11321 Village Square Lane
Fishers, IN 46038
Had it not been for the monthly mailers I get advertising local businesses, I would have never known Al-Basha existed. Al-Basha is a Greek/Mediterranean restaurant combination grocery store in Fishers that is hidden behind a CarX on Allisonville Road just south of 116th Street. The business has two entrances, one for the small grocery and one for the restaurant. I went at lunchtime for some carryout on a weekday and the place was busy, which is usually a good sign.
While waiting for my order, I walked around the grocery store exploring how many unique products were available in these three small aisles. Almost all the products were imported and ranged from olives, fava beans, a large and well priced spice section, cookies from a bakery in Chicago, and Turkish coffee to dunk the cookies in. There is also a small refrigerated case with some meats and cheese you just won’t find in stores around Central Indiana. Along the tops of the shelves, there were dozens of Hookahs for sale and a small section of Hookah supplies. You can even order Hookah off the menu and partake in a private room.
What I had: Although the menu in the restaurant is small, it had all the basic sandwiches and soups you might expect from a business serving Mediterranean cuisine. My sole purpose for stopping in is my love of the gyro. Gyros at Al-Basha will cost you $5.99 but you can always get the price down to $4.99 by printing a coupon online. Their gyros include the standard stack of meat, cucumber sauce and a tomato wedge. Feta was extra and I decided to pass since the cheese sometimes overpowers the other flavors. Off to the side, there were four pickle-like wedges included with the gyro. Although my wife hated the taste, I thought they added a sour crunch that balanced the gyro out well.
The gyro at Al-Basha reminds me of a cross between a Hot Pocket and a Kolache. It looks like a filled puff pastry that is open on one end. Inside, you could see plenty of cucumber sauce spread around and the pocket was filled with meat and a tomato edge. For the purpose of this review, I cut it wide open so you could see just how much meat was inside causing my eating experience to be a messy one. My wife had no problem eating hers neatly and appreciated being able to hold the gyro and not have meat or sauce dripping onto her shirt.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes-100%. Although it was not my favorite gyro, it was probably the second best gyro I have ever had. Every gyro I have ever had has been served with some raw onion. After getting home, I was surprised to not find any in the container and will inquire whether that is an option next time I return. Another customer told me how good the falafel (fried patty or ball made with fava beans or chickpeas) is and that will be on my list to try next time. Fishers has few locally owned restaurants and even fewer that are good. Al-Basha Café and Grocery is located in a strip mall, but is a unique oasis in the middle of a suburb that is almost completely commercialized by national chains.