As I was speaking about the Broadsheet Restaurant to my friend and about how I visited to see my American chef friend, he said, “Oh so that’s why you went. To be honest, that’s not what I read your blog for.”
Since I’ve started this blog, it has been a journey of finding what I like to write about. I love giving a bit of exposure to small businesses but of course it’s a bit of mix – I don’t mind the occasional invite or latest hyped up place.
This friend evidently prefers the little gems, so after this comment, I thought I must write about Roxy Kebab. It’s a popular place in Deer Park that he insisted I try, but also a little takeaway shop that might not catch the eye of others.
It was already more than I expected when I realised it was a shop with a few basic dine-in tables – I was expecting your usual side-of-the-road business. There are quite a few different items available but it seems the go-to for people is the meat platters – I think the meal of the day.
Luckily I had a veteran Roxy Kebab eater with me, who knew the drill. He asked me what two dips I wanted, what meat, and what sauce on top for my order. What he didn’t ask was what size – we knew we were here to eat the large.
I decided on eggplant/yoghurt and hummus dips and garlic sauce. The place was packed so we had to initially sit outside – there was a constant stream of customers so it proves this place has really made its mark in a strip of local shops.
The meals come with a basket of turkish bread on the side, perhaps my favourite part. They were so soft and fresh – apparently you can get free refills! But I don’t feel like a normal human being needs that much bread.
The meals had more than a sufficient amount of meat and dip. My friend says you can’t go wrong, because all the dips are delicious. Despite my love for eggplant, I still enjoyed the hummus dip more. I think yoghurt dips sometimes become a bit overwhelming for me, especially when my garlic sauce was already strong.
I love that it comes with a generous amount of salad to help balance the meal. I chose a mix of meat, which was accompanied with that signature, unique taste of roasted kebab meat. By itself, it would seem a little dry, but that’s what all the sauce and dips are for – to provide that extra excitement in the meal.
The large was definitely a struggle – it could even be shared between two people if you’re not too hungry. But I had a mission, to finish it, and I did as per the photo evidence above (guess who didn’t?)! Now I dare you to take the same challenge!
Roxy Kebabs is located at 801 Ballarat Road Deer Park. I hear there is one in Mill Park now but not sure if it’s run by the same people.
This adventure has been brought to you by the same friend that introduced me to Spot on Kebab Station.