New Restaurant Alert: Shawarma Bros at Stopover, Bonifacio Global City
This food truck has just parked at the Stopover.
2/F BGC Stopover Pavillion, Rizal Drive corner 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City
Open from 11 a.m. to 1:15 a.m. (Monday to Friday), 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Saturday), 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) We all remember the food truck trend that took Manila by storm a few years back. The idea of fun, innovative food concepts on wheels? We easily ate them up.
But while the idea of trucks roaming around densely populated Metro Manila was idyllic, its culture wasn't exactly conducive to the city's landscape. Have you ever tried chasing after a food truck via social media during rush-hour-traffic-ridden EDSA? Fast-forward to three years, these vehicular eateries end up clustered in bazaars and events instead of random street corners.
A reference to the truck
Food trucks may not have taken off as quickly as it did in other countries, but one of Manila’s food truck pioneers, Shawarma Bros, has consistently paved a steady path for themselves. Banking on the Filipinos’ love for rice, the five bros behind Shawarma Bros (who don’t even cook, by the way!) perfected a delicious protein-and-carb-heavy combo that's become an instant hit. Good-quality meat, fluffy biryani rice, a side of fresh vegetables, and a mix of their killer white and hot sauces is absolute dynamite. It's enough to give people incentive to patiently line up for their food.
You need beer with beef.
Beef Shawarma Rice Meal
Lamb Steak Rice Meal
Now, the bros have their very own brick-and-mortar at the fast-rising Bonifacio Stopover. Having a stable outlet keeps their loyal customers constantly coming back for a serious shawarma fix whenever they want. The heavy-hitters are all there, from the bestselling Beef Shawarma Rice Meal (P179) to the cult favorite Lamb Steak Rice Meal (P219). Printed Instagram photos of the Bros’ journey are plastered all over the restaurant’s walls—an excellent reminder of how one should never forget humble beginnings. While the food truck hype might be fizzling out, it’s safe to say that Shawarma Bros is here to stay.
Photos by Hans Fausto