Friday, April 3, 2015
Shawarma Hazan (Haifa, Israel)
HaHistadrut Avenue 56, Haifa, Israel, T: 04-841-6560
HaHistadrut Avenue is a major road in downtown Haifa and one section has a whole row of shawarma restaurants bordering each other. Shawarma Hazan is a Haifa institution, allegedly even inspiring local musicians – the album Legend of Black Shawarma of trance duo Infected Mushroom. It has a classic set-up: big skewers and condiments on the side, where you walk past and point out what you want as you order.
I’m getting a shawarma wrap, rather than pita, as it is bigger, with onions, spicy sauce, salad, and pickled beets. You can also take some free condiments from a small ‘salad bar’, which includes olives, cauliflower, etc. Full anticipation I start eating, but I’m soon disappointed by the dry and chewy meat, which seems of a remarkably inferior quality, even for a shawarma place, and has an odd taste. I mainly continue eating because of a simmer of hope that somewhere down the warp it will get better. It doesn’t.
This shawarma would have disappointed in the Midwest of the US, so you can imagine how disappointing it is in Haifa, where there must be so many better options.