot on Brick Lane, served up by to Athenians totally obsessed with food. 

WHERE: Occupying the site that once housed Swedish coffee spot Fika, Suvlaki – which means ’little skewer’ or simply ’stick’ – offers authentic street food within bricks and mortar. 

Suvlaki shoredtich

WHY GO? To hole up with your significant other in the ‘Naughty Corner’, scoffing delicious plates of meat, fresh pita, hummus and Greek salad. Stand-out small plates include lightly battered courgette fritters, pulled pork with orzo and wild oregano, and Mediterranean baked Feta.

We devoured the vegetarian moussaka, generously smothered in smoke graviera, and spicy lamb chops doused in chilli flakes, thyme and lemon. Next came octopus with fav, rock samphire and baby rocket, followed by a selection of mini wraps and skewers including cord-fed chicken, Mount Olympus wild boar and aged Scottish Texel lamb.

ANYTHING ELSE? It’s worth saving room for dessert, the Chocolate Dome of Greek salted biscuit, chocolate mousse and walnut being enough to satisfy any sweet tooth. Not to be missed is the orange and almond cake, moist crumbs soaking up soft vanilla ice cream. Order a shot of mastiha to aid the Herculean task of rolling oneself home, then be sure to tell your friends – we hope this place is here to stay.

DETAILS: 161 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SB /

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