Prepare yourself: this is going to be one of those posts where I rave about something that I ate, and where you think “jeez, this guy needs to get a grip.”
Because I just ate a kebab sandwich from Rüyam Gemüse Kebab, and holy frigging moly you guys. Holy frigging moly.
Doner kebab isn’t necessarily the first dish that comes to mind when you think about German cuisine, but kebab joints are everywhere here.
At Rüyam Gemüse Kebab, you can get either a wrap or a sandwich; the sandwich was named “gemüse kebab,” and since it’s typically a good idea to order a restaurant’s eponymous dish, that’s what I went with.
You can choose between three sauces — I think the first two were a parsley sauce and a garlic sauce, and honestly I’m not even sure what the third sauce was because I was pretty much immediately like “I’ll take all three!” I’m not sure if that’s what people typically do, but if that’s wrong then I don’t want to be right.
Here’s the problem I have with a lot of shawarma, or gyro, or doner, or any number of similar rotating meat dishes that I’ve had back home: they frequently carve the meat before it’s fully brown and crispy, and you wind up with something that’s just soft and boring and bland. That’s absolutely not the case here. I mean, just take a look at this picture:
I took that about a minute before the guy carved off the top layer of crispy amazingness. A lot of times you have a sandwich like this and you’re lucky to get one or two pieces with crispy bits. Here, they’re all crispy bits.
They then mix up the freshly carved meat with little cubes of fried potatoes, which adds even more texture and flavour. The sandwich is served with a bunch of veggies, the meat, and the sauces, and the ratio of sauce to meat to vegetable is dead on. Every bite has just the right amount of everything and it’s a goddamned flavour explosion. I’ve eaten a lot of great stuff since starting this trip — this was right up there among the best.