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1 Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:56 pm

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Yum. Double-yum.

There's a wall with photos of several different dishes, but I opted for the tried and true beef schwarma sandwich, which was very tasty. It's kinda like a pita. Lebanese cuisines.

For supper, I brought home one of their calzone. Again, super-yummy.

The inside is not fancy at all, but the food oh so makes up for it big time.


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2 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:50 pm

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Is Schwarma the name of the restaurant? Is this a review of the food, only without the prices and whether there were drunks outside waiting for a hand out!


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3 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:57 pm

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4 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:03 am

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Not my job to look up what you repored on, Marion Warhoft!


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5 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:50 am

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What time is it, Rosie? Schwarma Time.


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6 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:01 am

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Braka Pita Pit rocks too


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7 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:40 am

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It's one of those Winnipeg questions. GG or Nucci? Skinner's or Half Moon?

For the record, Shawarma Time, GG, and Half Moon.

Oh, and hello again. We should have a meet-up.

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8 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:28 am

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Is the food spicey?


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9 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:54 am

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ANNY!

holy cow!

WELCOME BACK!


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10 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:57 am

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Nice to hear from you again anny.

Ya....Welcome back.

11 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:28 am

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Were you teaching English overseas?


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12 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:06 am

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Triniman - How does Schwarma Time compare to Baraka Pita Factory (if you've been)?

Welcome back, Anny!


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13 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:57 am

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damn it!! you had to go and say Baraka pita pit! Now I have to go again this weekend

JERK!

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14 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:06 am

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You're welcome! Razz


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15 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:37 am

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SMW wrote:Triniman - How does Schwarma Time compare to Baraka Pita Factory (if you've been)?

Welcome back, Anny!

Haven't been, and since it's at 1783 Main St., it might be a while before I try it. Far from home and work.


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16 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:06 pm

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Thanks for the welcome back, everyone!

Triniman wrote:Were you teaching English overseas?

I can't remember exactly why I stopped posting - perhaps to focus more on daily life - but your handsome mug just pulled me back in. Wink

Seriously, though, I'm planning a move back to Winnipeg in February after working in BC for a couple of contracts with Katimavik and backpacking in Southeast Asia. I'm excited to jump back into Winnipeg life.

I'm not back until Jan 28 (essentially Jan 29), but I'll put up something about a shawarma meet-up then, perhaps?

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17 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:33 pm

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Where food is involved I am in...


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18 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:04 pm

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Backpacking in SouthEast Asia sounds like you are a little younger than my 67! You have to start a thread and put up some pictures.

Is anyone going for lunch in the NorthEnd on Saturday, after 1PM?

My meeting at Ralph Brown ends at 1PM, and I would love to meet you or get picked up at Ralph Brown.


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19 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:08 pm

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anny wrote:I can't remember exactly why I stopped posting - perhaps to focus more on daily life - but your handsome mug just pulled me back in. Wink

Aw, shucks!


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20 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:28 pm

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rosencrentz wrote:Backpacking in SouthEast Asia sounds like you are a little younger than my 67! You have to start a thread and put up some pictures.

Is anyone going for lunch in the NorthEnd on Saturday, after 1PM?

My meeting at Ralph Brown ends at 1PM, and I would love to meet you or get picked up at Ralph Brown.
Will be at Jets game. 2PM start. That is all for now. Over and out.


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21 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:57 pm

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Triniman wrote:
me wrote:Triniman - How does Schwarma Time compare to Baraka Pita Factory (if you've been)?

Haven't been, and since it's at 1783 Main St., it might be a while before I try it. Far from home and work.

Ah, no worries. Baraka is at the top of my street and I rather like it. Will have to head to Schwarma Time to compare the two.


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22 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:28 pm

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The last few times I have been at Baraka I have been pretty disappointed.

The place is pretty filthy (dirty floors, unwashed tables, overflowing garbage) and they are skimping on toppings lately or are just missing them altogether.

Sad... because I LOVE middle eastern food. Hopefully they get their act in gear soon.

23 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:09 pm

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If anyone's still sitting on the fence, here's the review I wrote a while back. Also, I take back my comment about Shawarma Time as a first date. Wink Anyone who can handle shawarma is a catch. (laughs)



616 Ellice Avenue
(204) 774-2109

Oh, the years of my life that I wasted before eating at Shawarma Time!

I’d noticed this restaurant’s fantastic name months before I got around to trying its food, and I try not to think too hard about the many weeks of my first few years at University of Winnipeg where I chose to dine in the cafeteria (shudder) or Subway instead.

After moving back to the West End, though, it’s a whole ‘nother story!

I hit up Shawarma Time about once a month or so, sometimes more frequently because it’s like crack. Granted, our great city has very few shawarma offerings - the other being Baraka Pita Bakery on Main Street - but Shawarma Time has very rarely failed me.

It’s a little family-owned Lebanese restaurant on the corner of Ellice and Maryland, plastered with good reviews, and usually full of regulars. A husband and wife team man the counter and they’re always ready with a smile. They’ve been good to me in the past, donating a prize to my fundraiser, and they still recognized me after a year-long absence.

The restaurant tends to be warm in the spring until the air conditioning gets turned on for the summer. The three upright spits radiate heat as they slowly cook the shawarma. Three kinds can be found here, chicken, beef, and beef/lamb combination. Each have their own distinct flavouring, with chicken being the lightest and tangiest, while I find the beef to be very deep and rich. It’s one of the few restaurants where I find lamb to be enjoyable, with absolutely no gamey taste.

If it’s your first visit and you are a meat-eater, you can’t go wrong with a fresh shawarma. Save one or two occasions (where I got a discount), the meat’s always shaved off fresh, slid into a large pita, topped with garlic mayonnaise, hot chili sauce, tomatoes, lettuce, and pickled turnip (yum!), and finally pressed for a little more stability in a sandwich press. Be forewarned, this is not the place for a first date! If you’re like me, you’ll order your shawarma spicy, which means lots of chili oil that drips all over your sandwich, fingers, and maybe the arms and table. Lots of napkins are necessary!

I’ve also had the fries (freshly cut and fried, so expect a long wait), hummus (wouldn’t order it again), baba ganoush (good), stuffed grape leaves (oily), fuul (not for me), and falafel (good).

Love this place.

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24 Re: Schwarma Time, 616 Ellice Ave. on Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:16 pm

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sputnik wrote:The last few times I have been at Baraka I have been pretty disappointed.

The place is pretty filthy (dirty floors, unwashed tables, overflowing garbage) and they are skimping on toppings lately or are just missing them altogether.

Sad... because I LOVE middle eastern food. Hopefully they get their act in gear soon.

Sput, where else have you had middle eastern food in town that you liked?


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