Eating is a necessity but food is an art; the ability to transform this art into an irresistible consumable serving of food is a necessary art.

Pretty cool intro, wasn’t it? 😎  😆

Food has always been a essential element in the lives of all living organisms, particularly the human race. As if food wasn’t enough for the body, the human race had to make food for the soul. Cool. Too cool.

Now, Basilissa Shawarma! 😳

I’ve been consuming Basilissa Shawarma for about 3yrs since they settled in Ghana. Initially, Basilissa started in Tema Community 5, about 20min away from our former home. In the beginning, it was a ritual – we had Basilissa Shawarma every Friday night. It was less expensive then, about GHC12, and then my twin brother and I would purchase 3 and share 1 and a half each because a single wrap couldn’t satisfy. We later realized our little twin sisters who were 10yrs then, consumed the same quantity as we did. Solution? It became an entree!

“Shawarma is a Levantine meat preparation, where lamb, chicken, turkey, beef, veal, buffalo meat, or mixed meats are placed on a spit (commonly a vertical spit in restaurants), and may be grilled for as long as a day. Shavings are cut off the block of meat for serving, and the remainder of the block of meat is kept heated on the rotating spit. Shawarma can be served on a plate (generally with accompaniments), or as a sandwich or wrap” – Wikipedia

As a lover of food and often a picky one, I find the Mixed Shawarma from Basilissa a more satisfying choice to the taste buds than the Chicken Shawarma or Beef Shawarma. Imagine tasting a soft wrap containing soft slices of chicken, beef, cabbage, sweet cream, secret spices (I suspect a Robertson spice), and sizeable fingers of French Fries. Just when you think you’ve bitten the dry part of the wrap, you see the creamy part high-pitch screaming for your next bite… Yeah.

Yesterday, for the first time in a long time, I had Basilissa Shawarma at the Accra Mall without any fruit juice or Coca Cola, and I didn’t feel like I missed a thing. Basilissa is undeniably the best Shawarma making restaurant in the country.

Although I consider the pricing a course to slightly raise the eyebrows of the average Ghanaian… only slightly, I’m also considerate of the increase in the wrap size and stuffed up ingredient with the extra serving of a pocket of French Fries on the side. So yeah, GHC20 for Chicken or Beef wrap and GHC22 for mixed shawarma, is fair after all.

There are more food options on the menu, but Shawarma is all I purchase at Basilissa anyway, and drafting false review will be so much work 🙄

A Basilissa Food stand is located in Tema, Labone, Spintex, West Hills Mall and Accra Mall, and is open between 8am-11pm everyday.

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Photography: Gerard Nartey