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May 11, 2009 02:40 PM

best shawarma in Ottawa?

I keep reading about how amazing the shawarma is in Ottawa. Which places serve the best shawarma? Are any of them located within a 20 minute walk of the Byward Market?

Thanks for any of your comments.

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  1. The south side of the Byward Market is Rideau St., which is the eastward extension of Wellington, the street that passes in front of Parliament Hill. Along Rideau there are several Shawarma places, all worth trying, and all quite cheap as well.

    1. Shawarma Palace
      464 Rideau Street
      Ottawa, ON K1N 5Z4
      (613) 789-9533

      It'll be about 20 minutes by foot from the market. Some might suggest a place in the market itself, I forget the name, but all my Ottawa friends disparage it as a tourist place and for late night drunkards.

      I've been to the Palace many times and always leave feeling bad that we don't have a place like it in Toronto.

      You can get other goodies there too.

      8 Replies
      1. re: grandgourmand

        I couldn't agree with grandgourmand more. I stop by Shawarma Palace multiple times whenever I'm in the area. It's not cheap (a shawarma plate runs somewhere around $12 or $13) but it can fairly easily fill two people. The SO and myself usually split a chicken shawarma dinner with an extra order of potatoes and garlic sauce.

        1. re: Dr Butcher

          Thanks so much for the recommendation & comments grandgourmand & Dr Butcher. Really looking forward to trying Shawarma Palace!

          1. re: phoenikia

            Third for Shawarma Palace. Nothing like it in Toronto. Absolutely amazing.

            It is a little expensive but you get a ton of food for what you're paying.

            1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

              I have also been to Shawarma Palace and it is very delicious, massive portions for the platters and the garlic sauce is terribly addictive.

              1. re: deabot

                Just came back from a weekend trip to Otttawa and visited Shawarma Palace on Saturday. Generous portion of food, we ordered half beef half chicken platter. BF and i were barely able to finish the platter. Beware of the garlic sauce, it's super garlicky.....make sure you have some gum to chew on after :)

                1. re: PrincessStress

                  FYI...phoenikia, you don't have to order the platter, you can also get the sandwich, which is very delicious.

              2. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                Being from Ottawa and now living in Toronto, nothing has been up to live up to Shawarma Palace. Everytime I am back, I make a trip to "palace" and get a mixed plate (chicken and beef), can never finish it, but am intensely satisfied when i am done... just make sure they give you two pieces of bread (i.e. pita) with it, and get the garlic on the side so you can evenly distribute it... hehe.

          2. re: grandgourmand

            I grew up in Ottawa and I miss Shawarma Palace. Far, far superior to anything I've found in Montreal (and least in the downtown/Plateau area where I live & frequent).

          3. Loved Shawarma Palace- thanks for all your comments and suggestions.

            Ended up trying their veggie plate because I'd had a good shawarma in Barakat in London a couple days before- definitely the best (and the biggest) Middle Eastern veggie plate I've encountered- including tabouli, hummus, falafel, grilled eggplant, grilled zukes, potatoes, salad, pickled turnips, pickles, fried cauliflower, fried broccoli, and 2 pitas for just over 10 bucks.

            The shawarma plate and shawarma sandwich my cousins ordered looked amazing. Will return again on my next visit to Ottawa.

            1. While I agree that Shawarma Palace is the best authentic shawarma in Ottawa, and that is saying something considering how much shawarma we have, how has no one even mentioned Marroush? It is at 380 Elgin, and is like the Middle Eastern equivalent of Chicken Balls with sweet and sour sauce. Totally inauthentic, but hits the spot some times.


              Totally inauthentic, I know, but still, so so good. Try anything with their sweet, as opposed to garlic sauce. So good. Beef Sweet all the way.