Saturday, 5 September 2015

Shawarma Empire

I came here on a recommendation - apparently Shawarma Empire has some of the best and cheapest shawarmas in Toronto. 
Outside on a gigantic banner, they advertise that they have a "buy one get one" promotion, but when you go inside - it isn't really a BOGO rather it's $6 for two shawarmas.
They also had quite a line-up all the way to the door during lunch. 

Clockwise from top left: Beef Shawarma, Baklava, Falafel and Chicken shawarma
It's not your typical shawarma since it resembles a pita pocket more than a rolled up shawarma, but it was jam packed with stuff! All the typical toppings were there inside. There was lots of meat and fresh vegetables. We had the option to make them spicy and we asked for a little spicy and they definitely delivered on that. The chicken was really spicy. 
The baklava was really good! Not too sweet (and not too much honey) and it had a great nutty flavour from the crushed nuts and a nice flaky and crispy pastry on top. 
They got a little smushed, but it just made it taste better - the falafel was seasoned and spiced really well. 

Overall: I liked Shawarma Empire - granted the pitas aren't gigantic, but if you can get two for $6 that's a pretty good deal - and you can mix it up too with chicken, beef and/or falafel.  They're all tasty and it's great as a meal or a snack.

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