After a night out on the town, some would say, nothing on earth compares to a big, fat, greasy souvlaki.
Fitzroy’s Brunswick street is home to some of Melbourne’s best venues, for an evening out and the subsequent 4 am souvlaki that follows.
Four shops near the corner of Brunswick and Johnson Streets dominate Fitzroy’s souvlaki game, each bringing a special style and flavour to one of the world’s most loved hangover cures.
At the Yarra Reporter, we have selflessly sacrificed our Saturday morning to talk to locals and comprehensively taste test each souvlaki to answer once and for all which is best!
Lambs on Brunswick, located at 314 Brunswick Street, serves your traditional, no frills souvlaki with a choice of home made sauces.
Richmond local and late night souvlaki enthusiast Lucas Anderson said Lambs on Brunswick is your best bet for a late night feed.
“Lambs is my favourite spot, the guys in there are super efficient and always send your food out fast.”
“My only issue with lambs is that sometimes I find they char their meat slightly too much,” Lucas said.
Of the four shops on Brunswick street, Lambs sits right in the middle value wise with a souvlaki starting at $11.
The Real Greek Souvlaki at 315 Brunswick Street offers a slightly more upmarket souvlaki, as well as an array of moreish sweets and treats including homemade baklava and kataifi.
The Real Greek Souvlaki is slightly more expensive than Lambs with standard souvlaki’s starting at $12.
However, Fitzroy locals Jacob Friest and Andrea Crocco believe the one dollar premium is entirely justified.
“Of all the shops on the strip Real Greek easily has the most appetising spread – all the food looks really fresh and you can tell everything’s hand-made.”
“Out of the four, Real Greek is the place to go,” they said.
Chubbys Kebab, Pizza and HSP might be the best value on Brunswick Street, with the going rate for a souvlaki at a measly $9.50, but regular Chubbys’ customer and Fitzroy local Adam Crew said that there’s a clear reason the souvlakis are the cheapest on the strip.
“At the end of the day Chubbys is cheap and nasty, it’s the kind of place you go late at night and it tastes good at the time, but you pay for it the next day.”
“In saying that I think they have the best bread on the strip, particularly the Turkish bread,” Adam said.
Souvlaki King at 311 Brunswick Street also serves souvlaki’s starting at $11, however locals know that this isn’t value-for-money.
Lucas Anderson said that of the four shops on the strip, Souvlaki King is easily the most forgettable.
“Souvlaki King is alright, but it’s not the first place I would be going, in fact it’s probably the fourth,” Lucas said.
All four souvlaki shops on Brunswick Street are open until 5 am, so if you’re ever feeling so hangry you could ‘squirrel grip’ your brother we at The Yarra Reporter would recommend The Real Greek Souvlaki.
Written by Joseph Regan