World’s most expensive shawarma goes on sale in Dubai
DUBAI: The Middle East’s obsession with the costliest items on the planet shows no sign of wearing out. Just two days after the world’s most expensive cupcake was unveiled in Dubai, a café in the city has introduced what Guinness have confirmed is the world’s most expensive shawarma.
The luxury savoury snack, which is priced at an eye-popping AED28 ($7.60), was created by chefs in the Happy Food Cafeteria in the affluent Karama district of Dubai.
Made using soft pita bread imported from Al Ain, freshly cooked slivers of specially-tenderised doner meat, pre-made organic tahini sauce and slices of juicy tomatoes and fresh lettuce, the extravagant dish, which went on sale at an exclusive launch event last night, has been billed as the ‘Seven-Star Shawarma’.
“We are really excited to have unveiled the most expensive shawarma in the world,” said Happy Food’s shift manager Hitesh Ramsey. “We have seen people attempt expensive shawarmas before, however, those are not edible as they are incrusted with diamonds, platinum, enriched plutonium and other components.”
For an added splash of indulgence, the shawarma – which is usually served wrapped in glossy pages from the Khaleej Times’ weekend magazine and hand-ripped tinfoil – can arrive on an ergonomically-designed disposable polystyrene plate, together with a sealed lemon-scented individual wet wipe, for an extra AED2.
But despite all the international attention, the decadent dish hasn’t impressed everybody. Eminent Middle East food blogger Malik Burger described the AED28 shawarma as “a vulgar creation of colossal proportions”, while several others argued that such an expensive creation was in poor taste given the current economic pressures felt by many across the world.