Serving Greek and Persian food on Denman Street. Sidewalk patio.
I came here tonight and ordered the chicken shwarma. I have to say I was extremely disappointed with the amount of meat in the wrap. When I did get a small nibble now and again, it was very tasty but not very satisfying because of the small quantity. The rest of the ingredients were fresh and good, but again the meat issue was too prevalent for me to care. I would gladly pay more for a wrap with some meaty substance but the value was poor for what I received even though the actual product was good. I was originally going next door to Babylon Cafe but it was closed due to a "suspicious fire". Anyways, don't think I will be back anytime soon.
This has to be the best Shawarma place in Vancouver as I've been to almost every one in downtown... Me and my fiance have been going here for years, and every time we're never dissapointed.
From the moment we get there they are very friendly and polite, and quick to take our order. The food comes within a few minutes, and is delicious with generous portions! I love to get the Large shawarma plate which is huge! They also just renovated so the place has more seating, and more comfortable seats.
I would recommend this place to anyone who is in the west end area, and is craving a delicious shawarma or donair :)
I treated my family to one of our favorite places. 6 of us. Seating is strained and could only find a couple of tables right by the very smelly washroom. People can barely squeeze past you to get in. We ordered our usual favorite chicken shawarma plates and one lamb kebab plate. The usually fabulous rice was now quite oily. The chicken shawarma was not as tasty as before and much more yellow. Tumeric? The lamb kebob was grissly, tough, raw and inedible. WOW!!!!!
Sorry I can't recommend this place any more. It has gone from great to very mediocre. Has the ownership changed?? The very stale faced indifferent woman taking our order was clearly new to us.
If you ignore my review and venture there make sure you get good seating or sit outside. Next door is a great looking place we will go to from now on.
Too bad. We used to really like this place.
Been wanting to write some reviews of my local favorite spots during the summer time. As I strolled around English Bay I could smell the Ocean breeze mixed with spices and herbs from all the various restaurants in the vicinity. One thing that caught my attention was the smell of schwarma. After following my nose I discovered three different pita/mediterranean restaurants. When in doubt pick the ones that catches my eye or has the most customers. So I decided to try out Mediterranean Grill. Even though the line-ups were fairly long it didn't take long before they took my order.
It's set up like a cafe with tv screens and has a cute lil bar set up. I decided to order a chicken pita sandwich with lentil soup. The sandwich ($6.50) was delicious, the lentil soup ($3) could have been pre-made, but it was decent nothing out of the ordinary. Enjoyed the patio seating they had while gazing out into the Bay.
Overall pleasant experience, good quality food at affordable prices, and best of all the location!
Having been feeling like a late night (10:00pm) snack, I decided to head to Denman St in Vancouver's West End. Not only is it a block away from home, but it only houses a dense population of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurants that offer my favourite specialty, Shawarma!
I was dismayed to find out that my "Go-To" restaurant, Babylon, was closed for the evening, and so I strolled down the block to see if I could find a good substitute. When I reached the Mediterranean Grill, a sign adorns the sidewalk listing "popular" menu items including Shawarma so I decided to try it out.
The cuisine consists of very generic quasi Mediterranean/Middle-Eastern dishes leaning more towards Middle-Eastern. All dishes consist of a a portion of grilled meat, rice & salad. They also offer wraps. I ordered a Chicken Shawarma Wrap to go for $6.00.
While waiting for my food to be prepared, I began to closely inspect the "kitchen", which consists of a warming zone with a sneeze guard that housed all possible combinations of menu items, including my shawarma which had been pre-cut from the spit in mass quantity.
Behind the warming zone was the prep counter which consisted of my worst kitchen nightmare..... a set of four microwaves. I wonder what those could be for....hmm!
To expand on my nightmare, I finally witness one of the two line cooks hacking at my beloved Shawarma spit with a non-food grade reciprocating saw. My Lord. What have I gotten myself into!!!!!
Once I arrived home I unraveled my wrap from it's packaging. The wrap itself was a regular sized pita-wrap, so no complaints on portion. After a few bites of bland, soggy pita and diced veggies with little seasoning or sauce, I am desperately trying to find the heavenly taste of Shawarma that I am accustomed to. A few more bites pass and I see my first piece lodged between some cucumber and lettuce. The Shawarma, though shredded to near microscopic proportions, is evidently dried out beyond belief. It was hard, not crispy, leading me to assume the heat lamps had done their damage for the last few hours.
I was hungry though, and despite it's appearance thus-far I proceeded with my first bite of shawarma, only to be disappointed with the taste of, well, nothing. Absolutely nothing. With much distain, I managed to force down the rest, as I was hungry, but when I was finished it left me feeling ripped off and incomplete. Nuff said.
This is a counter-service type establishment, and ran by a old middle-eastern man who has no customer service skills. He didn't say how much it was. He didn't say thank you. He didn't really do much, except make me feel unwelcome.
