Roxy Kebab Cafe, 801C Ballarat Rd, Deer Park. Phone: 8390 1007
Roxy Kebabs – doesn’t sound too flash, does it?
But as with so much else about western suburbs eating, looks are deceptive.
This Turkish establishment was noted down for close-to-immediate investigations after being spied while perusing the Deer Park shopping strip as part of Consider The Sauce’s visit to the new Chef Lagenda.
Seeing a bunch of fellows slurping up lamb shank soup has that sort of effect upon us.
School is out early for the start of the holiday break, so up the road we head, having a strong hunch the place will rise above its daggy name and humble exterior.
That it does.
Roxy Kebab Cafe is a small operation but all the expected goodies seem present and they’re doing wildfire trade on this Friday lunchtime.
Looks are deceptive, too, with the lamb shank soup, one of three – there’s also lentil and tripe varieties available.
The small serve ($6), with fresh Turkish bread, would do nicely as a light meal.
The opaque surface hides heaps of marvellously tender globs of shank meat and the broth flavour is strong.
Our soup is also rather fatty, so a hefty squeeze of the lemon segment provided is definitely required.
To make up the rest of our $20 lunch we go with the small meal of the day ($13), with both lamb and chicken from the spit, chilli and hummus dips and salad.
There’s no rice but it’s a goodly sized serve nevertheless.
In order of impressiveness …
The salad is beaut – a crispy, fresh concoction of lettuce, green, onions, cabbage, carrot, parsley and – quite probably – more.
It may seem odd to rate salady bits as prime in a visit to a kebab joint, but for us these sorts of places are as much about the trimmings and condiments as they are about the carnivorous aspects.
The chilli dip is tangy and crunchy and fab – and it’s of only mild disposition, meaning we can (just about) slather it on the bread like a normal dip.
The lamb is tasty and tender. The chicken is a bit bland for me, but then I generally find it’s always so.
The hummus is fresh, creamy and smooth but seems almost shockingly devoid of flavour.
Still, all up this has been a most satisfactory kebab shop lunch.
Stepping outside, we step right next door for a fun visit to Hollywood Costumes.
Even though it’s clear we’re not in there as paying customers, the staff could not be more friendly and welcoming.
Bennie checks out the long rank of Superhero Costumes with an expert eye, though we also note with approval the presence of Ghostbusters and Spongebob garb.
We make a diversion on the way back to the car for a stupendously generous $2.90 cup of berry gelati and a cafe latte and hot chocolate at Pane e Latte, just behind the shopping strip, thus rounding out a most excellent Deer Park adventure.