‘Don’t get me wrong, I love Vietnamese food. But sometimes you just have to have a chip butty’, quipped amenable larrikin Brit, Tim. And so Kebab Shack, Hoi An’s greasy spoon, was born with partner Ly Anh dishing up steaming plates of sausages, eggs, bacon, baked beans and chips while Tim entertains all comers front of house.
At Kebab Shack chicken, bacon and leek and Aussie beef pies and lasagna, as well as an incredibly cheap Middle-Eastern style kebab, complete the food picture.
Meanwhile, the beers are icy cold and a cameraderie quickly develops between visitors and expats. It’s a favourite with many locals, not just for the all-day English breakfast style grub, but as a spot to catch up with mates and chew the fat.
Without airs and graces, Kebab Shack is one of Hoi An’s best cheap eateries, especially if you hanker for an authentic British style fry-up with HP sauce and mustard to splash around and vinegar for the chips. There’s even London beer Fullers and Magners Irish Cider.
In a recent innovation, Kebab Shack became the Hoi An city distributor for An Bang Beach’s wonderful pizzeria, Driftwood Café, if you’re happy to sip a beer or two for 30 minutes while you wait.
Kebab Shack is a very welcome addition to the Hoi An food scene for homesick expats and visitors alike. I’m happy there with a friend, by myself or with the family. None of that matters in the end because, for me, it’s the call of the sausage butty (with extra sausage, mustard and onion) that keeps me coming back.
Price guide (in VND): Kebab – 25,000; Sausage Butty – 35,000; BLT – 55,000; Sausage, Egg & Chips 55,000; Mega English Breakfast – 100,000
Hours: 10am to to 9pm
Add: 38B Thai Phien
Tel: +84 (0)97 684 76 18
Facebook: The Kebab Shack