Shawarma Station is an ‘ok’ stop. Located in Kensington, kitty corner to the Greek restaurant, Broken Plate, it has the usual falafels, donairs, shawarmas, tabouli, and hummus. Sam the owner cheerfully (perhaps even zealously) greeted us when we walked in. It’s a clean, small shop with a few tables and modest decor. He had a food review from Avenue magazine standing on his counter.
I initially ordered a BEEF SHAWARMA ($8) while my friend ordered a falafel version($6.50). Sam started out asking if I wanted spicy hummus, regular hummus, or cheese. (I thought it was odd to see white cheese slices in a Lebanese – style place, but to each their own market, I guess.) For toppings, I choose crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes, pickled cabbage, sliced onions, sweet pickles, and hot peppers. He grabbed a tiny bit of each and layered it on my pita. (Personally, I was hoping for a bit more of everything.) When it came to the meat, he suggested that I try a mix of chicken and beef rather than simply the beef. Alright, I thought, not realizing that he was now charging me $9.70 for a different menu item, the MIX. Finally, he asked if I wanted some tabouli for my shawarma, again an extra cost. In the end, after all additions, I paid $13.50 for my skinny shawarma. I was hoping the taste would compensate for the pricey meal.
At first bite, it was surprisingly sweet tasting. The pita was heated to a point where it was more chewy than soft. Too much work for me to fight with the tough bread so I peeled the extra parts off to get to the filling. The meat was mild; The chicken was a little dry, and the beef had a slight kick to it. It was an average shawarma, warm and good but pricey.
My friend was disappointed with her falafel though. He only gave her one ball, crumbled it, and spread it in her pita. She commented that some other places use 2 -3 balls. She thought her meal had a strange taste to it too. Difficult for her to describe. Not a ‘so-bad-I-want-to-gag’ taste but rather a different flavor than other falafels she’s tasted before. She didn’t love it nor hate the flavor.
Sam did mention earlier that, next time, we should order the “SAM”, which includes everything from each meats, hummus, eggplant and more. Interesting idea to have eggplant in a pita. Maybe I’ll pop by. I’m not dying to return. Just another station for a quick bite to eat on my way to and from somewhere.
(If you are dying for a good shawarma around the Kensington area, my suggestion is to walk a few more blocks west to Shawarma King, a block off 14st. If you are lucky and they’re in the right season, try the pickled turnip. YUM! Decent price! Large shawarma! Great taste!)