Review: Sahad Shawarma Abuja

Sahad Shawarma offers their product through a small outlet in the Sahad Supermarket compound in Area 11, Garki. You place your order at the window and get it at same window. The price list is stuck to the glass beside the opening. Chicken Shawarma with one sausage for N1000 and Beef Shawarma for N800 among other things offered.

Now, they say if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all. So I don’t know how to talk about this one. To begin with, I’m not a germophobe but I developed hygiene concerns when I saw him take the shawarma of the small grill with his fingers, which he had just used to touch is phone while taking a call. Phones are some of the dirtiest object around.

The chicken and cabbage was pre-cut and open, but there were no flies about so I took the plunge. Further observation taught me that this is a common practice, a strategy to reduce prep-time. Regardless it took about 12 minutes to be ready.

It came wrapped in plain white A4 paper, no branding or logo. The price was lowest in comparison to others, 1k for which you get a fist size wrap of diced chicken, cabbage and a hot dog with a pinch of ketchup. This left me with a roll that was so dry, I could hardly swallow. The taste was most disappointing and it had me thinking I should change the title of this post The Top 10 Worst Shawarmas in Abuja.

Not a drop of Mayonnaise or Ketchup to even stain my chopping board

This roll was so bland I found myself thinking it would have been better to just eat boiled yam with no stew. I was here drinking copious amounts of water because I was concerned that this thing might have me a little constipated. After a few challenging bites, I asked myself “Is this thing by force?”, and just threw the rest of it in the bin. I think it’s the first time I have thrown away food in this situation.

Being my first review I was disheartened and started reconsidering this whole venture, but Shawarma King saved the day. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. If you must have shawarma from Sahad, specifically demand extra Mayonnaise and Ketchup, and some spices in the meat or something.

Good luck.

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