Gol Inc. is a tiny Iranian take-out restaurant in North York (a.k.a. Tehranto) that serves some serious comfort food. I stopped by earlier this week to find a 5 foot long charcoal barbeque inside churning out kababs.
Chelow Kabab is the national dish of Iran. It's traditionally served with a heaping portion of saffron basmati rice and a plump grilled tomato. It typically comes with a choice of either chicken, beef or lamb.
I choose the chicken marinating in lemon juice, saffron water and Gol's secret seasoning spices. Perfectly charred and dripping with juices the golden kabab satisfies my protein craving!
Another Iranian national treasure is Koobideh (a seasoned minced meat kabab). Koobideh is made (by hand) by forming the meat around a 20" stainless steel skewer. It's grilled alongside the tomato and is usually ready to go in under ten minutes. At Gol Inc., Both Chelow Kabab and Koobideh are $5.99 and come with rice, tomato and pop.
There are also a wide variety of Khoresht (stews) available here. Probably the most popular is the Ghormeh Sabzi. It's not the most visually appealing dish and some may shy away from trying it but appearances can be deceiving!
It's thick and green and almost paste-like. Spinach, parsley and coriander are stewed for hours with tart Persian limes. Add to this: big chunks of beef and kidney beans. The flavor is heavenly.
Other Khoresht here are the Karafs (celery/beef) and the Bademjan (eggplant/beef). A Combo of two Khoresht with rice and pop is $5.99.
I depart with a Kashke Bademjan (eggplant dip) to take home ($4.99). It's a rich, smoky indulgence of grilled eggplants, kashke (a thick, white dairy by-product) mint, garlic and crispy browned onions.
Gol Inc. Located at 5 Spring Garden Avenue two blocks north of Sheppard off Yonge. It's open Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to Midnight and Saturday/Sunday 12:30 - Midnight.