Kebab Shop Next To Asia Gourmet

Greetings, Döner fans. Drizzle has hit the fair city of Berlin, filling the air with a damp melancholy. As we all know, the main remedy for rainy-day blues is to purchase a kebab and eat it. As soon as those mysterious flavours alight upon our tongues the veil of clouds is parted, and the clear blue skies of Döner heaven open out above us. It was in such a frame of mind that I embarked upon the hunt for a kebab.

Brandenburger Tor

Döner Heaven is about to break through the clouds

Upon the recommendation of a colleague, my kebab crew and I went to ‘the kebab shop next to KFC’ at Alexanderplatz. The entrance to this particular döner joint is through the door for Asia Gourmet. A narrow wall divides the two establishments. We filed in to the rather tight space inside the kebab shop and placed our orders. We were told to get into the right place in the queue. The staff seemed to be in quite a rush and were under a bit of stress. We received our orders quickly, but without a great deal of friendliness, and then exited the shop and went back out into the drizzle.

The kebab and the kebab shop

The kebab and the kebab shop

I bought a Turkish pizza or “lahmacun” [lah-ma-joon] with all three sauces and full salad, minus the red cabbage. Shockingly there was NO CHICKEN at this establishment so I was forced to eat the unidentified meat (see previous post) that is ubiquitous in such kebab shops. However, there were also many types of pizza available, so I suppose that makes up for this seemingly flagrant oversight. I consumed my kebab when we got back to the office.

The kebab mid-consumption, and a woman's legs

The kebab mid-consumption, and a woman's legs

I did not receive any money from Coca Cola for the above image. The kebab was very tasty. Moist and flavourful, I was fully satisfied with my purchase. The staff were not the friendliest and the kebab shop was fairly cramped, but the food itself was filling and enjoyable. At 3,50€ the price was fairly standard. The scores are below:

Results

Service: 2/5 (not particularly friendly)

Atmosphere: 1/5 (claustrophobic)

Price: 3/5 (standard)

Taste: 3/5 (fairly tasty)

That’s it for now, Döner fans. Have a great weekend!

non-original image sourced from flickr.com creative commons

What is a Kebab made of?

One thing has haunted Döner eaters since the dawn of time. Even the most passionate of fans will have been struck by doubt, in the dead of night, by the question: what animal have I just eaten? It does not help matters that in Istanbul you are offered a choice of “tavuk” (chicken) or “et” (meat) since this leads only to the question of “which meat, exactly”? The type of animal is often undisclosed.

Is it one of these animals?

You can convince yourself that it is most likely lamb or veal, rotated against a hot grill until it loses all semblance of its former shape. If this forestalls a sleepless night, then so be it. But for many of us this wishful thinking will not suffice… Plagued by the question of where the meat comes from, we toss and turn, sweating like a Döner on a stick, unable to drift off. But hark! These nights of insomnia are over: images have surfaced from the internet and it has been ascertained that the kebab does in fact come from the legendary “kebab animal”! It looks like this:

A myth no longer.

So there you have it. No longer will you be afflicted by doubt: this wild and voracious beast is the source of all your meaty pleasures. Farmed in secret facilities, it is the principal provider of Döner throughout the kebab-eating world. You’re welcome, Döner fans!

To Recap: What Have We Learned?

“tavuk” [ta-vook] (chicken)

“et” [et] (meat)

Images sourced from: www.brettspiele-report.de and aitorysustxorradas.blogspot.com

ALEXA Shopping Centre, Alexanderplatz – Fatih Servet

Friday 27th July. It was a hot day. I had taken my lunch break at 1pm and had headed to the ALEXA shopping centre to buy a birthday present with some colleagues. Everything was going well – I had managed to shake them off while they looked at bath salts in the Body Shop, allowing me to wander to the food court in search of sustenance. It was busy. There were people everywhere. When suddenly my eyes alighted on a joyous sight, a diamond in the rough, a kebab shop. Its name was Fatih Servet.

ALEXA Shopping Centre

The decision took less than a matter of seconds. I had to have one. Forcing my way through the heaving crowd, I approached the twin meat-sticks of pleasure (1 chicken, 1 unspecified meat) and placed my order. Chicken dürüm, garlic and chilli sauce, all salad minus red cabbage, price: 3,50€. I waited. I paid. I ate.

Example of a Fatih Servet Establishment

I don’t know whether it was the heat, or maybe just the fact that I hadn’t eaten in a while. But something about that kebab touched a point within my soul. Juices dribbled across my face, hands and chin but I cared not. It was delicious. I finished it once I was back in the office.

A Fatih Servet kebab similar to that eaten by the author.

The hand shown in the picture above is not my own. It belongs to a colleague who also purchased a dürüm at Fatih Servet that day. I ate my own dürüm too fast to take a picture. It was just that good. (She chose normal meat, herb sauce and full salad, and apparently it was also extremely tasty.) Well done, Fatih Servet!

The Results

Service: 3/5 (friendly and efficient)

Atmosphere: 2/5 (busy shopping centre)

Price: 3/5 (standard)

Taste: 4/5 (very tasty)

Trivia: “Servet” means “treasure”. “Fatih” means “conqueror”. It is also a common Turkish name. Fatih Sultan Mehmet was a 15th century Ottoman sultan, famous for conquering Constantinople in 1453 and making it the capital of the Ottoman Empire. Feel free to astound people with this fact at parties – you don’t even have to credit me with it. You’re welcome, Döner fans!

Non-original images sourced from berlinadvisor.com and qype.com