In praise of Ali Baba’s in Civic

johnboy 27 June 2005 6

I consider myself something of a connisseur of the kebab. It’s the corrollary of a lifetime spent happily engaging in late night drinking. I thought it would be right to give praise to Canberra’s own kebab samurai, Ali Baba’s in civic.

They don’t make the world’s most substantial kebab. I’ve had a kebab with a lamb chop, a chicken fillet, and a hunk of beef in it.

They don’t make the world’s tastiest kebab. I hold that honour for the Taza in London’s Queensway where a dozen oranges and lemons are skewered into the meat and drip citrus in as it turns.

The best all round kebab I had in a place in Glebe. It would be remiss not to mention the european kebabs made by friendly turks and served in the local breads to magnificent effect.

But for a tight wound kebab, well constructed, that you can eat, enjoy, and not make a mess, served with lightning speed at any hour… Ali Baba’s in civic are as good as it gets.

I salute them. (and their magical restorative powers)

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6 Responses to In praise of Ali Baba’s in Civic
GGGAinslie GGGAinslie 9:53 am 01 Jul 05

no matter how skillfully constructed, or cleverly flavoured, those oozing pillars of flesh put me off.

Indi Indi 1:48 pm 30 Jun 05

pat – sounds like the kebabs you are munching on are festy shlongs…

Patcarr Patcarr 4:43 pm 29 Jun 05

I love the Kebabs at this aforementioned shop. However, they are not as good as the Kebabs at the Yarralumla shops. I have been eating there for years and years, as it’s just around the corner my digs.

Check out the Kebabs, but be careful not to gag on the meat, it’s rather salty.


Indi Indi 12:27 pm 28 Jun 05

Best kebab for me is in a dodgy backstreet not far from the Sultan Hotel (near the Blue Mosque) in Istanbul.

The street vendor had it down pat – a slow burning chunk of meat hanging (barely) over a mobile jerry-khana style cart, with charcoal to match! cost: 2million lira, rated it highly.

Thumper Thumper 9:01 am 28 Jun 05

I’ve got to admit, the Doghouse outside the Belconnen labor club is good for a 2am feed of dogs with cheese and coleslaw….

Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 11:09 pm 27 Jun 05

I suggest we have a RA get-together to sample and comment on such cultural cuisine.

Mayhaps, say, 2AM one Saturday morning, next full moon that co-incides?

Of course, we connoisseurs will need to meet beforehand at a local public house to imbibe in one or two glasses of ice water*, in order for the said kebab to be judged without due influence.

*ice water may, or may not, be alcoholic. It also may, or may not, also be beer.

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