This is not what i would classify as my typical Sunday brunch food, and this is also an area that i have previously never been to. I am in an unfamiliar area but as my previous posts have proven, there are times where i will travel near and far for food. Good food. Instead of finding myself at a cafe enjoying my usual cup of coffee, i find myself here at El Jannah ready for chicken feast.
Word has it that this is Sydney’s best charcoal chicken paired with a legendary garlic sauce. Although we were there around 11am, there were already customers inside some for takeaway or eat in. The interior was quite spacious and service was fast and efficient, signs of the mass amount of traffic the shop must receive daily.
Some of the food was displayed at the front, but if you chose to sit in the food is then brought to you from the kitchen. We were in no rush and a feast was about to begin, so we chose to sit in option.
Between four, we wanted it all. This is what i would call a “breakfast of champions”.
A whole chicken (19.9) was ordered because it was a signature and this was what we were here for. Theres always this bit of doubt associated with ordering chicken, there’s always the chance of overcooked dry meat and in the rare case with the opposite, because raw chicken meat is dangerous. Fortunately for us, the chicken is just right. Charred on the outside with a distinct smokiness, but the meat itself remained quite moist.
As i’ve mentioned in my previous posts, it seems that everywhere that does a chicken dish offers some kind of secret special sauce. In the case of El Jannah, it is the legendary garlic sauce. A dangerously addictive creamy garlic spread, good enough to outshine the chicken. A good spread for the generous serving of pita bread, for chicken, a good dip for everything. Garlic breath or not, i could see my friend considering licking the entire plate clean.
For variety and curiousity, we also ordered beef but this (not surprisingly) was outshone by the chicken and garlic sauce.
The falafel was a good choice, very crispy and fresh, a nice change to the ones i’ve been consuming at Sababa. Cant say much for the pickles though, which can get very salty after just a few.
Just like fish and chips, chicken and chips also seem appropriate. El Jannah offers a rather generous serving of addictive golden crispy chips seasoned with chicken salt. They’re addictive enough on their own, but even better when we realised they could be dipped in the garlic sauce. A brave person is one who can stop after one chip, but our group had absolutely no control.
Just to even out the heavy calories, we also ordered a Chicken Salad which in reality is probably not as healthy as it sounds. Nonetheless, it was a new experience which was worth the journey. We left quite bloated (unsurprisingly) and this was really a first for me but probably not the last. Definitely a different Sunday feed that has left an impression.