A few years back I did a review of all the kebabs in Itaewon. I ran all over the neighbourhood buying up one from each restaurant and then put them to the test. However since then, I’ve found an even better one thanks to a top tip from a very good friend. Although I think they were hoping I was going to keep this one on the down low, this gem of place was too good to keep to myself.
The kebab house is located up on the hill near the mosque. The place is pretty small and there is only seating for a couple of patrons, although you can of course take your kebab to go.The simple menu is displayed on the wall as you walk in. The options include; chicken, falafel, lamb, cheese, cheese and zatarr, and meat and cheese.
The first kebab I tried was the chicken (5,000).This is usually my go to kebab, so I needed to see how it compared to my usual favourite. Straight away I noticed that the bread was hand made. It was as puffy as cloud, and lovely and chewy like a good pita-esque bread should be. It was a real step up from the tortilla wrappers that most of the kebab shops in town use. Inside were chunks of tandoori-like marinated chicken that retained their tenderness while still having that charcoal taste. Also inside was a mayo based sauce and some salad. This was much more similar to the shish kebabs we get back in England. I know it doesn’t look like much in the picture but the taste was awesome.
As well as the chicken we also tried the Falafel (5,00). I often make falafel at home, but have always found them dry when having them in restaurants here. This one was tasty as hell, crispy on the outside but soft in the middle. It was as good as the chicken in its own way. It would be hard to choose between them, luckily they are cheap enough to just get both!
Last I tried the lamb (6,000). I got this one to take home for TFB so I don’t actually have a picture of it. The friendly owner advised me they are best eaten straight away but I had to take it for my beloved. This one was just as good as the ones that proceeded it. For a start it had big chunks of lamb meat, and not the reconstituted doner style stuff. Again it had the same fillings as the other, I just amped up the spice level a little on this one, which really worked with the lamb. If you like shish kebabs back home, then this is much more in the same wheelhouse. The marination on the meat is a little different and more Indian in the flavours but overall this is a pretty darn good kebab.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love the other ones, but this one is in a league of its own, especially considering it is the same price. Be sure to go give it a try next time you are out on the lash.
Al Aziz is located at 137-14, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon Station (line 6) and come out of exit 3. Walk straight until you reach the corner with Dunkin Donuts and turn right. Walk up this road, and cross once you get to the foreign food mart. Keep going straight up the hill and take the next left and walk up this street. Al Aziz is on the left hand side before you get to the GS Mart. For more information you can call them on 02-790-9865.