Sahara Dunes Shawarma

Address: 90 Robertson Rd, Ottawa, Ontario

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Date/Time Visited:  5:45pm on 24 May 2014 (Chris did this one alone since he was working in Ottawa)

Genre: Lebanese Family restaurant

Meals served: Lunch and Dinner

Reservation: Available, but generally not required

Here are some of our thoughts (please listen to the podcast for a complete description):

Ambiance / description of place / music / WIFI

Chris – Feels like your typical take-out place.  Lots of pictures of Lebanon on the walls, adding to a more authentic feel. Over a half-dozen tables available, but most people tend to grab and go.  One large TV available near the front of the store, normally on the sports channel.  No WiFi.

Sahara Dunes Shawarma - Interior

Sahara Dunes Shawarma – Interior

Greeting / reception

Chris – I make a point of coming here every time that I’m working on the western side of Ottawa.  There are times that I come here several times during a stay of a week or longer, so they have come to recognize me very easily.  As such, I always get a friendly hello and chit chat.  Having said that, it’s a ‘mom-and-pop’ place, so they are very friendly from behind the counter where they work in tandem to make your meal.

Sahara Dunes Shawarma - Service Counter

Sahara Dunes Shawarma – Service Counter

Menu prices

Chris – Very reasonable – most meals are around $8-$12.  Lots of food for your money.

Sahara Dunes Shawarma - Combo Menu Board

Sahara Dunes Shawarma – Combo Menu Board

Variety

Chris – To be honest, I don’t even look at the menu board anymore – it’s either going to be the chicken shawarma plate or the chicken shawarma sandwich.  Having said that, there are lots of other Lebanese salads, main dishes, and desserts.

Sahara Dunes Shawarma - Side Menu Board

Sahara Dunes Shawarma – Side Menu Board

Smell / look / taste of Chicken Shawarma Sandwich Combo

Chris – Shawarma sandwich is always nicely done.  I’ve tried the beef shawarma before, but I don’t like it as much as the chicken.  Fresh ingredients, plus I like the fact that he grills the sandwich once it’s made, warming all ingredients through.  Probably the best part of the sandwich is the garlic sauce – I can’t get enough.  Two kinds – traditional and spicy – yum! Potato side – I went with this choice (instead of the salad) for the review.  I was a little hungrier than just for a salad but not hungry enough to order the larger shawarma plate – potato was good middle ground.

Sahara Dunes Shawarma - Menu Board

Sahara Dunes Shawarma – Menu Board

Why we chose menu items

Chris –  I love chicken shawarma – this is my Ottawa treat, even though we have several decent shawarma places in Nova Scotia.

Sahara Dunes Shawarma - Shawarma Sandwich Being Prepared

Sahara Dunes Shawarma – Shawarma Sandwich Being Prepared

Service / wait staff knowledge

Chris – Not really applicable – it’s their restaurant, so they know it very well!

Sahara Dunes Shawarma - Meal Tray

Sahara Dunes Shawarma – Meal Tray

Overall dining experience

Chris – Awesome as always – there’s a reason I keep coming here (not just because I stay at the nearby hotel!)

Sahara Dunes - Shawarma Revealed

Sahara Dunes Shawarma – Shawarma Revealed

Would we go again

Chris – The next time that I’m in Ottawa, I’m there!

Sahara Dunes Shawarma - Shawarma Closeup

Sahara Dunes Shawarma – Shawarma Closeup

Listener Feedback

Stephen Hayman provided some feedback via Facebook about Noshing Nova Scotians 010 – Bootz Saloon and Grill in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.  

“FYI. Bootz. They did have a website. Facebook is now deleted because they are gone. They didn’t pay the rent and had themselves locked out as of July 1st.”

Coming Up Next

Our next review will be McGills Cafe and Restaurant in New Minas, Nova Scotia.  Until next time, happy eating!

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