The best Pakistani restaurants in Toronto deal in complex curries, flavourful rice dishes, succulent char-grilled kebabs and the other staples of the South Asian diet. Menus at these eateries share similarities with cuisines from neighbouring India and Afghanistan - while many are also regionally specific and marvellously distinct and diverse.
Here are the best Pakistani restaurants in Toronto.
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This curry house in Little India is home to a menu of traditional and modern Pakistani and North Indian dishes, including favourites like sizzling tikkas and mild but flavourful karahi gosht - best enjoyed with fresh, puffy naan from the tandoori oven.
Open until the wee hours of the night, this Pakistani joint is a beacon for cabbies looking for authentic eats. The menu is vast, featuring combos of curries, rice and naan, but most of the food can be selected from the display, which is then reheated in a microwave.
This halal, Pakistani and Indian take-away outfit in Mississauga serves up street foods, sandwiches, rice, curries and barbecue staples, including regional recipes like Mughlai-style qorma with veal, goat or chicken, and paya, gently spiced trotters in an aromatic curry.
This Mississauga restaurant is home to modern Pakistani cuisine, offering a menu rich with barbecued meats and creamy curries. Lunchtime crowd pleasers include kebab rolls wrapped in puffy warm naan or paratha with chutney, sold for $7.50 and under.
Primarily a takeout joint, almost identical to King Palace and equally as popular with cabbies, this budget-priced eatery is home to a vibrant array of creamy curries and rich aromatic stews characteristically covered in a liberal amount of oil that's best sopped up by rice or naan.
This grill house located in Wexford Heights is popular desi destination for North Indian and Pakistani staples. Aside from kebabs, which are a specialty of the house, the lahori chana and haleem (a porridge of pulses and lentils with beef) are both excellent.
Shaheen Tikka & Kabab House
This popular restaurant in Flemingdon Park, near the Ontario Science Centre, serves North Indian and Pakistani staples including curries, rice dishes, and grilled meats. Breakfast and lunch buffets offer excellent value, and while it’s not the only South Asian restaurant in the area, expect to find this place bustling - a sure sign that the food will be fresh and authentic.
Satisfy cravings for biryani, Karahi chicken and brain masala at this bright contemporary eatery on Lawrence East past Midland. The inexpensive weekday lunch buffet offers ample selection for $9, and on weekends enjoy a halwa puri take-out special priced under $3.
This family operated eatery serves up Pakistani and Indian specialties for excellent value. Expect casual service and impressive portions when ordering rich aromatic curries, garlicky naan, and sizzling kebab dinners packed onto a plate with rice and salad.
The Best Pakistani Restaurants in Toronto