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Published December 27th 2015
Turkish Pizza & Pide
Garlanding the street outside Auburn station is a collection of Asian and Middle eastern shops and eateries. In the string, New Star Kebabs stands out because of the crowds that throng there each day for the succulent kebabs plated out of its charcoal hearth.
Situated right on the junction of Station Parade, Auburn Road and Kerr Parade, the restaurant is easy to locate. The inside is constricted and does not offer much space, so the dining area has been extended to the broad sidewalk with a plastic tenting. Dinner hours are usually too busy causing a hodgepodge of waiters and customers while lunch time is comparatively quieter.
On offer are pizzas, kiymali pides(crispy flat breads sprinkled with minced meat, tomatoes and parsley), gozleme, falafel, shish kebabs and adana (served with tomatoes, red cabbage, onions, roasted chilli, lemon and turkish bread), and iskender plate (servings of doner kebabs scraped from the vertical rotisserie laden with yoghurt and tomato sauce, on top of turkish bread slices). The pizzas come in three sizes - regular, large & family(for those in a group or in the mood of partying). In addition, they also have burger and fish and chips on the menu.
Upon arrival, you are shown to a table and then place the order at the counter. We ordered a medium kiymali pide (which proved to be rather too much for two of us to finish) and a mixed shish plate. It is interesting to watch the busy shish specialist roast kebabs right in front of you inside a smoke-filled glass chamber. He enthusiastically smiles at you from within the haze if you are about to click a photo.
Marinated meats on skewers and while being roasted
Our order appeared quite fast with some tomato, cucumber and onion salad in addition with dips: chilli oil, hummus and cacik. The kebabs had a distinctive smokey flavour to them and the pide felt equally good and crunchy. The salad was fresh and even though the hummus wasn't upto the mark, the chilli oil and cacik added to the Turkish feel of it all. People around us had ordered pizzas which looked so tempting that we decided on trying one on our second visit (which we did and were thoroughly impressed by the Turkish twist). Unless you order a vegetarian pizza, they come laden with doner kebab from the rotisserie.