Habibs, Bankstown

Since I have tried El Jannah, I knew that it was only a matter of time before I tried its rival, Habibs.

Both specialise in charcoal chicken with a killer garlic sauce. Both with its loyal fans, travelling far and wide to Bankstown or Granville/Punchbowl to get their fix.

Which would reign supreme?

Habibs is located a short walk from the Bankstown shopping centres. It is no frills dining.

Clear plastic table covers, plastic plants

Ordering area

My dining companion had done a last-minute bail on me so I was left to try Habibs on my own. All the patrons were sitting down in groups and I didn't feel like sitting down by myself (Come on, I might as well have painted a LOSER sign on my forehead) so ordered take-away.

Take-away had slightly cheaper prices to make up for the fact that you didn't get the dine-in inclusions of lebanese bread, pickles etc.

I ordered a quarter chicken and chips, and a small garlic sauce.

Yup, those are grease stains on the top of the box, a sure sign that you're eating healthy :)

I opened the box to find.....

...a small mountain of skinny french fries.

I stuck my fork into the fries to forage for the chicken and emerged triumphant.

Small garlic sauce

The chicken was cooked well, the skin was charcoal-ed but the meat remained soft and tender. I remember the chicken at El Jannah being tougher and I much preferred this chicken.

Soft, white meat

However, the fries were way too salty. I am the first to admit that I am a lover of chicken salt but they had doused the fries with it. Combine the salt with the skinny-ness of the fries and I just thought that thick cut chips would be so much better with the garlic sauce.

Which do I declare to be the winner? El Jannah or Habibs?

El Jannah Punchbowl wins in terms of decor, hands down.

Habibs chicken is better.

El Jannah chips are better.

Garlic sauce is about the same.

So....the answer is, I don't know! What do you guys think?

Habib's Charcoal Chicken
24 Restwell St, Bankstown (near Bankstown Sports Club)
Tel 9708 2219

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  1. Yum! I've never tried either, but I would like to sometime. Have you tried the whole roast chicken at Woolworths? It's really nice and moist.

  2. Hi Mobblees: No I've never tried it, I usually get my roast chickens from local take-away chicken stores, although I also really like red rooster's chickens!

  3. El Jannah is heaps good... you went there on a bad day I swear.. maybe they were still getting up and running.. even I thoguht the chicken was a little dry that day

    Habibs is also decent though but if you eat in they give you heaps more garlic sauce and I like being able to be able to use it liberally

  4. Hi EJ4VA: It took me a while to figure out what EJ stood for. I went to El Jannah again after that time with you and the chicken was still try. I guess I could go back a third time but there are so many other chicken places out there to try!