When you walk past the row of restaurants along 2nd Avenue at night (the same street where Chicken Charlie is), it’s not difficult to spot Kebabers, a recently opened kebab stop in BGC. Maybe it was just a one off but that night, the resto’s exhaust was blowing enough smoke out to the street to fog the surrounding area, it almost seemed like special effects.
Not that that would turn us away, we quickly headed inside to try out their kebabs, finding ourselves in line with a handful of others. The lady at the counter asked us if it was okay for us to wait for fifteen minutes for our food. We placed our orders and was handed one of those vibrating number things with a cartoon of a middle eastern man.
For starters, we got what I thought were cheese sticks- Chili Fingers they call it. It was a jalapeño pepper scraped of seeds and rolled in a thick-ish egg roll wrapper. Since these things are normally deep fried and since they told us there’d be a bit of a wait earlier, I was expecting it to get to me piping hot. It arrived surprisingly at room temperature. It tasted alright, just a bit cold.
After that lackluster appetizer, I was hoping for happier main meals. One of their best sellers is the Cheese Kebab. You can actually choose from beef, chicken, or fish but chicken’s always a safe bet, so we got the chicken version. You can choose between getting two or three nuggets, I mean Cheese Kebabs. The plate also arrived cold. Again, if you ask me to wait for my noms, I will think you have many pending orders and serve mine to me tongue-burning hot. Not that I like burning my tongue, but you get what I mean, right? It reminds me of breakfast nuggets, if it’s a good or bad thing, you decide.
We also got a Double Up! Keema, which is made of ground beef sautéed in tomatoes and onions and served on top of rice. There’s a single version but we opted to get the double, it costs the same as a 3-piece Cheese Kebab and is not much bigger. It’s a simple dish that lacked any distinctive kebab flavor. It was.. ‘aight, for lack of a better adjective.
The biggest disappointment that night was that the food got to the table cold. I mean, that’s probably the easiest thing to offer your customers. Have me wait but give it to me hot enough to warm my belly. Microwave it for all I care so long as my food’s warm, actually. I probably wouldn’t mind other negatives.
- Interesting concept
- Fairly inexpensive.
- Cute ambiance.
- Food arrived cold.
- Dining area is small.
2.5 bacons! Kebabers meals are alright but they need a bit more oomph and value for money to be considered a good dinner option. Overall, it’s not a bad alternative to McDonald’s from time to time.
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