The Best Afghan Restaurants in Toronto
The best Afghan restaurants in Toronto tend to be concentrated in downtown, Scarborough and western fringes of the city. Whether offered in family-style restaurants or fast food establishments, grilled meats remain a specialty in Afghan restaurants,, often served in wraps or on platters with salad, naan and sometimes rice.
For those uninitiated, Afghan cuisine shares similarities and influences with flavours of the Middle East, Turkey and India. Open a menu and you'll likely discover a long list of kabobs (mainly chicken, lamb and beef), along with dumplings, puff pastries and Afghanistan's national dish, qabili pulau, a rice dish garnished with raisins, carrots and heaped over tender chunks of meat.
Here are the best Afghan restaurants in Toronto.
The signature dish at two fast food outlets (one in Scarborough, the other in Mississauga) is Qabli Palau ($10), the Afghan national dish, made here with chunks of veal served under a heaping portion of fragrant rice garnished with fried carrots and raisins. The standard selection of kabobs are on offer, too, in dinners or wraps served with a choice of mild or hot sauce.
Order from an astounding variety of kabobs at this family restaurant in Mississauga, where staples like chicken, lamb and kofta are listed alongside quail and filet mignon. Single orders include salad and naan while combos add rice. Hungry groups can dine on large format dinners featuring whole chickens, and even kids are well-looked-after with their own pizza menu.
Found near Vaughan Mills, this popular Afghan restaurant dishes out more than just kabobs. Expect to find mantu (steamed dumplings), qorma (a flavourful beef curry) and qabali (rice with carrots and raisins). Delivery is available, too, for our lucky neighbours to the city's north.
Located on Rexdale at Islington, this diner-like joint does Afghan comfort foods like steaming bowls of lentil soup and hearty kabob dinners with salad, rice and naan. Also try the ultra-affordable hand-held street foods, like kofta wraps or the chaplee (spiced beef patty) burger with fries.
This Afghan grill in Mississauga offers efficient service - orders are taken at the counter, then called out by number for pick-up. The house specialties include various skewered meats like a fiery tandoori-spiced kabob served with puffy naan, salad and an optional side of fragrant basmati rice. Firnee, a cardamom spiced custard, is a fine way to finish off, should dessert be in the cards.
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