It’s been awhile since we had a kebab restaurant on the West Lake side of the Qiantang River. For some reason, they always seem to come and go. The latest one, simply named Kebab, opened about 3 weeks ago in Qingziwu, which is really becoming a hot area for bars and restaurants these days.
Kebab actually isn’t new to Hangzhou. We’ve seen them before a few year ago when they had their shop next to G+ near Hubin Road. Then more recently, Kebab has been appearing at food festivals around Hangzhou. With the opening of this Qingziwu branch, Kebab now has 5 branches, including locations in Xiasha, Xiaoheshan and even Shanghai.
The main attraction is, of course, the meat, of which there are 2 kinds. You’ll see spits of lamb and chicken spinning around the grills and getting a nice brown char.
After you decide which meat you want, you choose between kebabs, pitas or ciabatta (25-36RMB), which are 3 different vehicles for basically the same filling. The kebab is a long roll, the pita is cut open and filled inside and the ciabatta is a long rectangular spongy bread. There are also falafels (35RMB) and paninis (25-28RMB), a soft, white roll with meat, grilled red, yellow and green peppers and melted cheese on top.
There are 4 sauces at the table for customers to use – Sriracha, ketchup, homemade yogurt and herb sauce and a homemade sesame sauce, which is not tahini, but more like a Japanese sesame salad dressing. They have a homemade thick, creamy garlic sauce at the counter too.
For drinks, there’s a great introductory price of 5RMB for a large tumbler of Lemon Iced Green Tea or Blackberry Iced Black Tea. The regular price will be 15RMB. A whole pitcher of sangria goes for 158RMB. Their coffees are really good, as the owner brings the coffee beans from Spain, and inexpensive too. A strong cup of espresso or Americano goes for only 12RMB.
In July & August 2017, show your foreign student card can get you a 12% off discount.