Snacksters 2 Premium Doner Kebabs Review
Written by The Human Dustbin and posted in Food, Frozen, Microwaveable Snacks

Each time I’ve walked past the freezer cabinet in my local Tesco store, these bad boys have caught my eye. Described on the packet as “Two pitta breads filled with reformed cooked and sliced seasoned mutton and chopped onions served with two sachets of hot and spicy tomato chilli sauce”, who could resist that for a pound? Not me, that’s for sure and I was willing to try them without imbibing several cans of reassuringly costly continental lager first, to kill the taste buds. After looking at the serving suggestion on the packet, which was basically to add your own salad, I decided to ‘keep it real’ and eat them as nature and the gods of crap food intended, without adding any nutritional value.

It was time to get these frozen marvels into the microwave. Removing them from the packet, I was surprised to find that not only did they look like a doner kebab, but even frozen, smelled like one. In the interest of scientific evaluation and to follow the manufacturers cooking procedures to the letter, each doner was nuked individually. One minute on high, then turn it over and give it another 2mins on the other side, giving you just enough time to put the frozen sachet of chilli sauce under a hot tap to thaw it out.

Now lets get to the taste test. Both doners were a little soggy, which is only to be expected from Microwave food. I checked the box and there’s no putting these in the oven I’m afraid. The sogginess may have been because I did not take them out of their microwave plastic packets, for the 1min cool down. The one without chilli sauce, the control, I tested first. The doner meat is not like you get in a Kebab Shop, its texture is more like that of reformed ham, ‘pappy’ is the word I’m grasping for, but it did taste like doner meat. However, that taste was completely overpowered by the onions. Moving on to the one with chilli sauce, it’s amazing how a simple condiment can make something like this almost quite palatable… almost. However, both kebabs left me with a strong aftertaste in my mouth for about 5 minutes. Don’t know what it was, not onion, but a cross between garlic salt and pepper, which lingered until I cleansed my palate with sparkling water. Value cherryade would have been more in the spirit of this venture, but there you go.

In conclusion, I have to ask myself, have I ever had a worse doner kebab from a takeaway and the answer is yes. That dubious accolade goes to the Milano Express in St Leonards on sea, which given that these are pretty horrid, should you wish to try them, speaks volumes. Would I buy them again? No, once was quite enough, even for literally shits and giggles.  However, I note from Summit Foods website, that they do a ‘non-premium’ version of this delight.  I will bring you review as soon as I can find a packet!

Appearance: 4/10
Taste: 3/10
Value: 4/10
Overall: 11/30

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  • Erika Muller

    Interesting webpage. I had the frozen kebabs today, some cheap brand from Farmfoods. I eat them about every two or three years, when I’m overcome by an appetite for something unhealthy. After defrosting them in the micro, I take some of the meaty substance out, as I always find there’s a bit too much of it, and then I put the kebabs under the grill to get them crisp. Before eating, I stuff a lot of green lettuce in them. I guess the doners you get from the takeaway will not be much healthier, in fact probably greasier.

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  • As a long-term benefit scrounger, I do like the premise of your website. But I feel that your review of these kebabs is a little unfair. Yes, they look, smell, and taste awful; but they’re still kebabs! They remain the closest we agoraphobics will get to takeaway food, and I find they compliment a couple of 3L bottles of ASDA cider quite nicely!

    By the way, I’m not joking.

  • Miss Gruesome

    After seeing this in the flesh, I’d rather save my money up and get a good quality take away kebab and have to have it less often (due to the price), than eat this filth ever….I’m no fan of donner kebabs in any form though!

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  • teresa casey

    were can i buy the chille sauce that comes with the donner kababs from iceland

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  • errol rodman

    I wish i could buy nice products like this in Queensland. We only get frozen meat pies!

  • louise

    iceland now do an upmarket 2pack of donner kebabs for £2 tried them out one week when we was brassic lol,i wont go back to them pound snacksters ones.these are a must!

  • Will

    Lidl do a version of these in their freezer section, alongside a box of Kebab meat if you wanted to toast your own Pittas!

    Usually best after several beers.

    Best “microwave” kebab I tasted (in my student days..) was one from Morrisons that resided in the chilled aisle. Tasted surprisingly fresh out of the microwave.

    Alas, the local Morrisons stores here are now Asda, so I will never know if it was the cheap beer or actually good tasting.

  • Simon

    There is certainly a trick to cooking these, get them out of their bag / wrapper rather than letting them sweat in the fatty water they produce whilst in the reactor.

    Adding a bit of onion and cucumber elevates them slightly, but as other commenter notes , you can buy a sack of kebab ‘meat’ for £1 nowadays.

    Mix the chilli sauce up with a bit of mayo to ease its passage down your gullet.

  • Sophie

    Hi! I came across your website today after searching for serving suggestions for tinned sardines and am now hooked on your site. I must say though, these are quite nice if oven cooked. You lay the “meat” on a baking tray and cook for a bit and then stick in the naan to crisp. Not great by any means, but an ok quick lunch XD