Greetings reader. I apologise for leaving it so long between kebab reviews but I have been busy expanding my horizons recently. In fact, I recently ate a chicken tikka kebab! Imagine that! Chicken in a kebab. What will they think of next?
Jet packs, I hope.
I thought I would resurrect this blog by visiting a takeaway outlet that is regularly reborn itself.This week I went to a takeaway which is on Abbey Street in Derby, just next door to Letz Eat (which I reviewed here). It used to be called Spice25 but that must have gone tits up so it’s now imaginatively called McDonnas. It’s a new takeaway that doesn’t offer anything original on it’s menu. It’s all kebabs, pizza, burgers and chips, and, just like Derby Grill, it says all kebabs are served on a pitta bread. That’s actually a lie. They serve them on naan bread.
Unsurprisingly I ordered the shish doner mix kebab – I may have tried a chicken kebab recently but it was a long way off converting me to a new meat deity – and it cost a whopping £6. Just to put that into perspective, £6 can buy you Faringdon Beech wood ButterHands 25cm (Set of 2) or a 7oz tub of Super Collagen Powder Type 13 (I’ve no idea what this is or why you’d spend £6 on it) or 1.5 litres of petrol if you’re south of Watford Gap. When I asked about this price I was told “the portions are very big”. I immediately thought, but did not say, “you clearly haven’t heard of the meerkebab.”
I was awash with excitement when I saw the donner meat spinning on the spit as I could tell the meat was being cooked to a point where it became a little bit crispy. Adding a bit of texture to the donner meat is often the key to making a good kebab great so this filled my heart with joy (and, later that evening, cholesterol). The shish looked good too. It wasn’t artificially red like a piece of meat disguised as a post box but more natural, juicy and very edible. If I were to liken this shish to a girl band member I would liken it to Cheryl Cole without the Geordie accent. I suspect if this shish could talk it would have had a mysterious hybrid accent – part Bristolian, part Iranian- like a human splicing of Justin Lee Collins and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
This kebab was considerably smaller than the monster kebabs I have had previously. It weighed 748g making it a fair sized kebab but still lighter than the Meerkebab and considerably lighter than the 3 chefs Chaddeston kebab which although I haven’t reviewed yet I know weighs over 1kg! Thankfully, this medium sized kebab made up for it’s lack of weight by being impressively delicious.
The donner meat was crispy and cut into pieces long enough to hold above your face and lower into your mouth from a great height. It was beautiful, like a reverse rescue of the Chilean miners where instead of rescuing trapped men I took part in the condemning of kebab into pit of stomach acid. It was greasy poetry in motion.
Little did I know my unabashed, unashamed, unrestrained excitement had only just begun. I stuck my fork into a chunk of shish, pulled it out from under its donner meat duvet and proceeded to take a bite from the lamb. Oh dear lord. This was good.
I like my steak rare, my roast beef pink and I would happily consume steak tartare until my trousers burst at the seams so to take a bite of this wonderfully charred on the outside piece of shish to discover a slightly pink, tender, juicy and delightfully flavoursome middle made my eyes roll into the back of my head and my mouth let out a climactic sigh of relief. Shish meat in Derby does not come any better than this. Ignore anything I have said before about good shish meat in Derby because McDonnas do shish better than the rest.
The kebab trimmings at McDonnas were good also. The chilli sauce is perfectly acceptable, the salad was fresh and the naan bread was plenty good enough for a Saturday dinner for one. If I had to choose between the donner meat at McDonnas or the donner meat at The Derby Grill, I would say The Derby Grill is slightly better than McDonnas but only by a small margin. This means McDonnas is now Derby’s 2nd best donner meat provider. Even more impressive than this is the fact that they do the best shish that I have found in the city, possibly even the country, ever! That’s some statement coming from me so the McDonnas owners have much to shout about. Keep up the good work guys.
I’m lovin’ it!