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Sep 4, 2007 11:49 AM

Good Shawarma in TO?

Hello Hounds,

Does anybody know where I can find good shawarma in Toronto? Downtown would be most convenient, but I'd be willing to travel for something really good.

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  1. Good suggestions here:

    I like:

    Naz's Falafel House
    118 John St,

    504 Bloor St. W

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    1. re: Roberto7

      Ditto on Ghazale.

      As a bonus, they're right next to the Bloor Cinema, so they're perfect for a pre (or post) movie nosh.

      1. re: tartiflette

        Ghazale's second eatery, on College, beside the Fish Store, opened recently. Bigger digs than the mother location. Not sure how the the kitchen compares, though.

    2. I noticed there's a Naz's Falafel on the south side of King St just east of Sherbourne. Keep reading it's mediocre. Is there any one thing they do well?

      1. Though I haven't had the opportunity to try any of the newer ones, there have been a spate of recent shawarma shop openings on Yonge between College & Bloor. I believe there are close to ten in that stretch now, with the best being Red & White (excellent).

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        1. re: xtal

          pLease try Babos Donerpoint on Eglinton and Caledonia. Look below for my review which I posted yesterday. Blows away any schwarma/gyros snadwich that I have ever eaten in TO

          1. re: robb

            Agreed, robb. It's an awesome place, Turkish, I believe. The 'bread' is homemade, unlike the commercial pita at most places.

          2. re: xtal

            While I don't not claim to be an expert on shawarma's I must agree with xtal that Red & White have excellent shawarmas. The only problem is the place is getting so popular there is always a line up. =)

          3. the thread mentioned earlier highlights most of the good ones. if you want greek style gyros look to danforth...lots of good places...messini is my personal fav. another balkan style that i enjoy (cevirme) is available all over the east end. there is a good cevirme joint on the north east corner of pharmacy/eglinton in the mall. don't know the name...i think it actually might be "cevirme" but not sure. anyway.....turkish shawarma is served on a large bun that is strangely light and has a minimal amount of toppings...but the meat is much more strongly flavoured than other styles. enjoy!

            1. I also like Falafel World nr Jane subway stn on Bloor. It's about 1-1/2 blocks east of Jane on the north side of the street. The only caveat is that the chix is a bit over-salted for my taste but I haven't tasted a better shawarma in TO. However, I need to try the other places mentioned-- Naz's and Ghazale's.