Dining in Cebu is becoming well diverse when it come to variety and food choices. Certain food choices are coming from different countries thus many restaurants offering like Chinese food, Japanese food, Indian food etc. Now we have Levatine or Arab food like shawarma wraps and rice.
Now it has a restaurant version that offers authentic Levatine and Arab food and it is finally here in Cebu, the “Shawarma Gourmet”
Located in Parkmall Mandaue Cebu (beside Kublai Khan), you will immediately recognize the restaurant with its Arabic/ Levantine ambiance inside. Decorated with wallpapers of patterns of shapes and colors. Place is quite narrow but just enough to cater 20-30 persons.
Even outside the restaurant, you will notice the preparation of shawarma meat (beef and Chicken) which is also common in shawarma stalls. It is done in a vertical spit where meat is slowly roasted and then slice to be served.
Shawarma has various ingredients particularly with onions, tomatoes and other spices.
One of their dish is the Shawarma platter where it is served with fries, pita bread, mized pickles tahini or garlic saice or hummus, you can choose the chicken or beef for the meat. Serving is good for 2
One thing about their shawarma is that you will be served with the pita bread and the ingredients and you have to wrapped the ingreadients yourself in the Pita bread according to your preference.
You can also try their Pita bread chips which is one of my favorites, it is best paired with a garlic dip.
When you are in a Arab/Levantine restaurant, better try their hummus (which is best paired with Pita bread).
Hummus or houmous is a Levantine and Egyptian food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini,olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Today, it is popular throughout the Middle East (including Turkey), North Africa (including Morocco), and in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe.
When there are Shawarma wraps, there will be Shawarma rice for those who love rice (especially us Filipinos).
Of course, if you want your shawarma to be served already wrap and just eat it right away, you can always order the regular wrap. 🙂
Dining in at Shawarma Gourmet feels like you are in a real Arab/middle east establishment
Overall, one of th most complete Levatine/Arab restaurant I have visited here in Cebu, lots of varieties and choices in their menu. They really offer authentic Shawarma food and it tastes great. Even one of their chefs is from Lebanon and their staff is friendly and service is good. If you are craving for that Shawarma wrap/rice and want to dine in a restaurant then Shawarma Gourmet is a must visit.