86 Smith Street
Collingwood Vic 3066
I’m baaaaack! Well kinda, I’m trying to ease back into things after taking a bit of a hiatus, thanks to some not so enjoyable morning sickness (baby number two is well and truely cooking, and giving me some grief in the mean time). After 4.5 months of not being able to stomach much, we finally decided to venture out and enjoy some food with taste – oh how I’ve missed you! So off we went to Shane Delia’s latest kebab venture, Biggie Smalls.
Offering kebabs with a modern twist, everything about the food at Biggie Smalls screams of Shane Delia. The menu is a fusion of traditional middle eastern spices and rich American flavours, sounds random but it totally works. There is nothing simple about these kebabs, they’re loaded with very different yet complimentary flavours, like maple glazed pork belly with peanut butter hommus, or fried chicken with pumpkin pie hommus.
There are seven different kebabs to choose from, covering seafood, chicken, meat and veggie options, each with a very unique flavour combination, plus an array of sides like hot crinkle chips, corn doggs and a grain salad.
Personally, we couldn’t go past the East Coast (maple glazed pulled pork, crackling, peanut butter hommus, leaves, pickled bits and traditional garlic & mint sauce), and the Dirty South (fried chicken, pumpkin pie hommus, leaves, pickled bits and traditional garlic & mint sauce), with a side of hot crinkle chips. Both kebabs were delicious and if I wasn’t so full, I would have considered going another. My favourite was the East Coast, the pork was sweet and tender and perfectly complemented by the peanut butter hummus. Special mention must also go to the crinkle chips which were crispy and well seasoned with middle eastern herbs and spices, making them super addictive.
It must be said that there is alot going on with these kebabs, so if you’re after a more classic adaptation, this probably won’t be your thing, I on the other hand left a very happy woman. For the first time in months my taste buds were treated to a flavour explosion and I loved every minute of it.
The eatery itself is really casual, order and pay at the counter then take a seat at one of the traditional diner style booths and enjoy the old school tunes while you wait for your food.
So if you’re after a casual flavour loaded meal head over to Biggie Smalls.