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Photographs: David Straight

First up, an apology. With the exception of Ima, we’d given up on Middle Eastern food in this town, preferring instead to hole up at home with Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbooks – it is nourishing, rich, flavourful food, full of texture and zest and spice and mountains of vegetables. And yet in Auckland it is almost always so indescribably bland. So it took us a while to get to Petra Shawarma.

We apologise. Unreservedly. Petra Shawarma is a total and utter delight. Opened earlier this year by Dalal Omar, who originally comes from Jordan, it’s home style food in a colourful little shopfront in Kingsland with wooden tables and a fridge selling bottles of Pump water. You order from the nice ladies at the counter, you sit at the wooden tables, and you wait while they cook everything from scratch – including the meat for your shawarma. Go hungry. Go with plenty of time. Go often.

Be sure to order sides and salads. There is kooba ($2.50 each) – delicate parcels stuffed with meat in a crumbly parcel. Magnificent. There is a breakfast dish of fava beans ($8), served with grilled eggplant, paprika, sumac and lemon and a generous glug of olive oil – complex, slightly sour from the lemon, rich from the beans, it’s known as “foul” and it is magnificent. The shawarma ($16) – fabulous, tender meat and generous flavours, it comes sliced up, which we really like. And we love the musakhan ($16), grilled chicken with onion, cashew nuts and yoghurt sprinkled with sumac, that most wondrous of spices. Faith restored. SFG

HOURS Open seven days, 11am until late.

ADDRESS 482 New North Road, Kingsland, ph 815-8652.



  1. Janeen B wrote:

    Petra Shwarma is absolutely amazing! Their hummus and their falafel balls are the best I’ve ever had.

    Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink
  2. Natasha wrote:

    So lovely to see Petra Shwarma get some recognition, they’re our local. The Musakhan is a favourite, but all of their sides really flesh out the meal.

    Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Permalink
  3. Sarah wrote:

    Ate here last Saturday , it was awesome food. Could have just eaten the kooba and hummus but had also ordered mains. Left feeling very full and happy. Totally agree with the long time wait for food comment.

    Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Permalink
  4. Mary-Anne wrote:

    Ate here yesterday-special of the day was delicious as was the mixed platter. Amazing felafel. Very friendly staff. Will definitely be going back.

    Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:32 am | Permalink
  5. Mo wrote:

    Ooooooow woooooo. Really Jordanian food ilove this really shawarma %100%%% 100 recommend this food

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 10:23 am | Permalink

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