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“Supper in Norwood. ” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Schwarma Co

The Schwarma Co
71 Grant Avenue | Norwood, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Ranked #41 of 761 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Schwarma & Grill, Mediterranean an Middle Eastern Cuisine
Johannesburg, South Africa
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40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Supper in Norwood. ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

A wonderful dinner again. The service is always good. The schwarmas were great. We had charif (hot stuff) and humus and tachina as starter it was delicious.

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  • English first
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Is it lamb?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

The falafel is brilliant, but the lamb is dubious. It certainly doesn't taste like lamb: more like beef. Having tasted many lamb schwarmas and kebabs, this was very disappointing.

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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93 reviews 93 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Consistent, better? Who knows ;)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Out and about in the city again with the decision to visit one of the best Schwarma places in the country. The only thing that has changed is that they have now expanded to having an upstairs section. The food is very good as well as the service.

I would suggest booking or coming early as they do get very busy and you will have to then wait in line.

Try some ribs or just have a schwarma. All salads are as always fresh. Vegetarians will not be disappointed with the haloumi laffa which is fantastic! Very good value for money.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Schwarma heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I was invited by a friend to this restaurant in Norwood - an area not too far from the centre of Jo'burg that I've not been to before. He always comes here when he misses Israel because it's so typically Middle Eastern and the food is fabulous.

Owned by an Arab Israeli, the restaurant recently expanded upstairs with sliding glass doors giving full access to an open balcony and patio seating overlooking Grant Avenue - the main street which is lined by a number of other eating joints. The only thing missing in what could be an equivalent of Upper Street in Islington or Kingsland High Street in Hackney is the lack of people walking on the streets; but then again this is Jo'burg and at least it's an alternative to the northern suburban mall culture with which I am more familiar. The downstairs is a little less formal and more café-like with ethnic music whereas upstairs they played disco or dance music which made it feel a bit more frenetic so we prefer downstairs.

The reason for it's buzzy atmosphere and popularity though is the food; absolutely sumptuous extras to go with the excellently grilled meats. We had lamb schwarmas which is probably the must-have signature dish. Served in an Israeli pitta - less elastic and smoother than the Greek and Turkish pitta - we are invited to add extra toppings piled in invitingly heaped glass dishes behind a counter; creamy humus and tahini, spiced tomato-based Turkish sauce, unctuous eggplant in three varieties, glistening slivers of peppers in red, green and yellow, softened onions, crunchy red cabbage, crisp green shredded iceberg lettuce, a special white schwarma sauce and the for me the obligatory hot red chilli sauce - although a milder green version was available too. We go back to our seats and the waitress brings the full-to-bursting stuffed pitta to our table. My friend scoffed his in no time at all whereas I savoured every mouthful and took a takeaway bag home. Deserts are minimal in number - a red velvet cupcake, chocolate halva or baklava - but no less delicious for all that. To drink, my friend had a refreshing home-made lemonade served with ice and a fragrant mint leaf and I had a fairly ordinary glass of Sauvignon Blanc. We ended with coffee - a cappuccino for him and a Kahlua-coffee for me; well he was driving. I paid R140 for all of that which is pretty reasonable especially as I can take the left-over for lunch to work tomorrow.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Laffa amazing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I must say when I went to the establishment for a meal as far as the food goes the quality is superb. The staff however were a bit surly and it seemed at times unable to deal with a lot of customers.

Visited March 2013
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