21 Bateman Street, offering a menu of quality Greek streetfoods, with an emphasis on souvlaki, has just opened in the heart of Soho. This delicious, healthy way to enjoy food on the go is prepared over a robata-style grill, and can be enjoyed eating in or taken away. More information, and a full menu, can be found at www.21batemanstreet.co.uk
Souvlaki – which simply means ‘skewer’ or ‘stick’ – are freshly made daily on the premises, and cooked over charcoal. Pork, lamb, chicken or vegetarian (tomato, mastelo cheese, pepper, onion and mushroom) souvlaki can be served simply on their own, or wrapped in authentic Greek flatbread with tzatziki, mint yoghurt or mustard sauce.
Other starters and sharing dishes range from pitta bread and Kalamata olives to baked feta or wild boar sausage, with more substantial options including a three meat burger (also available stuffed with feta) and a daily special. To finish, as in Greece, there’s yoghurt with a selection of toppings of the day, such as honey and home made stewed fruits.
To suit the casual surroundings, the drinks list is short, with two red and two white Greek wines (priced from £4.20), and Fix beer (brewed in Greece). Greek tea is available, alongside coffee.
The café-style dining area is small, with 22 seats at tables and benches. Reservations can be made for groups of six or more. Plans are in hand to launch a Greek music night on Tuesday evenings, with a live band.
21 Bateman Street has been opened by a group of friends from Greece who have been living in London and identified a lack of Greek options in the burgeoning casual dining scene.
21 Bateman Street is open daily from midday, until midnight Sunday – Thursday, and until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.