What is the one that one food that unites most of us here in the Middle-East, it is found in most cities of the world but sold under different names and varieties? I am talking of Shawarma – a generous helping of chicken or meat, spicy or regular with bit of salad, garlic dip, pickles and fries – all rolled together into a wrap – just ideal for anytime of the day.
The reason I am talking of Shawarma is that I recently visited Shawarmaji’s in Al Barsha that opened a few months back. It is one of those places that caught my attention by it’s peculiar name and I was keen to check it out.
Being in the
Middle East for about five years, we
have tasted this ubiquitous any-time snack in a number of varieties. The
gourmet-version from a sit-down restaurant, platter-version from the food
courts, the spicy-version from the road-side café and the cheap and cheerful
version from the IKEA cafeteria are just to name a few. As you can see, it is
very easy to become a Shawarma aficionado, if you are living by this neck of
the woods – and hence my expectations were very high.
Sorry to kill the suspense this soon - the experience at Shawarmaji’s was phenomenal! Every delicious bite of that Mexican Shawarma roll constituted the ideal model of what a true shawarma should be – chicken cooked and spiced up to perfection with a few crispy bits inside, juicy and extremely tender. The meat Shawarma was the first time for me and it surely did impress me – seasoned so well that I couldn’t stop at one. And surprisingly for a comfort food, it tasted healthy - I am sure the generous layering of herbs and mild coat of olive oil did the trick.
With a menu of different variety of the Shawarmas, I can wait to go back there again.
You can contact them for delivery at - 04 4521717
Location - Shawarmaji is near Lulu Al Barsha, opposite
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