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Where's your favourite lahmajoun?

TorontoJo May 31, 2010 04:58 PM

I only discovered lahmajoun recently, thanks to another 'hound. For those who don't know, it's a very, very thin flatbread spread with a ground beef, tomato/veggie and spice mixture. Think Middle Eastern pizzas. They seem to be sold in packages of a half dozen or so 8 - 10 inch rounds. They freeze beautifully and heat up in a toaster oven in no time. So far, I've tried the lahmajoun from Arz and Lebanese Bakery. The ones from Lebanese Bakery have a great kick to them and a bit more topping. But I can eat more of the ones from Arz because they are less spicy.

So I think I may be on a lahmajoun quest. I'd love to taste the different renditions around the city. Where do you buy your lahmajoun? Any particular aspect make it stand out from the rest?


ETA: apparently, these are often used at wraps for veggies or meat. I'm pretty happy with them on their own...

1909 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

Lebanese Bakery
1790 Birchmount Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

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  1. munchieHK May 31, 2010 06:41 PM

    In Turkey they are made with lamb and one just squeezes a little lemon over them and rolls them up. In Europe, particularly in Amsterdam where I lived, they are called Turkish Pizza and are filled with salad and hot/garlic sauce and served up like a donair, only edible. Next to Vlaamse Frites, they are probably the most widely consumed street food in the city. Students love them because they are fast, dirt cheap and cover the major food groups...oh and they are great at 2am when you crawl out of Greenhouse with a head full of evil and a case of the munchies that would make Jabba The Hutt blanch.
    The best version I have found here is at Pizza Pide on Gerrard. I'm not sure if they sell them in packs though.

    Pizza Pide
    949 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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      magic May 31, 2010 06:49 PM

      I heart the ones at Babos Donerpoint.

      1. bunnylicious May 31, 2010 08:05 PM

        In Toronto, I've enjoyed the lahmajoun at Pizza Pide as well, though they sell them as one big lahmajoun as opposed to a pack of half a dozen. I find the ones at Arz will do in a pinch but I tend to find them a bit too doughy. My favourite lahmajoun is from Arouch in Montreal. Whenever I go there or my dad comes here, I make sure to stock up (warning: your car will smell. for at least a week. :) ). Growing up, we would put plain yogurt on the meat and then roll them up and enjoy!

        I just checked the website www.arouch.com and apparently they fedex orders across Canada.

        Pizza Pide
        949 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

        1909 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

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        1. re: bunnylicious
          pinstripeprincess Jun 1, 2010 04:10 AM

          i didn't remember the arz ones being so doughy, but my most recently purchased pack was $1 off and i suspect because some of the dough was still raw even! has anyone gone to the revamped nasr with the new name to see what they have? they used to have a man who would make them fresh daily and pack them up in old reconfigured bread bags. they were great for packs of lahmajoun to keep in the freezer and reheat on command.

          1. re: pinstripeprincess
            bunnylicious Jun 1, 2010 03:39 PM

            Sounds like Arz lahmajoun may have some dough issues - luckily the dough has never been raw when I've purchased them, just too thick imo. Would like to hear about the new nasr as well.

            1909 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

        2. BamiaWruz Jun 1, 2010 09:57 PM

          Like mine with a squeeze of lemon too and rolled up.

          Best I've had is from Open Sesame bakery in Ajax ontario. I've tried the ones at Paramount, mississauga and another by the same name in London ontario.

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