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Tiny Bites: Greek goodness at Souvla, Lan Kwai Fong

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Souvla is nestled right in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong so if you’re taking the kids along, your best bet will be Saturday or Sunday lunchtime when it’s quieter, more spacious and you can navigate the streets without the rowdy drunken crowd that typically fills the streets at night!

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The décor is beautiful and warm; honey-coloured wood, a red honeycomb pattern on the walls and black leather seats, creating a modern yet comforting space. The tables are large and well spaced if you’re bringing a stroller. We were sat in a lovely, round banquette booth with a view of the open kitchen with its souvla – the Greek roasting spit – from which the restaurant takes its name. It’s a large space, able to seat 150 people, with a bar and counter tables at one end, and more family, party-friendly large tables and booths at the other.

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We had some taramasalata and hummus to start, along with melted halloumi, grilled octopus and grilled scallops. All the starters were delicious and very fresh with the taramasalata and octopus being particularly divine. The dip was not the overly fishy, lurid pink that I’ve always associated with taramasalata, but smooth and silky and perfectly seasoned. The octopus was so sweet, tender and meaty, that I almost mistook it for slices of chicken… and the kids in our party loved it!

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The starters alone are enough to fill but the mains are truly impressive. We had the lamb ribs, which was plenty for two adults and two kids. These were nicely seasoned and crispy and came with a selection of 4 sides – crispy oven potatoes, beetroot and yogurt salad, horiatiki (classic salad with feta) and Cypriot salad (with pine nuts and grains, topped with beautifully juicy, bursting pomegranate seeds) – all full of distinct flavours, fresh and healthy and perfectly balancing the meat. It was a great selection. How we managed to leave room for dessert, I’ll never know but I’m glad we did!

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The desserts are truly delightful. We opted for the Golden Greek Time, a massive, delicious, golden bomb of fried vanilla ice cream with mastiki and chocolate honeycomb, and Galaktoboureko, a warm pudding of semolina, custard, rose, berries and filo pastry confection – a perfect foil to the Golden Greek Time. They were perfect to share with kids as the servings are BIG and family-friendly. All in all, a fantastic meal and perfect for families bored of the usual pizza/chips/burger beat.

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The food was fantastic. Simple yet beautifully presented and surprisingly healthy (if you don’t order all 3 courses!). There is a very large range of dishes and you really need to come with an empty stomach because you will want to try EVERYTHING!

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No high chairs just yet but we hear that they are on order. The restaurant is better suited to slightly older children, rather than infants or babies. Entertainment placemats are also in the pipeline to keep older kids entertained.

Stroller access?
Yes… of sorts. There are some stairs at the entrance but if you’re used to toting your tot around HK, you’ll probably be unfazed!

High chairs?
On order… we suggest calling to confirm before booking.

Kids’ Menu?
No, but we found there was no need for one as the dishes are made for sharing. The meals are not heavily spiced and are very healthy – there’s something here that everyone should like.

Price range
Individual dishes start from $30 upwards, and these are definitely made for sharing with friends and family. Expect to pay $150 per head upwards for a good meal with a few courses. There is a weekly lunch buffet available, plus a Sunday brunch with free-flow champagne.

Souvla, 1/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 40 D’Aguilar Street
, Central, Hong Kong 
(Enter from Lan Kwai Fong). Tel: 2522 1823; Text bookings: 9285 8846.
www.conceptcreations.hk/souvla/souvla-lan-kwai-fong

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