It is amazing that after all the reviews that we have done, somehow we have missed out reviewing Fatima’s!
This Middle Eastern takeaway/eat in food bar is a veteran of the food scene on Ponsonby Road – a testament to the popularity of Fatima’s and the quality of their food.
The darkened doorway is easy to miss, but once inside you find a cosy atmosphere with your choice of either a counter or a couple of tables to eat at. The steady stream of regulars who came to pick up their orders during the lunch hour that I visited obviously had their favourites from the menu. I was torn between the more traditional pita or main-size salads, but it was a cold day and the chicken pita ($11.40) won out.
I also ordered the lamb chawarma ($10.50) for my daughter and a side order of the potato koftas ($6.20). I had heard that these were good so wanted to check them out.
I sat at the counter while I waited for my order and watched the two staff at work. They didn’t indulge in any idle chit-chat with each other or with any of the customers but I guess it is more about the food anyway.
I took my order home where we promptly unwrapped all the food and tasted everything. The lamb chawarma had a good serving of spiced lamb pieces in a toasted bap bun with lettuce, tomato relish and garlic sauce. Good enough but not as good as the chicken pita, which was a complete meal of chicken pieces, tabbouleh, red cabbage, lettuce, tomato relish and garlic sauce rolled in a toasted pita. In fact, even my daughter preferred the pita!
The potato koftas were a disappointment. The serving size was generous, but the koftas reminded me of commercial potato hashbrowns, only in a different shape.
I suggest that pitas are the way to go at Fatima’s and there is a wide variety to choose from – chicken, falafel, lamb, spiced nut, crisp “chick”, Mediterranean, Pacific, satay, catch of the day, Fatima’s favourite and even a gluten free option.
In warmer weather the salads definitely appeal – classic, Fattoush, Persian and Sheik (all $15.30).
Fatima’s offers a couple of options for children (Munchkins) and also has a few sweet treats such as baklava ($2.60), nougat ($1.40) and Turkish Delight ($0.70)- plus the universal favourite – chocolate brownie ($3.70).
Order ahead and take away your order or eat in, Fatima’s feeds you well on both Ponsonby Road and in Takapuna.