When I wrote about a charcoal chicken place in Petersham, a name came up in the conversation: El Jannah. Some people reckoned it was one of the best in Sydney. Jannah in Arabic means paradise, so I was looking forward to the thought of eating charcoal chicken in Paradise!
They have three outlets in Sydney but we went to the place where it all started, Granville. It was a pretty big place for a charcoal chicken joint and there was always a queue when we were there. Their burgers and rolls are pretty good value for money (for around $12 with chips and drink)! On this occasion, we are more interested in trying their ‘eat in’ menu.
Shawarma Plate – $12.00 – marinated beef, parsley, onion, pickles, tomato, tahini and bread
It was the least tasty dish of the day. The overall feel was very salty, especially the tahini. There was also way too many vegetables on the plate ^_^
Coleslaw – $5.50
I love a proper coleslaw (not the kind of coleslaw that KFC has) and El Jannah’s coleslaw is a proper one!
1/2 chicken – $10.50 – with garlic, pickles and bread
This is the very reason why we came to El Jannah. The Lebanese-style is enjoyed with garlic sauce, pickles and Lebanese bread. However, it wasn’t as mind blowing as we had hoped. Also, I would rather have the chicken with chips instead of the bread. The chips were a lot fresher!
EJ Platter – $19.90 – 3 skewers, chips, homus and baba ganouj, garlic and chili bread
The EJ platter was the redeeming factor at El Jannah. Their skewers were very nicely done and worked pretty well with the usual condiments and hot chips! On top of that, they also gave us homus and baba ganouj which added an extra complexity to the dish!
For the skewers, you have a choice between lamb, mince beef and chicken.
You can actually create your own wrap with any of the dishes above.
The final verdict for El Jannah
The chicken did not live up to the hype for me at El Jannah. Their EJ Platter on the other hand was something else! The coleslaw was also worth mentioning.
Did you know?
There were a lot of halal restaurants in Granville that I could see when we were there!
Rating for El Jannah:
7.0 / 10
Taste: 7.0 / 10
Price: $6.50 – $20 per dish
Place: 7.0 / 10
4 – 8 South Street, Granville NSW 2142
02 9637 0977