The Best Halal Shawarma in Toronto
We don’t need to tell you about the best halal shawarma places in and around the GTA – there are just so many, and we’re definitely not complaining. After all, don’t shawarmas make the perfect quick lunch or go-to snack option? The thing with shawarmas is that every place makes them differently — some have unique house-made sauce that you can never duplicate (we’ve tried!), some load up the shawarma with so many fillings that you can barely eat it without making a mess, and some are much more scarce with their toppings.
Regardless of how you like your shawarma, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from in the GTA! When we were coming up with Best of List options, halal shawarma was one we knew we had to put together because of how popular these wonderful wraps have always been since ‘the good old days’.
We did the right thing by asking you because we received an overwhelming amount of responses. As always, make sure you always check meat source before heading over or eating.
In alphabetical order, here are the best halal shawarma places in the GTA:
Al-Tanoor, 1993 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough
If you’re not a fan of shawarma on the regular pita bread that every single shawarma place uses, then you should check out Al-Tanoor in Scarborough. They have the option of having your shawarma made in a homemade bread that changes up the shawarma game – majorly.
Cyrus, 563 Ritson South, Oshawa
Our Eastenders will definitely love that we included Cyrus on this list. For those who don’t venture out that far east, yes there is a halal shawarma place in Oshawa! The owner, Cyrus, is a friendly gentleman who definitely makes you feel at home in his restaurant. Try the shawarma plate, you won’t be disappointed.
El Sabil, 2680 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto
Located in the little plaza of shops across from Scarborough Muslim Association’s Abu Bakr mosque, El Sabil is a popular and very busy shawarma spot. They’re busy post and pre salaat times, and especially after Jum’mah, so consider yourself warned! Although, even if you’re waiting 15 minutes, it’s definitely worth it after you take a big bite out of an El Sabil shawarma. There’s very limited seating, so we suggest takeout.
Ibrahim’s, 1967 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto
Our Warden and Lawrence peeps know what’s up. Ibrahim’s shawarmas are big, with the right amount of seasoned meats and veggies. There’s very little room to sit and actually enjoy a shawarma, but it’s great for a quick grab-and-go lunch. Be prepared to stand in line at this popular, inexpensive Scarborough spot.
Mustafa, 866 Wilson Avenue, Toronto
The Iskander here is pretty much the shawarma at Mustafa Turkish Pizza, and we’ve been told by many sources that it’s a must try for anyone who loves shawarma. Also, the ambience is worth mentioning because the restaurant has a cave like theme which is truly unique.
PS: we know this list is about shawarmas but the Turkish pides at Mustafa’s are also off the hook and deserve an honourable mention.
Paramount Fine Foods (Multiple Locations)
Though some shawarma connoisseurs tell us Paramount isn’t their top choice for a shawarma sandwich, it is for many others who give extra points for ambiance with Paramount’s comfortable dining areas. Plus, their hummus is on point which makes their shawarma a contender. The portions are also generous and well worth the price.
Shawarma Empire, 1823 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto
Might not be easy on the eyes, but the shawarma here comes highly recommended from many of you and other sources. They also close right after dinner, which is a little inconvenient at times but you should still check it out if you’re on the hunt for a good, inexpensive shawarma! Don’t forget to try their hot sauce, made in-house and very spicy!
Shawarma’s King, 60 Queen Street E, Toronto and 214 King St W, Toronto
Another long time running take out joint in the heart of downtown. They started their beginnings in the food court of Toronto Eaton Centre and now have 2 locations. Although they’ve been known not to give the best customer service, others will confirm quite the opposite!
Tasty Shawarma, 7677 Markham Road, Markham
Yes folks, you read correctly – this is a shawarma place in Markham! Although there’s many shawarma places in Scarborough, and even more in the downtown Toronto core, there’s next to none in Markham. There is a branch of the original Tasty Shawarma and Falafel in Scarborough, the Markham location offers decent sized portions and a great sit-down space.
Did we miss any of your favourite shawarma joints? Let us know below!