A new Mediterranean restaurant serving huge steaks, seafood and souvlaki has opened in Moseley. Soufi, in Alcester Road, is the realization of Harry Constantinou’s dream of bringing Greek Cypriot cuisine to Birmingham.
Harry and his family have operated chip shops in the town for 50 years and previously owned a restaurant in Cyprus. Soufi specializes in Greek Cypriot cuisine, such as souvlaki, fish and seafood, as well as an impressive range of steaks – including a £65 32oz tomahawk.
Owner Harry, 42, is confident his souvlaki will be the “best in Birmingham”. He said: “My family ran a few food businesses such as chip shops in Birmingham and we had a restaurant in Cyprus.
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“I’m a big foodie and come from a family that loves our food – my family are Greek Cypriots from Cyprus. We’ve had a restaurant there for several years, but I’ve always wanted to bring food Greek Cypriot in Birmingham. That has always been my main ambition.
“There are a few Greek kebab shops in Birmingham that sell gyros but no mainstream restaurants serving good Greek Cypriot food like souvlaki on a skewer and good quality meat cooked over hot coals.
“There’s a large Greek Cypriot community in Birmingham, so there’s definitely a gap in the market for something like that. We do Greek kebabs, souvlaki, fish and seafood and Greek salads, but also steaks and chops so there’s something for everyone We import a lot of our ingredients from Cyprus like our halloumi and spicy sausage so you know it’s authentic The rest is sourced local.
“It’s all organic meat, the best quality we can buy, so it’s really tasty food. We went big with the steaks – we have a 32oz tomahawk and a 20oz T-bone at the menu – I thought why do things halfway?
“We also have sheftalia which is a traditional sausage from Cyprus, it’s a bit rare. But our main course is souvlaki – we have chicken, pork and lamb – I would say it’s the best Birmingham souvlaki. Souvlaki is like gold dust to the Greeks so I wanted to bring that to Birmingham.”
Also on the menu, a seafood sharing platter made up of squid, red mullet and tiger prawns, the “Big Sou” mixed grill platter made up of a mix of chicken, pork and lamb souvlakis with sheftalia and salad , as well as a range of Mediterranean starters, including Cypriot pita bread, olives, Greek salad, dips and grilled halloumi.
Soufi launched on Thursday April 21 on the ground floor of the Moseley Central apartment development, following a £500,000 refurbishment. It adds to a growing number of restaurants and places to eat across the city.
The restaurant will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Friday to Saturday and from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Look for Sufi on Facebook.