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The Best Persian Restaurants in Toronto

The best Persian restaurants in Toronto are cooking all the aromatic meals that Iranian cuisine is known for. Colourful bowls of Persian stew, perfectly crispy saffron-infused tahdig and meats served in tavas are just a few of the flavourful dishes on the menu.

Here are the best Persian restaurants in Toronto. 


The Pomegranate
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The Pomegranate

Forever a fan favourite, this pretty Little Italy restaurant with its elaborate tiled entrance makes a good first foray into Persian dining. Drop in for fesenjoon chicken or qeymeh bademjoon. For dessert, don’t miss out on their bastani with rose petals.

Queen of Persia
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Queen of Persia

Celebrating all things Persian is this restaurant-meets-art gallery on St. Clair. Plates of kebabs with sides of pomegranate-covered rice are a specialty here. Huge platters of baghali polo and mahiche (broad beans with lamb shanks) are perfect for group dinners.


Banu
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Banu

For koobideh and chenjeh kabobs in a contemporary and elegant setting, visit West Queen West. This airy all-white restaurant with blue accents makes a popular burger with beef and sumac, and good cocktails to go with it.

Takht-e Tavoos
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Takht-e Tavoos

As the sister of Pomegranate, College Street’s outpost specializes in Persian brunch. Ditch the eggs Benny for guisavah with dates sautéed in butter or sunnyside eggs cooked with fresh halloumi cheese.


Shatter Abbas
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Shatter Abbas

There are three locations of this casual Persian counter for roasted eggplant with kashk sauce or ground beef koobideh. If you’ve ever wanted to try zaban, the roasted beef tongue sandwich that’s popular in Iran. 


Darband Restaurant
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Darband Restaurant

It may be the most understated spot on this list, but don’t be fooled by the humble exterior of this York Mills plaza restaurant. Portions are always generous and the meat is always juicy. While they may not be open 24 hours anymore, anytime of day is good to drop by.

Herby Restaurant
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Herby Restaurant

Specializing in food from the Azeri-speaking Iranian province of East Azerbaijan, owner Javad Zehdifar is serving up Persian brunch on weekends and tava eats. Don’t miss out on the experience of manually mashing lamb leg stew in a traditional clay piti.


Parkway Restaurant
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Parkway Restaurant

The scent of kebabs and fresh-made ghorme sabzi fill the air at this restaurant on Eglinton Ave. East. One of the major upsides here is the stellar patio where you can dine on baghali polo and lean ground beef burgers surrounded by flowers.

Toranj Fine Foods
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Toranj Fine Foods

It’s hard to choose from all the delectable options on display at this counter right by Yonge and Sheppard. Make combos out of their fesenjaan or gheimeh stews or go for the beryoun, grilled minced beef ribs, served with naan.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez of Herby. Additional photos by Josh Chong, somethingdelightful6, joeysalmingo, manasu88 and eatzoftoronto.


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