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The Best Pakistani Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / February 25, 2015

pakistani restaurants torontoThe 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.

See also:

The Best Indian Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Afghan Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Kebabs in Toronto

Lahore Tikka House

Lahore Tikka House

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. More »

King Palace

King Palace

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. More »

Zeerah

Zeerah

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. More »

Cafe de Khan

Cafe de Khan

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. More »

King Place

King Place

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. More »

Patna Kabab House

Patna Kabab House

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. More »

Shaheen Tikka

Shaheen Tikka

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. More »

Pak Centre

Pak Centre

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. More »

La Sani Grill

La Sani Grill

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. More »

Discussion

13 Comments

Guest / February 25, 2015 at 03:12 pm
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Been to Lahore Tikka House once and although the food was super-tasty, everything was extremely oily (that could've been why it tasted so good!). Haven't tried any of the other places on this list yet.
ID replying to a comment from Guest / February 25, 2015 at 06:27 pm
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Indian/Pakistani food is usually quite oily, but I think it depends on which part of India/Pakistan you're in.
Ali / February 25, 2015 at 10:08 pm
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Shaheen Tikka and LA Sani grill are 7 and 9. W. T. F.?

For all the blogto readers please do yourself a favor. And try these places before going to any of the other ones. Pak Centre is decent as well but the other 2 mentioned are amazing in terms of taste and quality. And there's not a lot of oil in their food either. I would recommend the chicken karahi at Shaheen Tikka and reshmi kabob is to die for at LA Sani grill. Their servings are HUGE too so that's a major plus as well.

Goodluck diners.
jeeterz / February 25, 2015 at 11:59 pm
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Iqbals in Thorncliffe and Shaheen in Flemingdon park should be on this list. They passionately serve the communities that they represent and to a standard of excellence.

Mike / February 26, 2015 at 11:02 am
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^^Agreed. This post totally snubbed Iqbal. http://www.iqbalkebab.com/main.html. Love that place.
Mike / February 26, 2015 at 12:59 pm
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Makkah at Donlands & Danforth.
Gosht / February 27, 2015 at 10:09 am
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*drool*
Good food lover / February 27, 2015 at 02:37 pm
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Karachi Kitchen in Mississauga should be in the list. Awesome take away!!!
haris Parvaiz / February 27, 2015 at 04:52 pm
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when you really haven't tried every thing in the city, why do you even post such blogs? You are missing many prime and authentic places and I won't take the names here.
malik / March 1, 2015 at 09:12 pm
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the worst is Lahore tikka house and expensive also.
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nina / April 15, 2015 at 09:15 am
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There is Desi Taste on Markham and Eglinton...going there for years and never disappointed with the food or service. Although its not a dine in but biryani is amazing. Owner is Javed
nina replying to a comment from nina / April 15, 2015 at 09:19 am
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Oh and yes ! never try masala kitchen on o connor and Eglinton Rip off and very stingy in putting chicken. Taste is bland too

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