It must not have been easy for shawarma to hold its own identity and emerge as one of the most loved foods in Delhi, I assume. To find its place between the greasy Kolkata kathi rolls and the loaded frankies. But such is the charm of Delhi, it gives every culinary gem to rise and shine. Shawarma is a Lebanese meat preparation, where the meat is grilled for long and then this grilled meat is finely chopped and stuffed in the cushion-y embrace of pita bread. Shawarma is usually served with mayonnaise and pickles. Delhi has no dearth of shawarma lovers or shawarma joints. Here, we have picked the best ones for you in the city. Have a look.
Best Shawarma Places In Delhi
1. Al Bake
Spread across Delhi, Al bake's take-away outlets have become every youth's go-to joint for something delicious, indulgent and cheap. The juicy and tender shawarma served with a generous serving of creamy mayonnaise is every foodie's dream come true. Al bake is a favourite haunt for a variety of Afghani and Mughlai delights too, but Al bake's chicken shawarma remains one of its best-sellers. Vegetarians can try their delicious paneer shawarma too.
Where: 21-23, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi, and multiple outlets
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2. Spice AnganLocated in the upscale SDA Market, Spice Angan is almost always filled with hordes of shawarma lovers waiting outside the tiny take-away outlet, patiently waiting for their plate of shawarma. The newly installed seating in the adjacent park manned by DDA is one of the best things to have happened to the outlet's crowd management. Cheap and delicious, one roll of chicken shawarma would cost you only 50 Rupees and it is served with mayonnaise and a special green chutney. A box of chicken shawarma, which is a pack of 4 shawarmas with chutney is for a reasonable INR 240. The perfectly cooked meat wrapped in paper thin pita, melts in mouth within the first bite. Spice Angan is also famous for its lip-smacking biryani and tandoori chicken.
Where: C-21/2, Opposite IIT Main Gate, SDA Market, SDA, New Delhi
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3. Brown Sugar
Having won the hearts of Delhites with its delicious wheat momos, Cafe Brown Sugar is also making its name in the food scene with its wide ranging menu packing the best of Italian, Continental and Lebanese delights. Brown Sugar's shawarma is tall, wholesome and oh-so-meaty. The decadent treat is perfectly accompanied with pickled beetroot. The wrap is so filling, you may not have the room to tuck in anything else after it.
Where: M-73, M Block Market, Greater Kailash (GK) 1, New Delhi
4. Al Zaitoon
Another fast-food joint that is a hit with the youth of Delhi. The extensive variety of shawarmas make the joint particularly a haven for shawarma lovers who show up in huge numbers each day for the Lebanese treat. Pocket falafel shawarma, paneer shawarma, paneer tikka shawarma, bhaktiyari kebab shawarma, chicken tikka shawarma, mutton shawarma and so much more. Served with turshi (slightly sweet pickled vegetables) and hummus, Al Zaitoon's authentic Lebanese fare is sure to win your hearts.
Where: A 133, DDA Sheds, Okhla Industrial Area, Okhla Phase 2, New Delhi
5. Shish Shawarma
Bringing the authentic Lebanese flavours in the capital is Shish Shawarma. Packing the tender pieces of meat, Arabian sauces and Lebanese veggies, Shish Shawarma's shawarmas are a treat to the soul. Our favourite is the mixed shish shawarma, made with Chef's special chicken and mutton kebab, lettuce, onion, mint, tomato, Arabian sauces and turshi, this decadent wrap is all you need to beat your mid-week blues.
Where: 26, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi
Shawarma lovers in the house, what are you waiting for? Start digging already!
About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.