Must-Try Authentic and Affordable Kebabs in Shawarma Snack Center

Shawarma Snack Center, Philippines

As we were exploring some interesting restaurants around Ermita, we stumbled upon this authentic-looking place that serves middle eastern cuisine. It goes by the name Shawarma Snack Center. Well, we wanted to try something different, so we dared to check out the place despite the slightly intimidating ambiance of the restaurant.

Now, here in this blog post, we will be going through some of the dishes found here and take a brief look at the interior of the place.

Outdoor Dining Area of Shawarma Snack Center, Ermita

Just from afar, you can already have a hint about the restaurant's authenticity due to how the exterior looks like. However, this is just "mild"compared to the interior of the restaurant.

Interior of Shawarma Snack Center, Ermita

The ambiance is immensely rich as it really exudes an air of both intrigue and strangeness. In fact, it seems very legit that it feels like we were dining in a different country. I'm not kidding or exaggerating. We all felt this way, when I asked my friends about it. Now, although this may be an enriching and beautiful experience, it may also be too much for some, making the place a little too intimidating.

The great thing about Shawarma Snack Center is that the authenticity that we were talking about didn't just apply to the place. In other words, all the dishes we had were very legit and authentic! Let me substantiate this first with the tikka.

Grilled Tenderloin Tikka || P300 
Grilled Tenderloin Tikka - Shawarma Snack Center

The tikka was tender,smokey and well-charred resulting to an almost full experience. What hindered me to reach 100% of my foodgasm was its saltiness. I just think that it was more than enough. Thankfully, the tikka went with a pita bread which neutralized the "excess" saltiness thus producing a delicious wave of flavors.

By the way, I just want to give a brief highlight to the the tomatoes. There were all plump and tasty! You may also want to take note of the chili sauce. They were so hot that it lines the mouth and throat (literal translation of gumuguhit).

Chicken Shawarma with Humus || P280
Chicken Shawarma with Humus

The chicken shawarma was well-grilled, but may have been subjected to too much heat because the meat lost its tenderness. Still, the flavor was great and fantastic!

Beef Shawarma with Humus || P280 
Beef Shawarma with Humus

The beef shawarma was more appealing for me because of its almost-perfect grilling. It was tender, smokey and awesomely flavored! You should not miss this one.

The humus present in both dishes was incredibly and distinctly tasty yet refreshing! It even added a layer of adventure in the overall flavor of the dish. Highly recommended!

By the way, it may look like there was only a small serving of the humus, but I also got fooled. It was bountiful making really sulit!

A Not-So-Popular Kid in Shawarma Snack Center

Shawarma Snack Center - Overall Ratings and Summary

Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings apply solely to this dining experience.
Place ★★
Taste  ★★
Value for Money ★★
Budget: At least P150 each for a medium sharing-type of dining experience for a group of at least 4

Overall, I found my experience here in Shawarma Snack Center really outstanding. The food was really great, and the place adds an interesting yet a bit strange appeal to the place (probably because I'm not used to this kind of ambiance). The prices are also very much wallet-friendly which then enhanced our foodie experience through maximizing the value of our money. Unfortunately, the only aspect that wasn't able to be at par was the service. It wasn't bad, but I was just looking for that extra mile.

Shawarma Snack Center
Location: 84 R. Salas Street, Ermita, Manila (near PAGCOR, Diamond Hotel and Land Bank)

Contact No.: (02) 254 4409
Service Charge: NONE

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