There is a new shawarma place in the neighbourhood and I am very excited about it. Its called Safari Mediterranean Grill, located in the same plaza as T&T Supermarket.
I only found out about Safari Mediterranean Grill because someone left a comment on this blog (I am assuming it is the owner). I am always on the lookout for good shawarma places close to me and was really excited to learn about Safari Mediterranean Grill, and decided to try it out right away. Not only is it great to be so close, but it is a great substitute for the expensive, mediocre eatery thats in the next plaza over.
Anyhow, we got there around 5 o’clock and the owners had just arrived (I guess because it wasn’t busy, they decided to take a break). They opened only 7 weeks ago and so the place was still pretty sparse with no pictures or decorations. The store was painted in earthy tones of orange and brown and there were a few decorative tables scattered throughout the store.
There was a sign in the window offering daily specials, such as 2 shawarmas for $9.99, 2 platters for $15.99, etc. Today’s special was 2 falafel wraps. But we felt like chicken shawarmas. So, my daughter ordered the chicken shawarma wrap combo (with fries), and I had the chicken shawarma platter. Our meals with pops came to $21.00.
The food was great! The chicken was not just grizzly bits, but generous chunks of chicken.
The guy packed the shawarma wrap – lots of fresh hummus (tasted homemade), plenty of garlic sauce and hot sauce, and those nice pink and green pickles.
The platter costed a bit more than the wrap, but the serving was also more. The rice was nicely seasoned (orange colour) and tender and tasted great with the generous serving of chicken. The salad was freshly prepared cucumber and tomatoes with the right amount of seasoning. He gave me a huge heaping of hummus with crunchy pita to eat with it. I wish there was more pita because the hummus was so good.
We really enjoyed our shawarmas, and I will say the food was well worth the price. We walked out with garlicky breath.
I hope I can help spread the word about Safari Mediterranean Grill at Mavis and Central Parkway because I hope they are able to survive. It is a great food option in that plaza and a benefit to ME because I won’t have to drive so far for good shawarma. Lets hope their quality stays top notch as it is today.
Update January 20, 2014
Safari Mediterranean Grill at Central Parkway deserves an update. I’m going to state it right here – I think they are the best shawarma in Mississauga. Since my first post over a year ago, I think the eatery has gone thru a few owners. It was starting to decline. This latest owner is a young guy. He seems really hardworking and constantly adding new items to the menu and new specials. Since he took over, the food has been amazing. He cuts up big chunks of chicken and gives very generous servings. The chicken is grilled until the outside has a bit of a crisp to it He added garlic potatoes to the shawarma platter and removed the salad. He is doing something right because the quality of the food is so good (I think so at least). I still don’t see a lot of traffic at that store, I hope he is able to generate more customers.
Address: Safari Mediterranean Grill – 723 Central Parkway West, Mississauga, ON