Connoisseurs of Chinese food and kathi rolls can look towards east of the Mediterranean Sea for innovative fast food.
Kent’s, a unit of Lavish Hospitality Private Limited, will entice the taste buds of the old and the young with the magic of shawarma, a mouth-watering delicacy from Lebanon, from October 10.
Elaborating on the shawarma, Pratyush, Kent’s owner and a hotel management graduate, said: “Even taste buds need a change. So we decided to introduce a kind of roll made by stacking strips of marinated chicken. The topping is a blend of mint sauce, mayonnaise and well-dressed vegetables. Sometimes onion, tomato and lemon are given for extra flavour. But people here consider Chinese delicacies as fast food. People find the same rolls with the same taste year after year monotonous. I am introducing something new to them.”
The shawarma is similar to an Armenian dish, tarna, which means “to turn”. Shawarma is usually prepared with pita, which is a flat, round or oval bread generally used in countries in the West Asia and the Mediterranean region.
However, Pratyush said: “We would be preparing shawarma with maida (refined flour) instead of using pita. We would give the shawarma the shape of a cone.”
Shawarma is usually prepared in a rotisserie, a revolving electric rod attached to the middle of the machine where the marinated meat is roasted skewered on a spit.
Kent’s is raring to go ahead with the shawarma launch. When The Telegraph visited Kent’s, Pratyush was busy demonstrating the shawarma machine to his chefs.
The machine comprises flame plates with knobs to regulate the flame. The marinated chicken is hung to the electric rod for roasting.
The roasted chicken is then sliced and placed between fine flour with mint sauce and mayonnaise.
On the price of the Lebanese delicacy, Pratyush said: “Each roll will be available for Rs 50.”
“There is no shawarma joint in the city. I had shawarma when I was in New Delhi. Let’s see whether they can come up with good food or not,” said Prashant, a student of Zakir Hussain College.
Youngsters are excited about the new Lebanese snack, while some of them have found a new place to hang out. “The city is full of restaurants but few serve quality food. Shawarma was among my favourites when I was in college. Now, I will enjoy the same in this city too,” said Pushkar Shekar, who works in an automobile company.
On the health factor, Pratyush said: “We will offer fat-free and oil-free shawarmas in all price ranges. Healthy food habits do not lead to obesity or any kind of health problem.”
The restaurant in Adharshila complex on the south of Gandhi Maidan will offer burgers, foot-long pizzas and sandwiches for fast-food lovers as well, all priced between Rs 50 and Rs 145.