We’ve all been there. Stumbling out of one of the many awesome venues this city has to offer after a night on the turps, only to find ourselves keen for a bit of a nosh.
Enter the ubiquitous kebab. This heady concoction of rotisserie-cooked beef, chicken or lamb, salad, cheese and garlic sauce, hummus (or whatever condiment takes your fancy), rolled into a thick pita cigar is a true staple of the late-nite gourmand.
Well, Newcastle is about to welcome its newest ‘kebabbery’ into the fold with Lost Boys Kebab opening its doors at The Cambridge Hotel on Tuesday 14 July and we just can’t wait to wrap our laughing gear around one of these bad boys.
The brainchild of Scotties head chef Joel Humphreys (who has also plied his trade in such notable Aussie kitchens as Rockpool, Bistro Moncur, and Bodega 1904), Lost Boys Kebab is about so much more than your garden variety kebab.
In fact, you can expect some truly surprising and enticing flourishes on this menu – not surprising given that they are operating from the mantra: “following the path to deliciousness, not to authenticity.”
Case in point, behold the XO Chook Kebab. Spit-roasted chicken thigh, xo sauce, potato tots, garlic sauce, shaved cabbage and pickles.
Similarly, chances are if the Pumpkin and Curd Kebab (roast pumpkin, goats curd, caramelised onion, eggplant relish, green cabbage and garlic yogurt) isn’t making you salivate in anticipation, chances are you have no soul.
Oh, and fans of the fromage are also well catered for with the Fried Cheese Kebab – a dizzying amalgam of pan-fried cheese, shaved fennel, yuzu koshu (a Japanese chilli-based condiment) spring onion and iceberg lettuce.
Honestly, they had us at pan fried cheese.
While the six kebabs on offer are the stars of the show, there are plenty of extra treats to discover here including rice bowls which see four of the best kebabs unwrapped and put in a bowl with, um, rice.
You’re probably going to want to make a special trip just to sample the snack section of this menu with such fare as Grilled Octopus, Burnt Baby Onion Salad, and Muhammara (red pepper, walnut and pomegranate dip, and flatbread)
On the beverage side of things, you can really soak up the rock and roll vibe of The Cambridge with a slew of cocktails bearing the names of various music legends (no spoilers, you’ll just have to check it out for yourself), and the venue now boasts a full wine list from Tamburlaine Organic Wines.
If that wasn’t enough, team Lost Boys has hit it out of the park when it comes to the dessert menu, too.
The likes of Banana and Dulce De Leche Pie and some truly left-of-centre soft serve flavours (cumquat, caramelised white chocolate, lemon thyme and vanilla soft serve, and strawberry, liquorice, candied olive and vanilla) will have you looking for your stretchiest after dinner pants, no doubt.
Lost Boys Kebab is located at The Cambridge Hotel and will open its doors on Tuesday 14 July. Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 3pm and 5pm to late. Head here for more info.