Located on Salmiya’s Baghdad street, you can find the very first Shawarma-Matic to open in Kuwait. Opened by Barakat Foods to cater for the demand for high-quality shawarma, the concept offers an unparalleled variety of delicious shawarma recipes and meal combinations. They continue this premium treatment of a traditional, quick and tasty food by introducing carefully considered sandwich recipes for the Kuwait market. When bazaar was offered the chance to taste the new sandwiches before they hit the market, we immediately hot-stepped it over to the Baghdad Street branch to try them out!
The incorporation of guacamole, sour cream and pico da gallo into shawarma is the unique selling point for Shawarma-Matic. Our expectations are exceeded with the Chicken Pesto presented with thickly sliced, perfectly cooked chicken breast, placed on a base of fresh Romaine lettuce with mozzarella cheese.
As in any restaurant kitchen dedicated to quality, the sauces and dressings here are made in-house, and the taste proves it! Fresh basil with parmesan combining to make a pesto to be proud of, and the sandwich dressed liberally with it. The bread is a French-style half baguette, toasted on the grill with the grill marks expertly seared on the sides.
While we are enjoying the pesto, a portion of the new Chicken Tenders option is put on the outdoor, charcoal-grey wooden tables, for us to nibble on. Accompanied by a tomato-based Buffalo sauce, the chicken has been fried for exactly the perfect amount of time, with the crisp of the flakey breadcrumbs giving out a satisfying loud crunch when you bite into a piece.
The Avocado and Bacon Chicken is a layered sandwich that delivers a medley of delicious flavors with its brightly colored ingredients. The turkey bacon bits bring out the flavor of the creamy avocado paste inside, a perfectly balanced combination.
Speaking of stakes, the meat shawarma is superbly spiced and highly recommended. Be it encased in Lebanese or saj flatbreads or simply stuffed into a hearty samoun bun. Even better, it now comes as a Dynamite option, and so does the chicken! This is a sandwich featuring a row of cheesy jalapeno poppers, shawarma of your choice amongst lettuce with tomatoes and makes for a fiery flavor that you don’t want to miss out on!
Our verdict? The newest additions to the Shawarma-Matic selection of traditional, tasty, and well executed recipes for quick but good food using the best ingredients simply wins.
For delivery call Shawarma-Matic on 2225 6444 or order through Talabat.com or you can simply visit any of their three locations found in Bneid Al Gar, Salmiya or Mahboula. For more details visit their website www.shawaramamatic.com. Follow the official account on Instagram @shawarmamatic and like them on Facebook. Photography by Muneera Alkhulaifi Instagram @i9ora.