Sahara Dunes Shawarma
Address: 90 Robertson Rd, Ottawa, Ontario
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.
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.
Chris – Very reasonable – most meals are around $8-$12. Lots of food for your money.
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.
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.
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.
Service / wait staff knowledge
Chris – Not really applicable – it’s their restaurant, so they know it very well!
Overall dining experience
Chris – Awesome as always – there’s a reason I keep coming here (not just because I stay at the nearby hotel!)
Would we go again
Chris – The next time that I’m in Ottawa, I’m there!
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Coming Up Next
Our next review will be McGills Cafe and Restaurant in New Minas, Nova Scotia. Until next time, happy eating!