I’ve worked on Brick Lane for just over a year and have loved exploring all the spots for food and cocktails in the area. As you probably know, Brick Lane is well known for Indian cuisine and there are so many great places to have a curry! However, the newly opened branch of Suvlaki has brought a much needed Greek food spot to the area and I visited this week to see what they have on offer.
Suvlaki exterior – find it next to the bagel shops!
Suvlaki opened its first branch in Soho two years ago and the Brick Lane venture launched in July. My good friend Ashley invited me for dinner there and, knowing that she loves eating everything in the world like I do, I jumped at the chance and couldn’t wait to try their menu!
In the interests of being totally honest, the founder of the restaurant is Ashley’s brother-in-law. However, I can assure you that this post is completely unbiased, and once you visit Suvlaki yourself, you’ll definitely agree that the food is completely amazing!
The new restaurant has been designed by the award-winning Afroditi Krassa (who has also designed the interiors of brands including Dishoom and Itsu) and it shows – it’s lovely. The soft blue theme is modern and also contains some nods to the eatery’s Greek heritage. Find out more about Afroditi’s work at Suvlaki here.
Dining area at Suvlaki
We were seated in the ‘Naughty Corner’, a private table for two tucked away from the bustle of the main restaurant but still close enough to soak up the atmosphere, and I’d definitely ask for this table if you’re on a date or, like Ashley and I, have a lot to catch up on and chat about!
Obviously they seated me here…
The menu consists of lots of small/sharing plates as well as the suvlaki themselves – described by the restaurant as ‘a mouth-watering meat skewer eaten on its own or in a delicious pita wrap’, and we ordered A LOT (don’t judge). It was completely worth it though, as soon as the food started coming I knew it was going to be a great meal.
We started with some small plates – Courgette Fritters, Prawn Saganaki and Baked Feta, accompanied with pitta bread. I was on the white wine and Ashley on the red, and the food paired well with both. It was gorgeous. Oh, we also got some Cheese Nibbles too – grilled mastelo (which I haven’t tried before but is amazing!) skewered in pitta with fig marmalade. Yum.
Baked Feta and Pitta Bread
We then moved onto Roasted Aubergine, stuffed with pomegranate, hazelnut and feta, with a Chickpea Salad. Both really tasty, and we were also lucky enough to be given a taster portion of white aubergine too. These are seasonal and rare (I didn’t even know they existed!) but Suvlaki have got them and they are DELICIOUS.
White Aubergine stuffed with Pomegranate and Feta, Chickpea Salad
We followed up with Lamb Chops, Vegetable Moussaka (potentially my favourite dish), and finally we chose the Spicy Prawn Suvlaki – really juicy prawns on a bed of crispy kale. All of them lived up to the previous dishes and I was seriously impressed with everything we ate.
Vegetable Moussaka, Chickpea Salad, Prawn Suvlaki
So yes, we ordered a lot. In our defence they are small plates and you’re meant to order several…..plus in the interests of this post I needed to try a bit of everything (that’s my excuse anyway) It was all absolutely beautiful and when the dessert menu arrived it seemed rude not to, so we shared the Chocolate Biscuit Cake which was served with Greek coffee ice cream and was a tasty finish to an amazing meal.
Chocolate Biscuit Cake
Although this wasn’t a super cheap dinner like you may find elsewhere on Brick Lane, the food is very reasonably priced especially considering how tasty it is (did I mention that?)
This restaurant is going to be seriously popular like its sister in Soho which is always absolutely jam-packed, and I’d definitely recommend visiting asap before everybody in East London finds out how fab it is. I’ll definitely be back soon to try the rest of the small plates (maybe all in one visit!)
Suvlaki Brick Lane review
Perfect for: Greek eats in Shoreditch, date night, a catch up dinner or lunch with friends.
Experience Suvlaki for yourself at 161 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SB.