|KB's lamb doner|
Everyone has special dishes which stir powerful emotions; your grandmother’s apple crumble; the dish you ate on the first date with your wife; the iced gems which you ate at your birthday party when you were around 5 years old.
However, there’s one dish which conjures stronger feelings for me than almost any other.
The Doner Kebab.
Make no mistake; I am referring to the Elephant’s foot; that rotating wonder of mystery meat.
The reason I have such a bond to the Doner is twofold.
It got me my first job out of university; a place on a training scheme at a top London ad agency. For the interview I had to talk about an object which best represented me. I chose the Doner. I waxed lyrical about how it's in touch with popular culture, how it’s misunderstood and how it‘s a perfectly balanced and refined individual. Somehow this charade worked and I ended up getting my dream job at the time.
The second reason I love the Doner is that it has been the closing chapter in so many of my most memorable (or should I say unmemorable) nights out. After a few too many shapes on the dance floor and a few too many shots down the throat, there’s nothing quite like a Doner to provide sustenance and to line the stomach for the difficult night’s sleep ahead. The Doner has it all. An endless mountain of spiced, homogenous shavings of processed lamb. Sweet and spicy chilli sauce. Creamy garlic sauce. A menagerie of palette cleansing salad. Finally the piece de resistance, a chewy, meat juice soaked pitta bread.
|Not strictly relevant but a chicken doner from KB's|
There have been many kebab shops which have held a special place in my heart. Athena in Newcastle, The Gardenia in Cambridge, Efes 2 in London and The Caspian in Chester.
KBS on City Road in Cardiff is the current object of my affections. Their Doner meat is fresh and unelastic, they do a great range of salad and a darn fine mint sauce. You also have the option of a naan bread cooked fresh in their tandoor oven.
Where’s your favourite kebab shop in Cardiff? Is there a doner or a shish that’s too good to miss?
KBS, 242 City Road - CF24 3JJ Cardiff