I saw Greek on the Grill a few months ago when I was out on a late-night drinking binge and thought, “Damn! That chicken souvlaki would be great right now.” Unfortunately, it was closed on that warm summer night, so we decided to hit up the Ankara Picnic for some lamb kebabs (also a fine choice). However, on this warm Autumn afternoon, Jill, Logan and I decided that it was time to grab a quick bite from the beautiful country that invented democracy.
How to get there: As with most places in Itaewon, the easiest way to get there is to travel by subway. Once you arrive at Itaewon Station (Line 6), you must depart from Exit 4. Once you are out of the exit, take a right. You should be across the street from Taco Bell. You need to take another right at the first alley parallel to the main strip and walk a solid 500 – 600 meters. You will see the blue and white shop on your left.
Atmosphere and Service: First and foremost, this is not a sit-down restaurant. Jill and I sat on a couple of stools inside, while Logan chilled in his stroller. If you are looking for more of a traditional restaurant, there is Santorini’s on the main strip. This is a grab-and-go shop. The open grill is nice and the smells of the grilled meats floats down the back alleys of Itaewon, summoning you to their origins. The veggies are all laid out, so you can watch your sandwich or gyro being made. The service was good. Both cooks spoke English and they got my order correct, even when I changed my mind. They really did a great job to get our food out as quickly as possible.
Food: Today we ordered a Chicken Souvlaki Stick (minus the stick strangely enough), a Greek Pocket Sandwich, and a Souvlaki Box Set with one Coke and one Ginger Ale.
Souvlaki Stick (3,000KRW): I ordered the Chicken Souvlaki Stick, but there was no stick to be found. It did, however, come in a small, takeout box with a large, glop of Tzatziki sauce on the side. The chicken was seasoned nicely, and was tender and juicy. Although I would have preferred a little more for 3,000KRW, it would be considered a nice, quick snack on the go if you were in a hurry. For me, it was just a starter to get my feet wet.
Greek Pocket Sandwiches (5,000KRW): I’m still hungry. I decided to get the Greek Pocket Sandwiches with chicken. They were pretty good, but at the same time, I found the amount of chicken you received underwhelming. About a scoop full of chicken, with onions, peppers, tomatoes and lettuce with another helping of Tzatziki sauce, satisfied my hunger, but just barely. Anyway, we were going to eat at another restaurant within the hour, so I can’t really complain too much. However, if this was the only place for lunch, you might want to get a couple of these. The food was fresh and the chicken was well cooked and seasoned. For 5000KRW, you could do worse.
Souvlaki Box Set (8,000KRW): Jill got the Souvlaki Box Set which came with a salad, two choices of meat and some pita bread. She decided to order chicken and pork. Once again, the meats were well cooked and the salad was quite fresh. The problem again came down to quantity. A little more meat would have been nice. Anyway, she said if she was in the neighborhood she would order it again if she was craving Souvlaki, not that there is too much of a choice around there.
Value: The total bill came to 19,000KRW. For Itaewon, I have come to expect these prices, so I am going to shut my whore mouth and open my wallet. That said, we left satisfied but not full. If you are feeling really hungry, you might have to double up the order or give another place a try. This would not be the place I would go to if I were really hungry and needed a full meal. That said, for a quick bite to eat before the next bar, Greek on the Grill is perfect!
Who Should go to Greek on the Grill: In the need of some Greek food? Want a quick bite and happen to be on a diet? Ahh, what the hell, give it a shot!
Who Should Avoid Greek on the Grill: If you are looking for a sit-down restaurant this is not the place. People on a budget might feel ripped off. The quality is there, but the quantity is lacking. Itaewon prices for Pyongyang portions.