Kamal’s Middle Eastern Specialities, Not so Special

I was in the mood for shwarma, so I stopped by Kamal’s in Reading Terminal. The menu is exactly what you would expect: falafel, shwarma, dips, etc. with options in platter or sandwich form. How could you mess up shwarma, right?

But I can’t endorse the chicken shwarma at all. It was pretty lame, just a mess of lettuce, and bland chicken meat.

You would think a side order of baba ganoush would be served in a small plastic container, or something like that, right? Instead, I was given a plastic wrapped plate. It wasn’t particularly memorable, but even worse was the flattened, bland pita served with it.

From the “pie” menu, I was leaning towards the meat pie aka lahmajoun but the  corresponding photo explaining the product displayed looked like a  factory version, which was then confirmed. I chose the chicken and vegetable pie instead, since I was told they are made in house ($3.95). This was the best of  Kamal’s wares that I tried. It was mild, but pleasant and  healthy tasting.

THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)

  • Lots of options, for vegetarians and meat eaters
  • They also serve fresh juice

THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • Lame attempt at chicken shwarma
  • Boring baba ganoush, and bad pita

Kamal’s, 12th and Arch, 215-925-1511



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