Guam Diner Bytes: Shawarma Express
Open for just over a week(they opened on Super Bowl Monday), Shawarma Express caught my eye as I was on my way to try out Panda Express. I was further enticed by Richard, manager/partner, who gave me a compelling sales pitch about trying out their food. I did just that and I can honestly say I was generally impressed. I’ve always enjoyed Mediterranean cuisine, and when I saw the Shawarma cookers in the kitchen, I knew I would definitely get some lamb. ...something I could eat at anytime!
What am amazing feast! I don’t recall ever being so full of rich spices and flavors. How I managed to still have room to drink some Masala Tea, I don’t know. I’m glad I did since it relaxed my belly and warmed me from the inside out. If you ever have the opportunity to get to Palau, I highly recommend you stop by The Taj for an extraordinary dining experience you will never forget!
The menu is basic and divided into five categories: Shawarma Wraps, Shawarma Plates, Dips, Vegetarian, and Desserts. I ordered the Lamb Shawarma Plate ($9.50), which includes Lamb, Pita Bread, Hummus, Baba Ganoush, and Fresh Vegetables. I also was persuaded to try out their Baklava line-up, which included an original Baklava ($2.50), the Choco Baklava ($2.50), and the Pecan Baklava ($2.50).
The Lamb Shawarma Plate comes with a choice of Special Sauce or the Spicy Sauce. These are both yogurt based and I had the spicy, which was a good choice! The portion of sliced lamb was considerable and I created my own wraps with my Feta Cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, and lettuce. There were also some Sweet Gherkin Pickle slices. There is a great satisfaction that comes from eating this special blend of fresh ingredients. For the price, I thought
the value was reasonable. The wraps (beef, lamb, chicken) are priced at $7.50. You can get Hummus Dip with Pita or Bab Ganoush Dip with Pita, both priced at $4.95. The Hummus, Baba Ganoush, and Falafel Wraps are all $7.50.
The Baklava proved to be a surprise, since I thought the Choco was a creative departure from the standard baklava. I didn’t actually like the Choco nor the Original (these are great bite-size desserts priced right). It was the Pecan Baklava (Tart) that was the best tasting of the bunch - it was really a good creation, especially if you like pecans. Give Shawarma Express a try next time you are in the Micronesia Mall Food Court. You may be pleasantly surprised!