Back when I worked in Gastown, in my before days, I used to have Shawarma Tuesdays (and sometimes Thursdays as well). I love shawarma. I love the smell, the rotating chicken cooker thing, watching the chicken fall as it is cut off the rotisserie, yummy sauce, hummus, I love everything about it. A shawarma plate would be the food that I would pick to be with me on a deserted island. To be specific, I would choose the shawarma plate from Casablanca Mediterranean Cuisine.
Never heard of it? I guess you haven't been spending too much in the Harbour Center Mall food court. Amid the 1985 glory of neon lights and mirrored ceilings is my favorite shawarma shop.
I haven't been back to Casablanca in about three years, so I was happy to see that it was still there and the staff was the same. Back in my 2x a week shawarma plate days, they used to know me and my order. I guess 3 years and 85lbs will change a person...
But here it is, my favorite shawarma plate:
On this plate you will find shawarma, hummus, pita, green salad (you can get tabbouleh), sauce. All pretty standard for a shawarma plate. The ingredient that put it over the edge for me is the potatoes.
For a carb loving girl, this is a great addition! I am not going to say that it is the most amazing tasting shawarma that has ever existed, but it is a very good example and generous portions. The pita is from a bag, but the rice is flavourful and the chicken is well seasoned. I like the consistency of their hummus and that it is not oily. This is in a food court, so there is not much in the way of atmosphere and it gets quite busy at lunch time.
Although I will not be resuming Shawarma Tuesdays, I will most certainly be back to Casablanca when I want to give myself a special treat or if I am magically transported to a deserted island and have to choose one food to live on forever.