Abrakebabra is my second-favourite kebab shop in the country. I love kebabs, so that says a lot. There are plenty of kebab shops between my house and Abrakebabra, but it's worth the extra journey for that extra something! The decor is delightfully exotic and the staff are super friendly, the team of hardworking men run like clockwork. They do a range of food from pides to pasta, and their salads are always crisp and fresh.
Really - no stars (you have to put something to be allowed to do the review). I love this place, I often, as I did this time walk a fair distance to get to it. The shop was busy and there was a wait - no problem. My order was taken the the guy taking the orders clearly told the other guy what my order was. First bad point - the guy making the meals was repeatedly growling at the guy taking the orders. Never do that in front of customers. He looked like he was trying to display somebody else at fault, not him. They were both distracted, only cursorily addressing customers. Second bad point - the guy making the meals couldn't have walked more slowly when getting a tray of supplies. Third bad point - another staff member slobbed in, glaring at the two behind the counter. He went behind the staff area and there was a couple of crashes from falling trays. Accident? He came out, horribly obvious that he didn't want to be there, looked around and went back in the back. More crashes. He was throwing things. I didn't want to eat any food in that atmosphere and god knows what food ended up on the floor and was put back in the tray, so I said I had to go. The guy taking the orders tried to ignore me, tried to tell me all was ok, went on and on, tried to serve the next customer- all the while I repeated I wanted to go. He desperately spoke to the meal maker who, though he was told clearly, had muddled my order. After about 1 1/2 minutes I go my money back and left. I won't go back.
Abrakebebra has such cool decor and an awesome environment. The food is great with decent sized portions. It's central to all other shops, cinemas etc so it's great for lunch during shopping or dinner before the movies. It is well priced and the staff are friendly.
90 Manners St Wellington 6011
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