Souvlaki GR, St Kilda
Food: Pita and mixed dips, Loukanikos, saganaki, chicken souva, lamb souva
You’d be easily tricked into thinking Souvlaki GR is just a take out joint but it opens up behind that meat spit and service counter into a 40 seater casual dining area, and they’ve got a liquor license too. The menu is classic Greek food – souvas, meat mains, saganaki, loukanikos and tzatziki. They seem to have a decent set of regulars after their year of trading and one customer had even travelled there on a recommendation that it was “the best souvlaki”. At less than $10 each they’re certainly affordable but we were keen to see how their taste held up.
Being Greek food lovers we ate quite a feast starting out with with the pita and mixed dips and the greek sausage. The food came super quick and we were soon stuffing our faces. Portions for the entrees were generous and we’re pleased to say they tasted super yummy too! The spicy feta dip was a real winner – something a little different, but served with an eggplant and a more traditional tzatziki dip too. The loukanikos were well flavoured, the spice being just a tickle on your tongue rather than blowing your head off.
We then moved on to the saganaki and the souvas (one chicken and one lamb). The saganaki was perhaps a little tough, but that’s easy to overlook as it’s one of the yummiest things ever! We loved how easy to eat the souvlaki were, they were compact, and while we enjoyed dining in, they are definitely something we’d grab and take to the beach on a nice day, confidant we wouldn’t spill them everywhere. They offered such good value, both were nicely cooked, but we felt the lamb just had the edge on the flavour.
We loved how there was a mix of light bites and main meals on the menu, and that the take away and dine-in menus were adjusted accordingly (mains are only available if you dine in, and there are more single serve options and smaller items available on the take away menu, but souvas are the same on both).
Staff were so cheerful and pleased to help, clearly explaining to customers exactly how the souvlaki are served and allowing them to make changes where necessary. Not only is it kind on your wallet, it’s an enjoyable, relaxing dining experience and one of the best casual eateries we’ve been too!
Address: 78 Acland Street, St Kilda
Mon 10am to midnight
Tue 10am to midnight
Wed 10am to midnight
Thu 10am to midnight
Fri 10am to 2am
Sat 10am to 2am
Sun 10am to midnight
Parking: Most of the nearby parking is paid parking, although you may find a street park if you get lucky. If you don’t mind a walk, you should easily be able to park near to St Kilda Botanical Gardens which is about a 10 minute walk away.
Getting here on PT: Ideally located on the 96, 3/3a and 16 tram route, it’s a easy reach from the CBD.
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Souvlaki GR, St Kilda. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a cafe won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.