Shawarma Corner: Tasty Donairs
I’m always up for a good shawarma… whether you call it shawarma, gyro, or donair – there’s something about grilled meats on a spit that harkens back to a time when people used to bbq dino burgers on an open flame.
In early May, I dropped by downtown New Westminster to visit Sharama Corner (which is a bit of a misleading name since the restaurant’s actually located in the middle of the block and their menu actually doesn’t list the word “shawarma”).
I opted for the Mixed Plate ($8.99) which has a mix of meats on top of golden-hued rice, your choice of salad (I picked tabbouleh), along with tzatziki, hummus, and pita bread. Not a bad combination, although the chicken was a bit on the dry side.
I dropped by the following week to try their wraps and picked the Beef Donair Wrap ($7.99 for the regular size which included a can of pop). You get to pick the toppings of your wrap so I opted for lettuce, tomato, onions, jalapeños, tzatziki, hummus, and hot sauce. After they wrap it up, they put it in a press which warms everything up and also gives you a perfect shape to hold onto. It was pretty good… I like that you can pick the toppings of your choice.
I returned for a revisit about 5 months later and tried their Lamb Donair ($7.99 for the regular size with a can of pop) and it did not disappoint. I made sure to add the pickled red turnip and it gave the wrap a nice tart crunch to the bite. The amount of seasoned lamb was generous and it was an overall good shawarma.
The interior of this minimalistic shop seems fairly clean and the workers were friendly on all visits.
629 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC