Nestled in the cozy South Surrey confines of Morgan Crossing, Kababji Grill serves up donairs, kebabs and shawarma platters Lebanese style. The best kebab I’ve had by a longshot was Lebanese by way of Japan in Tokyo’s Roppongi district, so I’ve been scouring local Lebanese joints in a vain attempt to relive the meat-masticating glory of that late night post-club paradise-in-a-pita. Will this Lebanese grill measure up? Read on to find out!
Kababji apparently seats 48 but unless your sitting on each others’ laps I’d say it would comfortably fit about half that. Dishes are ordered at the counter and brought to your table. All items are halal and they offer gluten-free pitas for an extra dollar. Their menu is stamped with “THE BEST KEBAB” so hopes were running high… I decided to go with a tried-and-true chicken donair with all the fixin’s and waited to be wowed.
…I wasn’t. Why would you even bother to try and serve this? At least the guy was decent enough to take it back and remake it without a fuss, but not a good first impression.
Okay, that’s more like it. The Chicken Shawarma Pita Donair ($8.34) was not exactly bursting with filling (keep in mind the contents included the chicken plus lettuce, tomato, onion, parsley, hummus, tahini and tzatziki), but at least it looked like I could bite into it without looking like Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder. Oh and speaking of blackface, Kababji Grill’s drinking glasses come emblazoned with “Trudeau” on the bottom. Nice touch!
The meat was moist enough and the sauces were plenty garlicky, but the tomatoes were all kind of sequestered near the base. Otherwise it was quite enjoyable, but still didn’t come close to the best.
Craig and Kimiko split the Chicken Shawarma Platter ($16.67). Served with your choice of fries or rice, Kababji’s platters also come with salad, hummus and tzatziki plus a pita for rippin and dippin. Tasting the flavours on their own made me appreciate their meat a tad more, and their garlic dip will leave your breath foul in the best possible way well into the next day. Hummus was very fresh tasting with plenty of oil,
Since the platter is double the price of the wrapped dishes, I’d say the wraps are a better value. Getting a wrap in a combo where you can add fries, rice or salad plus a drink for $4.67 would be a better bang for your buck if you’re feeling like a hungry hippo.
I’m kind of on the fence so no real final verdict on this one, give it a go for yourself and weigh in through the comments section below. And while you’re at Morgan Crossing, why not check out Mink Chocolates for a decadent dessert? Be sure to read our review before you go!