The Best Persian Restaurants in Toronto
The best Persian restaurants in Toronto remind me that sometimes, life just needs a little more saffron. That's right--indulge in a little expensive spice and don't be afraid to tackle that entire plate of Kebab Barg. And at most of the restaurants on this list, that plate is pretty huge. While there is at least one place in Toronto to satisfy that midnight Persian food fix, the best Persian restaurants in Toronto offer ambiance as much as flavour. Indeed, little tastes of Tehran in both the figurative and literal senses.
Here is the list of the best Persian restaurants in Toronto.
Funny that one of Toronto's best Persian restaurants just happens to be situated amid a sea of gnocchi and breaded veal cutlets. I suppose it's called multiculturalism, and it seems I'm just catching on. Pomegranate has a great ambiance set to a backdrop of turquoise calligraphy tiles, and is known for its tangy stews, leaving kebabs to its sister spot, Sheherazade. More »
While there isn't much consensus on what to actually call this place (is it Shomal or North? Or both?), satisfied diners agree that this Persian restaurant knows how to work a grill. Kebabs are deliciously marinated and served in generous portions, only to be topped by live music in the dining room on weekends. More »
Sister restaurant to the top spot on this list (and conveniently located right next door), Sheherazade's specialties are its kebabs and Dizi dishes. Jujeh, Chenjeh, Barg, and Bakhtiari are on the menu, along with Chelo rice and vegetarian Kalleh Joosh. More »
Delicious and low-calorie. Leave it to the bright red exterior sign to remind you of those details. Taftan Kebab has a total of two locations in Toronto and area, offering generous portions of chicken, beef, and lamb kebabs, as well as Persian salads and sides. More »
The only thing better than tasty Persian food is the possibility of unlimited tasty Persian food. Tah Deeg at Yonge and Finch offers both buffet and a la carte, with kebabs, stews, and various salads and apps all on its menu. More »
Don't be mislead by its size. Gol Inc. in North York serves up big flavour with its marinated kebabs and stews. Expect generous portions of saffron basmati rice and an unintimidating final bill. More »
While we've heard plenty about the grilled lamb testicles on the menu at this restaurant and vodka bar, there is more to Banu than just this unusual option. Banu's kebabs and stews are made using only organic meats, and are offered alongside a drink menu that includes fresh juices and countless vodkas. More »
Perhaps coming full circle from our first entry on this list, Zaffron offers both Italian and Persian cuisine. Wood oven pizza with chenjeh kebob topping? Not quite, though you can order one or the other. While the decor remains somewhat ambiguous, the menu clearly pulls from both sides, offering kebabs, pasta, pizzas, and seafood. More »
Those who love the food at Darband Restaurant at York Mills and Don Mills roads might rejoice to learn that this place is giving away its secrets online. Well, someone's secrets anyway. Who knows if the Persian links it provides on its website actually match up to the recipes used in its kitchen. The dining room, most certainly, serves traditional Persian fare (in quite generous portions) of mostly kebabs and stews. More »