Greetings, Döner fans. Autumn has arrived in the fair city of Berlin, bringing with it showers, clouds and cold. While we languish in these grey autumnal days, let us reflect on past joyful times, when the weather was warm enough to slouch down to the kebab shop without having to put on a jacket. Let me recount a tale of finer days. A few weeks ago, on a warm and sultry night, a group of Dutch colleagues and myself saw fit to betake ourselves to the Kebaphaus Ilayda, just north of Schönhauser Allee S-Bahn station.
We had spent an enjoyable evening in one of the many fine bars that punctuate the streets nearby. But now we were hungry. I had my reservations about visiting the Kebaphaus Ilayda, since to the best of my knowledge they did not sell chicken döner, and instead sold whole chickens on a stick. But to my delight I saw that this time they had installed a spanking new pillar of rotating chicken-meat, ready for my consumption! I promptly ordered a lahmacun with chicken and salad, and a tea.
We sat in the bright and slightly gaudy lights of the Kebaphaus Ilayda and laughed away the evening. It was an experience marred only by the presence of a large, drunk German man who from time to time approached us at a stagger, ogled certain of my Dutch colleagues, and then shambled off about his business. He did this more than once. If I hadn’t had a slab of precious lahmacun in my hand, I would no doubt have sent him brusquely on his way. But, alas, my mouth was full of chicken.
While I enjoyed the kebab very much at the time, I have to say that later on that evening and the following day I was not feeling at my best. In fact I felt decidedly ill. I do not want to cast aspersions on the hygiene standards at Ilayda, and indeed I have eaten there without mishap a number of times before. My illness could easily have been due to many things. I merely mention it in passing, and the reader may treat this information as he or she pleases. Below, the results.
Service: 3/5 (friendly and efficient)
Atmosphere: 2/5 (drunk clientele)
Price: 3/5 (standard)
Taste: 3/5 (fairly tasty)
non-original images sourced from flickr.com