301 Racecourse Rd, Flemington. Phone: 9376 2767
This Flemington institution didn’t get a write-up in the whiz-bang new book on Melbourne kebab shops, but it certainly would’ve been a worthy inclusion.
It’s never been at the top-tier of our choices for such food, as there are options closer to home.
As well, the last time Bennie stuck our noses in the door the prices had crept up, and the previous dad-only visit had left me feeling a little shortchanged in terms of quantity.
So it is with much interest and a little wariness that I enter for a midweek dinner.
The place has had some simple renovations done. It’s homely. Tiles, photos of Turkey – the pics tug at my heart. From what I’ve gathered over the years, Turkey is right at that the top of the list of countries worth visiting for foodie reasons as well as friendly people and drop-dead gorgeous scenery.
As my dinner ritual unfolds, I relax in the knowledge that the previous disappointment can be written of as little more than a blip.
This kebab joint is at the top of its game and my meal is excellent.
A kebab wrap will cost you $9.50 here.
Meal platters range from non-meat for $13 up to mixed grill for $21.
My spread of lamb from the spit, two salads, two dips, rice and bread clocks in at $15.50.
There’s only one size, which is a bit of a blow – my plate could feed dad AND son.
The meat is tender, perhaps not crusty and crunchy enough, but light on the fattiness.
The chilli dip is of a pleasant spiciness, fine and fresh and tangy, and goes fantastic dab by dab with the meat.
The babaghanous lacks the smokiness that tends to come with coarser versions, but its smoothness is full of lemony, garlicky tang.
The rice is good, the salad of lettuce, cabbage, carrot and so on nice and crisp.
The other salad – of red capsicum, leaves, olives and even a couple of cubes of fetta cheese – seems a little excess to requirements.
I envy Flemington residents having this place ready as a groovy go-to option to the many Asian eateries surrounding it.