Pies, burgers and chips have been staple foods of English football for an eternity. The quick, easy-to-cook grub has warmed the bellies of millions of heartbroken and jubilant fans – and will continue to do so.
But, like the sport itself, there is always room to evolve; for a shake-up of the system. One Midlands club on board with change is Birmingham City FC, having announced a number of new street food vendors at St Andrew’s.
One yet to make an appearance, however, is Street Kitchen Brother’s popular Kouzina Greek Meze, located in the Bullring. Ahead of its rollout at the Blues ground next month, we decided to see what the Selfridges restaurant has to offer.
Will honey baklava be a new fan-favourite? Or will Pukka Pies continue to rule the roost?
Kouzina Greek Meze review
I’ve always found eating in a shopping centre to be a necessity, rather than out of choice. The hustle and bustle of the Bullring, for example, is a sure mood and atmosphere killer.
They’re also typically over-populated with chains, instead of wonderful independents – of which there are many of across our city. In a nutshell: it’s not my thing.
But from the moment of biting a colossal chunk out of my chicken souvlaki wrap (£10), pickled minted slaw dripping onto my lap, I knew I was in love. I knew I’d be back for more, regardless of location.
Personifying the phrase ‘eyes bigger than your belly’, I also ordered a ‘meal platter for one’ alongside a mix of cold and warm sides: Greek olives, stuffed feta peppers, loukaniko, salt and pepper squid with houmous. Not at all overkill.
The extremely tasty loukaniko was the standout; each bite led to inevitably going back for more. It’s one of those dishes that you wouldn’t trust being alone with if your pal stepped out for a toilet break.
The platter, priced at £12, consisted of four flatbreads, skin on fries, salad, two dips and then choice of topping. Halloumi and falafel are two veggie options, but I went heavy on the meat with chicken and pork souvlaki.
I noticed other, more diplomatic, customers around me were using cutlery to tackle their meals. But I found the best approach was to sandwich in as many ingredients into the flatbread as humanely possible, before using my hands to eat. That’s what will happen at Blues, right?
The amalgamation of the perfectly-warmed souvlaki, along with the refreshing taste of olives, cucumber and feta did wonders for my taste buds. The half-a-dozen chips I scoffed into each bite might have helped too.
For dessert, I tried my FIRST EVER baklava and I was blown away. It might be that I’m uncultured, but my first impression was I’ve never tasted anything like it.
That might be because I’m typically a starter and main kinda guy, over main and dessert. Still, that doesn’t take anything away from this sweet, pastry dessert packed with flavours.
It left me wanting more but I was acutely aware I had already eaten enough to warrant a guest appearance on Man V Food. I stepped away, pleased, excited for the fans who will get to try these delights.
Should you try the food at Blues?
Yes, and you can from April 2 when these Greek dishes will debut at St Andrew’s. Kouzina Greek Meze will bring a gourmet-feel to the stadium.
The pricing may put some off, and that’s fair enough, but if you fancy venturing away from your routine cheese burger – this could be right up your street.