Street food is more commonly associated with modern metropolises such as Bangkok or Mexico City and you’d have to go a long way down the list to find Kesh, Co Fermanagh.
While it may not be exactly be known for its array of exciting cuisines, Kesh saw an interesting new hatch opening up less than a year ago in a petrol station forecourt.
Run by former Manor House Hotel chef Ankur Khurana, an Indian native who settled in the area, I had heard plenty of good things about Fuel.
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So on a drive through Kesh I decided to stop in and see if it lived up to the positive reviews.
It has to be said, you don’t really expect an awful lot on the drive in. It’s a small wooden container literally yards away from the petrol pumps.
You could see why a lot of people passing through the village wouldn’t be fussed about stopping there. But they’d be making a big mistake to do so!
On first glance at the menu, my red flags started hopping as I saw the amount and variety of items on the menu. Generally I find when a place tries to do too much it invariably fails at the majority of things.
On closer inspection though my mouth started watering and the problem soon became what myself and my better half were going to choose. An argument was narrowly avoided as we traversed through the menu stacked with burgers, bao buns, tacos, fish and loaded fries.
We settled on sharing the ‘Tandoori Chicken Loaded Fries’ and a Korean style chicken wrap.
The former could only be described as the perfect lovechild between Northern Ireland chippy and a fiery Delhi street food stall.
Really crispy spiced chicken topped with red cabbage, chillies and a delicious tandoori mayo, all on top of chips any top quality local chipper would be proud of.
The wrap, although it didn’t hit the same heights as the fries, came with succulent and spicy Korean chicken and was scoffed in record time.
One thing in particular we both remarked on was how fresh all the ingredients were, not something you typically expect from a forecourt takeaway.
At a measly £13 for both of us I thought it was great value and it’s just great to see a new and interesting place like this pop up around the county.
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