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Published June 3rd 2014
Come for the Turkish bread and pizza
With a few locations around the Western suburbs, the Roxy Kebab Cafe and restaurant became known to me by word of mouth. More specifically, a return recommendation from like-minded friends, who had tried my recommendation, when the topic of best kebabs/middle Eastern food came up. For a few weeks, I'd been hearing about people the Werribee/Tarneit area driving up to the Broadmeadows branch of Roxy
Decor wise it had an interesting mix of cafe and restaurant as the title suggests. A water fountain feature waited behind the entrance. The rectangular dining area featured dark brown wooden tables and seating. The left end had a dessert counter while the right end featured a television and the main counter. The latter resembled the old, high end food court of Myer CBD: think sleek, clean glass counter without anything kitschy, its the place where food makes the transition from product in the kitchen to pleasure in the dining area. In short, it has the presence of a plating area (where you make the food look nice) of a restaurant.
The entree featured deliciously soft Turkish bread. The kind that sweetly reminds you of how good Turkish bread can be the next time you reach for it in the supermarket bread aisle. While the grilled platters came with a variety of dips to choose from. I'll admit I still am unable to appreciate dips however my companions preferred the capsicum one. The grilled chicken and lamb was delicious and hold up well without tomato sauce needed. One of my companions remarked that the already tasty chicken was juicier last time; which is always good to hear.
The real star of the meal was the Turkish pizza. Baked in a long oval shape, it was sliced along the short end giving you crust on both ends. Don't expect a crunchy crust, instead it was very soft and doughy. With no tomato paste or creamy sauce in sight, it was purely the juices from the mince and herbs/seasoning. It was flavoursome without being too carbohydrate heavy as the crust was very thin.
The experience of eating the pizza was also similar to eating a meat pie. Texture wise if you think of a meat pie without a lid, but the pastry is more doughy and susceptible to breaking. For a super indulgent concentrated punch, roll up a slice of pizza so it looks like a kebab and have it in between mouthfuls of Turkish bread. Be sure to not eat all the Turkish bread before the main meal has arrived.
Roxie's Kebab Cafe is more than just kebabs. The laid-back atmosphere matches the food. Stand out Turkish bread and Turkish pizza are must tries.
I have been to Roxy cafe several times. The falafel lacks parsley and is dry, the lentil soup is similar to water and lacks lentils, plus the stuffed vine leaves has uncooked rice inside. I do like the Turkish bread and dips.