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May 21, 2008 08:33 AM

Best Sharwma in the GTA

I am looking for a few good sharwma places in and around the city. What I am looking for is good without having to slop it with all the toppings (i.e. extra sauces/hot) since normally I am on the go and when I have one.

Nothing I have had so far compares to the ones I first tried when I was in Los Angeles at Zankou's chicken -- down there they do not use hot sauce. I am still looking for a westend, Mississauga location to buy Bastarmia. Now I get it on Lawrence in Scarbourough but am looking for something a tad closer or on the way home to the Hammer from work.


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  1. try Ameer Family Restaurant - 2034 Lawrence Ave is just after the Tim Horton's
    at Warden and Lawrence....the sharwma is not MESSY like all the other ones out there .Enjoy......

    1. Johnny's Shawarma at Kennedy/Ellesmere (next to Dairy Queen) is great if you are looking for Scarb suggestions...

      1. Paramount Foods
        1290 Crestlawn Drive, Mississauga, ON L4W

        What is Bastarmia?

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        1. re: Scary Bill

          Basterma is a heavily spiced/pressed beef normally made from the tenderloin. Very tender and cured so edible without heating. Some say it is similar to pastrami but pastrami is more wet. I am addicted to a good Bastarma -- especially the Armenian version.

        2. Zankou's is high standard to compare, as of yet I've found nothing in Toronto as good.

          I've been looking for a great place that serves it the way the Lebonese do in London, Tomato, Pickle, Chicken and Toum. Deliciously simple.

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          1. re: JamesJT

            I tried the one from Ameer yesterday and they did it like you wanted James, and there was ample chicken in it.

          2. Me Va Me at Steeles and Yonge have great Shawarma, Falafel etc.. with all the appropriate fixings

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            1. re: Curlygrrl

              I like my shawarma sandwiches with lettuce & garlic sauce only

              They have no lettuce :(

              No plain grated lettuce at least