5.029 TERRP 09(1.09) Robinsons Supermarket - Shawarma Snack Corner: Chicken (Regular) + Beef (Special) Shawarma Sandwiches

 -Cycle 5, Item 29-
3 (Mon) February 2014

Chicken (Regular) + Beef (Special) Shawarma Sandwiches


at Robinsons Supermarket - Shawarma Snack Center (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-


Arrived safely in Manila.  Back to the old grind.

Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (TERRP). In Manila through mid-April, living above Robinsons Place, I'm going to attempt eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, so this could be my unique contribution to the food/blog scene of Manila. Given time constraints, I'll aim for the 39 establishments (currently) on the first floor, working my way up. 

This is the 9th restaurant in the series.  Adriatico Wing.

Previously covered restaurants:

- 01(1.01) Jan 13 / C2 Classic Cuisine (Filipino) (see generally 5.008 Chicken Pork Adobo...) / 2.5 / $$
- 02(1.02) Jan 15 / Banana Leaf (Asian) (see 5.010 Stir-Fried Noble Leaves with Garlic) (Malaysian) / 3.5 / $$
- 03(1.03) Jan 16 / Holy Cow! (American) (see 5.011 Lonestar Grilled Pork Chop) / 2.0 / $$$
- 04(1.04) Jan 21 / Super Bowl of China (Chinese) (see 5.016 Pork Strips with Kangkong...) / 3.5 / $$
- 05(1.05) Jan 23 / TGI Friday's (American) (see 5.018 Filipino Platter) (Filipino) / 2.5 / $$$
- 06(1.06) Jan 24 / Tempura (Japanese) (see 5.019 Ramen Burger) / 0.0 / $$
- 07(1.07) Jan 28 / Hainanese Delights (Singaporean) (see 5.023 Hainanese Delights) / 2.5 / $
- 08(1.08) Jan 29 / Mr. Choi Kitchen (Chinese) (see 5.024 Egg Fuyong with Scallops) / 3.0 /  $$

The Middle Eastern method of roasting meat on a rotating spit is known by various terms, depending on location.  In Turkey, where the origin of the method is generally attributed, it's called "doner kebab," which means "turning roast."  In Korea, just "kebab" (see for example 3.040 Chicken Kebab).  In Greece, "gyro," which also means "turning."  More commonly throughout  the Arabic-speaking world, "shawarma," which derives from another Turkish word "çevirme," which also means "turning."  In most cases, the term refers to the method, the meat, and any dishes prepared with the meat (e.g., sandwich).

Prices range from 150 pesos for a platter to 55 pesos for a sandwich.

Shawarma Snack Center is a shawarma shop.  Located in and at the entrance to Robinsons Supermarket, Adriatico Wing.  Offers 12 items, chicken or beef or mixed, with or without cheese, on rice or with bread, or with bread wrapped into a sandwich, or with bread wrapped into a sandwich and grilled.

Technically, as part of the market, it's not a stand-alone restaurant.  I am including it in TERRP, however, because the place does have its own kitchen, its own tables, and it goes to show how diverse the eating options in the mall can be, which is the whole point of this exercise.

Yes, Gustaf, the seats are "reserved."

Chicken (Regular) Shawarma Sandwich (1.5) for 55 pesos.

Beef (Special) Shawarma Sandwich (1.5) for 65 pesos--that yellowish sliver of unmelted cheese makes this "special."

The sandwiches weren't very good.  While the bread had a pleasantly rough and rustic feel in hand, it was also kinda tough and dry in mouth.  The meat, both chicken and beef, were dry as well.  And the beef had an odd flavor, some spice that I couldn't place.  As for the cheese--ugh.  Diversity is one thing, but quality is another.

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