Amasya is run by Esen who makes all the dips, salad and bread in house. You can buy a whole freshly-baked, slab-sized loaf for $3.50. Don't ever let me catch you buying that horrible packaged Turkish bread from Coles - this is well worth the detour.
The fare is Turkish, from a Turkish bread-wrapped kebab to plates loaded with shish kebabs or felafels, dips and salads.
Meal of the day (small), $13
This is the staggeringly excellent meal of the day. Two hillocks of shaved chicken and lamb from the spit - the meat is really tasty, not too salty or fatty, with loads of delicious crisp bits. It comes piled up against your choice of two dips (there's yoghurt-based cacik, spinach, eggplant and more) and some lovely fresh salad, plus a basket of fluffy bread - all for a fabulous 13 bucks. (PS: You can take leftovers home, and vegos can get a similar spread but with felafels and stuffed vine leaves for $10.)
The other winning tip here is the pides. Theses are long submarine-like loaves enclosing a filling - maybe cheese and spinach or lovely creamy egg and sucuk, a salami-style sausage. They are a bargain for $4 or $5 and you can eat them in, too, making them a great pitstop snack.
Cheese pide, $4
I ordered some of these for a function and when ordering said I was happy to have them cold as I'd heat them up later. "What time are you coming again?" said the fellow there. "About 10," I replied. "Oh, they'll be hot then - they will only just have come out of the oven," he replied. That's fresh!
Amasya Kebab House
134 Nicholson St, Footscray
Phone: 9687 7032