Acropol is personally one of my favourite junk food hangouts in the city. This little restaurant is located on the left side at the start of Duplication Road (R A De Mel Mawatha). As you walk in you will usually find the chef seamlessly carving away at a cut of meat, it’s a good place to go if you’re craving a kebab or a shawarma.
The seats are all upstairs and an old spiral wooden staircase leads you there. Although all the tacky furniture has been replaced, and the place does look brighter than it did a few years ago, the place is still a bit dim; it has the ambience of a dodgy chip shop you would find near a nightclub in England. It’s not as lively, to say the least, but if you find that there’s a cricket match on, you’ll find a bunch of blokes staring and cheering at the TV like we did.
Back when I was still in school this was our standard munch spot after a movie at liberty cinema. The shop has been around for a while, and although the standard of service is not good, the food is healthy, well maybe not healthy, but wholesome, and delicious.
Having been a pretty loyal customer and an advocate for the place, I was hoping for some good food and service to make for a flattering review. But, as expected the service wasn’t great, the food although perhaps made up for the lack of comprehension by their staff.
We ordered a shrimp submarine, a chicken shawarma with french fries and a shish taouk chicken.
The chicken shawarma came first - a soft, floury wrap surrounding chunks of chicken, french fries and cheese with a slight hint of dressing. Good.
The shrimp submarine tasted like something from Dinemore, just not as good - it is essentially an onion submarine with shrimp, contrary to what the title may imply. Apart from when a shrimp occasionally ends up in your mouth, the onions and sauces are really what define the taste. It’s still not tooo bad –passes for a cheap snack.
The shish taouk was really nice; served with soft floury pita bread (like the shawarma wrap) and topped off with garlic paste and an onion salad. Nice, light, didn’t expect it to be so good.
We also got a pretty good papaya juice (rs.170) and this is the only restaurant I know that serves mountain dew - unique.
It is conclusively really good drunk night out food - a real shame they are only open until 11.30, and until midnight on Fridays. The food can be healthy if you want it to be (they do vegetarian) and they also deliver – you can order online.
Shawarmas are available only after 6.00 PM so that's the time you wanna be there.