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About Souvla, San Francisco

Souvla (Greek: σούβλα) is a popular dish from Cyprus. It consists of large pieces of meat cooked on a long skewer over a charcoal barbecue. It differs from the popular Greek dish souvlaki, in that meat cuts are much larger and slow cooked for a much longer period at a greater distance from the hot charcoal. Traditional souvla is made from the neck and shoulder of lamb, pork and chicken. The meat is cut on the bone into chunks about the size of a medium onion (optional). The meat must be put on a fire charcoal called foukou (Greek: φουκου), then its weight is evenly distributed on the rotisserie, it cooks evenly on the foukou. The meat is put as far as possible from the charcoal at first. After it is sizzling, it is lowered down to the charcoal so that the skin on the meat goes brown. The process takes between 90 minutes and 3 hours depending on the type of meat, size and heat of fire. Salt, aromatics (such as oregano), oil, and wine are sprinkled or brushed on the meat once the cooking process is well under way. That way the meat stays juicy and does not brown too quickly. Over time, various localities have developed their own recipes, which tend to vary the spices added to the meat marinade. A popular variant is Lysiotiki souvla, originating from the village of Lysi. Typically, souvla in Greece refers to a whole spit-roasted lamb (ovelias, in Greek "Οβελίας") for Easter and other major holidays or specialist restaurants; the Greek dish most similar to souvla is kontosouvli, large pieces of pork cut from the bone, and kokoretsi (lamb innards/offal rolled into a large sausage), or a speciality of the cook in that region of the country. Cypriots mostly eat Souvla to celebrate occasions such as Christmas, Easter etc.


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Address: 517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

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  • Always busy but queue moves pretty fast. Wait around for a table to empty or if it’s nice, take your food or to the nearby park. Great veggie options in the sweet potato salad bowl and Greek salad side. Fries with garlic yogurt sauce are delicious too!

  • My favorite in the area, which says a lot! Hayes Valley has a lot of strong contenders. - Food is the bomb. But then again I particularly love Mediterranean food so this is slightly unfair. Can't go wrong with either the sandwiches or the salad which are both super tasty and not too terribly unhealthy (and for all you health nuts you can ask for the feta, yogurt dressing, and olive oil on the side). - Great value / portion sizes. Sandwiches $10-13, salads +$1. - Super busy and yet always friendly, crazy fast service. I once ordered pickup for ~12 people and the order was received, completed, and ready for pickup in just 20 minutes.

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  • Had the chicken with Greek fries. The chicken tasted fresh and fries were really tasty. I did a pick up order on a Saturday and got there just as they were about to close. The place was full. I liked how easy the order to pick up process was. I'll definitely stop by whenever I'm in town again.

  • Wonderful service and food! Was splitting a salad with a friend and they offered to divided it into 2 plates. The salad was delicious and the portions are at a reasonable price.

  • I had an incredibly tasty salad bowl with lamb, and a beer. Decent value and lovely friendly casual atmosphere. Best thing I've tasted in a while.

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