I hit up Souvlaki Bar just after midnight in the small hours of Boxing Day 2020. It’s one of a few restaurants that are open late into the night, staffed by its regular crew within normal hours and a culturally and linguistically diverse cohort after hours. I feel like we shared a connection, working Christmas and Boxing days in what is essentially a service job (ED fast track).
Service was fast as I was the only customer of the two South Asian women working in this Greek restaurant. They were quite accommodating of my request of one dish to have there and one to take home.
Souvlaki Bar’s Lamb Yiros ($12 with the addition of tabouli) was alright for a late night feed but not great. The meat I felt was too heavily marinated and tasty, whereas the tzatziki sauce was too mild. It felt quite imbalanced, with different bites producing quite different flavour profiles (the bites with salad and not meat were quite plain, whereas the bites with meat and not salad were too salty). The serving of meat was quite generous, though I think that for $11 tabouli should have been included.
The chicken double souvlaki ($14 with tabouli) with chilli sauce was not very good. It consisted of pita bread wrapped around two chicken skewers. Tabouli was again a dollar extra on top of the $13 price tag. I felt like the chicken souvlaki skewers were too dry. The chicken wasn’t juicy at all, and this was generally a disappointment.
It’s 1AM, you’ve just worked eight hours in the local emergency department on Christmas Day, and you’ll be back again that night. You just want food in your mouth, and Souvlaki Bar provides that, but not much more.
78 The Grand Parade, Brighton-Le-Sands NSW 2216
(02) 9567 7988