Anyone tried Donner Shack (80 S. Pauahi in front of SoHo)?
How is it? Better than the gyros in front of downtown Don Quijote? And where is there parking at 80 S. Pauahi?
You could park in any of the city lots.
Being from Northern CA originally, I can't imagine naming any kind of food establishment Donner anything, especially Donner Shack. heebie-jeebies. Yeah, I know... its turkish, but still.... ewwwww
yup, i checked it out the other day.....not sure if you guys have ever had proper turkish-style doner kebab - VERY popular in many european countries, especially as late night grub (at least in germany and england where i've spent some time - and its AMAZING late night grub)...this is not quite the real deal for a couple reasons...but before i mention them i will say it was pretty tasty and i'd definitely go grab one again.
real deal doner is usually a mix of beef and lamb > these guys have beef and chicken. the meat, however, is properly marinated, skewered and cooking on that standup rotating spit thing (like you usually see gyro meat on)
just about the best thing about the doner is what you get to fill it all up with. all european doner shacks have all sorts of fresh, wonderful salads to top the meat and roll into your pita. these guys have generic shredded lettuce, onions, tomato, and cucumber --- that was my biggest letdown of the experience. i was REALLY hoping they would have at least one or two salad concoctions for the kebab. oh well.
i got the mix (beef and chicken) which comes with humous, veggies, feta (i think), hot sauce if you want it, and the all important garlicky white yogurt sauce -- this is key for doner kebab...and these guys have a nice sauce that brought it all together....they also grill the pita on the top of the spit before building your doner, so theres some nice char on on your wrap.
all said, i think it was 8 bucks or so for the big wrap combo with chips and a soda and i think it was well worth it. you can get smaller wraps for less, and dont need to get the combo...prob around 5-6 bucks.
I just tried the chicken/beef mix today. I thought it was pretty good, although I have a few complaints. First, both meats were a little salty for my tastes, although my wife (just beef) said it was fine. Second, the fresh vegetables (lettuce, tomato, onions) were piled on the top of the meat with the sauce on top (I got the yogurt and the spicy). The problem is that there was so much vegetables that it was hard to get bites of the meat and the vegetables at the same time. Also, I didn't really get to eat the sauce with the meat. But this is a problem that can be easily corrected. Third, the sauces were a little disappointing, although I could see myself changing my mind if the sauces went on the meat, instead of the veggies. The pita was nice and thick, although it could have been toasted/charred a bit more. It's a good sized sandwich, though. My wife liked it, and she said she'd like to go back.
Btw, my favorite hot sauce for this type of sandwich is the one they serve at Fat Greek. Also, my sandwich didn't come with hummus, but I believe you can order that on the side. I'd definitely give it another shot. The meats cooking the vertical spits look and smell really ono, too.
To answer my Qs;
2. Yes, better, The beef is sliced meat pieces, not Athenos ground "meat"
3. Parking? Fuggedaboudit! The public lots double the kebab price. Maybe in the Times(?) lot up Bishop?
And because I know the owners (?) of the establishment may be lurking, let me make a suggestion. Go to Safeway, buy a 32 oz. carton of MOUNTAIN HIGH FULL FAT PLAIN YOGHURT. Add LOTS of pureed garlic. Stir vigorously. That will make the muscular sauce your product (at least, the beef version) deserves. Your sauce was a little weak/diluted. Otherwise, excellent. Will be back.
I agree about the yogurt sauce being diluted. (It wasn't very tasty, too.)
As for parking, drive Ewa on Beretania and right after Nu'uanu, turn right into an underground municipal parking lot. (It's under a park, and the stairway leads up to Pauahi.) It's like $.75 for every fifteen minutes or something like that.
The public parking Jazzaloha mentions is on the LEFT (Makai) on Beretania headed Ewa, just past the old theater (now a church) on the corner of Nu'uanu. $.75 for 30 minutes up to 2 hours, cheaper nights and weekends. Planning a trip to Istanbul next year, so very excited about a Doner option to try here at home.