HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >

Discussion

Where can i find the best chicken shawarma?

I ve been dying to eat an amazing chicken shawarma...can anybody lead me in the right direction. Anywhere in Toronto!!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. I am very partial to the chicken schwarma from Pita Q at Spadina & Bloor - on the south side. The meat is always fresh, the place is busy - so I suspect good turnover. They have this amazing garlic sauce spread that they smear on to the top of the schwarma. Make sure you ask for this!

    I am hard core that I ask for it in my pita and then on top. Whatever that sauce is, it makes my chicken shwarma :)

    Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide http://www.hipurbangirl.com

    -----
    Pita Q Restaurant
    750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S2J2, CA

    1. Ive had some excellent chicken shawarma at the Iranian plaza's on yonge inbetween Finch and Steeles.

      1. There are other threads on CH to answer this question. You ought to head to the Lawrence E. strip between Pharmacy and Warden. My current favourite is Ibrahim, but I know others like Empire. I used to be a fan of Farhat, but it seems to have gone waaayyyy downhill in recent years. Nasib's also does a credible shawarma.

        -----
        Farhat
        2020 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Z1, CA

        Nasib's
        1867 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Y3, CA

        13 Replies
        1. re: Yongeman

          I've finally gotten to Shawarma Empire, and Ibrahim is still my favorite. The spicing at Empire is different from other places I've been and it's a tasty sandwich, but I prefer the variety of salads, the hot sauce, and the overall balance at Ibrahim. The sandwiches are also smaller at Empire - they use smalller pocket pitas and layer the ingredients into them, so you end up with a shawarma with more structural integrity, but less food and less integration of the various toppings with the meat and sauces.

          Has anybody been brave enough to try Farhat since they opened the full sit-down place next door? I keep hoping the drop in quality was temporary while they got that going, but I haven't heard a peep from anyone who's been recently. I miss the lamb!

          -----
          Farhat
          2020 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Z1, CA

          Shawarma Empire
          1823 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Y3, CA

          1. re: Wahooty

            I hear you about the lamb, Wahooty. I also like Ibrahim's shawarmas. Farhat just became so inconsistent, that by the time I make a special trip to that area for a shawarma, I'm not ready to gamble on what Farhat might serve to me.

            -----
            Farhat
            2020 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Z1, CA

          2. re: Yongeman

            +

            -----
            Ibrahim Pizza & Bbq
            1967 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Z2, CA

            1. re: Wahooty

              I'd rather eat out of a toilet than go to Farhat.

              Still a Shawarma Empire gal. Love the hot sauce. Never had a problem with the portion sizes.

              -----
              Farhat
              2020 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Z1, CA

              Shawarma Empire
              1823 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Y3, CA

              1. re: Googs

                i find that empire is fairly unique, very different bread and meat spicing, so i can see how it has its fans. it's good but the shawarma doesn't get me as much as the falafel which is sooooo... wonderfully fresh tasting.

                1. re: Googs

                  I don't have a problem with the portion sizes per se...I was just surprised that nobody has ever mentioned that for the same price, you get smaller sandwiches there - some people might want to know that sort of thing before they go. The difference in size mainly comes down to the bigger pita and the amount of available veggies to stuff it with, and my personal preference is a sandwich loaded up with salads and pickles. The two places are quite different in style, and I think it really does just come down to personal preference.

                  Agreed with psp about the falafel, though - the next time I find myself there, I think that's the way I'd go. Freshly fried, moist, tasty - one of the best I've had.

                  1. re: Wahooty

                    The last time I went to Ibrahim, they charged me ~$7 for 2 shawarma sandwiches. The last time I went Shawarma Empire, they charged me ~$6 for 2 shawarma sandwiches. So you do get smaller sandwiches at SE, but it's ~$1 less, so I think it evens out in that regard.

                    -----
                    Shawarma Empire
                    1823 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Y3, CA

                    1. re: kwong

                      my stomach doesn't agree... it's easy for me to eat 1.5 empire sandwiches but 1 ibrahim is more than enough, which doesn't make the cost/value even out. either way, i think they're two different animals all together so to each their own.

                      1. re: pinstripeprincess

                        I was mainly posting because the previous guy said the two places charged the same price, which isn't the case. How full you get is pretty subjective... especially since my stomach doesn't share the same assessment as yours does. =)

                        I would be curious as to how much each shawarma weighs on a scale. Just on visual inspection, I would guess that an Ibrahim shawarma is probably ~15% more product than a Shawarma Empire shawarma.

                        1. re: kwong

                          That's my bad...I was remembering both as being $5.99, but it's been a while since my last trip to Ibrahim. I promise the next time I get a shawarma craving, I'll shop both places, keep my receipts, and weigh my sandwiches. ;)

                          1. re: Wahooty

                            Wahooty, who knew eating well could be such hard work?

                        2. re: pinstripeprincess

                          PSP, 1.5 Empire shawarma sandwiches? I can only eat one. I wish I could keep going on the flavours, but I get stuffed.

                2. re: Yongeman

                  I used to go to Farhat until the guy working behind the counter got into a fight with another customer and put my young children in danger. I now go to Ibrahim which I like better anyway. Empire got a write up in the globe recently, so I have been meaning to go and compare.

                3. For chicken Shawarma, I like Ali Baba on Queen W in parkdale. Great lentil soup too.

                  1. i am partial to only a few places, and believe me - i have tried just about EVERYWHERE in this city.

                    lawrence st east seems to have quite a decent selection of places to eat at, and their ingredients are ALWAYS fresh at any of the places i have been to. i am partial to shawarm empire, but you really can't go wrong at any of them, because competition is fierce.

                    the ones downtown are all garbage.

                    out of all of the Ali Baba's locations to eat at, i would recommend the one on dundas west, near roncesvalles. it is the best of the bunch.