As some of you may know about 1 month ago we picked up and moved to Abu Dhabi for a new adventure. And adventure it has been so this blog will be taking a little turn eastward, but more to come on all of that. In the mean time I just wanted to share one of our great finds so far. Photos to come, I promise!

After looking at apartments for nearly 4 hours straight and not having had any sensible food beforehand, we were starving. We looked our smiley British real estate agent right in the eye and told him we could not take it any longer, we had to stop for lunch. He was happy to run off and get another contract signed while we took a much needed break. With his recommendation we went directly to Shish Shawerma which is located near the Corniche, behind Corniche Towers, Al Khalidiya.

It is tucked into a small street of shops a midst a few other food places (including a hotdog place called "Fly Hotdog" which boasts a smiling hotdog with wings as its mascot.)

Shish also seems a bit cheesy at first view with its bright orange logos and matching counter tops, however with one peek inside the small 20 chair eatery, you will see the baker on a constant cycle moving pita bread in and out of the brick oven. The rotisseries of chicken and beef are crispy and hot, continually being shaved and packed into the signature shawarma sandwich (with dollop of tangy sauce and a few crispy fries). If you love spice, be sure to ask for "hot sauce" as you will be provided with a small container of thick dark red tangy hot paste. Which I ended up using on everything.

The dips and salads are also not to be missed. The hummus and the moutabal (aubergine spread) are flavorful, smooth and topped with a drizzle of bright fresh olive oil. They also give you plenty of those hot fresh pita for dipping and scooping.

Shish is going to be busy at any time of the day or night, but especially busy for dinner. One advantage is they know that they are popular and so they seem to have their take out service down to a science. They smoothly manage a massive line of cars, all of which drive up the one way street to put in their order, and then drive back around the block to pick it up.

Corniche Road W, Street 2 - Behind Corniche Towers, Al Khalidiya 
 Abu Dhabi -United Arab Emirates

The restaurant is open 7 days a week.
Saturday to Thursday:12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday:06:00 pm - 12:00 am
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  1. Thanks Apples to Apples for the lovely review of Shish Shawerma and welcome to Abu Dhabi. Wish you luck on your culinary adventures here, I am sure you will love what the UAE has to offer.

    Shish Shawerma


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