Greek-inspired grill restaurant Suvlaki is to open on Brick Lane, Shoreditch, with Alfred Prasad as executive chef.
Irene Margariti and Yannis Theodorakakos opened the first Suvlaki in Soho in 2015. The 45-cover Shoreditch site is expected to open on 27 July.
Prasad will be overseeing operations as executive chef. Aged 29, he became the youngest Indian chef to receive a Michelin star, which he retained for 12 years at Tamarind restaurant in Mayfair. He left the collection in January 2017.
The new Suvlaki will serve classic Greek dishes such as suvlaki cooked over hot coals; moussaka; grilled lamb chops; Greek salad; house-made sauces, tzatziki, pitas and dips.
The Shoreditch site will also offer Mount Olympus wild boar sausage with smoked aubergine; spicy king prawn with dill and rose aioli; slow cooked aged Scottish Texel lamb with chilli beetroot, vegetable cous cous and green herb sauce; and Gloucester Old Spot pork with grated tomato, tzatziki and red onion.
Mezze plates to share include olive and citrus wood smoked eel with parsley breadcrumbs, balsamic, lemon rind and sage smoked siglino with vanilla beans and baby spinach.
Co-founder Margariti said: “Having always been a melting pot of different cultures, Brick Lane seemed a fitting location for our new home with its urban buzz and cosmopolitan vibe – everything I love about the dining culture at home in Athens. Suvlaki is all about celebrating good company and down-to-earth eating and drinking in a close, relaxed setting and we can’t wait to bring that to the area”
Suvlaki’s wine list focuses on Greek producers only, including bottles from Kokotos estate, just north of Athens and smaller regions across the country. A selection of craft beers from Greek Microbreweries include Nissos Pilsner and a Marea Ale.
The interiors will draw inspiration from modern day Athens with vintage wooden chairs paired with distressed blue marble tabletops and long banquettes. Restored mosaic flooring will lead guests through the restaurant to a second dining room at the back, housing an old reclaimed church bench for six and open kitchen.
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