New restaurant opening in Croydon will sell very posh kebabs
There will be plenty of us who only turn to a kebab after chucking out time when our tastebuds certainly won’t be performing at their peak.
Two business partners are hoping to change all that by bringing an entirely different type of kebab shop to Croydon.
German Doner Kebab (GDK) is more of a restaurant and prides itself on using 100 per cent lean meat in its meals.
It doesn’t have to come with bread – this is a Doner Box Salad from GDKIt is opening a branch on George Street, in the heart of Croydon town centre.
A firm date has not yet been fixed, but it is expected to open within the next couple of weeks.
The company, which, as the name suggests, originated in Germany, has branches across Europe and the Middle East.
It has a strong reputation internationally and is now taking off in the UK, with six branches around the country.
The other London branches are in in Ilford, Fulham, Ealing, Angel Islington and Kilburn. There is also a branch in Birmingham and more are due to open next year.
Former Trinity School student Haroon Niazi, 33, a barrister by profession, and business partner Khauram Sheikh, 38, who lives in South London and has a background as an IT project manager, are the pair responsible for opening a franchise in Croydon
German Doner Kebab will be opening in Croydon very soonHaroon explained why GDK is special enough to convince them to leave their desk-bound jobs and open a branch.
“People think it’s just an average kebab but it’s not. It’s 100 per cent lean meat so no additives or preservatives,” he said.
“They are really bringing a new food concept so I find it quite interesting.”
GDK says on its website: “Our tried and tested methods are totally different to the way other operators make their kebabs. The result is a nutritionally sound gourmet food experience that contains virtually no preservatives or additives and can be consumed day or night.”
Haroon explained the meat turning on the spit is 100 per cent beef or you could choose 100 per cent chicken fillet for your kebab.
All the meat is imported from the company’s homeland of Germany and it is chargrilled, not fried.
Bread is freshly baked and the salad is also fresh, said Haroon.
You could try a German Doner Kebab Special – which looks like a burger in a bun – have your doner in a wrap, or your doner in a box without the bread.
There is even a veggie option packed with salad.
The signature dish, said Haroon, is The Triangle Sandwich – freshly baked bread filled with meat, salad and one of their signature sauces. You could choose from the yogurt, garlic or chilli sauce.
The Triangle Sandwich is the signature dish
And, like the website says, these kebabs can be eaten at any time – Haroon said his shop won’t be the kind feeding late night clubbers until 4am.
Croydon GDK will be open from 11am to 11pm. “We are looking at the lunchtime trade and early evening trade – someone looking to grab a kebab on the way home.”
Haroon said he is excited to be opening his new venture in Croydon.
“Croydon is developing at a phenomenal rate,” He said. “I have been brought up in Croydon. This is home for me so to have a chance to run a business here is quite exciting for me.”
A twist on the burger and doner – a Doner Burger from GDK