Friday, 22 November 2013

La Shish, City Road - The Cardiff Kebab Quest

Another excellent kebab…blah, blah, blah.

On City Road…yawn…snooze…bore.

I’m sorry, I know this is all getting a bit repetitive. 

However, there’s no escaping the fact that City Road is Cardiff’s kebab house epicentre. 

This time it’s the turn of La Shish and as you’ve probably guessed, it’s another cracker. 

As far as City Road kebab house interiors go, La Shish is one of the nicest – everything is bright, modern and clean. 

There’s no booze on the menu so we quaffed a couple of soft drinks - a top-notch freshly squeezed OJ (£2.50) and an ayran (£1.50), a surprisingly tasty, slightly salty, slightly sour and slightly creamy yoghurt drink.

To start we shared an excellent small mixed meze (£6.50) which comprised of a smooth almost nutty hummus, a lemony and parsley packed tabbouleh, a creamy moutabal with a smoky kick in its tail, crisp tahini drizzled falafel, juicy dolmades, mixed olives and some pickled gherkins and chillies. The selection was accompanied by fresh, soft and crisp flatbread. 

The kebab – Mixed kebab platter 2 (£16.95)

Meat – A whopping tagine laden with juicy lamb and chicken kofte, tender lamb and chicken shish, and crisp and fatty lamb and chicken shawarma. 

Other stuff – Beneath the meat sat a mound of superb buttery, fluffy, saffron infused rice – some of the best I’ve eaten.

Bread – A duo of hard to fault soft and crisp fresh flatbreads.

Salad – A decent fresh salad selection, which I have to admit, was neglected due to the sheer quantity of food elsewhere on the table. 

Sauce – Three dainty dishes contained a respectable chilli sauce, a garlic mayo lacking the freshness of its yoghurt-based equivalent and a gratuitous tomato ketchup. 

The verdict – It’s hard to fault La Shish except for some of their sauces. As such, it joins KBS, Lilo, Shaam Nights and Troy in the upper echelons of Cardiff kebabage.

The details:
Address - La Shish, 17-19 City Road, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3BJ
Telephone - 029 2049 3337


  1. We find ourselves alternating between lilos and la shish whenever we go out. The Chicken Corn Cane is amazing, but I'm not entirely sure what it is (some kind of kidney bean stew)

    1. @Anonymous - Chicken corn cane sounds a bit strange to me! Will have to take your word for it that it's delicious :-)