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Sunday, September 06, 2015

New Star Kebabs, Auburn

Doner kebab from New Star Kebabs, Auburn

We’ve all been there. A late-night kebab loaded with meat and dripping with chilli sauce after a beer or three is a rite of passage. And even though New Star Kebabs is open late enough to help you kick that impending hangover to the kerb before it’s even begun (until midnight every evening), you’ll probably enjoy their kebabs even more when you’re sober. Seriously.

Chicken kebab from New Star Kebabs, Auburn
Chicken kebab $9

It starts with the slowly spinning vertical rotisserie, jammed tight with chicken, lamb or beef mince. Pick your protein and they’ll carve on the spot, jamming it into a lightly toasted flat bread wrapped up with lettuce, tomato, onion and your choice of sauce. For only $8.50, you’ll score a monster-sized doner kebab. It’s as wide as a tree trunk – and that’s before you fork out the extra buck for tabouleh and grated cheese.

Shish kebabs at New Star Kebabs, Auburn
Shish kebabs

The real stars of the show at this Turkish joint, though, are the shish kebabs, cooked on giant skewers that look like flattened swords. That’s no coincidence either. It’s said that Persian soldiers in the Medieval Age used their swords as makeshift skewers to cook meat over an open fire.

Shish kebabs cooking over charcoal at New Star Kebabs, Auburn
Shish kebabs cooking over charcoal

Take your pick from seasoned, speared lamb mince, hunks of lamb or marinated chicken pieces. Get the mixed plate ($23) and watch it being cooked over glowing charcoal by the shish expert, who’s trapped in a glass booth that looks onto the street.

Mixed shish plate at New Star Kebabs, Auburn
Mixed shish plate $23

Park yourself at a table and they’ll bring it out when it’s ready, along with a heap of salad, lemon wedges and side sauces of chilli oil, hummus and cacik, a thin yoghurt amped up with garlic. Underneath that layer of hot, smoky meat is a mattress of Turkish bread to soak up all the dripping juices.

Iskender plate at New Star Kebabs, Auburn
Iskender plate $15

The Iskender plate ($15) offers maximum comfort food – shavings of doner beef drenched in yoghurt and tomato sauce with cubes of Turkish bread at the bottom.

Kiymali pide at New Star Kebabs, Auburn
Kiymali pide $15 medium

They do pizzas and gozleme too, but the Kiymali pide ($13/$15/$18) is our pick: a crisp-bottomed baked flat bread spread with mince, onion, chopped tomato and parsley. Squeeze over some fresh lemon, sit back and party on.

Sauce station with chilli oil, hummus and cacik garlic yoghurt at New Star Kebabs, Auburn
Doling out chilli oil, hummus and cacik garlic yoghurt

Shish kebabs at New Star Kebabs, Auburn
Shish kebabs ready to be cooked

Tomato and green chilli shish kebabs at New Star Kebabs, Auburn
Tomato and green chilli on shish skewers

Tomato and green chilli shish kebabs cooking over charcoal at New Star Kebasb, Auburn
Tomato and green chilli over charcoal

Grilled and blistered tomato and green chilli shish kebabs at New Star Kebabs, Auburn
Tomato and green chilli blistered from grilling over charcoal

Pide, Turkish bread, gozleme and salads below the menu board at New Star Kebabs, Auburn
Pide, Turkish bread, gozleme and salads in the display counter 

Falafel plate at New Star Kebabs, Auburn
Falafel plate $12

Takeaway kebabs from New Star Kebabs, Auburn
Takeaway kebabs

Chicken and doner kebabs from New Star Kebabs, Auburn
Chicken and doner kebabs

New Star Kebabs, Auburn


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New Star Kebabs
15 Auburn Road, Auburn, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9643 8433

Opening hours:
Open daily 7am - midnight


This article appeared in the August 2015 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This! [Read online

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 9/06/2015 02:40:00 pm


7 Comments:

  • At 9/06/2015 5:56 pm, Anonymous John | heneedsfood said…

    What a coincidence, we're about to head up the road for pide at one of our locals. Perhaps even a kebab.

     
  • At 9/07/2015 11:25 am, Anonymous Bianca@forfoodssake said…

    It's been a while since I've had a decent kebab. There used to be a great local near Maccas/officeworks in Five-Dock. Sadly it's no longer!! Great find Helen :)

     
  • At 9/07/2015 1:09 pm, Blogger Cassie | Journey From Within said…

    mmm~~ good kebabs are so hard to find now! What gem you have located here!!
    I do wonder how brother's kebabs are doing now, considering we are on this kebab topic ahah!

     
  • At 9/09/2015 8:18 am, Anonymous Hotly Spiced said…

    My old kids are very well known to the kebab shop up the road from us - they do go there on their way home after a night on the town! I do like the look of the horizontal grill and I'd love to try the tomato and chilli skewers. The prices seem very good value xx

     
  • At 9/09/2015 2:52 pm, Anonymous Gourmet Getaways said…

    Everything looks so delicious!
    I will have to bookmark this place.
    Thanks for sharing
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

     
  • At 9/17/2015 11:28 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    All sounded good until I saw the "halal" packaging. Halal = cruelty. Slowly tortured animals won't be on my plate.

     
  • At 10/01/2015 9:31 pm, Anonymous Sara | Belly Rumbles said…

    They are probably the liveliest looking kebabs I have seen. Not the soggy mess that I usually purchase. Actually everything looks good.

     

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