Banish all thoughts of dodgy late-night doners – the kebab has officially gone gourmet! In recent years, we’ve witnessed a Middle Eastern food revolution, with restaurants across the UK offering a modern take on classic mezze dishes, smoky grilled meats, and more. Here are five restaurants to check out the next time a kebab craving hits.
BabaBoom – London
With its smiley staff and laid-back buzz, BabaBoom is a kebab joint for all occasions. Whether it’s a team lunch, boozy brunch, or dinner with Mum – it all works here. After a couple of their frozen passionfruit margaritas, choose from kebabs like saffron and orange chicken shish, rotisserie mutton, and broad bean falafel, served on flatbread or fresh fattoush salad.
BAB – Manchester
Gourmet kebabs arrived in Manchester late last year when BAB opened in the city’s Northern Quarter. Their flatbreads are made from scratch in the open kitchen, then cooked on a robata grill for that all-important charcoal flavour. Try one topped with barbecued monkfish, beef cheek and smoked tomato jam, or maybe some pork souvlaki drizzled with tzatziki. This is a world away from your late-night takeaway, and all the better for it.
‘Babs – Glasgow
Founded by the team behind Bread Meats Bread, ‘Babs is a modern kebab house in the centre of Glasgow. With its leather booths, quirky lighting, and patterned tiles, it’s smart enough for date night but casual enough for dinner with your mates. Choose from classics like grass-fed lamb doner and tender chicken shish or try something different, like the swordfish iskender served on a bed of grilled pita with spiced tomato sauce and garlic yoghurt.
Pint Shop – Cambridge and Birmingham
Pint Shop specialises in simple British dishes cooked over charcoal – think steaks, beer-brined chicken, and dirty burgers. With 20+ craft beers on tap and 100-ish gins to choose from, it’s exactly the sort of booze-absorbing comfort food you need. Their coal-baked flatbreads are topped with delicious things like chilli beef, halloumi, and tandoori chicken – you’ll be powerless to resist. Best of all, on Kebab Mondays, you can enjoy any kebab and any beer for a tenner – bargain!
What The Pitta – London and Brighton
If you don’t eat meat, track down What The Pitta in London or Brighton for a totally vegan kebab experience. Their signature doner comes with spiced soya pieces, fresh salad, tzatziki, chilli sauce, and homemade hummus, all wrapped up in freshly made bread. It tastes just like the real deal, just a bit lighter and less like something you might regret the next day.