Mustafa’s Gemüsekebab, Hackescher Markt

Mustafa's Gemüsekebab - ready for action

Big news, Döner fans. You may have heard of Mustafa’s Gemüsekebab before. You may have heard of the queues that snake through Kreuzberg just to catch a glimpse of his legendary kebab van. Well now he has another outlet, and it’s right here in Mitte! Yes, Mustafa’s Gemüsekebab can now be found at Hackescher Markt, making it highly convenient for a lunchtime repast. Having heard rumours of the joy that this man serves up between two slices of bread, my colleagues and I thought it best to traipse down to his shop and sample his wares. And so, last week, we did exactly that.

Berlin - S-Bahnhof Oranienburger Straße - Linien S1,S2,S25

Alight at Oranienburger Straße to reach Mustafa's quickly.

A modest queue of fellow kebab-buyers had already formed by the time we got there. Mustafa, it seemed, was doing good business. We got in line and were immediately assailed by the dreamiest of aromas as the flavours of his fine cuisine took to the air and filled our noses with spice. His vegetables looked fresh: indeed, mixed into his salad were sprigs of mint and flat-leafed parsley, imbuing the kebabs with a certain mouth-watering je ne sais quoi. Roast potato, aubergine and many other delights were mixed in with the chicken döner-meat, thereby making this an experience akin to few others in the world of the kebab. With our mouths slavering, we placed our orders.

Mustafa's Gemüsekebab - a mouthgasm

Mustafa's Gemüsekebab - a mouthgasm

Presently we received our döners, and retired to the park to munch upon them. Conversation was scarce as the flavours collected in our mouths, and we devoured our fare with a newfound passion. I don’t know whether you have ever experienced a mouthgasm. But that is pretty close to what happened in the park that day. Delicious, filling and flavourful – at 3,00 € these were perhaps edging towards the more expensive end of the döner scale, but I would attest that it was worth it. Bravo Mustafa, you have impressed me. You may count Dr. Döner as one of your fans. Aferin sana!

The Results

Service: 4/5 (jolly and efficient)

Atmosphere: 4/5 (lively street with lots going on)

Price: 3/5 (premium, but appropriate)

Taste: 5/5 (delicious)

To Recap: What Have We Learned?

“aferin sana” [aferin sana] (well done to you!)

Non-original images sourced from facebook.com and berlin.de

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