That's a Wrap: 9 Shawarma Places in Manila for Mouthwatering Middle Eastern Snacks
Grilled meat freshly shaved from the spit, topped with vegetables, wrapped in bread and coated with an addicting sauce -- a shawarma may be a Middle Eastern street food item, but it's definitely a constant craving in Manila, especially for late night noms.
Photo from Liberation Shawarma Instagram This street food hails from the Middle East, with its roots tracing back to Turkey--the word çevirme which means 'to turn' is the origin of this snack's name. The delicious magic of shawarma relies on this turning action, rotating the meat (usually chicken or beef) on a spit to slow roast, then shaving it off in smaller strips and pieces to be combined with vegetables, toppings and sauces, then wrapped in bread (usually flatbread or pita). With flavorful marinated meats, the variety of toppings are now endless, as almost anything savory in a wrap can be stuffed with other fun ingredients for a modern Middle Eastern burrito -- cheese is a popular topping, and the option for extra garlic sauce and chili sauce always an option.
In honor of the meat-loaded and sauce-filled wraps that served as rewarding post-battle sustenance for our beloved Avengers, who invade our cinemas with its highly anticipated sequel, we list 9 places in Metro Manila where you can devour shawarma when your cravings go on full superhero mode. Didn't find your fave shawarma pitstop in the list? Hit the comments section to share about your favorite place!
1. Bricks and Copper Turkish Cuisine
Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong and Maginhawa QC
FB: /BricksAndCopperTurkishCuisine | IG and Twitter: @bricksandcopper
Also a hangout place for drinks, shisha, and kebabs, their doner shawarma specialty using Halal certified meats is cooked in a wood fired shawarma griller that gives it a unique taste.
Order: Pita Doner (P90) - chicken or beef shawarma stuffed in fresh pita bread.
Also available as Doner on Rice (P150-small, P300-large).
2. Enzo's Shawarma
10th Ave. Caloocan, SM Hypermarket MOA, Bicutan, Taytay; Theater Mall Greenhills, 999 Mall Foodcourt
FB: /EnzosShawarma | IG: @enzoshawarma
Their version of the Turkish roastbeef has been satisfying hungry foodies of food fairs and weekend markets; soon a branch will open in QC foodie fave area, Teachers Village, so north people can savor their signature cheesy shawarma.
Order: Shawarma Wrap (P65) - roast beef, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, cheese sauce, garlic sauce, pita bread; also available as Shawarma Rice (P75). Add-ons include Special (P25), Extra Meat (P35), Fries (P10), Extra Cheese (P15), All Meat (P20), and Extra Pita (P15).
3. Food Channel Shawarma
Greenhills, Pasig, Taguig, Makati, Taft, Katipunan, Shaw, QC, Alabang
Greenhills kids in the nineties grew up with their affordable and no-frills grub for a hungry foodie with only P100 in his pocket -- shawarma and streetfood faves are the top hits of this little kiosk that could. Now, Food Channel is found in more cities in the metro.
Order: Regular Shawarma (P82), Shawarma with Cheese (P88), All Beef Shawarma (P120), All Beef Shawarma with Cheese (P127), Shawarma Rice (P107). Level up your shawarma with add on of fries on your wrap.
4. Gilak by Hossein
www.hosseins.com | FB: /hosseinspersiankebab
Considered the brother of popular kebab resto Hossein's, Gilak serves Persian, Arabic, and Eastern Mediterranean, and also specialty curry dishes and South Asian food. Visit this Greenbelt restaurant to sample shawarma creations that feature beef, lamb, chicken, and kofta (meatballs).
Order: Beef Kofta Shawarma (P255), Lamb Kofta Shawarma (P295), Beef Shawarma (P295), Chicken Shawarma (P255), Lamb Shish Shawarma (P355); Shawarma Salad versions also available -- in beef (P316), lamb (P376), and chicken (P276).
