Shawarma: A Taste of Lebanon on the Streets of Tenerife

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In the heart of Barcelona, a unique and exotic flavor has begun to gain popularity among locals and tourists alike:....

In the heart of Barcelona, a unique and exotic flavor has begun to gain popularity among locals and tourists alike: shawarma. Originating in Lebanon, this dish has found a new home on the streets of this vibrant Spanish island, offering an unrivalled culinary experience at the New Capricho Lebanés restaurant.

1. Origins of Shawarma: A Journey from Lebanon to Tenerife

Shawarma, more than a dish, is an emblem of Lebanon’s rich culinary history. With roots deeply rooted in Middle Eastern gastronomic traditions, this dish reflects centuries of cultural exchanges and culinary refinements. The preparation of shawarma is an art form: the meat, carefully marinated with a mixture of exotic spices, is slowly cooked in a rotating spit, giving it an unmatched flavor and texture. Traditionally, it’s served on a soft, warm pita bread, wrapped in a symphony of flavors including fresh vegetables, such as tomatoes and cucumbers, and a variety of sauces, such as tahini and garlic.

The history of shawarma is one of migration and adaptation. From the bustling streets of Beirut to the picturesque landscapes of Tenerife, this dish has traveled and transformed, absorbing local influences without losing its essence. In Tenerife, shawarma has not only found a new home, but has also become a cultural bridge between East and West. The adaptation of shawarma to local tastes has included the incorporation of ingredients and techniques that respect its Lebanese essence, but with a distinctive Canarian touch. For example, some variations include the addition of French fries inside the wrap or the use of local sauces, offering a taste familiar to Canarian palates, while staying true to its Lebanese roots.

Shawarma is much more than a fast food; It is an experience that invites reflection and enjoyment. In every bite, you can appreciate the complexity of its history and the richness of its culinary heritage. Its popularity in Tenerife is a testament to its ability to bring people together through taste, regardless of their cultural backgrounds.

New Capricho Lebanés, by presenting shawarma in Tenerife, not only offers a dish, but also offers a cultural experience. Enjoying a shawarma in our restaurant, customers embark on a culinary journey that spans thousands of miles and centuries of history, from the ancient streets of Lebanon to today’s vibrant and modern Tenerife.

2. New Lebanese Caprice: A Window to Lebanese Culture in Tenerife

At New Lebanese Caprice, we strive to offer an authentic Lebanese street food experience. Our chefs, originally from Lebanon, use traditional techniques and recipes passed down from generation to generation. This not only ensures the authenticity of the taste, but also gives our customers a window into the rich Lebanese culture.

3. Shawarma: A Festival of Flavors and Textures

Every bite of shawarma at New Capricho Lebanés is a celebration of flavors and textures, a true feast for the senses. The meat, which is the heart of this dish, is prepared with meticulous attention to detail. We choose only the best quality cuts, which we then marinate in a secret blend of spices that has been perfected over generations. This blend, which includes ingredients such as cumin, pepper, garlic, and other regional spices, infuses the meat with a deep, rich flavor.

Once marinated, the meat is slowly roasted in a rotating spit, ensuring that each piece is perfectly cooked, retaining its juiciness and obtaining a slightly crispy exterior. The meat is cut into thin slices, creating a texture that is both tender and satisfying. Shawarma is complemented by the freshness of vegetables: ripe tomatoes, crisp lettuce, mildly spicy onions and pickles, which provide a refreshing counterpoint to the richness of the meat.

But a shawarma isn’t complete without its sauces, and at New Lebanese Caprice, we offer a variety that perfectly complements the dish. Tahini, with its creaminess and slight nutty flavor, and rich, smooth hummus are classic accompaniments. Not only do these sauces add flavor, but also a delicious creaminess that balances out every bite.

Recognizing the diversity of our customers, we offer shawarma variations including lamb and chicken, as well as vegetarian options. Our vegetarian version is not an afterthought, but a creation thought out and made with the same care and attention as our meat options. We use ingredients such as marinated tofu or roasted vegetables, which provide a rich and satisfying alternative for those looking for a meat-free option.

4. More Than Food: A Cultural Experience in Tenerife

By visiting Lebanese New Caprice, diners not only enjoy delicious food, but also participate in a cultural experience. The restaurant’s décor and overall atmosphere are designed to transport our guests to the streets of Beirut, allowing them to enjoy authentic Lebanese street food in the heart of Tenerife.

5. Committed to Quality and Sustainability

At New Capricho Lebanés, quality and sustainability are our priorities. We use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, supporting the community and reducing our carbon footprint. Our commitment to sustainability extends to all areas of our business, from ingredient selection to waste management practices.

6. Shawarma: Ideal for All Events

Shawarma is the perfect accompaniment to any event, from a casual lunch to an elegant dinner. Its versatility makes it ideal for group sharing, and at New Capricho Lebanés we offer takeaway options and catering for events, bringing the taste of Lebanon directly to your table.

7. Invitation to the Flavors of Lebanon in La Laguna

At New Capricho Lebanés, our door is always open for those who wish to immerse themselves in the rich and varied tapestry of flavors that Lebanese cuisine has to offer. This invitation is a call to explore, to discover, and above all, to enjoy a gastronomy that is both ancestral and surprisingly contemporary. Whether you’re a connoisseur of Lebanese street food, with memories of authentic dishes enjoyed on the streets of Beirut, or a gastronomic adventurer in search of new culinary experiences, New Capricho Lebanés is your destination in La Laguna.

Our menu is a reflection of Lebanon’s diversity and richness. Every dish tells a story, every recipe is a legacy. Our shawarma, the star of our menu, is just the beginning. We invite you to try our varied mezzes, small plates that are perfect for sharing and offer a wide range of flavors and textures: from creamy hummus and refreshing tabbouleh to rich and spicy kibbeh meatballs.

In addition, our drinks menu includes options that perfectly complement our dishes. From carefully selected Lebanese wines to refreshing traditional beverages such as ayran, each choice has been thought out to enhance your dining experience.

At New Capricho Lebanés, we believe that eating is an experience that should be enjoyed with all the senses. Our atmosphere, decorated in a style reminiscent of the souks and cafes of Lebanon, is the perfect setting for an unforgettable meal. Music, scents and surroundings combine to transport you to a world where tradition and modernity intertwine harmoniously.

For the curious and those passionate about culture, we offer not only a meal, but also a window into Lebanon’s rich history and traditions. Our staff, always willing to share stories and details about our dishes, is integral to this cultural experience.

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