Mr. Shawarma -
I drive through Robson on an almost daily basis, and shutting off the section between Hornby and Howe down to vehicular traffic has been more than a bit annoying to me. It may seem minor, but the minutes of extra driving due to the detour adds up quickly. And what did they shut it down for? As far as I can tell, they shut it down for Mr. Shawarma. Other than pedestrians, the Mr. Shawarma food cart/truck/trailer seems to be the only thing standing between my car and a right turn on Robson to Howe. The shawarma they serve better be damn good if they’re depriving me of some much of my (not so) valuable time.
Before I get into my experience with the shawarma, let me preface it by saying that I’m not the best judge of an authentic shawarma. I’ve had versions of it here and there throughout my life, but they’ve always been North American, European, British, and even Taiwanese interpretations of it. I can’t say that I’ve had the real McCoy. I can’t even tell you which country the shawarma originated from.
With the disclaimer out of the way, I’ll share with you my experience with the chicken shawarma that I ordered.
First of all, the pita tasted like a supermarket pita. I don’t dislike supermarket pitas, so I actually thought that the pita was quite alright. The chicken-dominated filling was certainly filling enough. The good-sized shawarma eradicated all of the lunchtime hunger I had for the day. The chicken was lukewarm and had kind of a dry texture. The dry texture was partially offset by the creamy, garlicky, and spicy sauce. They included enough sauce so that it totally covered every single ingredient of the filling. The sauce was flavourful and enjoyable for the most part, but it also contributed what I felt was an overall slightly, unsettling cool temperature (for the current weather) of the wrap. Even though I would’ve liked it if the shawarma was warmer, the cool shawarma was acceptable enough that I didn’t feel like I had to work hard to finish its substantial portion size.
I guess the two words that come to my mind when I think of the shawarma are serviceable and filling. As such, I had no qualms paying the approximately six dollars that it cost me for this shawarma. As for the question of whether or not I would purchase this shawarma again, that is an entirely different question. If this was the only shawarma/donair/kebab choice in the area, I would probably visit Mr. Shawarma again if I am in the area and craving a quick Middle-Eastern/Greek bite. If, however, there are other Middle-Eastern/Greek in the area that I have yet to try. I will probably try them first before I revisit Mr. Shawarma.