As you know we have been in the process of moving, which is why me posting has been quite sporadic. We currently have no broadband (well not the super fast fibre optic type that we’re used to) so I’ve resorted to using the BT hotspot we’ve been provided until BT actually decide to send an engineer to install a proper line. It takes two weeks, yes TWO weeks to get an engineer out. Until then I’m stuck using this horrendously slow hotspot, where I randomly disconnect and loading Google takes roughly five minutes.
Before we moved, I decided to visit some of my local favourite places to eat, knowing I’ll probably miss them a lot once they’re not on my doorstep anymore. One of these places is the massively underrated German Doner Kebab (GDK). Now this place is relatively new to Ilford, opening its doors in 2015. There are a lot of stores dotted around London (and worldwide) although I am unaware if the quality is consistent across all the chains. Although it got off to a slow start, after a few teething problems, on our second try we decided we quite liked the concept and now visit regularly.
Being on the fence about doner, I was never really excited about another doner shop opening up in Ilford. For me doner was a greasy affair, a pool of fat swimming around slices of unappealing meat. My husband, being a huge doner fan, claimed it could never beat the legendary Al-Farooqs (apparently the king of doner in East London) who cooks his doner in a saucy concoction, which no doner shop could ever hope to recreate. Not being keen on doner I reluctantly followed the husband to satisfy his curiosity (‘Germans make doner?!’ was what we were both thinking!).
Glancing through the small menu, the sandwich doner with beef looked the most appealing by far. The wafer thin bread with a waffle design, containing chicken or beef doner, with fries and drink was only £6.99. Now that’s pretty fair pricing for any part of London, and considering they regularly have promotions for meal deals for half the price, I would say this meal is very good value for money. Once the sandwich arrived, (pretty fast and efficiently I may add) I marvelled at how similar it looked to the pictures on the menu. Remembering how doner was hardly a favourite of mine, I was excited to see the lack of fat on the doner strips. This was lean, high quality strips of meat. Trust me when I say I genuinely disliked doner. It would be the last thing I would order. This was until I tried the German doner version.
The sandwich was crispy and fresh, thin enough to prevent being too filling, but thick enough to hold the doner in place. The doner was succulent, fresh and most of all, plentiful. The amount of meat crammed into the sandwich was impressive. The doner was perfectly seasoned, with creamy garlic sauce and chilli sauce providing just enough spice to the perfectly cooked beef. The meat strips were moist, but devoid of the usual grease, making the sandwich all the more enjoyable. The fries were crunchy and crispy, cooked and served on time.
Over the two years we have seen GDK go from strength to strength in its customer service and food. As a quick pit stop or snack, this is the perfect go to for lunch or dinner. The food is consistent, fast and fresh. The customer service is also usually quite good, although seating is limited. The decor is different to the usual fast food outlet, bringing a vibrant orange and black theme throughout. Although prior to 2015, we didn’t know Germans made doner, and we have to say, we think they do it quite well! It certainly got me converted to eating doner.
Overall we give this place a solid 6.5/10 for food quality and service which is generally consistent. Do you eat doner or have a favourite doner place? Leave a comment in the comment box below.