Urkeb (Urban Kebap) is the name of a new fast casual restaurant that has opened at 413 State Street (formerly The Mex Authentic) serving Germany’s most popular street food, the DÖNER KEBAP. Urkeb is brought to you by Marco Coccia & Marcello Bisignani, from southern Germany. Their philosophy, that Bisignani refers to as “fresh, lecker, German,” is to offer different choices of meals consisting of fresh, healthy and high quality ingredients which every guest can combine to be lecker (“yummi”).
I am told that The German Kebap has its own story behind it: The vertical grilled meat was brought from Turkish immigrants to Germany in the ‘70. In Germany, the idea was born to put the grilled meat together with fresh cut veggies and a garlic yogurt sauce into freshly baked bread. Bisignani tells me that over the last few decades, it has become the most popular street food in Germany, where it then spread all over Europe and even was exported back to Turkey. “Most of the young people in Germany eat tons of Döner Kebaps day after day,” says Bisignani. “2 million Döner are sold every single day only in Germany, where you can get one at every time of the day, at every corner.”
At Urkeb, you create your own original Döner Kebap made to order. First you choose between a sandwich (Döner Kebap), a tortilla wrap (Döner Wrap) or a bowl (Döner Bowl). Next you choose beef, lamb, chicken (the meat is directly sliced off the vertical rotisserie), or vegetarian (homemade grilled veggie patties). You then have a selection of six different sauces (yogurt house with or without garlic, avocado ranch, smoked onion, parsley vinaigrette, hot habanero) – all of them made in house. You can choose one sauce or combine of flavors. Finally, you choose from a daily fresh cut variety of veggies (e.g. lettuce, tomato, cucumber, jalapeño, corn, red cabbage, onion, peppers). Add extra feta cheese or grilled vegetables to give it a special kick and you’re ready to enjoy.
Besides the main, Urkeb offers a small variety of lecker sides and desserts e.g. “Fernweh” (Hummus, a crispy chick pea puree with sesame paste), “Kopfkino” (Tzazik, a fresh yogurt refined with cucumber and garlic) and “Luftschloss” (yogurt, dates, honey, orange filet and sunflower seeds). Hours are 11:00am to 10:00pm, seven days a week. If you want to learn more about the Döner Kebap and Urkeb drop by and experience them, or visit urkeb.com. Follow Urkeb on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Guten Appetit!