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The Best Kebabs in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / August 5, 2011

Kebabs TorontoThe best kebabs in Toronto tell you if they've been prepared correctly. The juiciness lets you know if it's a prime piece of meat, the flavour tells you how long it has spent marinating, and the little bit of smokiness says someone knows how to work a grill. I've found that good kebabs can come from anywhere--a Lebanese restaurant, Iranian takeout spot, whatever--though its origin is said to trace back to Persia.

Perhaps that's why this list is populated with many of Toronto's Iranian kebabs, or maybe that's just because we all love us some Barg now and then. Here is the list of the best kebabs in Toronto.

See also:

The best hummus in Toronto
The best falafel in Toronto
The best shawarma in Toronto

Top photos by Jesse Milns

Bamiyan Kabob

Bamiyan Kabob

Bamiyan Kabob, according to owner Abdul Rahim, is the only Afghan Halal kebab restaurant in the GTA. Er, the only five Afghan Halal kebab restaurants, that is. Its lamb, beef, and chicken is marinated for 24 hours and served still sizzling along with salad and naan. And for those looking for a little extra tenderness (who isn't?) Bamiyan offers filet mignon kebab dinners for $10.99. More »

Tabule

Tabule

If you hit up Tabule on a Saturday night, you'll likely score some belly dancing along with your juicy marinated kebabs. While I haven't had that pleasure, I have experienced Tabule's Tawuk chicken kebabs, which certainly live up to their fantastic reputation. The midtown restaurant also offers beef, lamb, and Kefta kebabs, which land in the $13 to $18 range, along with veggie kebabs of onions, peppers and zucchini. More »

Shomal

Shomal

Shomal (or North) restaurant may charge a little more for its authentic Iranian kebabs, but you can usually count on your dinner doubling as leftover lunch the next day. The strip mall restaurant serves chicken, lamb, beef, and veggie kebabs, including its North Special of tenderloin veal and chicken ($25.99) and Kabab Torsh of sirloin veal with pomegranate paste and walnuts ($16.99). More »

Taftan Kebab

Taftan Kebab

Did you know that Taftan Kebab is "low calorie"?! Or so says the gigantic sign outside its North York location. The Persian/Iranian restaurant serves all sorts of kebabs, including chicken (breast or leg), beef, Barg, and even quail, or so says its menu, though the woman at the counter did not give convincing confirmation. More »

Sheherzade

Sheherzade

Sheherzade, like its sister restaurant, the Pomegranate, specializes in Persian food, but the focus here is less home style and more open-air bazaar. And while College and Bathurst isn't exactly bazaar-reminiscent (maybe so if you venture a little southeast), the dishes are true-to-form are and certified Halal. Kebabs include beef and chicken Kabob Bakhtiari ($14.95) and beef Kabob Barg ($16.95). More »

Armenian Kitchen

Armenian Kitchen

Armenian Kitchen is a Middle Eastern restaurant that's been on Victoria Park for over 20 years. It offers a variety of grilled kebabs including chicken, beef, and lamb, but if the pork shish kebab is any indication, this restaurant isn't to be considered Kosher or Halal. Kebabs are averagely priced and hover around $12. More »

Banu

Banu

Banu uses organic meat for its Iranian kebabs, which partly explains the slightly higher price tag you'll find on its Queen West menu. Banu offers Koobideh kebabs of ground angus sirloin ($19), as well as juicy lamb and chicken (and yes, lamb testicles too), offered alongside many specialty drinks and freshly pressed juices. More »

Discussion

29 Comments

Natalie / August 5, 2011 at 09:31 am
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You guys should look into La Grille up in woodbridge.
By far the best, tender, melt in your mouth meat there is...
http://www.lagrill.ca/home.html
zs / August 5, 2011 at 10:04 am
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woodbridge isn't in toronto. sounds good though.

