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Shawarma City, Martineau Place, Birmingham

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Ever since I went to Qatar last year (yeah I know, how awesome was that) I’ve been on a mission to find some of the delicious foods I got to eat whilst I was out there in Birmingham.  I found Za’atar on sale at Loaf, and I’m still sad I’ve not been able to find um ali, but shawarma is pretty easy to find in Birmingham, and there’s been a couple of places I’ve stumbled across in the last few months.

Shawarma is a style of meat preparation which is sort of rotisserie-style, think Turkish döner kebabs and Greek gyros.  You can eat the meat as is, usually with salad (my mum will be happy), or have it all neatly wrapped up in a flatbread, which is always going to be my preferred option.  Whilst in Qatar I pretty much ate what I was given and there were some delicious spreads, most likely things similar to tahini and hummus, sometimes with additional salad bits.shawarma_meal_deal

A few months back I discovered that nestled in Martineau Place was Shawarma City, which doesn’t look like anything special from the outside – in fact it looks like the sort of lurid, neon-signed homing beacon where you’d head after a few too many drinks to soak up the alcohol.  But don’t let that put you off, there’s a reason it can get pretty packed at lunchtime.  First time round I ordered a meal deal of mixed meat shawarma, fries and a drink which is way too much food for a workday lunchtime but the shawarma was delicious.  The meat was tender and tasted fresh, probably because it doesn’t have time to hang around too long as there was a bit of a queue – I take that to be a good thing.  There are plenty of options to include salad items and spreads and I can’t remember what I went for, so I’ve not been able to recreate the first wrap, but subsequent visits have proven to be just as good.

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Shawarma City, 15A Martineau Place, Corporation St, Birmingham B2 4UW.
Disclosure: Paid for my own Shawarma; ate the whole thing and fries the first time round, so was also responsible for the almost-food-coma that came with it.

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