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Feb 15, 2008 04:12 PM

Royal Meat BBQ (Islington/Queensway)

Saw a mention of this on the board and coincidence I drove by it (avoiding rush hour traffic).

Went with a buddy of mine (last week), who like me, loves a good hearty European meal -- namely the Chevaps. Now, aside from homemade Chevaps made by friends' families', there is only one butcher in Ontario (based in Stoney Creek) that makes incredible Chevaps. We know of a place on Bloor West Village called The Woodhouse that carries them.

We ordered the Chevaps (1lb w/salad), it comes on a bun with toppings. I personally prefer my Chevaps with rice or potatoes.

Anyways, they were awesome! Juicy and flavourful! I didn't really eat them with the bun, but, separately from the bun. The salad was also good. Definite repeat!

They also carry burgers, steaks, chicken etc... but, for me, it's the Chevaps!

Just dropped by there today afterwork (approx. 5:15pm) and the place was busy! Good sign! Settled for take out -- just finished them and they were just as good as before!

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  1. They have coupons in the free Etobicoke advertising booklet that gets delivered to your mailbox in the Mimico area.

    1. We've eaten there twice now. For 3 adults, it's cost less than $30, so it is relatively cheap. I've had the Chevaps twice and have enjoyed them both times. My mother had the pork, and my husband the burger, and all were enjoyable. My mum usually takes half of her small portion and has it the next day for lunch. Both times we've gone on a Saturday night and it's been quite busy. None of us have ever had the big portion, as the small seems to be perfectly adequate for us.

      1. I've been there few times and realy enjoy it.
        My only real complaint with the chevals is they like to roll out of your bun.

        Oddly enough, after eating there Thursday, I found this thread looking for a chevals recipe. So if anyone has one.........


        1. Had the 1lb burger there today, I thought it was great. The lepinya bun was something different and amazingly fresh. I thought the meat could have used a little more seasoning of some sort but overall it was great.

          P.S. Davwud:

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          1. re: Dr Butcher

            I've eaten here a few times now..

            I find their claim for "huge 1lb meal sized sandwiches" to be somewhat misleading..

            The Royal Burger is pretty big, that may POSSIBLY be 1lb, I've never had it surprisingly. But I have had the chicken sandwich and pork souvlaki a few times and they are quite small; definitely nowhere near 1lb. of food.

            Considering the sandwich alone is $9 before taxes, thats pretty harsh. Toppings arent exactly plentiful; I don't mind the cream-cheese spread sauce (Kaymak I think they call it) but I am not a fan of their house spread which is some kind of tomato-feta-pepper based spread.

            I also find it pretty remarkable they charge $4 for a small styrofoam container of "caesar salad" which is nothing more than the lettuce they use for your sandwich with some dressing and croutons on it. No cheese & bacon on the caesar is highly disappointing.

            Overall, It's pretty good food but not worth travelling out of your way for it like I did (after viewing their website)

            One look at the store and you can see exactly where your money is going; because the place looks like it costs a fortune while charging quite a premium for average-sized food..


            1. re: duckdown

              I'm just there strictly for the chevaps

              1. re: duckdown

                Prices are creeping up - salads are no longer the huge value they were. I really like the food and hope that this is in preparation of franchising. The pricing is becoming "normal" for Toronto but if it were more convenient to me, I wouldn't mind at all.

            2. Great concept, high quality, tasty fresh meat. Big portions, freshly baked bread. Tasty, tasty, tasty. The salads do disappoint, but who goes to a place like Royal Meat for the salad?