Soul Souvlaki was originally conceptualised as a market stall, dedicated to serving Greek-inspired street food to the hip food connoisseurs at the Maboneng Market on Main. Since 2012, this brand has expanded to four cafe stores located around Johannesburg.
Soul Souvlaki Bedfordview
I recently treated my life-long best friend to a mid-week dinner out at Soul Souvlaki Bedfordview. We were quite ashamed to discover that this quaint side-street cafe has been in operation since August 2018 (we both drive past it almost every day!). Nevertheless, we headed off enthusiastically, having studied their online menu beforehand with eager excitement to try something new.
Before I delve into an in-depth analysis of our eating experience, there are a few disclaimers that need to be made. Firstly, we are huge fans of Mediterranean cuisine — especially the cheeses. Seeing that Soul Souvlaki includes offerings of grilled halloumi and feta cheeses on their one-page menu, we were bound to be impressed. Secondly, we love sharing platters. Not only do they cater to our student budgets, we also get to taste a little bit of everything without feeling too piggish!
A Great Sharing Experience
Naturally, we ordered the restaurant's meze ''create a plate'' platter option. We chose a combination of lamb skewers, grilled chilli feta, pita breads, rocket salad, eggplant dip and potato wedges. I also ordered a Greek coffee to add to the authenticity of the experience. While I found the unfiltered texture of the coffee slightly off-putting, the taste was surprisingly sweet. This was great, since I am currently dedicated to a low-sugar eating plan (sigh).
Our platter arrived in good time, brimming with our chosen enticing nibbles. Now, I must admit that we have eaten our fair share of potato wedges together over the years of our friendship, and Soul Souvlaki's are undoubtedly some of the best we have tried. The lamb skewers were perfectly cooked and the chilli feta added a lovely extra kick and creaminess to the whole meal. Overall, we greatly enjoyed our mini feast and have promised to go back for more.
An Air of The Nostalgic
Unfortunately, we were far too full and short on time to sample any of the cafe's desserts. The atmosphere of the place lends itself to long discussions and the joyful passing of time. Although the indoor restaurant is rather dimly lit, it is, nonetheless, a welcoming environment, thanks to the care and attention of the waitpersons and restaurant manager. If you are looking for a break from the noise and chaos of shopping mall restaurants, Soul Souvlaki Bedfordview is a must-visit spot. The nostalgic vibe of this neighbourhood cafe has definitely left an indelible impression on both myself and my friend. We almost hope that it doesn't become too popular with the locals!
Soul Souvlaki Bedfordview is open Monday to Sunday from 11:00 AM. Find them at 2 Hawley Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.
Contact: Tel (010) 595 1189 | Email: [email protected]
Images courtesy of Soul Souvlaki