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Afghan Village Bakery

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on April 24, 2012

Afghan BakeryAfghan Village Bakery just moved into its new digs and it's already having trouble keeping up with demand. The family-run bakery, which left an outward-facing unit in a plaza at Don Mills and Gateway Boulevard in favour of a more concealed spot, seems to be flourishing despite its lack of immediate visibility.

Afghan Bakery"It's the Sunny Foodmart," Sanam says, referring to the adjacent grocery store. "It's so busy here because of the market, and that's good for us." Sanam is just one of the many members of the Nouri family who operate this bakery, as well as Afghan Village Restaurant, which operates out of a neighbouring space.

Afghan BakeryAfghan Village Bakery is now four years old and pumping out naan in response to furious need. Or should that be, "knead?" The space is open-concept and minimally adorned, with a few shelves of rice, sweets, and nuts and dried fruit. There are no tables or seating — just a few wire racks and a counter with a scale.

Afghan BakerySanam's brother-in-law is the one typically working in the bakery, pounding out dough to make white and brown naan ($1.25). "It's all my brother-in-law," Sanam replies when I ask her about the bakery secret. "He has 25 years of baking experience, and his father and grandfather were bakers as well." The restaurant, on the other hand, is Sanam's mother's domain, with the rest of the family's help to cook up hot shawarma, kebabs, and its specialty ashak.

Afghan BakeryNaan is by far the best seller at Afghan Village Bakery, with more than 700 going out the door each day. But for Afghan baked goods that are a little sweeter, the bakery also offers baklava, jalebi and roat, which are all sold by weight ($4.99). Everything is prepared on-site, by hand, and with natural ingredients.

Afghan Bakery"This is a family business," Sanam continues. "So we like to do what we can for families; we give a 10 per cent discount on all family orders." The bakery also does catering and deliveries for parties and special events.

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10 Comments

Welshgrrl / April 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm
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Yum! That naan looks mighty tasty
Freddie Miranda / April 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm
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I have to drop by your bakery. Naan bread looks tasty. Is it sweetened? I have a friend in Kabul and am sure he would want me to taste Afghan bread and cookie. I'll be there.
Asswipe / April 25, 2012 at 01:32 am
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Broo Afghan Bakery has always been there, don't lie that it just moved in. I know because I've lived in Flemo for 5 years
Edward replying to a comment from Freddie Miranda / April 26, 2012 at 01:17 pm
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The bread isn't sweetened. It comes in three different varieties.
(1) White
(2) Whole wheat
(3) Roghani - Which literally translates into "oily". This one is delicious.
sonya / May 4, 2012 at 01:52 am
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very nice restaurant with very tasty food and naan bread.
marytam / May 6, 2012 at 12:56 am
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the best afghan restaurant !!!! keep it up
sara replying to a comment from Asswipe / May 12, 2012 at 07:46 pm
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uhhm what are trying to say their new restaurant just moved in
Stefanie / June 3, 2012 at 11:30 am
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This place is fantastic. We always go from Sunny's to the Afghan Bakery for our fresh naan. It's become our weekly tradition!
suzie replying to a comment from Asswipe / July 19, 2012 at 06:21 pm
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yeah moved in a new location so yeah thats called moving ur so stupid by the way they are the best and stop being a hater
Shoulds / September 10, 2012 at 03:52 pm
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The baklavas you get from here are sweetened by about 80 times more than most palettes can appreciate, but boy, the fresh naans - heaven!

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