600 Excessive St


opening time every day lunch and dinner
costs Medium ($20-$40)
telephone 1800 491 838

On a current Monday night time, I went to a brand new restaurant within the CBD, spent $400 on a spherical of cocktails and a dinner that was surprisingly common, went residence and contemplated the purpose of all these new tasks. That are themed and costly and utterly predictable.

The subsequent night time, I went to Preston to eat at El Jannah, the cult charcoal rooster chain that began in Sydney in 1998 and lately entered the Melbourne market. The Preston location, which rises from the Excessive Road like a neon inexperienced beacon – a church of rooster – opened in early Could, and a second location in Campbellfield is anticipated to open earlier than the tip of this yr.

In El Jannah I spent $54 on a mountain of rooster, each fried and charcoal-baked, a rooster sandwich, a load of chips, a flurry of sides, pita bread to wrap all of it up, and a smooth drink. I left full, pleased and left.

El Jannah in Preston is the charcoal rooster chain’s first Melbourne outlet. Picture: Eddie Jim

Charcoal rooster is widespread in Australia as of late, however was not the case within the late Nineties. That is when the 2 {couples} began Awafi in Granville, Sydney, in 1998, bringing a serious a part of Lebanese home-cooking to the general public. A kind of {couples}, André and Carol Estefan, finally left Awafi to open Al Jannah close by. There are actually 14 places in New South Wales, and this new entrant in Victoria.

At Preston, the response has been wild. Folks love this rooster very a lot. The car parking zone is a zoo and contours are lengthy for each the drive-thru and the eating room.

When you’re via the ordering line on the counter, take a quantity and discover a seat within the giant eating space. That is primary fast-food seating, a bit excessive however not a lot. There are high-top tables with stools and common bench seating across the perimeter of the room.

Rooster pav.

Rooster pav. Picture: Eddie Jim

Inside minutes of ordering, your meals is delivered, and – relying on how lengthy you wait in line and the way a lot time you spend consuming out – it is right here in half-hour or much less It’s utterly potential to come back and go.

So what’s so nice about El Jannah? There are charcoal rooster joints in all places, a lot of them with related menus, nearly none of them with these queues or ranges of devotion. Okay, first off, the rooster: That charcoal-crisp pores and skin is actually a miracle, all smoky and glossy and crunchy.

You are ordering an entire chicken ($27.90, together with savory garlic sauce, pickles, and bread), which is extra prone to retain moisture; I’ve dried out small components.

The green fast food joint north of Melbourne is attracting queues.

The inexperienced quick meals joint north of Melbourne is attracting queues. Picture: Wayne Taylor

So, sure, rooster is sweet, and typically nice. However I am equally impressed with the perimeters, particularly the tabbouleh ($7.50-$10.50), which is very mild and contemporary, its mildly bitter parsley-rich rooster, the right foil to it.

Hummus ($4.50-$9.90) is creamy and tangy earlier than wrapping rooster items and fantastic for slathering in your pita ($2.50/bag; included on many plates).

Fried rooster ($9.90-$29.90) is satisfactory, higher as bone-in items than in strips, its crust is salty and crumbly, its inside is clean. Not the most effective fried rooster on the planet (and even in Preston), but it surely will get the job finished.

Sides of tabbouleh, hummus and baba ganoush.

Sides of tabbouleh, hummus and baba ganoush. Picture: Eddie Jim

Even the common non-fried EJ Rooster Burger ($9.50) is spectacular—similar to the quick meals rooster burger however higher, thanks primarily to the standard of the chicken.

The employees is younger, busy, a bit inexperienced however pleased and useful. Usually there may be much less sense of disappointment right here than in lots of quick meals joints or chain eating places. And, like the group, they’re extraordinarily various.

Once I appeared across the eating room, I heard a minimum of 4 completely different languages ​​being spoken. Youngsters, aged folks, households, traditions, mates, many castes, many financial backgrounds, all fortunately chewing on their rooster. I thought of my fashionable CBD meal the night time earlier than, which value eight instances as a lot and left me half glad.

Sure, that is quick meals – shamelessly – and no, this isn’t the place to go for pampering or glitz. However I do know the place I’d like to return even when there isn’t any cash downside.

Feeling Inexperienced Quick Meals Joint, Barely Elevated

go-to dish Complete Charcoal Rooster Plate ($27.90)

drink chilly drink

value $25 for 2, plus drinks


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