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The Best Afghan Restaurants in Toronto

April 30, 2012
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Afghan Restaurants TorontoThe best Afghan restaurants in Toronto might be off the radar for many of us. Afghan cuisine, like its birthplace, is for the most part a mystery to Torontonians and while it shares many similarities with its Middle Eastern neighbours, Afghan cuisine is decidedly more complex. Lamb and chicken are predominant offerings on Afghan restaurant menus and they’re often spiced with mint, saffron, coriander or cardamom. Well-balanced yet contrasting tastes are its hallmark as influences from the Middle East, Turkey and India blend together for unique (and delicious!) results.

Open a menu at an Afghan restaurant and you’re unlikely to avoid a long list of kebab offerings, and unlike Persian kabobs, Afghan kabob is typically served with bread, not rice. But kabobs (surprise, surprise) are not Afghanistan’s national dish. That honour would fall to quabili pulau–a dish that mixes steamed rice with lentils, raisins, carrots and lamb. Other standards include manti (dumplings filled with spiced meat), qormas (onion-based meat stews with various legumes and spices) and naan (bread). Unlike Indian naan, Afghan naan is typically a white/whole wheat blend and is topped with poppy, sesame or nigella seeds.

Toronto is lucky enough to have some great Afghan restaurants, even if they’re not plentiful. Most tend to be located downtown or in Scarborough but there are Afghan restaurants in other areas of the city as well.

Here’s my list of the best Afghan restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The best Persian restaurants in Toronto
The best kebabs in Toronto

Writing by Janina Galeazza


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ell permalink
    May 2, 2012 3:28 pm

    Where’s the list?

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