4/8 Jonson Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481
+61 2 6685 5596
One of Marty’s favourite foods is the humble kebab. Unfortunately, living on the Gold Coast means that there aren’t any good kebab eateries around (as far as he knows anyway). Desperation called for drastic measures so one Saturday, we decided to drive to Byron Bay for a kebab.
Yep, we crossed state lines for a friggin’ kebab.
Word on the streets of Gold Coast (and northern New South Wales) is that the best kebabs can be found at Bay Kebabs. They’ve been around since the early 90s, way before every second store starting selling organic free-range walrus moustaches sprinkled with magic kale dust and way before Sarah Wilson decided to quit sugar.
Despite the fact that it had been raining in the area the last couple of days, the sun came out just for us that very day. This meant that it was quite warm and I was in no mood for kebabs.
Instead, I watched Marty order two. Yep, two. Okay, not in one go. He ordered one, then we walked around the place, sat by the beach sipping juice from fresh coconuts, sampled some dumplings (next post) and walked around some more. Then we were back at Bay Kebabs for Marty’s second kebab. Thank goodness there was someone different manning the counter because I’d be slightly embarrassed if I was caught buying kebabs twice in three or so hours.
On both occasions Marty had the gourmet lamb kebab ($10.50), which came with ‘Middle Eastern lamb’ and tzatziki sauce in Lebanese bread. Shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onion and tahini then completed the nifty little package. Verdict? Marty thought it was good – in fact, so did I. But was it worth crossing state lines for? Definitely not. The lamb wasn’t as tender as I liked and the seasoning did lack a bit of depth. Granted, we both grew up in Melbourne so we’ve been spoilt by places such as Footscray Best Kebabs. I’d definitely say that it’s better than any late night Surfers Paradise kebab joint. However, if I wanted a kebab, I’d wait until I’m back in Melbourne.