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ISO: some great Persian food in downtown Toronto!

Title says it all! I've been having a bit of a craving for some good Persian food lately and was wondering if there are any places in downtown Toronto that people would recommend...?

Thanks in advance! :)

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  1. Pomegranate would seem to be the obvious recommendation here.

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    Pomegranate
    420 College St, Toronto, ON M5T1T3, CA

    1. We like the Pomegranate on College, and were introduced to it originally by a Persian friend who said there weren't many other decent (non-fast-food-y) Persian restaurants around. They serve stews showcasing the complex flavours that drew me to this cuisine in the first place. Lovely dips and spreads too - parvardeh olives are a personal favorite. And homemade saffron / rose water / pistachio ice cream for dessert!

      For kebabs, try Banu Iranian Kabob Vodka Bar on Queen. It's a bit pricey, but the meat is of a much better quality (and more interesting cuts) than most kebab places, plus there's about 20 different kinds of vodka at the bar and interesting fruit juices.

      Just writing about Persian food is making me hungry...I think I'll head up to Super Khorak tonight - the staff may be a bit rude sometimes, but you gotta give a little love to a place that can sell you a big tub of Persian ice cream 24 hours a day.

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      Banu
      777 Queen St West, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1, CA

      1. Pomegranate can be quite busy, so you should make reservations if you're going. Alternatively, Sheherzade, their sister restaurant next door, often has room, and they have my favourite dish in either place, abgusht (dizi), which is an amazing slow cooked lamb stew.

        1. Pomegranate/shehrezade or Banu. there are no other viable options. Pomegranate for stews and some of the rice dishes, shehrezade for dizi and kebabs, banu for some more exotic items.

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          Banu
          777 Queen St West, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1, CA

          1. I also recommend Pomegranate/Shehrezade, but there's another place too. On Yonge, just north of Dundas there's a place called Little House of Kebobs. I'd walked by it a hundred times and thought it was just another low rent shawarma/falafel place. One day a Persian friend took me there and I was amazed. Very good Persian kebobs, very authentic (the whole place was speaking Farsi, my friend commented on this) and not expensive. It lacks the atmosphere and isn't as delicate as Pomegranate, but if you're in the area, give it a try.

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            1. re: ziggystardust

              Camros on the south side of Hayden St just east of Yonge has the most incredible vegetarian organic Persian food. It's a small space with a few tables for sitting and they also have take out. No table service as it's more of a place to eat than dine really.

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              Camros
              25 Hayden St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

              1. re: Flexitarian

                I love Camros - very clean and light food, ideal for lunch! Their food is incredibly healthy and fresh - best option in the area for lunch.

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                Camros
                25 Hayden St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

              2. re: ziggystardust

                I must say that the mere presence of Farsi speaking people in a Persian restaurant is a poor indicator of quality in general. Most Iranians would frequent Persian joints just because of the familiarity of the food, all the while complaining about the quality of the food they are being served. this has always left bewildered, but I am certain is not a Persian-exclusive behavioral trait. do not however take this as a negative verdict on House of Kebobs, which has never tempted me to give it a try