Amasya Kebab, 134 Nicholson St, Footscray. Phone: 9687 7032
So enamoured have we been with Footscray Best Kebab House that it has taken more than a decade for me to take its competition, Amasya Kebab, around the block for a spin.
It proves to be a good move on a day when I feel like a change from habitual patterns and routines.
Amasya may still stand in the shadow of its near-neighbour just up the road apiece, but it’s swell to know there’s a handy alternative nearby for when the crowds at FBKH are too intense.
Amasya is shiny, white and bright – but nevertheless welcoming and a nice place to stop for a while.
It has much in common with FBKH – a lunchtime crowd that encompasses the widely diverse hues and style habits of Rainbow Footscray, the happy buzz of being a family-run business and the Turkish travel posters among them.
As well, the menus are pretty much interchangeable, and there seems to be only minor differences in the pricing.
My small meal of the day ($12), lamb only, does indeed look on the modest side.
But it fills me up plenty and the quality is there.
There’s no rice, but that’s more than compensated for by the large serving of lamb.
This is not crispy, crunchy, salty as I dig it, seeming to have come from a part of the spit recently carved for another customer. It’s still fine, though, being tender and tasty.
The salad bits and leaves with a lemony dressing are good but without much distinction.
The yogurt/cucumber dip is stiffer than normal but does the job.
The chilli dip is the big hit – it’s every bit as good in terms of lip-smacking tang and crunchy delight as that found up the road.
The bread is fresh, warm and typically wonderful.
We have tried the Amasya pies before – and they’re recommended, seeming to have more filling and less bread than those found in other Turkish places.