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Flaming Stove

Posted by Jason Finestone / Reviewed on July 18, 2013 / review policy

The Flaming Stove TorontoThe Flaming Stove is an unassuming local haunt that's tucked into the back of a Hasty Mart near the corner of Davisville and Yonge Street. A hidden gem for lunchtime specials, local office-dwellers flock to the back of this convenience store for their daily assortment of fresh sandwiches, salads, samosas, and fruit juices.

The Flaming Stove TorontoOwner Costa Warwar is about as passionate as they come - humbly boasting about the fresh olive oils, vegetables and meats he uses for his cooking. His Middle Eastern background and his love for great shawarma see swarms of Midtowners queuing up for these special sandwiches every Friday afternoon. Having become so popular around the neighborhood, Costa has made the executive decision to avail his hypnotically delicious shawarmas to demanding customers every day of the week from afternoon to close, starting in the near future.

The Flaming Stove TorontoToday, we're here to try the infamous chicken shawarma wrapped in massive sheets of Markouk bread delivered daily from Bistan Bakery in Montreal. Though along with Friday's falafel sandwiches, it's hard to ignore the other daily offerings encased in their gleaming glass cooler.

The Flaming Stove TorontoMediterranean wraps and salads made with red kale and chickpeas inspired by the healthy, light ingredients that Costa so reveres. Indian roti and samosas made by some of his other chefs who hail from South Asia. Caribbean days with jerk chicken and Asian specials featuring pad thai - one could explore a new culinary culture at The Flaming Stove every day of the week.

The Flaming Stove TorontoBut I digress. As I said, we were here for the house specialty. As our mammoth sized wrap was being assembled all I kept hearing from the other hungry customers was how addicted they were to them. Toss in tomatoes and tabule, turnips, and pickles with the savoury shawarma, lace it with smooth balanced tahini and a special sauce called amba made from pickled mangoes, and then top it off with several hefty dollops of Costa's house made hot sauce and we're in business.

The Flaming Stove TorontoThe falafel is paired with an assortment of roasted veggies - eggplant, red pepper, cauliflower, and zucchini - that add some unique depth and sweetness to the crisp, fragrant falafel balls. The fact that they are served cold doesn't even faze me, as the marrying of flavours work so well together.

The Flaming Stove TorontoAs a sauce fiend I felt as though the West Indian roti could have benefited from a liberal dousing in that department, but that was my only complaint of the afternoon. As I sipped on my fresh mango and pear juice from their healthy juice bar (cap off - the juice was too thick to waste my time with a straw) the sweetness of the beverage reflected that of the experience itself.

The Flaming Stove TorontoJust remember to pay for your goodies up at the Hasty Mart cash - you might only forget the first time, as you'll undoubtedly be back again.

The Flaming Stove Toronto

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13 Comments

johnsonstarfish / July 18, 2013 at 06:54 pm
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Holy crap, this looks amazing. I'm going to have to go there this weekend.
stevem / July 18, 2013 at 08:03 pm
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I work nearby and EVeRYONE gets the shawarma/falafel ever Friday. Best Falafel I've ever had. And the hot sauce is amazing.
Sam / July 18, 2013 at 11:21 pm
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When I moved jobs from the downtown core to midtown I was resigned to the fact that my days of healthy veggie-laden lunches were over. I was sure there was going to be no decent food offerings in the neighbourhood. But then a co-worker took me to the Flaming Stove on my first day. This really is an amazing place. The array of salads, wraps and hot foods is unreal. It has lots of healthy options that still have amazing flavours. And the veggies on the falafel wrap with amba, garlic and hot sauces are out of this world. TGIFF - thank god its falafel Friday!
Razi / July 20, 2013 at 03:42 pm
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It's indeed the best shawarma you can ever have. Each bite is a true pleasure. I'm a Palestinian and we eat shawarma on a daily basis and I'm responsible to what I am saying !
RN / July 30, 2013 at 09:21 am
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A must try! Love their falafels. All great fresh ingredients and numerous healthy choices. Highly recommend.
Mike / August 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm
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It really is a neighbourhood gem. I work around the corner and we visit at least twice a week.... usually for the shawarmas. Note to anybody reading this: they have shawarmas Mon-Fri now, not just Fridays. :) Other notables are the schnitzel and chicken parmesan sandwiches, and chicken curries.
Suleiman / August 9, 2013 at 07:48 pm
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Simply the best Shawarma and falafel in town ... A must try
Mus / August 9, 2013 at 07:52 pm
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Best food, amazing service!!! Everything is yummy!!!
Melissa / August 9, 2013 at 10:29 pm
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The best shawarma you'll get in toronto! I'm one of those addicted customers. I refuse to eat shawarma from anywhere else now. All the food is fantastic - try everything!
Abu Tony / August 12, 2013 at 09:43 am
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This place was recommended to me by a friend so I decided to give it a try. First, A+ on how clean the place is. Second, the food tastes pretty good. Mind you, I didn't get a chance nor stomach space to try everything, but everything looked so delicious! Finally, big thanks to the staff as well on their great and friendly treatment. Great overall experience; keep up the good work!
Yasmina / August 12, 2013 at 10:20 am
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Delicious, addictive, healthy, always a surprise of new tastes and combinations - the real deal in high quality and creative flavours.
Joseph / August 12, 2013 at 09:01 pm
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Could not be more pleased. Very filling and very delicious. Keep up the good work!
henrybar / August 20, 2013 at 11:06 am
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Excellent spot; great staff/ customer service and most of all delicious, healthy food for a reasonable price. I bring take out home for dinner, it's that good. Very grateful to have this spot right around the corner from where I work, on the days I "forget" to pack my lunch :)

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