Katik, 349 Barry Rd, Campbellfield. Phone: 9357 9997
Katik is Plan B.
Plan A had been another establishment of Middle Eastern flavour a few kilometres away.
Our companion for our dinner adventure, Nat, had checked on the hours so we thought we were fine.
As it turned out, yes the place was open … but with only a limited menu to offer us.
That particular joint – that particular lunchtime joint – will have to await another day.
A hasty three-way conference sees us whizzing up to Barry Rd and to the strip recently visited by Consider The Sauce for a visit to Layla’s Restaurant.
Nat is a regular visitor to Consider The Sauce, a serial contributor to Urbanspoon and a devoted food hound – and we are delighted to make his acquaintance and enjoy his company.
Katik is a popular place in this neck of the woods, but we find the booth-style tables free as we enter and quickly set about choosing our meal.
Katik serves straight-up Turkish kebab shop fare, with perhaps a more restricted menu than we are accustomed to – three dips, some pies and a range of meats, either skewered or from the rotating machines.
We order three plates – chicken skewer, adana kebab and iskender kebab – which proves to be just right for the three of us.
Perhaps it could be argued that serves are a mite on the modest size, but they are all just a notch under $10 and we certainly don’t leave hungry.
The chicken – oh yes! – has heaps of that charcoal grill flavour, but the meat is a little on the dry side.
The iskender kebab – sliced lamb doner kebab meat placed on a bed of Turkish bread and topped with tomato and yogurt – starts real fine but seems to become less appetising as our meal progresses.
The adana kebab – a single length of spiced, minced lamb extracted from a flat skewer – is lovely, with just the right kind of chewiness.
The flattish bread we enjoy, especially those pieces into which meat juices have seeped.
The carrot dip is just OK, the humus a good deal better in terms of flavour and the salad additions lacking appeal.
We have a good dinner, but I have a suspicion that Katik is a victim of it own success, with hectic turnover leading to a lack of finesse.
Which makes us all the more grateful to have Footscray Best Kebab House and Flemington Kebab House in our own backyard, especially when it comes to salad components and dips with real zing and presentation generally.