For laowais stumbling out of 88, curing those late night hunger pangs might be a priority. Or after a few too many margs at Cantina Agave, nothing seems better than a good old kebab. Well, Brothers Kebab may be the answer to your Middle Eastern food craving woes. While the shop has been facing some growing pains during their soft opening, they hope that things will be on a roll after a week of a serving kebabs that just wrapped up and the official opening this week.
Decor and service
The shop comes across as a hole in the wall place conveniently located across the street from Cantina Agave on Changle Lu near Fumin Lu, so location is key for this spot. While it may look like a tiny fast food counter grab and go kebab shop, the stairs in the back lead up to a surprisingly quaint seating area with windows overlooking the street below.
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As for the service, it is a very homegrown type of store that tries to bring flavors from around the world to your lips. Niyonkuru spent the majority of his life in Denmark – and studied kebab making at a shop there for four months – before moving to Shanghai five months ago to begin planning the opening of the shop. Heegaard has lived in Shanghai for the past eight years and is helping Niyonkuru open the shop as his side job. Consultant by day, kebab man by night. There are two chefs that work behind the counter, mixing up the store made sauces. While things may be running a bit slow at the moment, when things pick up at Brothers Kebab, this could be a great place to grab a late night snack and sit down after a few hours on your toes in Baba.
Food and drink
Brothers Kebab is providing the most multicultural of doner kebabs, so think of it as an educational experience rather than a moment of pigging out at 2am when you dive into that pita shawarma (28RMB). The Denmark owner originally from Burundi serves you chicken from Argentina and beef from Australia marinaded at Yasmines, which is all contained in a wrap shipped in daily from a muslim community five hours outside of the city which is slathered with hummus from The Hummus Lady’s shop around the corner in Shanghai.
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Their menu is small, with the four main plates sticking to the basics of kebab goodness: aside from the pita shawarma, they also serve up a doner wrap (38RMB), kebab plate (48RMB), and a kebab salad (32RMB). Their sauces include a cream and dill, garlic mayo, hot chilli, and mint chutney dressing. None of the meats contain added preservatives or additives and are seasoned with a secret recipe that only the two store owners know and are constantly working on to perfect. Each day, the meat roll and bread are replaced so ingredients are always fresh. As for drinks, customers can pair their kebab with homemade lemonade (6RMB) or homemade ice tea (6RMB). For those hoping to make this kebab run a full meal, add 16RMB to your bill for a hummus with cucumber/carrot sticks side and any drink. Or purchase their basmati rice for 6RMB, pita bread for 8RMB, or tzatziki with cucumber and carrot sticks for 14RMB. Their menu, according to the owners, will alter and improve over the next few months as they determine customer demands and preferences.
Brothers Kebab has a lot of potential once the store owners get all of the puzzle pieces of running a restaurant together and in place. They have a ton of quirky deals to reel in customers, including a “craving alert” siren to alert passersby that their is an exclusive offer currently happening at their restaurant, the lunch deal where two doner wraps are 55RMB from 11am-2pm everyday, and the lucky 8th deal where customers can roll two dice on the 8th of every month and if they hit two 6s, they eat free. Kebab lovers can also sign up for their newsletter on their site to get exclusive deals. Brothers Kebab also hopes to add their menu to Sherpas in the next month or two so kebabs can be dropped off at your doorstep in the near future. Doners Kebab will make a great ultimate pit stop on a Saturday night out.
Brothers Kebab, 674 Changle Lu, near Fumin Lu, Jingan District. (长乐路674号，近富民路) Hours: Sun-Tue 11am-11pm, Wed-Sat 11am-2am or until food is sold out. Tel: (0)21-5448-8174. www.brotherskebab.com
By Charlotte Evans
Charlotte Evans is a food contributor for Shanghaiist’s Food Section.
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