It all started when Simon and Samira Azzi, and Andre and Carole Estephan opened a tiny takeout store near Granville station in 1998.
Because the two families were making everything (including all their own sauces, meat mincing and pickles) on-site in Awafi’s tiny kitchen, it wasn’t long before the two families each decided to open bigger stores. The Estephans left to start El Jannah, and, the Azzis continued with the Awafi name in Revesby, Punchbowl, Belmore and Granville. “I think we have a healthy competition. It’s pretty friendly,” Sindy says of the rivalry between El Jannah and Awafi.
Since then, the original Awafi charcoal chicken recipe has remained a closely guarded secret, even within the family.
The other two highlights on Awafi’s menu: garlic sauce and tabouli. “If you ask anybody, that’s what they come here for, garlic, chicken and tabouli”