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This past weekend I had the pleasure to visit Shawarma House, 17385 W. Bluemound Rd. in Brookfield. The restaurant also has a second location at 2921 N. Oakland Ave. Both are known for their variety of Middle Eastern cuisine, which includes shawarma, hummus, falafel, and so much more.
Shawarma is a popular Middle Eastern dish consisting of meat cut into thin slices, stacked in a cone-like shape and roasted on a rotisserie or spit. Typically it's made from lamb, but can also be made with chicken or beef.
I met with co-owner and chef Bara Saed. He was super friendly and I enjoyed talking with him about Middle Eastern culture and food. He said both restaurants are family owned and operated. He and his family are from Jordan and came to America in 2010.
When he first came to this country, he started out working in the kitchen of a store that his brother-in-law operated. This inspired him to one day open a restaurant of his own. I also met Zain, and he said that it's important that their customers have a positive experience and enjoy trying Middle Eastern food.
The restaurant has been remodeled. It is very clean and cozy, with plenty of tables and booths for customers to sit at.
I tried a few different items off of their menu. The vegetarian plate included falafel, Jerusalem salad, basmati rice, a choice of hummus or baba ghanoush and a side of bread.
The falafel was out of this world. It had a nice crunch to it and I could taste all the different spices.
I dipped it in the baba ghanoush, which is made from chopped eggplant, olive oil, lemon juice, spices and tahini.
The Jerusalem salad is a colorful salad with tomato, cucumbers, red onion and parsley that's been tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper. I loved how healthy and fresh it was.
For my main dishes, I tried the beef shawarma served with tomatoes, onions, flatbread, tahini sauce. I also tried chicken koobidah, which is seasoned ground chicken cooked on flat skewers.
The chicken koobidah was tender, and had just the perfect kick to it, and the beef shawarma was juicy and flavorful. I loved dipping them in the tahini sauce. The flatbread was amazing as well.
I would highly recommend checking out the Shawarma House because their mission is to make delicious Middle Eastern dishes for their customers and make sure they have a positive dining experience. You will love the different varieties of meals you can get there. Shawarma House offers dine in, carry out, and catering options.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referenced Mahmoud Saed instead of Bara Saed.
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