256-258 Thomas Street, Dandenong
Open 7 days 11am-9:30pm
Eat in or take away
The smell of smoky meat as you approach is intoxicating. Blink and you might miss what looks like a hole in the wall cafe. It’s no frills and pretty basic, but the meat is fantastic. My dad and I visit the Afghan charcoal kebab kitchen a couple of times a year when I have a real craving for meat.
I debated whether or not to share this food review with you as this venue is nothing fancy and nor is it large, Afghan charcoal kebab simply serves up robust and punchy flavours that are consistently good and never a surprise.
The menu is limited, and yes it has pictures, just like any old kebab shop. $14 for a kebab which can either be lamb, chicken, beef or a mixed grill (a combination of beef and chicken). You can also buy a whole chicken that’s been beautifully spiced and grilled flat or craving-fulfilling meat wraps.
My preference is to order a platter of meat which comes with a simple green salad, a house made hot sauce, and a generous stack of house made Afghan flat bread. The hot sauce is made from vegetables and vinegar that’s been cooked for hours, I am obsessed with its tanginess. The bread, oh the bread. So warm, so pillowy and smoky. Dip your bread in some sauce, grab some salad and a piece of meat and enjoy a flavoursome little package.
For me who doesn’t eat any white bread or much meat, rest assured I always walk away from Afghan charcoal kebab with a clean plate and a full belly.