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Thanks to decades of sweaty lumps of meat rotating under oppressive strip lighting, kebabs have long had a bad rep. Chifafa, a newish spot on Clerkenwell Road, wants to change all that. For a start its website bangs on about its meat being ‘ethically raised, 100% traceable’. It’s like they’re auditioning to be a cleancut, Instagram- friendly version of their dirty sibling.
Clerkenwell’s designers and creatives have certainly welcomed its arrival. On a recent visit it was absolutely heaving at lunch, with the waiting time going beyond what you’d ideally want for a quick bite. Bar a couple of stools and seats, it’s a grab-and-go sort of place (there’s a wall opposite by the Zetter Hotel that makes a perfectly good spot to tuck in).
Stand out options include the slow-cooked lamb kebab (£7.90) – the delicately spiced, wonderfully tender meat was wrapped with fresh salad and crumbly feta inside a modest-sized warm pita reminiscent of a Greek gyros. They also do veal, chicken and falafel options, and you can swap the bread for a rice box, plus there’s a range of sides and healthy juices.
The price (£20+ for two with drinks) means it’s best suited to a lunchtime treat but, like its neighbour Brewdog, you’re paying a bit extra for a better quality product. Judging by how busy Chifafa is, there’s no shortage of people who think that’s a fair swap.
45-47 Clerkenwell Rd
|Price:||Lunch for two with drinks and service: around £25|
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