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“Good, but overrated.”
Review of Shawarma Emil

Shawarma Emil
Ranked #34 of 367 Restaurants in Haifa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Israeli
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Haifa
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53 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good, but overrated.”
Reviewed 21 December 2013 via mobile

The place is spotlessly clean, the meat is fresh and of a decent quality, but the end product is very dry and underspiced; a bad combination when it comes to meat. There aren't many toppings to speak of, and the price is a bit much for the relatively humble portion you get.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Nowhere near the best Shawarma”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

We were told "Emil" is the best Shawarma in Haifa. Well, I haven't eaten all the Shawarma's in Haifa, but it's nowhere near the best in Israel. But it is, like many other things in Haifa recommended on TripAdvisor, ridiculously overpriced.

Let me explain -
First of all, the Shawarma isn't bad. The thing that probably makes people recommend it, is that it is beef, rather than Chicken or Turkey. However, it is very dry and required me to literally POUR tehina and amba on to make it juicy enough. In addition, there are no salads - just some onion and tomato that they add before serving.
Second. you pay a very hefty price for a very very basic meal. I think it was 35 shekels for the pita. And we're not talking about a fancy location here. It is in a tiny dinky little corner at the entrance to Wadi Nisnas. No parking. No seating. No AC. Street food that should cost 30% less.

If you want to pay top dollar for Shawarma, go to Shauli in Hadera. They have good Shawarma. Otherwise, get a mediocre Shawarma for a reasonable price (it's 22 shekels for a great Lafa at the Oren Center in Be'er Sheva).

  • Visited November 2013
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Haifa, Israel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Best shawarma in Haifa, probably in Israel”
Reviewed 2 August 2013 via mobile

A small place at the intersection on HaZionut and Allenby. Parking isn't easy around lunchtime and you might need to wait in line a few minutes, but it is well worth it. This place only serves shawarma (real, not chicken or turkey) and is the best in Haifa.

  • Visited July 2013
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Israel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“The best shawarma in Israel!”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

No doubt here - the best shawarma in Israel! So stable - you always get what you expect. Very small variety of salads, simply because there's no need! A little more expensive than others, but hey - quality has its price...

  • Visited June 2013
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“Best Shawerma in Haifa”
Reviewed 27 June 2013

You will never forget this Shawerma, Ever. It's simply the best. Go early because they close at around 3-4 pm.

Visited February 2013
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