The Rhyl kebab shop in the running to be voted the best in the UK
A Rhyl takeaway is the only one from North Wales vying for the title best British kebab shop.
Corfu Kebab House on Water Street is handily situated for the town’s nightlife and has fuelled many an emotional traveller making their way home after a night on the tiles.
Owner Faruk Kadir. from Kurdistan, speaks four languages and his proud that his takeaway has been nominated in the Welsh section of the fourth British Kebab Awards.
“I have plenty of awards,” he says pointing to the walls. “We make good food here.”
There’s a notion that late-night takeaways offer poor food with little nutritional value, but that's a myth Ibrahim Dogus, founder of the British Kebab Awards, is keen to dismiss.
He said: “These awards are a true celebration of kebabs as a Great British institution, and recognise the contribution of the industry throughout the country.
“There is a very high standard of nominees for every category.”
In fact thousands of takeaways were nominated by the public and placed in 14 categories from best kebab shop to best delivery and best value.
Faruk wants to bring the best kebab shop title to North Wales and to illustrate the point he’s prepared to show off the cooking process in the best possible light.
“Let me get everything together and I will talk you through how to make souvlaki,” he says as he prepares a chicken souvlaki.
Although from Kurdistan he can speak Arabic, Farsi (most associated with Iran) and of course English.
“I came to Rhyl because of the business,” he explains.
He is proud he has been nominated and he believes people will come back time again if the food is good.
Faruk and business partner Mo have to cope with customers often being drunk and barging in for our midnight feasts.
However he keeps smiling through it with humour and, more importantly, consistently good food.
“Enjoy your meal,” says Faruk after the marination, cooking and presentation is complete.
Faruk’s place fighting against eight South Walian finalists for Welsh kebab shop of the year. Voting closes on March 10 with the winners revealed at an award ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel on March 23.