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Saturday, 20 March 2010

What's a Shawarma?

"What's a shawarma?" is a question that may be asked by many more familiar with the humble kebab, souvlaki, or gyros. YOFI is at the corner of Shields and Grafton on a site previously occupied by a somewhat down-market greasy spoon with dubious clientele. I didn't even notice it for a while being used to briskly walking by enoute to more salubrious destinations.

Walking by this week I stopped, after a recommendation from a friend, for a look at the offerings of 'food from the holy land'. Yofi was doing great business this night with all its footpath tables filled with diners, includiing byo wine. The small inside area is also warm and inviting.

Kitchenslut wandered off with a take-away lamb shawarma which was fresh, tasty and worked well for a quick evening bite on te streets. Must revisit for a more leisurely experience in the coming weeks ......

2 comments:

Dutchie said...

Good to see you tried it KS - this is the real deal. Anyone's tried this will never have the junk served elsewhere. Make sure you try the falafel as well. Even a meat eater like me makes an exception for this! Nothing like the stuff you get at the other places (do they just mix up one of those packets?).

Anonymous said...

There is no shortage of eateries in Cairns but living here you soon realise some are miles above the rest. Yofi's is a real understated gem and I take every friend I can here. The couple that run the place are there every day til the small hours of the morning, and are always friendly and obliging, making us really delighted to support them. I think it's the best falafel pitta i've ever had too. And with BYO - what more could you ask for? A chilled cheap and tasty meal in a street cafe with a bunch of friends and a few bottles of wine, this is what makes Cairns such a brilliant place to live....

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