Yummy Donair - Persian Fast Food with a silly name
North Vancouver is home to a lot of Persian places. This one has a silly name, "Yummy Donair" is a bit off the normal cluster near Lonsdale, and instead down off Marine Drive. It also is more of a fast food style (order at the counter subway style) type place instead of a sitdown restaurant. Persian fast food, if you like.
I ordered the large koobideh on sangak for a very reasonable $6.99. It is also available in a smaller version (one skewer and one tomato instead of two of each) for an extremely reasonable $4.99. After ordering they fired up the skewers and tomatoes on the grill and prepared them fresh. Nice. When they were done cooking they removed them from the skewers using a nice piece of very fresh sangak (I think I saw them baking sangak in the back industrial sized kitchen as well!), add some fresh basil leaves, and a chunk of raw onion to make a very nice overall plate.
The koobideh was well seasoned and cooked perfectly so it was very juicy, the tomatoes had a nice char with the tender soft insides, and the ton of fresh basil added a nice flavour dimension. Wrapping a piece of the koobideh in a ripped off piece of sangak with some basil and a little bit of onion was such at treat!
Why couldn't all fast food be like this?
You are correct. Their main business is actually baking sangak and selling it to local stores.
Caspian opened recently on 18th and Lonsdale. Their specials are amazing. I think it is $5 for koobideh and $6 for barg and jujeh. I had some last night and it wasn't the best but amazing for the price. No complaints here.