3109 16th Street/Valencia,
hearing (and dining) at Doctor Bombay's
matter how you spell it: shwarma, shawerma, or shwerma, TM cooks up a
fine one. We took note of the fact that these folks both slow spin their
meat on that thing and then brown it up on a griddle. Attention to detail.
Dedication to flavor. Get down. Oh, and did I mention that their tomatoes
(and, I think onions) are positioned under the spinning thing so as to
catch the flavorful drippin's? Oh yes. A heaping portion of chicken shawerma
meat, those basted tomatoes, onions, and some other stuff (humus, etc.)
wrapped in lavash make for a fine alternative to the ubiquitous burrito
in the Mission. And that babaganoush was good too. $5.95 for a satisfying
meal. Pick up an Arabic DJ CD while you're there and take the swirling,
maddening music home with you since seating is well-nigh absent in this
To our glee, Tuesday
was indeed a Chicken Shawerma day at Truly Mediterranean. Apparently,
they only spin this specialty on Tuesdays and Saturdays. No one can explain
why. In order to avoid the atmospheric debacle that was Rosamunde, we
took our shawermas back over to Dr. Bombay's and ate them there, along
with a side of babaganoush, which was delicious but sorely needed another
pile of pitas for dipping. By the time our pitas were gone, half the baba
still remained. I considered dunking my shawerma in there but I didn't
want to mess with the already perfect flavor. Scrumptious! That's all
I've to say.
ordered the chicken shawerma. You can't do anything else if it's Tuesday.
Unless of course you want the tasty falafel they serve. The shawerma,
for about 5 bucks, is a deal. Lavash wrapped around delicious spun-then-grilled
chicken. Add grilled tomatoes and other Mediterranean-type fixin's (cucumber
yogurt or some such thing) and you have a meal. As a side we ordered some
babba ganoush. Very good but the amount of pita they give you for dippin'
barely gave each of us a mouthful. The atmosphere is "hole in the
wall adventurous" with the friendliest of staff. We lucked out when
ordering -- we were the only ones in line. But if there is a crowd it's
only because it's worth the wait. Call ahead and they will cater your