Pamfilya Ocakbaşı, Luxemburger Str. 1

Hello Döner Fans. If you take a stroll along Luxemburger Straße in the bustling district of Wedding, then chances are you will pass by a number of equally bustling Turkish restaurants and fast-food establishments. So it always has been, and so it always will be. But hark! Of late there is a new player in this Great Game of rival food-vendors, which has thrust open its doors to the hungry passer-by. I bring you news of Pamfilya Ocakbaşı, a spanking new restaurant right in the heart of the up-and-coming Sprengelkiez (or whatever the estate agents are trying to call the area) where one can purchase a veritable smorgasbord of regional culinary delicacies from the Anatolian peninsula. Yes, its doors are open for business and its grills are jostling with choice kebab meat. Having passed by this bright red neon siren-in-the-night for a couple of weeks I, Dr Döner, decided to take my photographer in tow and avail myself of the choice nibbles that were no doubt to be found within.

The bright lights of Pamfilya viewed from across the road

The slightly dingy-looking customers ogled us suspiciously as we swung into the restaurant, and we took a table at the back in order to gain a commanding view of the interior. The menu was brought, and I have to say my mouth watered at the glistening images of meat and bread and salads that were illustrated therein. Having braved a cold and windy evening to be there, I rewarded myself by ordering none other than a plateful of Adana kebab which, as we all know, consists of minced lamb served with bread and salad, and garnished with one green pepper and half a red tomato. When it came, I tucked in with gusto.

Adana kebab, and some manly elbows

The flavours were very pleasant and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed that meal. The atmosphere inside the restaurant was pretty standard for a middle-range kebab house, and the staff were friendly enough. Prices were reasonable for what you got, considering it was a sit-down meal, and I was also made aware of the daily specials which looked very appetising and could be bought fairly inexpensively during the day. All in all, it was a very tasty experience. Nothing out of the ordinary, and certainly nothing to challenge the majesty of Baba Sultan meatball house which could be glimpsed just across the street (for no restaurant can hope to approach the perfection that those meatball-artisans weave into their grilled goods) but it was nonetheless a very enjoyable experience. Bravo, Pamfilya! Dr Döner may well be back again.

The interior - note the shifty character in the corner

Results

Service: 3/5 (friendly)

Atmosphere: 3/5 (standard for a kebab restaurant)

Price: 3/5 (reasonable)

Taste: 3/5 (tasty!)

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