Needless to say I WILL NOT BE BACK.
We went to this place because it was late (~2am) and the trusted nearby Babylon Cafe and Falafel King was closed. Against my better senses we gave Mediterranean Grill a shot. MISTAKE #1
ORDER: We ordered the falafel plate because I wanted something fresh and fried to order and crispy, since at night most of the food tends to be leftover from earlier in the day. MISTAKE #2
ATMOSPHERE: We noticed a row full of microwaves right in front, where the operators were openly microwaving everybody's food order. If I hadn't paid already I would have left. I despise seeing microwaves in ANY food establishments (I hesitate to call this place a restaurant). If I wanted microwaved food, I would have simply went home and dived into my freezer. MISTAKE #3
SERVICE: Servers were unfriendly and borderline rude. No smiles,- just blank stares and business. Despite all the food being already "made", and only needing to be reheated in the microwave, it took about 7 full minutes of STANDING before they got around to assembling my plate of pre-made falafel. Never asked me what kind of rice or sides I wanted, they just chose for me. One girl overheard my snide remarks about the microwaves, and told us to sit down and we will bring the food to you because you don't like microwaves (WTF does that mean anyways? will you not bring me food if I like microwaves?) MISTAKE #4
FOOD: Easily the worst Falafel and Falafel plate I've had in my life. I have tried all other places downtown. Their falafel was soft (from being microwaved), spongy, and tasted solely of breadcrumbs. Was like eating a washing sponge after cleaning a falafel plate. Could not taste any chick peas, Tumac, or mediterranean spices. Used a filling of mostly breadcrumbs to cut back on chickpeas (and they are cheap anyways!). Never knew greek salad was made of iceberg lettuce and no feta until I came here (hint: cucumbers and feta are 'expensive' ingredients). Hoummous and Tzsaziki sides were too thin and watered down. Boiled potato was hard and had no seasoning - bland, flavorless and lifeless. Best thing on the menu was the 'saffron' rice which had no saffron taste anyways - basically white rice - be really, who can screw up rice. I'll give them credit for that, this place can make rice, but not anything else.
Although I didn't order the meat dishes, the schwarma, chicken souvlaki, lamb, and donair, all appeared in the open either dyhradrated, or soaking in a bed of oil - disgusting.
VERDICT: I am convinced this place only survives because it is close to the beach to attract customers who want convenience over real food, or people who just don't know what good food is, and also because it is the only place open in the area during late night. I wouldn't go back here even if it was the only falafel joint, or even if they gave me a free meal. Give it a pass, you'll be glad you did.
Have been to MedGrill loads of times, and haven't been disappointed. I have tried the shawarmas elsewhere, but have to say the best I've some across is right here - wrap or plate - equally good. Everytime I say that I should try something else, but that chicken shawarma is too damn tempting! Solid value, and my first port of call when I'm in the Mediterranean mood.
I went to Mediterranean Grill today to get a chicken shawarma plate for takeout, and I noticed something that flabbergasted me! The older woman working there put the rice in a styrofoam container and MICROWAVED it for almost TWO MINUTES!! I was so ASTOUNDED at their ignorance of this, as I assumed it was common sense and general knowledge that microwaving styrofoam releases toxic chemicals, not to mention it'll MELT. To make sure it wasn't my dish being microwaved, I asked the woman not to microwave mine, then politely informed her that those plastics CAN'T be microwaved because it'll release chemicals. My intention was to educate her, so they wouldn't POISON more fellow customers, and to help them improve their business. She just snubbed me off rudely, and never smiled once. When I went up to pay, she whispered something to the older man (boss?) at the register and walked away angrily. Glaring, the man then rudely slapped my change on the table, even though my hand was clearly extended. Worst customer service EVER, even though I only had good intentions. Would not recommend this place to anyone.
(As for food – chicken overly oily, dill rice flavorless, iceberg lettuce salad was cheap/lacking = overall imbalanced portions)
I've been eatting here for years now and I must say that the renos
have really added to the place and the food is still good.
With so much selection in the Denman St area, I usually decide
where to eat on what I want. My favorite is the chicken swarma plater.
It has a nice fresh salad, and a plate loaded with their yummy dill-rice
and covered with their rotisorie chicken.
The lamb is very good too. The staff is friendly and helpful, as we
had a bit of a wobble on our table the other day and one of the servers quickly attended to us and fixed the wobble.
I don't go there as often as i would like, but I will go back.
I have also seen other Persian places open and close in the same block, but
I have not felt the need to try them.
I'm glad the Med Grill is there for when I have a hankering.
It's the original.
This family-owned restaurant is a favourite of ours on Denman Street. Food always great and served with a smile by the friendly employees. Great portion sizes!
Dine in or take out always expertly prepared with suggestions by staff greatly appreciated by diners.
Check it out, and you will agree it's an incredible value in the West End.