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The Best Persian Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Staff / February 19, 2015

persian restaurants torontoThe best Persian restaurants in Toronto is a hard list to compile. When it comes to ethnic restaurants, this city seems to mix its highs and lows. While no one would dream of putting a no-fuss pizza joint on a list of best Italian restaurants, we don't bat an eye when making the same comparisons with cuisine from other parts of the world.

Perhaps this has to do more with scale, with fewer restaurants specializing in food from certain regions. With that disclaimer out of the way, this list highlights some the best places to sample Persian food, ranging from restaurants known for innovation and quality to those offering classic take-out options and family-friendly meals.

Here are the best Persian restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The best kebabs in Toronto
The best Afghan restaurants in Toronto

Takht-e Tavoos

Takht-e Tavoos

This is the third restaurant opened by the husband and wife team behind The Pomegranate, and later, Sheherzade. Nestled in Little Italy, Takht-e Tavoos offers a quaint Iranian-inspired setting and twists on brunch classics such as spinach narguesi with eggs made your way atop a bed of spinach, served with Iranian feta and tea, or haleem, a thick porridge made from wheat berries and lamb. More »

Kadbanu

Kadbanu

Kadbanu is the sister restaurant of Banu and run by the Mohyeddin family. The eatery is a favourite among young-Iranians craving a modern take on familiar dishes. It specializes in lunch items like fresh salads, hearty soups and delectable sandwiches made with sesame-crusted barbari bread. Make sure to try the mirza shasemi, a bold purée of eggplant, tomatoes and garlic topped with a fried egg, or their daily selection of traditional stews like ghormeh sabzi, slow cooked with fresh herbs. More »

The Pomegranate

The Pomegranate

This is the place to go if you're on the lookout for Iranian inspired decor. The wall hangings, ornate tiles and turquoise ceiling creates a fairy-tale like backdrop for one's dining experience. The restaurant features a flavourful selection of Iranian inspired dishes such as fesenjan, a thick stew made from ground walnut and pomegranate paste and aloo gheysi, a plum, apricot, saffron and chicken stew. More »

Banu

Banu

This is a modern Iranian Kabob and vodka bar. It's the place to go if you're in the mood to sip on a pomegranate vodka martini, while munching on a skewer of char-grilled kabobs and mouth-watering dips. My go-to dishes are the zeitun parvardeh, an olive, pomegranate and walnut dip, mast o moseer, a garlicky yogourt dip and the Kabob Chenjeh, a charbroiled skewer of beef tenderloin marinated in citrus yogourt. More »

North Restaurant (Shomal)

North Restaurant (Shomal)

North is a classic Iranian family-style restaurant nestled in a strip mall near Yonge and Steeles, an area also referred to as Tehranto. Unlike its modern downtown counterparts, this place offers large portions anchored by heaping plates of basmati saffron rice and homemade bread. The kabob selection is always satisfying, and on weekends you can dine while enjoying live performances of Iranian pop-music. More »

Sheherazade

Sheherazade

A sibling of Takht-e Tavoos and The Pomegranate, this restaurant specializes in Iranian street food. Try their abgoosht, one of the most popular dishes in Iran, a tomato-based lamb stew with chickpeas, white beans, and potato slow cooked and served with barbari flatbread and yogourt. More »

Zaffron

Zaffron

Zaffron is smack in the heart of Tehranto on Yonge between Finch and Steeles. From this location you have a prime view of some of the most popular Iranian shops. The embodiment of the hybrid immigrant identify, the menu offers both Iranian and Italian dishes. Try one of their Iranian appetizers like dolmeh (stuffed grape leaves) or Tadig, a crispy piece of rice-coated bread served with an Iranian stews. More »

Darbar

Darbar

Darbar is mid-town's answer to a classic Iranian family-style restaurant. You can expect a menu filled with popular rice and kabob dishes like their kabob koobideh made with ground beef, shirazi salad, and maust khiar, a yogourt and cucumber dip. More »

Gol Inc.

Gol Inc.

