Lamb Kebab Wrap at Asian Takeaway, Peckham

30 Apr

Babbage

LOCATION: ‘Asian Takeaway’, opposite the station on Rye Lane, next to Ali Baba fruit n veg.

PRICE: Can’t remember. A few quid? Not much, anyway. 

BREAD: Naan.

FILLING: Minced lamb kebab, cucumber, lettuce, yoghurt sauce, chilli sauce.

PROS: This sandwich is a lesson in the value of simplicity and freshness. Who would’ve thought we’d be so lucky that a bunch of firecrackers would set up a tandoor in what is basically a shack tucked away off Peckham’s main drag, Rye Lane? A man works next to the sweaty heat of the oven rolling balls of dough, one under each palm in opposite directions, simultaneously. Wax on, wax off. These are shaped and hand-slapped into the tandoor, to order. He wears gloves. Long, skewered kebabs are speared in and out too, then hung from the roof to cool once cooked.

What’s particularly impressive about this kebab is the spicing. So often too many spices muddle together making the overall flavour flat and oddly, very bland. These guys know when to stop. There’s a whacking great measure of green chilli though, which brings searing freshness as well as, obviously, hefty poke.

The salad is as juicily spanking as everything else, and the cucumber is cut lengthways, so that it actually lies flat in the wrap and doesn’t fall out. Finally. Someone. I can never get one of these wraps into my face quite fast enough actually, and then I always have to be talked out of getting another. I don’t let go of this idea usually until I get way down past Maccy D’s and almost around the corner to the High Street, by which point it just means really that I can’t be arsed to walk back.

CONS: So I have lived in Peckham for like, quite a lot of years now and I never knew this place existed. The first time I went there I asked the guy why he didn’t have a sign, to which he responded by pointing at the sign. It’s kinda hard to see but actually once you…okay I’m just a massive doofus.

SCORE: 7/10

 

 

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4 Responses to “Lamb Kebab Wrap at Asian Takeaway, Peckham”

  1. donaldé (@donalde) May 1, 2014 at 12:13 am #

    Can I add a mention of the lamb samosas they do. Superb. Don’t let them heat it up for you as they microwave them, however, cold or crisped up in your oven they’re the best meat samosas I’ve come across in ages.

  2. pearlsbounce August 24, 2014 at 1:12 am #

    the kebabs look real authentic! I WANT!

  3. Campbell Fairs January 31, 2015 at 8:57 am #

    From trying both, I prefer the chicken filling

  4. London Gent August 6, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    I will vouch for these lamb kebab wraps, they are awesome. Perfect snack before going round the corner to the Peckham multiplex! Oh and their curries are great, me and my girlfriend always look at each other in delight when eating the daal!

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