Fuzz Box: East Coast donair in Toronto
- num nums Apr 23, 2012 05:20 PM
I've never had the real thing before. But I have noted the heated posts about the lack of Haligonian donairs in Toronto. Well, for those bemoaners, NOW has posted about a new place opening on the Danforth:
The deep fried pepperoni has me more intrigued than the white sauce.
Donairs are the best post-drinking food. Its like gravy pizza in Ottawa.
Not sure how excited I'd be to eat either of them sober.
Donair is slightly below gyros and shawarma on the food chain and slightly above hot dogs.
and that sauce...we used to call it "jizz sauce". when you get a donair, you'll know why.
Went for lunch today.
Had a donair and fried pepperoni.
The donair was really good. The meat was nice but the sauce was only okay for me. I'm not saying it was bad but I'd prefer it less sweet and more garlicky. So it's just a fine tuning thing to my tastes is all. The pita was nice and fresh and held up pretty well.
The fried pepperoni was food crack. Honestly, if you love the crispy pepperoni you get on top of pizza, this stuff is for you. It's like pepperoni bacon. The mustard dipping sauce was a nice sweet counterpoint to the spiciness of the crack.
While tasty there are some differences from a traditional Halifax Donair.
The meat itself is a little more peppery which I quite enjoyed
It appeared to me that perhaps the meat was not cooked on the traditional vertical spit but perharps by a meatloaf style technique (purely an assumption based on personal homemade attempts) as they meat has a more crumbly texture rather than the long thin slices you would typically recieve out east.
Pita is thinker than what you would normally recieve.
Less sauce than the ladels that they drop on you at K.O.D. - a plus from my perspective
Size wise the super is considerably smaller than even a large at KOD, they are a decent size for the average person but for someone used to the Halifax Donair they are smaller.
Looking forward to giving the donair Pizza and Subs a go as I think the meat texture may work better there than the traditional pita wrap.
All in all a very welcome addition to the east end.
I went for lunch today and had the Nova Scotian style, super sized. It was great. I felt guilty eating so much but it couldn't help myself. This was 3.5 years of pent up Donair craving being satisfied.
I fell in love with donairs on my first trip to Halifax and I've been hoping a KOD or similar would open here. This is better than I hoped, a little indepenant restaurant with good subway/car access.
Very happy to hear that east-cost style donairs are finally available in Toronto itself, but I should mention that Milton and Burlington have had them for quite some time - and they're brilliant: http://www.halifaxdonairandpizza.com/. The owner's father was apparently one of the original KOD founders.