Posh kebabs are officially a thing. First there was George Calombaris’ Jimmy Grants and now just down the road in Smith Street Shane Delia has opened Biggie Smalls. I was invited along to the launch party last night.
The name Biggie Smalls is a hip hop reference but it could also refer to the size of the kebabs – they are teeny tiny. One is definitely not enough to fill you up so I’d recommend ordering two or at least chips on the side.
While they are small the kebabs do pack a flavour punch. I tried the “Dirty South” kebab filled with crisp fried chicken doused with pumpkin pie hommus and a whack of pickles ($11). The bread is puffy and soft and the more unusual flavours were lots of fun.
The chips are excellent: crinkle cut and doused in preserved lemon and butter then sprinkled with coriander seeds and salt ($5.50). In fact I may have preferred the chips to the kebabs. To drink there’s cold beer and cider served in tins or soft drinks. The place looks more New York diner than typical kebab store with pastel coloured tiles and booth seating along one wall.
Don’t worry though, Biggie Smalls isn’t too posh to open late at night. It trades until 1am on the weekends. Just when you really need a kebab. Good to see some things are old school.
Gourmet Chick was invited to review Biggie Smalls.
Details: Biggie Smalls, 86 Smith Street, Collingwood
Damage: $11 a kebab. Such a bargain my mother would approve (although she may not approve of the size of the kebabs).