Kismet Charcoal Grill review – probably the best food in Southend! Now I haven’t eaten at all the restaurants in Southend-on-Sea, obvs, but the spread on offer at the Kismet Charcoal Grill will take some beating!
My family and I were there last weekend. The owners, Katerina and Michael are dear friends of ours, and opened up the restaurant and takeaway at the end of 2014. We’ve had the pleasure of eating their fresh, homecooked food for years during stays at their home, but now they have fulfilled a lifelong dream to open their own restaurant, and by God- the people of Southend are in for a treat – once they’ve tried it they’ll have a new favourite restaurant!
Don’t just take my word for it- if you are in the area, check them out for yourself. They are a Shawarma grill eaterie- this means that their kebab meat is pure meat. Not like a doner kebab that you can get from any old takeaway on any old High Street on the way home from the pub which is pumped with fats. The Shawarma grill is layer upon layer of pure meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie grill so it is a healthy way of cooking the meat. In fact, whilst you could get a kebab from Kismet to enjoy on the way home, you’d be doing yourself an injustice by not actually sitting down and savouring the food. Every mouthful is an experience in itself- you won’t want to waste that pleasure by walking and eating!
Katerina and Michael are both foodies. When we first met we actually bonded over a love of food. In my case it was my love of eating and Katerina was so knowledgeable about food and how to prepare it, that I learned so much from her. She helped give me more confidence in the kitchen by teaching me a few dishes, as I was learning how to cook at the time.
All the meat is marinated at the Kismet Grill and cooked on charcoal to give it a distinctive flavour and ensure it stays succulent. The halloumi cheese starter is just delicious. I could have eaten that all night. After that, we were served platters of meat; chicken, lamb, kofte, grilled pepper… I hopped from mouthful to mouthful. Insider tip: wear elasticated pants!
Takeaway prices for a starter are from £2.50 and a main from £4.00. They serve some fab desserts too from £2.75. I had a rather delicious chocolate fudge cake.
I travelled a 400 mile round trip for the best meal out I’ve had in ages, so if you are within the London/ South East area it is well worth a visit – you’d be mad not to!
Find the Kismet Charcoal Grill Bar & Restaurant at 3 Eastern Esplanade, Southend, Essex, SS1 2ER
Open Sunday to Thursday 11.30am to 10.30pm and Friday to Saturday 11.30am to 11pm.
Tel: 01702 611 901