5. Liberation Shawarma
Hole in The Wall, Century City Mall
FB: 'Liberation Shawarma' | IG: @liberationshawarma
Head to this Hole in the Wall restaurant of Chef JP Anglo for shawarmas that mix and modernize the Middle Eastern snack with other flavors and sauces. Instead of a flatbread wrap, your shawarma is stuffed in a pita pocket. Love garlic? Don't skip their sauce, then -- it's reported to render customers unkissable for long hours, maybe even a couple of days. Vampires, beware.
Order: Beef Shawarma (P260), Pork Shawarma (P230), Falafel Shawarma (P200) all stuffed in a pita pocket and served with chili and yogurt sauce; add P70 for fries and P20 for extra sauce. Also available served with rice -- Beef (P260), Pork (P240), and Falafel (P200).
Malingap street, Teachers Village
Serving authentic Lebanese shawarma, this little nook at the Z Compound has a half Filipino and half Lebanese chef-owner at its helm, and QC foodies (and even those from farther cities) troop here just to have their shawarma fix.
Order: the best-selling Chicken Shawarma (P85), Beef Shawarma (P100), Chicken Shawarma Rice (P100), Beef Shawarma Rice (P125); the Chicken Shawarma Plate (P150) and Beef Shawarma Plate (P170) come with Arabic fries, sauces, and pita bread.
7. Shawarma Bros
Traveling food truck with a permanent 'stop' at their restaurant in Raymundo Avenue, Pasig
FB: /ShawarmaBros | IG and Twitter: @shawarmabros
Parking all around the metro, Shawarma Bros is a popular food truck choice among weekend food fairs, food parks, and outdoor public events. Connect with their Facebook page so you know where the bros are heading off to next with their shawarma truck!
Order: Get the Shawarma Wrap (P149) in beef or chicken, or have it on a plate in the best selling Beef Shawarma Rice (P159) and Chx Shawarma Rice (P149), both come with biryani rice, bro's salsa, and two sauces. Extra meat as add-ons include Beef Shawarma (P110) and Chicken Shawarma (P100).
- April 24-26, 2015: Friday at Pioneer St. Market @ HMR Pioneer; Saturday morning at Philam Homes Park, QC; Saturday and Sunday afternoon at Total Service Station, SLEX, Northbound
- May 1-2, 2015: Nasugbu Summer Expo 2015 labor day weekend at Mayamaya Yacht Club, Nasugbu, Batangas
- May 16, 2015: 'Mad Neigbors' Party by Phat Brainz, 8pm onwards at Calama Road, Brgy. San Jose Tolentino, West Tagaytay City (P250/ticket)
8. Shawarma Snack Center
Malate, BF Homes, Waltermart
FB: "Shawarma Snack Center"
Shawarma Snack Center (or "SSC") is a cult favorite among shawarma addicts in Manila; it's a gaudy yet charming restaurant in Malate -- you won't miss it -- that branched out in the south and opened a kiosk in Makati. 'You can't eat just one!' their tagline reads, and most fans would agree.
Order: The Malate restaurant has Shawarma (P95/1pc, P250/3pcs), Shawarma with Hummous (P250), Shawarma with Cheese (P275), Shawarma with Rice (P250); its other outlets offer Chicken Shawarma (P55/Regular, P65/Special with Cheese), Beef Shawarma (P55/Regular, P65/Special with Cheese), Mixed Shawarma (P60/Regular, P70/Special with Cheese).
9. Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub
Citygolf, Kapitolyo, Malingap, Aguirre BF Homes, Scout Rallos QC
Late night shawarma cravings are solved at Uncle Moe, a post-party grub of choice by many because you know how a freshly made wrap with warm meat oozing with garlicky sauce can be so comforting after a long night out.
FB: "Uncle Moe's Shawarma Hub" | IG: @unclemoesshawarmahub
Order: Beef Shawarma (P119), Chicken Shawarma (P119), All Beef Shawarma (P163), All Chicken Shawarma (P163), Beef Shawarma Rice (P125, P167 all beef), Chicken Shawarma Rice (P125, P167 all chicken)