Hello My name is Aziz, Head chef of the award-winning Uni Kebab in Southampton.
I have 20 years of experience in the Kebab industry.
Starting from the bottom as a kitchen porter and cleaner back in 2000. With a passion to learn and a love for Real Authentic Homemade Turkish food from back Home I learnt everything I know today from how to butcher fresh cuts of meat to learning new Recipes. I have worked my way up the ladder gaining Skills, knowledge and techniques alone my way from experienced Chefs around me.
Finally, I wanted to incorporate everything I had learnt into my very own family run restaurant. I wanted to Turn the high streets image of "late night-tired Kebab with soggy salad" into something more Authentic and healthy, to be enjoyed in a great family friendly atmosphere just like Turkish food is meant to be enjoyed.
Customers can Takeaway or dine in, even enjoy the sunshine in our large rear open garden seating area.
"We like to think of our customers as extended family & friends and we have worked hard to gain great customer relations."
Being a family run restaurant means we can really put our heart and soul into everything we do and pay attention to our quality of foods and our relationship with our customers.
It lets us control exactly what goes into our foods, from choosing our fresh ingredients to butchering our meats daily and marinating in our own recipe sauces. Using fresh quality ingredients and not prepacked frozen meats & breads full of preservatives and additives is something I feel passionate about.
We make everything we can where possible from scratch including our traditional shish Kebabs to our homemade pita breads and chili sauce. Cooking everything fresh to order in our open style kitchen in front of our customers so they can see they are getting a fresh quality Kebab.
All our Meals are flexible as they are cooked fresh to order so our customers can customize if they wish to.
We have still included some indulging comfort foods on our menu, some exclusive to Uni Kebab like our calzones, Twisters and parmos but they are still made fresh using quality ingredients. "Take away" food might be fast but it shouldn't have to compromise on Quality.
"Great kebabs and homely atmosphere.
Had lunch here for the first time yesterday and ended up going back for dinner!""
Its all about community Spirit so we love to give back to our community by sponsoring quite a few University Societies and providing Meal Vouchers for local event.
My advice for anyone wanting to get in the food industry would be to be prepared to work hard, Learn as much as you can from others more experienced around you and no matter where you are on the ladder if you dream big and have real passion to learn you will achieve something.
Don't cheat on your ingredients and most Importantly, really value your customers and get involved in your local community. It's about giving back as much as it it succeeding.
We have exciting new plans for the future of Uni Kebab & hope we can continue to keep coming up with new exciting menu items and keep doing what we love...making Quality Kebabs.
What makes Uni Kebab unique is along with our passion for good food is our customer Service. We like to think of our customers as extended family & friends and we have worked hard to gain great customer relations.
When our customers come in, whether dining in or takeaway they can feel the warm lively family environment and relax while they enjoy a Free glass of Turkish tea & a slice of Turkish Baklava while we prepare their meal for them.
One of the highlights of our career was Winning a National Award in 2018 & 2019. Being Nominated for "Chef of the Year" and winning our category award for "Customer satisfaction" we were named one of the best Kebab houses in Britain at the 6th & 7th annual British Kebab awards held in Westminster. We also came home with the Highly recommend Award at 8th British Kebab Awards in 2020.
It was huge achievement for us. To be recognized for all our hard work was truly amazing.
We have also been named as one of the Best 3 Turkish restaurants in Southampton on "threebestrated" Also achieving TripAdvisor's certificate of excellence 5 years in a row & been awarded a place in their "hall of fame".
We have been Awarded "Good Food Awards" for 2018, 2019 & 2020.