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The Best Afghan Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 17, 2014

Afghan restaurants TorontoThe 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.

See also:

The best Persian Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Kebabs in Toronto

Bamiyan Kabob

Bamiyan Kabob

The family of restaurants boasts half a dozen GTA outposts where, as its name suggests, kabobs are the main attraction. Order up chicken, tikka or kofta in full dinners with rice, salad and naan, or, wrapped in soft tortia bread ($4.29-$5.79). More »

Naan & Kabob

Naan & Kabob

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. More »

Kabul Express

Kabul Express

Found near Ryerson, this casual eatery caters to students and local office workers. The menu highlights a range of Afghan kabobs and South Asian curries, each served with salad and fresh bread. More »

Pamier Kabob

Pamier Kabob

Located at Spadina and Adelaide, this kabob house does brisk business at lunch attracting those looking for hearty, satisfying fare. The menu features items from the grill, including various marinated cuts of chicken, lamb, beef and fish. More »

Kandahar Kabab

Kandahar Kabab

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. More »

Radiance

Radiance

The restaurant and banquet hall on Finch is home to Afghan specialties which aside from the requisite skewered grilled meats, includes mantu and ashaks (stuffed dumplings) as well as, carrot and raisin bewjelled qabuli made with saffron scented long grain rice. More »

Nowshak Restaurant

Nowshak Restaurant

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. More »

Baghlan Kabob and Bakery

Baghlan Kabob and Bakery

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. More »

Watan Kabob

Watan Kabob

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. More »

Discussion

20 Comments

juepucta / September 17, 2014 at 02:24 pm
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Oh, look! No. 5 is in the hellmouth, Mississauga.
FCA / September 17, 2014 at 02:44 pm
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Really enjoyed Naan and Kebab on Lawrence, every time I have gone. Their chicken tikka is incredibly delicious and their mantu is a hit. A few times, it was almost out, towards the later evening, since it is so popular!
Michael / September 17, 2014 at 02:54 pm
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There's a great place across from Vaughan Mills mall in one of the plazas (don't ask me which one, they all look exactly the same) called Kabob Express. It's a little far north to be on the list but it's a good choice for Afghan food if you're ever in the area.
Leah / September 17, 2014 at 03:03 pm
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Have been both to Bamiyan and to Nowshak - both very deserving of their places on this list!
Farrah / September 17, 2014 at 03:09 pm
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Nowshak is amazing!! The restaurant is nicely decored and the food is fresh and tasty. Mantu and boulanee as well as chopan are the best there
FCA / September 17, 2014 at 03:32 pm
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OH yes! I just noticed #4 Pamier - equally tasty! It is quiet at times, which turns some people away unfortunately - but it's great and definitely worth trying.
Jalodge / September 17, 2014 at 04:04 pm
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Bamiyan is the truth.
John Labatt / September 17, 2014 at 10:52 pm
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Eating Afghanistan food with a war going on might not be the best idea. Stick to the safe options like Chinese and Italian. I would not want to see any beheading or people becoming radicalized. Think with your head on strait then decide.
kim / September 17, 2014 at 10:57 pm
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I love Kabul Express!! They so deserve this recognition! The food is fresh and fantastic!!!
Tasky / September 18, 2014 at 12:01 am
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Kebab's such a tasty choice.
emily / September 18, 2014 at 02:19 am
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i love how the entire map is used with the recent best ofs.
akswun / September 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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As good and available due to multiple locations Bamiyan Kebab is I personally love "Afgan" which is located right beside the Bamiyan Kebab in Thorncliff. Lamb Shank please! I'm so hungry!
Dr.Mantis / September 18, 2014 at 11:34 pm
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wow, amazing. blogto reviews restaurants above the 401 once in a while. guess they remembered that toronto doesn't stop at bloor street.
franknbeans / September 19, 2014 at 04:38 pm
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I have to say, I've been to a few afghan restos and nothing stacks up to real homemade dishes. My wife is from Afghanistan and her food is killer and her moms is even better. I wish everyone had the opportunity to try the real stuff.
Mrs. McKenzie / September 20, 2014 at 06:42 pm
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What about Kebab & Doug McKenzie's?
sj / November 17, 2014 at 11:12 am
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Mahipar in Pickering is really good as well!
Nawid / November 17, 2014 at 11:26 am
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Afghan food is indeed very delicious. One of the top Afghan restaurants in the GTA so far is the Chopan Grill in Mississauga, which unfortunately is not listed above. It is worth mentioning that all of the above mentioned restaurants are designed in a fast-food style, which would allow customers to go to the front counter, order their food and pick it up to find a table. In Chopan Grill it is not the case and that makes it outstanding. Chopan Grill is the only full service Afghan restaurant so far where customers will be seated and a dining room server will take their order and will serve them a variety of Afghan food including Mantoo, Aushak, Boolani, Boorani Badinjaan and Kadu.
M. Saadat Khan / November 18, 2014 at 08:48 am
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No doubt Bamiyan is the best, specially one on Dixie and Eglinton. Just one complain: its one of the bussiest place in town, with all the money they are making (mashaAllah), they can hire few student to clean tables right away. Its not good customer service that customer paid already and have tray in their hands waiting for a cahier to clean the table. Cashiers are always bussy to collect money. For God sake spend some money on customer service.
Shaftaaloo Jan / November 24, 2014 at 09:37 pm
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Outstanding customer service...
lebron james replying to a comment from John Labatt / December 13, 2014 at 08:14 pm
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what?

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