The search for Vienna’s finest kebab is finally over! Kent, a franchise spread over three locations in Vienna, provides an answer to the prayers of those people who venerate the Viennese kebab.
As opposed to many of the kebab-selling Würstelstände, Kent is attached to a restaurant and as such caters for a much wider range of tastes. The restaurant section serves reasonably priced main dishes which are specific to the Levant, such as stuffed aubergine and other grilled meat and vegetables, also cooked over coals. There is also every possible kebab on the menu: Adana, a sort of ground-beef and chilli patty on a skewer, as well as a buttery-tomato offering called İskender, which is apparently a delicacy and famous all over Turkey.
The main attraction, the döner kebab, comes in three varieties: chicken, lamb and veal/beef. These are roasted slowly in front of an open coal fire, cooked gently to release the flavours. Coming in at just € 3 – although it’s worth shelling out an extra 50c for the dürüm variety – it’s also highly affordable, and perhaps in these terms, slightly dangerous. Especially if you live close by.
Kent is reached by taking the U3 (or 9 and 49 trams) to Schweglerstraße. The perfect snack in the evening, or something to enjoy while sheltering from the rain! Perhaps I will live to regret moving to the area after all!