If you ever visit Europe, especially Germany, there is a distinct flavor and culture that embellishes the culinary atmosphere in the land, even though the origin of the food is hundreds of miles away. Expats will talk about missing such tastes when in the U.S., often yearning for a restaurant close to what they remember from a land far away. It's a flavor familiar with those who love Mediterranean food, but unique enough to make it different. It goes by many names, depending on country: shawarma, gyro, and doner. Doner is the food of choice at Doner G Turkish & Mediterranean Grill and they make food that even expats will be comforted to discover.
The exterior of this restaurant would startle you by the sheer fact it's adjacent to a 7 Eleven in a corner of a shopping center many would deem ugly. The biggest eye sore is the oddly placed car wash which blocks the view to most of the restaurants in the shopping center. However, once you get past the facade, as you approach closer, you see clean glass walls introducing you and natural light into a clean, open environment. The dining room is huge, with plenty of tables and booths occupying the neatly arranged space. As you approach the counter, you see a giant menu over a warm red hue above. Below, you see the giant spits of doner meat, both beef and chicken, roasting away. A clean glass partition shows the food being prepared next to the heaps of different salads and sauces available. Though food is out in the open, there is no sense of filth or contamination. Instead, the environment leads to a feeling of cleanliness and accountability. The restaurant conveys openness.
If the deco conveys openness, the service reinforces friendliness. From the moment you step into Doner G and stand before the counter, the servers notice your indecision and offer guidance through sampling. Wonder what the beef doner would taste like? They'll give you a sample. How about what the different types of salads taste like? Sure, sample it. Could this be love? It's a great feeling knowing a restaurant not only wants to feed their diners, but feed them well. The servers are well informed, graciously give smiles, and help take the tension off of trying a new cuisine for the first time.
If history can be tasted in food, then Doner G has got stories to tell with the food they create. All the spices used are intricate and complicate the food, making each bite interesting. The biggest draw would be the doner kebab meats. There are three types available here: beef, chicken, and lamb. All three are cooked in the traditional doner way: slabs of seasoned meat topped on top of each other on a spit and slowly rotating whilst roasting for hours. This slow cook method brings out volumes of flavor and a moistness that isn't tainted by the fear of being undercooked. There are many ways to try this meat. You can get the doner kebab combo plate, a massive plate of food with chicken and beef served with rice, hummus, shepherd's salad (diced tomatoes and cucumbers mixed with parsley, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil), slices of pita bread, and their Doner G sauce. Or if your eyes aren't as big, a kebab pita wrap would be a good choice, which is also served with a choice of salad, hummus, and Doner G sauce. If you aren't so into meat, you can also go vegetarian with their salads, falafels, hummus, rice, and dolma, which is rice, parsley, onions, and herbs stuffed inside a grape leaf. Whatever the choice you make, you'll find yourself satisfied. When you find yourself exploring ways to describe to your fellow diners how a certain bite hits your tongue, you know the food is worth sharing to others.
Though traveling around the world can be quite expensive, to get a literal taste of a culture isn't as difficult to obtain. Doner G Turkish & Mediterranean Grill provides a gateway into a delectable world of doner meats and Mediterranean spices for many to experience, whether for the first time or for the hundredth time. Additionally, located near the Disneyland Resort, Doner G provides a great pit stop for diners who want to save their money on a great meal outside the Disneyland Resort before heading in. So, whether a tourist or a local, if you've got a yearning to see what Turkish cuisine is all about, Doner G Turish & Mediterranean Grill is the place to go. You don't even need a passport.
Doner G Turkish & Mediterranean Grill
2139 E Ball Rd
Anaheim, CA 92806