El Jannah Newtown
El Jannah is the seventh El Jannah outlet to open in Sydney. The first opened in Granville in 1998 and the business slowly grew across western Sydney. This one, called El Jannah Express is the first time the chain has opened a takeaway-style shop. Seating is limited, table service is non-existent, and there are no skewers or shawarma (slowly-turning rotisserie meat) on the menu.
But the menu has gained as much as it’s lost. One addition is the Souther-stlye fried chicken. Drumsticks and tenders are available in three-, five- and 10-iece meals, and are just as juicy as their butterflied and charcoaled counterparts. Honey-mustard and sweet-and-spicy sauces are available on the side – a significant departure from hummus and baba ganoush, which are typicall the only sauces available at other El Jannahs.
The charcoal chicken nevertheless remains the hero. Served with garlic sauce, it can be had in quarter, half and whole portions. The latter includes a choice of pickles, tabouli or coleslaw as a side. Burgers, rolls and salads combining the same flavours are also available.