Afghan Master Kebab, 131 Nicholson Street, Footscray. Phone: 9396 0201
Team CTS bowls up for the opening party of BigWest an hour after advertised start time and find the whole shebang and everyone involved is pretty much just getting over the rain.
What to do?
So we adjourn to nearby Nicholson Street and the recently opened Afghan Master Kebab, a sister restaurant to the popular eatery of the same name in Sunshine.
More like identical twins.
The menu line-up (see below) appears to be the same, save for the addition of such stuff as fish and chips.
Mind you, the Footscray edition is done out in perfectly fine and plain cafe style that in no way matches the flamboyant interior found up in Sunshine!
Three of us choose the mix kebab ($13.99) and a delight it is.
Four skewers – two of superbly juicy chicken and one each of the minced kebab kobida lamb and the diced lamb cubes of tikka kebab.
They’re all wonderful.
Elsewhere around town, in restaurants that vary from Greek and Turkish to barbecue, it’s easily possible to pay significantly more for meat that is not so fabulous.
As in Sunshine, acceptable yet largely superfluous salad bits and two dipping sauces accompany.
The chilli and mint number is a doozy while, here, the yogurt dip seems a bit more tangy and has a richer dairy flavour.
Our meals come with heaps of the wonderful Afghan Master Kebab bread – a bit like naan but chewier and just right slathered in the sauces.
After a slightly underwhelming experience with chargrilled chook earlier in the week, it’s a giddy pleasure to inhale the Master Kebab half chicken ($14.99).
A bit pricier … but THIS is charcoal grilled chicken.
On an earlier visit, I’d tried the chicken qorma ($12), one of a handful on non-grill offerings on the menu.
It’s nice enough, mildly seasoned and of generous serve.
But if anything, it serves only to reinforce the notion that food on sticks is the way to go here.