Photographs: David Straight
Every now and then a reader emails me and suggests I go have a look at a restaurant and when I do, I wonder how I haven’t heard of it before. Paasha is one of those restaurants: it’s just down from the legendary Mr Zhou’s in the New Lynn shops. It looks like every other Turkish kebab shop in Auckland.
Only here, they have two things that make the heart sing: they cook their meat over charcoal and they offer tahini sauce as well as the usual yoghurt-mint-garlic selection and it is in this way that it is something of a delight to find. The lamb shish kebab ($13/$16) is succulent and tender and beautifully smoky, and the chicken ($13/$16) is juicy. Then you combine it either in a kebab or on a plate and you wonder why something so simple has to be so routinely awful: this is how they all should be. SFG
HOURS Open Monday to Saturday, 11am until late.
ADDRESS 3120 Great North Road, New Lynn, ph 825-9625. paashaturkishkitchen.co.nz
IMPORTANT DETAILS The owners of Paasha are planning a new restaurant in Glenfield. We’ll keep you posted.