sofra grill - which IS in toronto - is also amazing.
Kathy Bataliga / August 5, 2011 at 10:54 am
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You're forgetting LAHORE TIKKA HOUSE. BEST ONE IN TORONTO. Hands down.
Rexdale / August 5, 2011 at 11:00 am
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Bamiyan Kabob rules.. one in Mississauga too!
Brandon / August 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm
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#1 is near my work and I thought it was just alright.. I guess I have to check it out again.
LL / August 5, 2011 at 01:55 pm
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Milo's Pita @ Dundas Square. All the food there is amazing, especially the kabob plate. Yum! I wish it was an actual restaurant though rather than in the food court. I usually take it to go for that reason alone...
Food Snobs / August 5, 2011 at 02:03 pm
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I usually think Robyn is right on the mark, but on this one I have to say the absence of Me Vas Mi especially (and Mashu Mashu) is surprising!
handfed / August 5, 2011 at 05:39 pm
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FSnobs- dude, it's a reader survey. Mashu!
Amir / August 6, 2011 at 01:48 am
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Did the people vote or is this done by blog to
Donya / August 6, 2011 at 10:01 am
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This is the stupidest top ten I have ever seen for Kabob places in T.O -Hahaha.. Taftan kabob ? Really? Yak !
JuicyKabobs / August 6, 2011 at 11:25 am
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The juiciest and freshest Kabobs are at 'Top Meal'. I have had a lot of Kabobs but this takes the cake. Check it out 230 Commerce Valley Dr E!
Alireza / August 6, 2011 at 11:31 am
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I am sorry but you are missing the king of them all, BANU! All these other places are incomparable to Banu, the quality of meat, the craftsmanship and love that's gone to their food. Banu is in a different league than these other places and certainly deserves to be the number one spot, probably number two, three, and four as well! Check it out and learn for yourself! www.banu.ca

p.s. And I know my Kabobs, been eating them for about 30 years now, so you might say I know a thing or two.
simuls replying to a comment from Alireza / August 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm
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Ummmm. Banu is right there at number 8. Not missing at all.
N / August 9, 2011 at 09:50 am
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I'm surprised that the readers have missed the mark on this one... Clearly they don't have an appreciation for authentic AMAZING tasting kabob. Keep in mind people that Banu has organic meat that after eating you don't feel disgusting. The food at Banu deserves to be number 1.
BEST RUNNING SHOES / August 13, 2011 at 04:59 am
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I guess I have to check it out again.
BEST RUNNING SHOES / August 13, 2011 at 05:01 am
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Banu is in a different league than these other places and certainly deserves to be the number one spot, probably number two, three, and four as well! Check it out and learn for yourself!
colshy / August 13, 2011 at 11:00 pm
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do any of them have totty?
Jimmy Choo / August 14, 2011 at 11:14 pm
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Did the people vote or is this done by blog to
SNEAKERS SHOP / August 16, 2011 at 10:40 am
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AMAZING tasting kabob
SNEAKERS SHOP / August 16, 2011 at 10:41 am
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Really???????????? Yak !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
UGGS UK / August 18, 2011 at 08:32 am
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Yak !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Helen / September 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm
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Bamiyan Kabob for sure! Soooo good! The naan is amazing and fresh!
Anon / September 14, 2011 at 11:49 am
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I like the Lahori-style kebabs at Lahore Tikka House.
Hassan / February 20, 2012 at 01:40 am
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Shomal is the best Iranian restaurant I have visited in Toronto by-far, aside from Zaffron! Highly authentic and great quality food with a superb atmosphere!
MargaretMarch / June 1, 2012 at 08:30 pm
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Definitely kafta kebab in Milo's pita! Food court level 3 "Future store" Dundas/Yonge. Perfectly flavored beef!!
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:03 pm
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You're forgetting LAHORE TIKKA HOUSE. BEST ONE IN TORONTO. Hands down.
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O Deb / July 17, 2013 at 02:54 pm
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BANU is my favourite for Koobideh and kababs. The meat is juicy and tender. Was here for Summerlicious and is one of my favourite spots. Have tried a few in the list above and would say BANU is the best.
Dadashi / September 16, 2013 at 10:14 am
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Bamiyan isn't that good. It's more afghan-indian style. Not real persian. I know it's not toronto but Pars grill on major Mackenzie is the best tasting/most authentic in the gta! The line ups don't lie.

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