You can actually find this Malaysian favorite Middle Eastern dish in abundance right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
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You’re in KL and you’re in the mood for shawarma? Perfect timing.
Thanks to all the viral food videos we’ve been seeing on social media, we’ve collected a few places in Kuala Lumpur known for their shawarma.
But before that, what’s shawarma? Is it a wrap? Or a kebab? What about those served on the plates?
Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish consisting of thinly marinated sliced meat cooked on a rotating spit or vertical rotisserie. Basically, it’s the meat, not the wrap!
The roasted meat (often beef and chicken, can also be lamb, turkey, or veal) is then sliced into even thinner pieces and served in a wrap. It can also be served on a plate with various other ingredients (hummus, veggies, sliced flatbread) or can be in the form of a sandwich (or some may even call it kebab).
So, enough with the formality, where’s the best shawarma spot at?! Okay, here we go!
Some of the best places to get your Shawarma in KL:
1. Halab Gate
Okay if you’ve been in KL long enough, you know this legendary place.
If you’re unfamiliar with KL, you might pass by this stall without realising it! It’s located in Bukit Bintang, among the fleet of Middle Eastern eateries (near Kunafa Crisp), opposite Hong Leong bank.
What’s special about this place is its garlic sauce, cheese and other special sauces! They have chicken, beef, and mixed shawarma (if you’re confused about which ones to get), with cheese and without. They also have small sizes and large sizes for both those who want a nibble and those with a hungry appetite.
Some even say that this is the number 1 place for shawarma in KL (you gotta taste it for yourself to confirm!). Watch how they prepare the shawarma here.
Address: 51, Jln Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 10 am – 4 am
Price: RM10 for small chicken shawarma with cheese
2. Damascus BBQ
Another worthy contender is Halab Gate’s across-the-street neighbour, called Damascus BBQ. This place is next to Starbucks Reserve at Bukit Bintang junction and you’ll notice it right away with its huge red store sign.
Additionally, they have another outlet at Sungei Wang Plaza, just further along the street of Jalan Sultan Ismail, serving the same shawarma and other Middle Eastern dishes.
These shawarma come with fries to give you some added texture. Paired with a plethora of juicy sauces (garlic, yoghurt, chilli, pomegranate and lots more), you should get both their chicken and beef shawarma hot from the grill. They even put bits of the sliced meat on top of the wrapped shawarma for the ultimate juicy bite!
Watch how they make the juicy shawarma here.
Address: Bukit Bintang St, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 8 am – 2.30 am
Price: RM10.90 for chicken shawarma
3. Reto Sandwich
Also located near the two sought-after shawarma places, this could be another option for you guys to try out. It’s located along the line of McD Bukit Bintang, next to Sports Direct.
Here, they are well known for their juicy lamb shawarma. They also have other shawarma options like chicken. You can also get them in a plastic container with fries and garlic sauce dip separately.
Check out the review for both their lamb and chicken shawarma here.
Address: 116, Bukit Bintang St, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 10 am – 5 am
Price: RM10 for the small lamb shawarma
4. Syawarma Raihani Kebab Jalan TAR
Okay, so this one is not exactly a burrito-like shawarma, instead, it’s a sandwich-ish shawarma, or as they call it, kebab.
The juicy meat bits, along with fresh-cut tomatoes, onions and herbs are given an even mix and put into a toasted but soft hot-dog bun. Then they’re blessed with a special sauce on top and ready to be served.
What’s special about this place is that it’s been operating for more than 30 years! No wonder lah, it’s a crowd’s favourite.
Check out how they make their delicious kebab here.
Address: 75, Jln Palestin, City Centre, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 12.30 pm – 6.30 pm (Closed on Sundays)
Price: RM5 for a regular beef kebab
5. Shawarma Kebab Station
Stationed along the area of Jalan TAR also, here’s another hidden gem where you could get good-tasting shawarma.
Before revamping their shop into a new and bigger shop (green one), this place was called Shawarma Sham (a small yellow shop), located just opposite of Kamdar at Jalan TAR.
Here, they are known for their juicy chicken shawarma, available in small and jumbo sizes. You can also add cheese to your shawarma for an extra stringy cheese-pulling effect.
Watch how their shawarmas are made here.
Address: No. 70, Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Behind Joyalukkas).
5M3W+9RKuala Lumpur City Centre50100 Kuala LumpurFederal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 8 am – 10 pm
Price: RM13 for chicken + cheese shawarma
If you’re a fan of shawarma, it’s time for you to try shawarma at other places here on this list too.
The good thing is, some of these places are just a stone’s throw away from each other! That makes it easier for you guys to buy and compare them yourselves!
Let us know if these shawarmas are worth trying out or not. It’s Cap or No Cap time!