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Sep 20, 2009 12:05 PM

quick, economical and "ethnic" lunches on a Sunday, within a 15 minute walk of Jarvis and Wellesley?

Taking a course at the National Ballet School, and I'm not sure where to grab a bite afterwards. Overwhelmed by shawarma joints I'm not familiar with, not impressed by my last visit to Ginger, and turned off by my last meal at Ritz.

Which shawarma places are the best right now, north of College and south of Bloor? Today, I had a somewhat disappointing chicken shawarma in a pita($4.95) at Falafel House (760 Yonge, just south of Bloor), which was didn't taste nearly as good as the chicken shawarma I ordered there maybe 6 months ago. Very generous with the amount of chicken in the pita, but the chicken was underseasoned and dry.

I was craving butter chicken (even mediocre butter chicken), but Kathmandu is closed on Sundays.

Anything else you'd recommend? Where would you go?

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    1. re: ChalkBoy

      thanks! Will give Crepe It Up a try, sometime soon.

    2. Red and White is a very good shawarma/falafel place. Yummy BBQ has cheap, good Korean food. Not Just Noodle on Wellesley and Yonge has competent Chinese food. There's a crepe place on Church and Wellesley that used to get good reviews. Haven't been there though.

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      1. re: ctl98

        Thanks for your recs. What specific dishes does Not Just Noodle do well?

        What do you like to order at Yummy BBQ?

        1. re: ctl98

          In the same neighbourhood, Tokyo Grill (west side of Yonge just north of Wellesley) offers excellent home-style Japanese food (i.e. not much sushi - you can't go wrong with their tonkatsu curry, their croquettes, etc). Their wasabi ice cream is an amazing end-of-meal treat, too!

          Edit: not sure if it's open Sunday for lunch. I should read more carefully before I reply! I think it may be, but I'm not certain.

        2. Is Wellesley and Parliament too far for you? If not, you could go to Raashna for South Indian and Sri Lankan food. I like the dosas (though I am by far an expert on them) and the string hoppers. Avoid the beef dishes -- the beef I had last tough was so tough as to be almost inedible.

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          1. re: TorontoJo

            BTW, I have no idea whether Raashna is open for lunch on Sunday and a quick search didn't turn up a web site. Sorry!

            1. re: TorontoJo

              The website is:

              And it looks like they are open for lunch on Sunday. I definitely second this recommendation!

              1. re: vorpal

                Thanks TorontoJo and vorpal,
                thanks for letting me know they are open Sunday- have been meaning to try Rashnaa for years now...

          2. :Phoenikia. I work in the area and feel your plight. So let me see if I can help out in any way.
            Ghazale's on Wellesley just east of Church St. makes super cheap and fresh middle eastern salads as well as great samosas. I get half rice and lentils with half taboule and it's like $2.50 or something crazy like that. The Ginger Vietnamese is always satisfying and has light and healthy options. It's better than the Yonge and Bloor location and definately nicer inside. Not sure which location you were'nt impressed with? Their fresh rolls are great with a side of their coconut sauce. They are $1.75 each. I don't remember the name but the sushi place just south of Wellesely and Yonge (its got a modern atmosphere and is a double store front) has incredibly fresh sushi grade tempura salmon avocado rolls for around $5! Above all, try the shawarma or burger at Yummi's Middle eastern sandwich spot around 2-3 blocks north of Wellesley on the west side of Yonge. I have been a long time advocate of their garlic dill sauce. Yummi's has a red sign. Good luck to you.

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            1. re: food face

              I second Yummi's for their shawarma. The garlic dill sauce is amazing!

              1. re: focioncroci

                thanks for your recs, food face and focionroci. Never tried the garlic dill sauce at Yummi's before- I don't remember that they ever added that garlic dill sauce to to my shawarma a the Yonge and Eg location.

            2. if you were willing to go south of gerrard by a tiny distance then i would have suggested doner kebab house (east side of yonge across from red & white). great house made hot sauce. if you need more meat (and when i'm sharing i opt for this) then a couple bucks more will have you doubled up.

              otherwise tokyo grill right around wellesley and yonge (west side) though i'm not exactly sure they're open sunday, i can't see why they wouldn't be.

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              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                Thanks pinstripeprincess- haven't tried doner kebab house, or tokyo grill before. Have added them to my list.

                1. re: pinstripeprincess

                  I second Doner Kebab House-my coworkers and I eat here at least once a week, it's that good and filling!

                  1. re: deabot

                    Ok, will have to give Doner Kebab House a try- I was tempted to go in this Sunday. I walked past while I was on my way to meet a friend for lunch in another neighbourhood, and I didn't want to ruin my appetite. Murphy's Law- my plans fell through an hour later, and I ended up with a mediocre sandwich in another part of town.

                    Hopefully, I'll get a chance to try Doner Kebab House this Sunday!