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Gol Inc.

Posted by Jane Manning / Listed on June 4, 2010 / review policy

Gol Restaurant TorontoGol 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.

Chelow-KababI 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.

BademjanOther 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 TorontoGol TorontoGol 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.

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Marvin / February 24, 2012 at 10:06 am
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Restaurant owners with bad services attitudes are in the wrong business.
James / October 3, 2012 at 04:15 pm
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I don't know what the above commenters have experienced. The food at Gol is always fresh and tasty and service is excellent. I go all the time and its always been wonderful.
Baharak / March 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm
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I m sorry that some people have had bad experienes, sometimes language barriers might come across people being rude!
I have reffered Mrs. Azadeh to so many people, never mind the quality of her food is quite home made.. I think she has healthier food than anyone else around in North York, beside zaafaran
al / January 11, 2014 at 10:58 am
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flavoUrs not flavors get a special checker
Michele / June 11, 2014 at 06:24 pm
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The best Persian food in Town. The staff is GREAT and the food is awesome!!!
Aras / June 12, 2014 at 02:32 am
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Like some here have already pointed out, im not sure where the bad experience is coming from. Again, language barriers could easily lead to a whole lot of misinterpretation.

The food is great, fresh and i know personally, its purchased daily (the meat!) Azadeh (the owner) serves you only the food that she would serve her own family; otherwise you can rest assured you won't be served the food!

Try it and you'll love it. My favorite is the Jooje kabab (bbq chicken legs)
Ariana / July 10, 2014 at 04:34 pm
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I don't know how anyone could say bad things about Azadeh- she is truly one of the sweetest people I've met in Toronto, always asking about school (I go to a nearby highschool) and telling me about her children of the same age.

Also, the food here is, hands down, the best persian take-out I've ever had. The barg and chicken breast are my favourites, as far as the kabobs go, but the ghormeh sabzi is good, too (which is rare, because, as all persians know, khoresht is only good when it's homemade).

Only thing to note is they close much earlier lately. The grill is turned off at 9pm on weeknights (not sure about weekends) and the restaurant is closed by 10pm. If you come any later, you'll be disappointed!

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