For about three weeks now, I had been craving for shawarma. But I have not gone out of my way to get one. I dunno why.

Instead, we reserved our Friday night for our monthly date night. Last month, December, hubby and I went to Mushu. And tonight, we went to Shawarma Habibi located at the Hi-Strip 4 Bldg., along Circumferential Road, behind Lopue’s East Centre. I chatted with the owner Tess Tingala and she said yeah, if we go there, we can be satisfied and not have to shell out so much.

The filling Sizzling shawarma.

Hubby ordered the chicken kebab because he wanted to eat rice. It is available in a single skewer meal (P70) and a double-skewer set (P115). Of course, I ordered a large-sized beef shawarma habihi for P75. We also had the sizzling shawarma for only P120–a sizzling plate full of layered sliced vegetables, sliced pita bread, bit of barbecued beef, and topped with egg. It was fun and filling to eat. Actually, if I had known about it, that would have been my only order because that was already a meal in itself.

Chicken kebabs

My yummy large beef shawarma with lots of spicy and garlic sauce.

I am so happy with our dinner tonight. My shawarma craving was satisfied and yet we didn’t have to spend much. Hubby and I enjoyed our time together just eating, discussing, and getting inspired with all sorts of ideas. It was a great and productive evening at a very budget-friendly price. Our total meal (without drinks) was only P265 and we were already stuffed.

Outside Shawarma Habibi.

Incidentally, I learned that the Hi-Strip 4 is like the lair of international cuisine. That was our first time in that area. There’s Vietnamese, Mexican, Japanese, Italian, and Thai, as well as other good eats. We will have to come back again next time and visit the many different offerings there. At least now we know that if we have a hankering for a particular cuisine, we know where to go.