Over in Auburn, Sydney, New Star Kebab is a bit of a local legend. We’d heard there were queues down the street most weekend nights full of hungry punters wanting to get a post-party feed, but when we popped past on Sunday afternoon, it was honestly still incredibly busy. While waiting for a table, the wafts of smokey, shish meats, freshly baked Turkish bread and aromatic spices were enough to reassure anyone this informal joint was worth lining up for.
The decor and the service are what you’d expect of a casual takeaway joint, but the quality of the food was not. We ordered the mixed dips, mixed shish plate and sucuklu pide, and each order comes with complimentary freshly baked Turkish pide, which came with more dips (we were in dip heaven).
Between the complimentary dips and mixed dip platter, we honestly had more dips than we could name. They were all delicious though, with some of our faves being the houmus (of course), tzatziki and babaganush. You could tell the pide was fresh as well, because it was so soft and had an amazing density to it.
Next up came the mixed shish plate, with adana (minced lamb sausage), chicken and lamb. The meat was beautifully tender and smokey, with the chicken being our absolute fave. Accompanying the protein was a generous assortment of tomato (fresh and grilled), cabbage, onion, roast hot chilli, fresh lemon slices and plenty of pride underneath to soak up all the delicious meat juices.
The next dish seriously surprised us. This was something we’d never had before and didn’t specifically order, but when we asked one of the waiters what his favourite dish was, he recommended the sucuklu pide. Boy were we glad he did! Out came an incredible dish of freshly baked pide, folded in on itself and stuffed with warm, gooey cheese, Turkish sausage and egg. This is definitely a must-order at New Star Kebab.
If you haven’t already checked out this Sydney Turkish institution, you can find them down in Auburn, serving up piping hot shish kebab and pride until late every night.