Eating Out in Dar: Shawarma craze

I couldn’t help but notice several shawarma grills in several restaurants around town, in particular in Kariakoo and Posta. Having lived in the middle-east most of my childhood seeing the shwarma meat turning around the grill makes my mouth water with excitement.

Shawarma is a type of street food that can be found in many countries in the Middle East. It can be purchased quickly from street venders and consumed on-the-go. Though the recipes for and ingredients in shawarma differ from region to region, traditionally, the dish consists of meat, a sauce, and various toppings, which are all wrapped together in a piece of flatbread. The dish is often cooked outside, though concerns about the safety of outdoor cooking have led some countries to require that cooking be done indoors and under strict sanitary guidelines. –

Shawarmas are to arabs what burgers are to Americans, a delectable fast-food that you can pick-up and eat while you go:-)
I have had the chance to taste a few available options at Syrian exhibition stalls, Hadees, Max fries and neighbour. Recently, I stumbled upon Dalas Supermarket (the menu reads Dalas Supermarket but the staff said it is called Hamidu fast food) at some point along Libya street, I liked their shawarama better because it didn’t  have overwhelming taste of garlic as did the Max fries one and the meat was well cooked.

The environment and menu:

Somewhat shabby looking place with indoor and outdoor sitting. They serve a combo of Indian and Swahili snacks- kachori, bhajia, kabab, maandazi, katlesi (katlesh), sambusa, zanzibar mix etc- at affordable prices. The indoor sitting is cramped but has furnishing that can sit up to 16 people at a go, it isn’t well ventilated and is kind of hot. The shawarma was priced at 4000Tshs and the rest of the menu was between 500-6000Tshs.

The service:

I have no complains with regards to service because I’m getting used to bad customer care at all levels; the service at Hamidu was laid back; no added effort but not annoyingly bad. The good thing about this fast-food restaurant is that they deliver free of charge around city center in fact they have regular clients at Muhimbili National Hospital (the joy).

My verdict:

I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to go eat at this joint because it’s not in my zone and getting there is a bit of a hassle from where I live but I definitely would order in sometime in the future.


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