So, I will get to the best tasting souvlaki a bit later, but for now, I will run through some honourable mentions.
These establishments are not fish and chippery's or charcoal chicken shops. They are 100% Greek run souvlaki manufacturers. First off, Stalactites. Now this place does a good souvlaki. Fairly standard. Not a great one, but it gets a mention because it is open 24/7 and it is located on Lonsdale St. Perfect for late night revellers and people who like to wander the city streets at night
Then there is Orexi. Located in the centre of Oakleigh, Orexi is a very popular souvlaki bar. Their menu offers a variety of greek dishes, but the basic lamb souvlaki is all you need. Good quality, Greek style lamb straight off the spit. Be warned though, during lunch time, it does a booming business and you may be forced to wait awhile. But the wait is probably worth it.
A quick mention to Lamb on Chapel. This is another destination for boozed up party animals who need something greasy to finish off their night. While I have only been a few times, I have found the meat to be a bit below par, yet my state of inebriation was quite forgiving.
Now, for the winner. This restaurant, I have been to many times. Both for lunch, and occasionally to cure life threatening hangovers. Everytime I am well and truly satisfied. This souvlaki I speak of is different to most. It is not your standard lettuce, onion, tomato and tzatziki, but rather an ingenious mix of onion, tomato, hot potato chips, a little mustard, a few other little things and then the mouth watering lamb gyros. It is, of course, the 'House Special', found at Souvlaki House on Warrigal Rd. It is not the most well known restaurant, but it is top quality, with a small family feel to it. But if you know what is good for you, next time you are craving, you will make the journey out to Oakleigh and demolish the 'House Special'.
Take it from a Greek-Aussie (who's been living in Greece for the past 12 years - with frequent trips back to Melb.) hence, a true souvlaki connosieur : I'd have to say the best souvlaki in Melbourne (ironically Greek named, but no longer Greek run (Lebanese now) is ... Ulysses (High St Northcote)! Sleazy, greazy and downright delicious. Pretty huge as well, but then again I'm used to the petit Greek ones. Let's keep it clean please people. From what I remember they also do felafel as well, but we're talking souvlaki, which I look forward to when in Melbourne even though I'm pretty dosed up on the petit Greeks.
Went to souvlaki house today. Good but does not rival lamb on lygon. Big freshly cut chunks of dripping lamb is what I was craving it did not provide. I lost faith as soon as I saw that electric shaver come out on the meat. Chunks people chunks that's what we want.