You know those times when you are se hungry you think you could devour a whole animal? Yea those time. I finally found a place in Stockholm to glutton out on food and fill your stomach on a budget. When I say fill, I don’t mean just full, I mean you could explode if someone pokes you.
That place is Midan and it sells Middle Eastern cuisine. Located at the corner of the fancy Odenplan district, the prices of Midan are however Stockholm-cheap, with the cheapest dish costing about 80 SEK and the average dish 100 SEK. Unlike many of its competitors the restaurant is also open till late night and sometimes early morning, perfect for a post clubbing meal.
This post introduces that quintessential restaurant every city needs that is reliably open everyday till late and serves good food. It wasn’t the most amazing food I had tried, but it sure was the most filling.
The welcoming purple shopfront opens up to a bright canteen like restaurant.
Upon entering the smell of shwarma waffles through your nose and lingers on your lips (and unfortunately your clothes). Food options are brightly displayed with pictures and prices clearly established – so no surprise prices.
At the corner is a salad buffet spread of onions, olives and other vegetables; free flow of drinks and coffee. Honestly, all this for between 80-110 SEK is a really awesome deal.
While the restaurant is run by Middle Eastern staff the food items are Swedenised. The food items have been prepared to cater to Swedish tastes. For example kebabtallrik, a plate of kebab, is not actually kebab but Shawarma, a quirk that my Middle Eastern friends never fail to remind me of.
[I did some more homework and realised that what I was told was a Shawarma is actually a Doner Kebab of Turkish Origin. Meat on a spitfire was orignally invented in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century and spread to the Arab world].
What is a Shawarma and what is a Kebab? A shawarma is a way of preparing food that originated in the Levant where meats are put on a spitfire and grilled throughout the day with meat being shaved off as required. According to Wikipedia, “Shawarma is usually eaten with tabbouleh, fattoush, taboon bread, tomato, and cucumber. Toppings include tahini, hummus, pickled turnips, and amba. Shawarma is one of the world’s most popular street foods, especially in the countries of the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula.”
A kebab on the other hand is a meat skewer because meat (with spices) on a stick is always awesome, and almost every culture has some sort of version of this dish. I did as any Stockholmer would and ordered the kebabtallrik because I was hungry. Kebabtallrik is, a very colour dish with shawarma being the mains and a generous helping of salads and chips to complement the dish. It is sometimes served with garlic sauce and other times with a tomato-pepper sauce.
I thought I could conquer the plate, a plate twice the size of my face, I was obviously wrong. It wasn’t great food, but generous food. I sure was full and that is not something you can say with every restaurant especially serving food as such low prices, making this a great budget meal location.
Go get stuffed!
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