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The Curry Kebab – Not as good as you might think

johnboy 16 November 2008 39

Walking to Civic tonight we were debating whether to dine at the old favourite of Ali Baba, or try the new, and nearly next door “Grill Fusion” which offers on its signage to provide kebabs AND curry.

This got us thinking that a good naan or roti bread could play host to a dryish curry forming a pretty handy takeaway meal.

We were so enthused by this idea that we walked past the trusted, reliable, Ali Baba and into the Grill Fusion.

There was a dude mucking around on a laptop in the corner who ignored us and no-one behind the counter.

After two minutes of this my more sensible girlfriend announced she was going to Ali Baba. But we blokes, being stupid, persevered. Eventually a man in a filthy chef’s jacket came out from the back and took our orders. During this time we’d noticed that, apparently, our dreams had come true and a roti-curry kebab was indeed on the menu.

Despite being still legal to drive we chose to try this grand experiment.

After a short period of arseing around we were advised to wait outside.

Where we waited, and waited.

To their credit they did make the roti fresh for us.

On the other hand our meals were piled up in paper bags on the counter and, despite having been asked to wait outside, no effort was made to ask us to collect our meals.

After all the other customers had left we guessed that the remaining packages were for us and inquired as to whether they’d like us to pay for them.

As you can see in the first photograph, it was not an appetising package. The curry was so wet that it constantly threatened to spill onto our clothes. We joked that a straw was needed to eat it safely.

I have a stomach that has weathered the worst kebabs in London, amoebic dissentry, and months in rural China. Without wishing to provide too much information, let’s say I am now in a delicate condition.

Ali Baba has little to fear.

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39 Responses to The Curry Kebab – Not as good as you might think
Dome Dome 4:25 am 18 Nov 08

F430 said :

Na, the best kebaba or should i say souvlaki I’ve ever had was from Stalactites in Melbourne, now there’s a Souv worth flying over there for….
Drunk in Canberra nothin beats chicken tenderloins with chips n gravy from chicken gourmet

Bettered only by their mixed grill – always my first feed stop in melbourne – open 24 hours to feed the taxi drivers.

Granny Granny 5:14 pm 17 Nov 08

Well, between you and me, Bonejac, I ate there with my daughter one lunchtime and was similarly unimpressed. But don’t tell anyone I said that, cause I don’t want any trouble from disgruntled curry merchants!

Bonejac Bonejac 5:07 pm 17 Nov 08

As another of those who dared the rotti curry wrap, I can say I was quite unimpressed… a really ordinary sloppy curry poorly contained in a loose roti. Definately wont be going back anytime soon…. a pity really as the idea itself is gold just really poorly executed and v.poor service. Thankfully no ill effects from the meal tho 🙂

Granny Granny 3:14 pm 17 Nov 08

Hash … bleah! No thanks. I’ll stick to chocolate.

: )

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 3:00 pm 17 Nov 08

The only good brownie is a hash brownie.
But you’re going to need to find or create your own recipie.

Granny Granny 2:48 pm 17 Nov 08

Well, my brownie recipe is American so hopefully it is authentic. It is decadent and fattening, however, so that is the main thing!

; )

ant ant 2:44 pm 17 Nov 08

I just save up my brownie habit for when in hte US. I was very disgusted to find the resort brownies at Stowe were disgraceful, and as supplies ran short, they’d cut them in half, re-wrap them, and sell them at the same price!

so I nagged and muttered at them, and they changed supplier to some new local cottage bakery, and I got really fat. Nagging works sometimes.

Granny Granny 2:15 pm 17 Nov 08

No, I already have an excellent ‘disgustingly rich chocolate brownies’ recipe!

However I got the exact ANZAC biscuit recipe I had been searching for from googling. I did have to look through a few first, but I knew it when I saw it!!

I can kind of taste them while I am reading them though, so that does make it a bit easier.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 2:12 pm 17 Nov 08

Just google it, tylersmayhem!

I already did, but there seems to be so many variations. I’m keen for a tried and tested recipe. Have you ever searched for chocolate brownies in Google? You get millions of hits, and I’ve treid several recipes before. Only 1 out of 4 was all that good. 🙂

Granny Granny 1:52 pm 17 Nov 08

Just google it, tylersmayhem!

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 1:29 pm 17 Nov 08

Sorry for the double post – but I used to frequent Ali Baba’s, but long ago I relised that the portion size it about a third of what it was back in the day of the original in Woden Plaza. These days they go as far as to weigh each tiny portion. Smart business for costings – yes. Stingy when you are continually scaling all your food back to “Kababy” size – yes.

It still tastes good, but over $7.00 for a p**sy little kabab – no thanks!

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 1:26 pm 17 Nov 08

I make 2kg batches of the rendang all the time

The recipe please…for the love of Pete…please post the recipe! 🙂

Roma Roma 12:54 pm 17 Nov 08

^^ Agreed. Fez in green square is actually pretty tasty. I cant vouch for the pide’s but the zucchini balls and fallafel are delicious.

justbands justbands 9:40 am 17 Nov 08

> I totally recommend Fez in Green Square, Kingston

My wife agrees with that. She doesn’t even like (or generally eat) kebabs normally, but she had one from this place a couple of weeks back & said it was amazingly good.

Nambucco Deliria Nambucco Deliria 9:38 am 17 Nov 08

I say again – Rani’s in the Civic Interchange. Marvellous.

2604 2604 10:08 pm 16 Nov 08

I totally recommend Fez in Green Square, Kingston. The kebabs are made with real chicken (not like the chicken sausage you get at a lot of places) and they aren’t stingy with it at all.

The Pides are also excellent – $15 each – and you can get a handy dinner for two of a pide and 2 zucchini balls and still have change from a $20 note.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 7:10 pm 16 Nov 08

The beach markets in Darwin do a great curry roti/kebab. Pick your curry and garnishes and away you go. My favourite is the beguilingly-named “hot chicken curry” with a little yoghurt and mango pickle. It burns our Ring, precious.

Joe Canberran Joe Canberran 6:08 pm 16 Nov 08

As i said the curry kabab was great for me. It was the lackluster service that was it’s downfall for me. That and that the great idea of a curry kabab needs more work (better wrapping, less juicy curry) to make it a viable take away food.

New Yeah New Yeah 4:24 pm 16 Nov 08

I have been to Grill Fusion before and found the service to be friendly and prompt. While I only ate standard Indian fare (no kebabs for me and me missus that night), my guts were not troubled in the slightest.

I hope that the experience of JB and his crüe was a aberration – Civic needs quality Indian takeaway food.

astrojax astrojax 3:20 pm 16 Nov 08

phew! 😉

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