Whenever you think of Shawarma, do you think of thick cuts of juicy meats in a wrap, sauces dripping everywhere? Yes? Well, then you’ve got the exact idea of what a Malaysian shawarma is.
Yes, Shawarma King serves up Malaysianised shawarma. The real thing back in the Middle East tends to be a bit drier, co-owner Sarah, says. But you gotta give the people what they want.
This is one of the few shawarma places outside of downtown KL and of course, it’s located in the bustling heart of Bangsar’s Telawi area.
The little shop lot is unassuming, very welcoming, and gives off a very homely vibe. Sure, you’ll probably come out of the place smelling a little like the meal you just had - but you wear that like a badge of honour.
Now, the food here at Shawarma King is not much to look at - you’re getting wraps. But it’s not what’s on the outside that counts, especially when it comes to Shawarma. It’s most definitely the inside that counts.
For our meal at Shawarma King, we sampled their must-try offerings like the Shawarma King (RM19.20). This bad boy (and a monster of a wrap) is stuffed with chicken and lamb and oozes a special house sauce that will leave you wanting more.
We also tried the Malaysian chicken (RM14.10) shawarma, which is a playful take on local flavours, fused with the classic shawarma meat, to give you the best chicken wrap you can find in the market.
For vegetarians, a lovely Falafel (RM12.50) option is available. It’s just as flavourful and spiced up as the others and worth a try.
For sides, we got to try their house made hummus (RM12.40). Shawarma and hummus? I can’t think of a better combination. I loved everything about the hummus. Absolutely no complains here.
Our final dish for the night was a lamb claypot (RM18.70). This is a hearty dish that two can easily share! It’s super value for money that you get such a huge bowl of rice and meat for under RM20. It’s a pity they don’t open for weekday lunches!
A little treat given to us by co-owner Sarah, was a taste of their classic Arabic coffee. Don’t be fooled by the pallid colouring of the coffee - it’s super strong! The one tiny sip I took kept me up all night.
We were also surprised at the flavour of the coffee, which resembled masala tea. But with 100x more caffeine!
You will soon be able to order this off the menu. And it’s very much worth a try if you have not tried coffee from the region.
8, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Open daily from 12pm - 2pm Closed on Mondays