Neighbourhood: Exchange District
Address: 225 McDermot Ave
Former Blue Bomber Obby Khan opened Shawarma Khan in 2013 to express his passion for scratch-made healthy fare. Overstuffed wraps and a casual atmosphere keep this sunlit room, accented with blue and orange wall decor, a standout amongst most falafel spots. You might call this Middle Eastern soul food; playing on the region’s European, Asian and African influences, piquant tastes create lively and flavourful combinations.
This corner hub in the heart of the Exchange sets the scene with pulse-quickening music and an inviting atmosphere. The simple carryout spot has a handful of tables and bar-style window seats perfect for chowing down and people watching.
Digital menu boards list a selection of meat and falafel wraps, including signature ‘wrath of Khan,’ amongst vegetarian and gluten-free options. Side salads come with each shawarma plate, like the Stegall salad. Named after ex Winnipeg Blue Bomber Milt, it is an herby mix of beets, crisp apple and shaved chicken straight off the spit, aromatic of lemon. Tabbouleh, a Middle Eastern classic and vegetarian dish is the perfect accompaniment to shawarma, a dominant kick of parsley leading the way for nutty bulgur wheat.
Crisp garlic pita chips beg to be slathered in exceptionally creamy hummus. Made in house, even this simple snack scores a touchdown.