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shawarmaguyOttawa, OntarioSince December 31, 2011Favourite List (1)3 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)


Displaying 1 - 3 of 3 Reviews Found
Elgin Street Diner374 Elgin Street, Ottawa
Decent, but Pricey
Submitted Friday, December 30, 2011 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

As far as dinners go, this place definitely wins the ambiance award. Very few places in Ottawa have the service and the decor that Elgin Street Dinner has, and if your looking for that, at any time of the day, tis the place to go. Open 24h with very good service throughout (curiously enough, the truly amazing service is in the wee hours of one or two in the morning), the food is almost just as good, not breaking any records but still in generous portions. The one drawback of this place is the price. It isn't the kind of pricey of, say, the Ritz, but it certainly isn't the most accessible for everyone. If you have the money, go for it, otherwise don't make a habit of it.
Nice place to enjoy a Sleeman though, I'll give you that.

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Yum Yum Shawarma & Arabic Cuisine399 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa
Best Deal in Town
Submitted Friday, December 30, 2011 - 8:37pm [Take-out]

Hard to understand him but the owner of this place is the friendliest guy I know. Generous portions, delicious meat (soft and tasty, he actually uses a special recipe), will always make the sandwich you want, and that for the lowest price I know in town. Only drawbacks: you could stay there to enjoy your shawarma but it's a little cramped, best walk to Rideau. Also the debit machine has had a lot of issues, either slow or ends up not working well.
So bring cash if you want to be sure. The small-size shawarma is $4.50 during the week, half-price for women on mondays and a little more expensive on wednesday. But for uOttawa students or anyone in the ares, it's a rewardingly filling deal well worth the trek.

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Baalbek Convenience & Shawarmas81 Bank Street, Ottawa
Worst Shawarma place in Ottawa
Submitted Friday, December 30, 2011 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

First off, the man asks me to pay BEFORE he makes my shawarma. What the hell. That's just like, violating every shawarma ordering laws out there, let alone anything food business related. But whatever, I'm hungry, maybe he's just a bit weird like that.
He tells me to go and wait for him at the shawarma stand, "be there shortly". I stand there as the guy, the owner of the place as it happens, starts chatting up the woman buying cigarettes at his conveniencey-store stand. And he chats. Chats and chats. Quips a bad jokes. Yo, man, I'm waiting for a shawarma here.
After a good ten minutes (at least fifteen since I payed), he finally comes over. As a good Canadian, I think to myself, oh well, it's not like I had anything better to do, I'll still get food and a drink for an okay price. He starts asking what I want in it.
This this and that.. he takes his cooking tweezers and picks them off the pile like they're radioactive rice beads and piles a thing the size of a penny. Tiny portions. Urgh. I try to insist on the pickles and garlic sauce (I always ask for lots of those), but then he gets angry and starts loudly rambling on about how things simply won't fit and he won't be able to close it and things'll fall apart when I try to eat it. Dude, nevermind that your portions were ridiculously insignificant to begin with and there was plenty of space to cater my demands, but shawarmas fall apart and leak everywhere when you eat them. It's part of the experience. And anyway, after making me wait that long, the least you could do is be just the tiniest bit more generous. Or you know, not rant at me like that and write a negative review about your terrible business. Anyway, getting ahead of myself.
So, finally, I have my food and I sit down on shabby looking chair at lusterless table (turns out that was just the poor light) and I realize he doesn't have heating. It's -30 celsius outside. Apparently he's mooching off the heating of the McDonald's next door and it isn't working too well. I take a bite; putrid nonsense. The wattery garlic is overpowered with the taste of these olives that make me think of what Black Plague ridden Paris probably would have smelled like. I'm not saying this literally but those were truly distasteful! And I didn't even ask for the olives, when the hell did he sneak those in?!

Bottom line, don't dine here. It's the one single worst shawarma place I've ever been to, out of Ottawa and Montréal, Toronto, even Vancouver.

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