Sometimes you can over-think food. Forget healthy, forget substantial, forget the bells and whistles and back story that surround certain dishes and say hello to the shawarma. These little beauties can be found at roadside restaurants and street corners across town (although you’re more likely to spot them in older Dubai districts) and will set you back just a few dirhams. The humble shawarma is a type of kebab that has been filling bellies for centuries. Essentially it is a small wrap sandwich stuffed with salad, a French fry or two and your choice of shavings of either chicken or an unidentified meat from a rotating spit. It may not sound like much but it is one of the few dishes in Dubai to have ever inspired us to poetry (usually by rhyming shawarma with Karama). Wild Peeta, open daily 7pm-11pm. Sheikh Saeed Hall, Trade Centre Boulevard. (800 9453)
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