Gol Inc. is a good option for anyone who wants the comfort of a big Iranian meal without the fuss of cooking or the cost of dining out. The North York takeout join offers a variety of popular dishes at an affordable price. This place has everything you want for your Iranian takeout needs, from chicken and beef kabobs to traditional savoury stews. More »

Tah Deeg

Tah Deeg

This is another North York buffet offering takeout and event catering. Tah Deeg has offered its large menu of classic Iranian dishes for 20 years. On a cold day, try their ash, a vegetable soup made with traditional herbs, beans, and spices, topped with fried mint and onion, and a dollop of kashk, a sour-yogourt based paste. More »

Diwan

Diwan

Diwan lives inside the architecturally-stunning Aga Khan Museum. On a nice day, Diwan's large dining room floods with sunlight from the floor-to-ceiling windows, offering picturesque garden views.The restaurant's design is exquisite featuring hand-carved and painted wooden panels imported from Syria. If you're visiting the museum, stop in for a mezze platter, which changes daily. More »

Altona Kabob

Altona Kabob

Altona Kabob is another takeout option in North York. This place is quick with their service and often open until 4am, making it an ideal spot for your post-party cravings. For under $10, you can get a large plate of rice and two skewers of charbroiled koobideh, ground-beef kabobs, with a side of a roasted tomato. More »

Discussion

17 Comments

james replying to a comment from Alexander / February 19, 2015 at 05:32 pm
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welcome to year 2015. who else is gonna consider themselves Persian?
Mims / February 19, 2015 at 05:38 pm
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I still consider myself Persian..

Anyhow, I'm not sure how North and/or Zaffron made it on this list. If there aren't enough good restaurants, don't fill the list with random ones!

But Pomegranate is a MUST try for authentic Iranian food that isn't kebab lol - there's so much more to the cuisine than what most people know it to be!! :)
Behzad / February 19, 2015 at 05:56 pm
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Persian refers to the culture, language, and majority ethnic group of Iran and several other countries. Persian and Iranian can be used interchangeably.
venooos / February 19, 2015 at 07:14 pm
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Where is GILANEH on your list?
Amir / February 19, 2015 at 08:20 pm
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Alborz, Shomal and Zeitoon are also great Persian restaurants. Apple at King and Yonge area has great take outs for reasonable prices.

BTW,
Don't worry about John Labatt's comment. He was probably high (on top of rude and ignorant) and was hallucinating. What a shame he chose John Labatt as his "name".
blah replying to a comment from Babak / February 19, 2015 at 08:35 pm
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rare to see the sandwich, but lamb brains are sold at food basics
Nancy G / February 19, 2015 at 09:20 pm
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http://www.alborzrestaurant.ca/
That is my favourite Persian restaurant around Finch and Yonge and in my neighbourhood. I took my daughter to North for her birthday. The food was very good but not as excellent as Alborz. We had a heck of a time getting the server at North to serve us the wine we ordered and couldn't figure out why. Anyone?
Adam C / February 19, 2015 at 09:29 pm
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My wife is Iranian and we have to be many of these.
I can say that Persian Palace is the best Iranian restaurant by far
Ravi / February 19, 2015 at 09:42 pm
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I love Iranian food. There is a place near my house called Pardis in Richmond Hill. $8 kabob, rice, salad and pop and the food is delish!!
The husband and wife are polite and not too proud but their food is goood
Ravi replying to a comment from Nancy G / February 19, 2015 at 09:43 pm
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Shomal north is known for bad service. Blogto really is clueless puts anything on any list but I have been to Alborz and it is good, really good.
roz / February 20, 2015 at 01:37 pm
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How is taftan not on this list? Its great takeout food!
CaligulaJones replying to a comment from roz / February 20, 2015 at 01:42 pm
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Wait about three seconds. I'm sure one of the former spaces that had a hot yoga/axe throwing/spinning/shuffleboard business will be getting a crowdsourced startup fund going to translate their foodtruck into a restaurant.
Simona / February 20, 2015 at 08:29 pm
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ALBORZ.
That is all.
BOROBABA replying to a comment from Babak / February 21, 2015 at 02:55 am
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Chef Burger, 8910 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0L7.
Hands down the best lamb brain I've ever had and the cook it to perfection with butter and put it in a fat bun with parlsey and everything else you could want. Oh, and their tongue sandwich is on par with the lamb brain.
Kim / March 2, 2015 at 09:59 am
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Pomegranate used to be one of my favourite restaurants, but the last time I took friends there we were treated horribly by the owner. There was a 2-hour limit on our table reservation (which is understandable when they are busy), but she was irritable throughout the meal and made a point of making us leave when the time was up even though by that time the restaurant was more than half empty. Horrible service. I will never give them my business again.
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Dr. M,Astaneh Asl / June 1, 2015 at 04:08 pm
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http://www.alborzrestaurant.ca/
That is my favourite Persian restaurant around Finch and Yonge and in my neighbourhood. I took my daughter to North for her birthday. The food was very good but not as excellent as Alborz

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