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Apr 11, 2006 12:12 AM

schwarma in toronto

  • k

ok, i go to school in London and it's got the best schwarma ever at Barakat on Richmond St.

i am in toronto often to visit my girlfriend and i've tried a few places in Scarborough that don't even come close. i find this hard to believe with such a big middle eastern population in the city. someone's gotta have a good recommendation.

please help! i need my weekend schwarma fix while i'm in the city!

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  1. I find the shwarma/falafel place at Yonge and Bloor (just south of) pretty good. Ok, I usually go late at night...but they lure me in with their special hot sauce and tasty beef...

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    1. re: ravenous

      Is this Sarah's?

      This was the where I first tried Shawarma, and it was so unbelievably good, I have never been able to experience a shawarma this good after that inital introduction.

      This has been my favourite place.

      I have also tried Armenian Kitchen at Victoria Park and Eglinton, which was ok..totally did not live up to my expectations, and La Zeez at Gerrard and Jarvis. Also not as good.

      What are your opinions on these places?

      1. re: Zaheen

        The place is not called Sarah's. I believe it is called Falafel House, but I am not 100% sure. It is on Yonge, just south of Bloor at Roy's Square, on the east side.

        Where is this Sarah's place? When was the last time you were there? I cannot recall a Sarah's in the Yonge and Bloor area.

        1. re: Paolo

          Sarah's is on Bloor, a couple blocks west of Spadina, on the South side. The schwarma is good, not great, but it's cheap.

    2. I also get shwarma late at night in Toronto, and I usually go to the closest place that's open, and is delicious... its at Bloor-Spadina, on the corner next to the Miles Nadal Centre and Greg's Ice Cream... but I don't know the name of the place...

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      1. re: jayseeca
        Super Nintendo Chalmers

        I've never been but I think it is called Pi-T-Q.

        Marketing wizardry that was not.

      2. Go to York University, Falafel Hut. Best shawarma and falafels and pitas EVER. :)

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        1. re: jennjen
          Chester Eleganté

          ahh c'mon! their falafels are the worst things there! at least they used to be. shawarma/souvlaki is nice though.

        2. Did you try Farhat at Warden and Lawrence?

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          1. re: Goober


            Aladdin's Palace (see link for previous review and location)


            1. re: Goober

              yeah, i have tried Aladdin's and quite disappointed. i've gone a few times just because it's close to where i stay in scarborough, but nothing close to Barakat...

              I've tried Oasis at warden/lawrence and they are pretty good, but i'm looking for something fast and take out. still not as good as Barakat.

              maybe i'll try Farhat. though i just spoke to some friends on the weekend who said the last time they went it wasn't as good as they used to be. maybe it was an off day.

            2. re: Goober

              I've tried the schwarma here and it doesn't come close to Barakat, which is awesome. Pretty disappointed given the rave reviews on this board.

            3. my favourite is red and white on yonge between wellesley and college (it's actually near maitland)

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              1. re: mainja

                The red and white is good for lunch. I tried it a dinner once, and the meat was all dried up. Don't know if it was an off day or just that over the day the meat dries up. Regardless, I have never gone back for dinner.

                Another good place is further south of the Red and White, on Yonge just south of Gerard, on the east side. Cannot remember the name of the place, but it is next door to the Big Slice. Very tasty shwarma.