Shawarma at Marroush
Foods from Marroush

2010 Jun 12
I just discovered something very important about Maroush. The first shawarma I ever had was at the Rideau and Dalhousie location, and I remember it being the tastiest, most filling fast food one could ever imagine. On top of that, there was a certain mystique to the place seeing as though there was no menu, and the chums behind the counter were super friendly and perhaps hopped up on something.
Although I have had a ton of shawarma since then, I have always compared shawarmas to maroush. About 2 years ago, I noticed there was something awry at maroush. They installed a menu, they added green and red sauce (which are great by the way), the shawarma become much smaller, they stick it in a Panini press, and they lost their sweet sauce and tahini (or as they call it sesame sauce). Similarly, I have noticed a different level of service, and quite frankly a seriously decreased standard of quality. I still swing by the maroush on rideau because it's not "terrible", and it is rather cheep considering they have a few specials for extremely reasonable prices.

HOWEVER... and it is a big however!

This past week I hit up the Maroush in Hull on St-Joseph right across from that little mall which houses East Side Mario's and Baton Rouge. Oh man! I was in heaven, just like I was in my first year of University when I discovered shawarma. Itís the real, old school maroush. The service was super friendly, the price was extremely right at 5 dollars for a mammoth shawarma and they had all of the signature maroush sauces. So, while ordering I asked, "what is the deal with the maroush on Rideau? It is not even close to as good as it used to be". The answer is that the maroush guys who own the one in hull and on Elgin (which I have never been to by the way) SOLD the rideau location 2 YEARS ago. The new owners kept the name and changed everything else. In other words, the maroush on rideau isn't even maroush at all! You should have heard the condescension coming from the servers at the hull maroush, but I donít blame them, because they are using maroush fame and serving a completely different product.

I have an inkling that the Rideau location it is owned by the same folks that own castle shawarma because they have the same "red, green and white sauces", but this is just a wild guess.

All Iíve got to say is that the Rideau "maroush" does not stand up to the one in Hull. For my money, it's the best shawarma I have ever had rivaling similar creations I have had in Europe, Turkey and Israel.

Shawamra lovers out there, check out the Hull Maroush and it will bring you back to the amazing shawarma that you had many a time at 3 in the morning after stammering home from the bar and/or club.

2010 Apr 4

I was totally pleased with the chicken Shawarma. The Hot garlic sauce is a great treat. The server kept offering yummy chicken pieces to taste all the garlic sauces. RED GREEN WHITE. All of the sauces were very smooth. They sure do it right!

I will go back for sure!

2009 Jul 8
When I moved to Ottawa, this place was my benchmark for Shawarma!

Ate there often, always great! I haven't had a Chicken/Garlic in ages... time to revisit!

2009 Feb 19
for the person looking for a good donair place, check out the restaurant on Bronson just past Gladstone, can't remember the name but my girlfriend liked their "halifax donair"

2008 Nov 8
Imho the Marroush in Hull is better...

2008 Oct 27
Highly over-rated and heavy on the lettuce.

2008 Mar 31
This review is for Maroush on Rideau (corner of Dalhousie). The shawarmas are nothing short of chunky meaty heaven! They are huge (in comparison to other places in Ottawa) but the taste -- unbeatable! Thick slices of meat, fresh ingredients. They use the large pita wraps so the shawarma tends to stay more in tact.

By far, the best tasting shawarmas in the capital!
2nd best ... Ashtar's on Sparks (although I wish they didn't chop their pickled turnips into tiny pieces). Shawarma Deluxe (think that's the name) on Dalhousie is also very yummy -- garlic garlic garlic, especially after the clubs. But my fave of all is definitely Maroush on Rideau now!

2007 May 23
The best Shawarma in Ottawa. Maroush is a weekly lunch staple at the office and it smells of garlic for hours afterwards. The bread is fresh, the meat is juicy and the Jamaican peppers are fiery hot.

2007 Feb 26
This place is definitely a fun experience especially if you go in later on a weekend evening. The falafel is quite good!

2006 Oct 17
We've been going there (the Elgin St. location) for over 10 years now. Haven't found a better 'chicken garlic' in the city. Great place.

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2018 Apr 19
Spicy garlic sauce on a chicken shawarma platter. It was my colleague who ordered this. The salad was tabouleh instead of a garden salad. The platter cans up to $17. It is a bit more expensive than most place but it was even fuller than other platters!

2009 Mar 25
I picked up a chicken Shawarma for dinner and it was excellent, with enough picked beets and pickles for the tang and enough garlic sauce for the necessary flavour. It was an introduction to the meal for a coworker traveling from Regina and thus it was a success, though unfortunately the pita wrapper was a little too fragile. Excellent though, at least at the Rideau location.

2008 Jul 29
zymurgist, bear in mind that donair and shawarma are two very different tastes, even if they have a lot of similarities.

I agree, Marroush makes the best shawarma in town...but can anyone find me a good donair in this city?

2007 Aug 29
I would have to disagree... I worked at a location very close to Marroush on Elgin. Most of the time the shawarma is good - not great. It really gets nasty at the end of the night (Friday and Saturday), as the stumbling crowds head for a grease pit that serve up the goodness... I've seen his staff feverously fry chicken in a frying pan in the back to satisfy the insatiable apetite of the masses lining up to get a shawarma. Some of it was definitely raw (as in not cooked!). Of course no-one notices as they take their turn dancing on the bar or gettting yelled at by the self appointed "Shawarma Nazi" (all in jest of course). Mind you this is the end-of-the night rush, and surely does not represent their day-to-day offerings...

Overall, I would give them 5 stars (out of 5) for their "sweet sauce" (highly reccomended), 3 stars for shawarma, and no stars for Friday and saturday night food...

IMO, the best of shawarma in ottawa is Shawarma Palace on Rideau - always a line-up. Succulent chicken (that has NOT been drying on that spit for two days like other unnamed places), tasty garlic sauce that is not overpowering and is just right, and greatly spiced potatoes...

PS - ask the Marroush guy for his photo album which he keeps below the counter - featuring best "grills" Elgin has to offer - LOL

2007 Mar 11
No shawarma for you!

Ha, ha, haven't been here in years but their chicken shawarma's sure were good! And huge! Note the other place "Maritime Donair" that used to be in the same building has long since gone out of business, but Marroush just keeps on going!