Oh, you just opened up a can of worms that I've been lugging about for years. What is the difference between shawarma and donair? In New York we had shawarma. (We had gyro too but the less said about that the better.) Shawarma was lamb or at least it was supposed to be. Sometimes it was turkey pretending to be lamb. Either way I knew what was what. Now I'm in Edmonton and, as you said, we have donair not shawarma. I have no idea what donair is made out of. I can't tell by looking at it or by the scent. What are those big hunks of revolving meat made out of? Do I really want to eat some of that?