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Apr 19, 2010 08:07 PM

Shawarma King Kensington (Calgary)

Does anyone know if Shawarma King in Kensington is under new management? It's usually such a reliable go-to but the last two visits were very subpar. Not the same staff or service, and the kitchen looked uncomfortably unclean.

Tonight, I stood there for three minutes while two guys (at least one was supposed to be working, I think) chatted to each other around the corner. When I peeked around, one of them was SMOKING. Inside. Just metres from the grill.

I gave up and went to Royal Kebob around the corner.

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    1. call the city. I would without hesitation.

      1. I think so too. I'm pretty forgiving, but I think smoking is past my line of comfort...

        1. I have only been there once, but it was about a month or so ago. The food was mediocre, but the kitchen looked fine. I didn't like seeing the shawarma come out of a plastic bin instead of being carved off the spit though.

          1. We tried Shawarma King in Kensington for the first and last time last weekend. They took the pita apart for two Shawarmas. I've never seen that before. Into it went a couple of slices of something from a warming tray. Ripoff.

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            1. re: Busted Flat in Marda Loop

              alas, the warming tray is the laws these days. remember all of the E. coli outbreaks that were plaguing donair places in the early 2000s? those happened because the beef wasn't being cooked fully on the spits. so, it now has to be cooked on the spit and then moved to a grill or warming tray before serving.

              anyone making your sandwich with meat directly from the spit is breaking the law.

              1. re: Busted Flat in Marda Loop

                Reminds me of a quizno that cuts a torpedo into two.

                1. re: Busted Flat in Marda Loop

                  Hmmm- there are a lot of places around town now emulating the approach that was (I think) invented or at least introduced here at Shawarma Knight, which involves spltting a round pita but placing that piece on another "flat pita," which is thin and looks like a bread handkerchief- this makes for a very nice neat sandwich.

                  I had issues with SK but none was around the value of what I got there- shawarma were huge and so were platters. Half-cooked chicken? Not a high point.

                  Shawarma Knight
                  1512 14 St SW, Calgary, AB T3C 1C9, CA