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village shwarama

jen kalb | Dec 22, 2003 04:56 PM

I visit Manhattan minimally these days, but today managed to grab lunch at this place recommended recently by Jim Leff in chowalert (see below) - thanks Jim!

They had only chicken shawarma, (no lamb) but there were other interesting dishes presented, such as eggs in tomato sauce. I went for the shwarama sandwich, which comes with unlimited salad from their salad bar.
They didnt offer a bowl for salad (I later saw I could have asked), just gave me my already overstuffed pita on a tray with a couple of sheets of waxed paper. I stuffed in a few veg, dished out some tahina and hot sauce and ate. Messily.

Delicious fresh yeasty pillowy pita, moist, fresh, nicely spiced chicken, straight off the log and NOT fried on the grill. really fine hot sauce adding spice as well as heat, freshly cut onions and veg. They have a yellow cabbage pickle that is really special and a good add to the sandwich. Be sure to try it. includes turmeric, obviously, but I couldnt figure out what else flavored it, and the counter guy wasnt much help explaining.

IMO this shwarama was MUCH better than the greasy mountain of flavorless meat shreds my son was brought at Olympic a couple of months ago. Im now convinced that that frying step is a real mistake - whatever juiciness and subtlety there is in the meat is gone by the time it is fried on the grill.

All in all, this shwarama ranks up there in total food experience with Karam and Mazza Plaza in brooklyn.

Link: http://chowhound.safeshopper.com/25/c...

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