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We Tried London’s Notorious, Delicious £60 Kebab Feast • Kebab Queen

Guy Parsons Guy Parsons

Kebab Queen Review London

Holy shish! We tried Kebab Queen, Covent Garden’s cheeky luxury restaurant that has the press huffing and puffing…

The launch of a pricy new kebab joint raised eyebrows recently, revealing a £60 menu that provoked ire from the Sun and sark from the Guardian.

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First things first: no, there actually isn’t a gold-encrusted mega-bab for £60 on the menu. At Kebab Queen, a cute little ‘fake takeaway’ in a Covent Garden basement, there’s instead a mouth-watering six-course tasting menu from a Michelin-starred chef, so already we’re talking something a bit more special. [See our guide to London’s quirkiest restaurants.]

 

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Hosted by the folks behind Le Bab, head chef Manu Canales (formerly of Le Gavroche) is on a self-proclaimed mission to push the kebab to the absolute limits – so we sent Kebab Taste Tester Jade Coles to check it out.

 

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The venue itself is a cute fake-take-away in a Covent Garden basement; diners sit around the kitchen and eat directly off a (fiercely heated) countertop. No plates, no problem – just don’t put your phone on it, or it’ll get quite upset.

The six-course menu is overall ‘super-rich’ and ‘amazing’, although wildly unsuitable for veggies, as ‘there’s only one vegetable in the whole thing – and that’s a leaf you stuff meat into.’ Dishes include a bite-sized foie gras kebab, a monkfish shish and a Doner risotto: ‘the dirtiest and yet most decadent thing I’ve eaten’ says Jade. The drinks pairing (another £45, I’m afraid!) comes recommended too, with an amazing red wine served with the duck, English sparkling wine, and port served from a truly umitous bottle. [Don’t miss: the best restaurants in Covent Garden]

 

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Sensational flavours aside: the low-lit subterranean vibes make this an experience better tasted than ‘grammed, and Jade also recommends a layered outfit as the place is ‘boiling hot’, and you may or may not pass out on the bus afterwards. Although what more would you expect from a boozy kebab feast, tbh?

Location: 4 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden, WC2H 9FA. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: One dinner service at 7.30pm, Fri-Sat-Sun.
Price: six course menu, £60, or with drinks pairing, £105.
More information: on their website.


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