Judging by the fact Lilo’s on City Road has expanded next door to form Lilo Grill House and Lilo Express, they don’t just have a cult following at the secondary school in Penarth where I used to teach. Furthermore, Lilo Express’s canopied ceiling and the hubbub of large groups tucking into huge plates of meat makes for one heck of an atmosphere.
Whilst my first escapade on the kebab quest was enjoyable, everything at Lilo’s is just a bit better. The meat is plumper and juicier, the bread softer and more elastic and the sauces less ambient…
We started with a plate of creamy and smoky baba ghanouj (£3.25) served with warm flatbread. It was good but could have done with a bigger hit of aubergine.
A decent banana and strawberry milkshake (£2.85) was of the milk rather than ice-cream based ilk.
Onto the kebabs -
The kebabs – Mixed Shawarma (£7.95) and Chicken shish (£7.95)
Meat – The excellent mixed shawarma comprised of oodles of shredded, aromatic, fatty and tender lamb and chicken. The equally generous portion of plump chicken shish was moist, charred and citrusy.
Bread – Superb warm, soft, bubbly and elastic bread.
Salad – A fresh yet run of the mill combination of lettuce, red onion, tomato and cucumber
Sauce – A soothing yoghurty mild garlic sauce and a potent chilli sauce
Other – Buttery rice with a scattering of lentils added some welcome padding. I was just a bit jealous of the neighbouring table who had ordered half and half.
The verdict – An excellent kebab. Some slightly more exciting salad would make it stellar.
The details -
Address - 72-74 City Road Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF24 3DD
Telephone - 029 2045 0089