CLOSED: The Vegetarian Shawarma

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 12 reviews )



Hillel 23, Jerusalem, Israel

Vegan fast food restaurant. Offers seitan schnitzel and tofu, kebab, shawarma, pizza, burgers and fries, and more. Has vegan ice-cream. Confirmed closed Aug 2017 with plans to reopen - please send updates.

Categories: Vegan, American, Pizza, Mediterranean, Fast food, Take-out, Middle Eastern, Israeli

12 Reviews

First Review by m5giora

small, nice, but mediocre after all - Edit

the small place looks really nice, the service was super-friendly, and tried to help us even if their english wasn't perfect. even showed us a cheaper option (menu with drink).

the food was ok, but nothing special. the fries were bad (tasteless, no salt, soggy), the schnitzel a little boring, but the hot dog was good. they offered a variety of sauces, but the bottles were all crusted, didn't looked that appealing.

the food is all vegan, and pretty cheap.

Pros: fair prices, all vegan

Cons: food was mediocre at best, not that clean

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Superb Vegan Food! - Edit

Really great vegan food... very good quality. The sauces are amazing too. One of the best vegan burgers around. LOVE this place.

Pros: 100% vegan, Everything is very tasty, Great selection

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Excellent!! - Edit

Really good food here. Great portions too. The kebabs were excellent and my kids loved the chicken nuggets. Fabulous find. A bit tricky to find if you can't read Hebrew, as it's sort of off to the side of the plaza. Don't give up looking!!! A bit slow with the food as it's a small operation, but worth waiting for!!!

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LOVE IT - Edit

The food is always great; the staff is always really nice. The owner is an awesome guy as well, though he's not around as much nowadays. Love the burgers and the wraps, and last time we got this deep-fried seitan ("chicken nuggets" or something)--it was insane and addictive. Love how they bring you like 15 bottles of sauce to dress up your food however you like. It's not on the English menu, but there are some cool deals posted, like a bucket to share for--I think it's 60nis.

Don't be confused by the address: it's really just off Hillel, next to the little veg salad place at #23.

Pros: Delicious!, Reasonable prices

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vegan shawarma! - Edit

Lovely staff, and the burger was delicious. need more be said?

it's a cosy diner type operation.

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Amazing Schnitzelburger! - Edit

I had an amazing Schnitzelburger, and my hubby had a great lentil burger. Our guide had a really nice looking lentil salad. The onion rings were not good, but the "nuggets" we're phenomenal, even though they were strips instead of nuggets. There are only a handful of seats and it's not fancy but it's hip and the food is very fresh and made to order. As the only 100% vegan restaurant in Jerusalem, I give it 5 stars. If you're from out of town, it's a five minute walk from the best market in the city (although I don't remember it's Hebrew name.)

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Great fast food! - Edit

I visited this restaurant three times (and had problems to find it the first time because the sign is only in Hebrew - look for the small "100% vegan" sheet in the window!). Maybe it doesn`t offer a great atmosphere (it`s better for takeaway), but it IS possible to sit and enjoy the food. The shawarma was a little bit salty, but a delicious experience - i wanted to try it for weeks. The schnitzel burger was great! I also tried a burger with a patty made of lentils (?) but i don`t remember the name anymore - it was delicious, too. The portions are massive - you should be very hungry or just take the other half of the burger with you! The staff is VERY friendly and helpful. Favourite place in Jerusalem!
Updated from previous review on Tuesday October 28, 2014

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Tasty vegan local-style food - Edit

We had the vegan shawarma and the lentil-based vegi-burgers. Very tasty, reasonably priced. A nice touch were the sauces (ketchup, tahini, amba (mango sauce) and chili sauce that we could take to the table). Despite being called "The Vegetarian Shawarma", the menu is actually all vegan.

Pros: Tasty food, Indoor and outdoor seating, Good location - just off Ben Yehuda St.

Cons: Small location, Service not the fastest (but not slow)

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Better than the branches in Tel Aviv. - Edit

Nice vegan food with smiling service :)
way better than the service at the braches in tel aviv - by food quality and by the service.

Pros: Nice food, cheap, service

Cons: too small

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Yummy Vegan Fast Food in the Capital - Edit

FINALLY, there is a restaurant in Jerusalem which serves dishes with good meat substitutes in it!!!

As of July 1st 2014, I maintain this is the best place for veges to get food in Jerusalem. I've had almost the entire menu here. My favorite item is their "Jerusalem Mix" which is incredible. Although I'm a lifelong vegetarian, and have never tried the real thing, it tastes kind of like a middle Eastern version of Vege "Sausage N Pep", it is really good! The cheeseburgers are consistently delicious here. The "egg salad" sandwich was pleasant.The pizza is above average quality vegan pizza, and the chicken Nuggets appetizer is really good with their mustard Silan Dressing.

The only items I would not rrecommend are the Kebabs which tasted like mushy falafels made yesterday and ironically the Schwarma itself (at the vegetarian Schwarma) as I didn't think the flavor is strong enough.

My recommendation to this restaurant would be to start serving the Jerusalem mix in Baguettes, Laffas, Pitas, etc. Also I would recommend having more weekly or daily sales like they did when they just opened.

Overall, this is a vegan fast food joint with extremely limited seating (only a few bar stools inside and outside) and although you cant sit at a table, you paying similar prices to what you would pay at comparable Jlem meat places such as Burgers Bar. If you are looking for healthy vegetarian food this is certainly not the place for you, as with the exception of a few salads almost everything is fried.

That being said, the food is delicious, they make a real effort to always have new specials & Desserts.

No more bland patties at the Village Green. No more mushrooms in a bun at Burgers Bar. After years of not being able to go to a restaurant in Israel's Capital and order a vege substitute, there is now a place filled with vege comfort food goodness.

Bon Apetit. Or as we say in hebrew... B'Teyavon!

Pros: Tasty Fast Food, Kosher Certification, Great FB/Specials/Customer relations

Cons: Very limited Seating, Not open on Sat. Nights

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Excelent Vegan fast food in Jerusalem - Edit

Large selection of vegan fast food at reasonable prices.
My favorite is the Classic Burger.
(Without the pickles or house dressing.)
With mustard or the read spicy souce .

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Very Good Vegan Fast Food - Edit

Another store in the chain, same options (mostly), same fast service and delicious fast food (not necessarily healthy). They have just opened (11.13) and already seem to be going strong, with changing desserts almost daily!

Pros: Central Location, Large Selection, Friendly Staff

Cons: Not Many Seating Options

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