The kebab is still the god of all good nights out, but these little places serve a doner like nothing else
When news breaks that a restaurateur such as Alan Yau is getting in on the kebab act, it’s clear they’re no longer the sole preserve of a post-party pick-me-up.
It’s time to put down the organic burger topped with chorizo and chilli jam because, ladies and gentlemen, the kebab has gone gourmet and boy oh boy are they good.
If you’re not hungry now, you soon will be.
Where: Clerkenwell, London
The place: cool kebab shop with no chips, no cartons and no frying
The food: English veal shoulder marinated in lemon, oregano and garlic then grilled served with tzatsiki, salad and homemade bread. They do chicken, lamb, falafel and halloumi kebabs too, but it’s really all about the veal and mint
Where: Soho, London
The place: the latest empire from Alan Yau but this time he’s tackling Turkish food
The food: it may specialise in pide, the Turkish flatbread, but their succulent spicy kofta kebabs are worthy rivals
Where: Haggerston, London
The place: a Middle Eastern grill house hidden in a railway arch in east London that’s set to open in April 2015
The food: they promise kebabs influenced by the grills of Istanbul with a touch of Brooklyn style. That’s enough to whet our appetite, thank you
Where: Leicester Square, London
The place: it’s all a bit busy and bonkers but if you want a sit-down doner, go here. The portions are for greedy people, which earns them extra points
The food: meet the shakshukit, otherwise known as a deconstructed kebab with heavily spiced minced meat, yoghurt and tahini with pita croutons
Where: Westbourne Grove, London
The place: upscale takeaway kebab joint and chic diner with wooden tables and galvanized chairs
The food: this is takeaway at its poshest and the Turksish kebabs are smoky, fiery and moreish