A good restaurant becomes a great one when the story is as genuine as this. Aleppo Kebab is a quaint, cozy spot run by a family of Syrian newcomers. They opened up early 2019 and have had a steady flow of great reviews from media outlets across Toronto.
Aleppo Kebab is located in a small strip plaza just west of Warden on Lawrence. They’re actually so close to a few of my other favourite places to eat so I’m thrilled to have them as an addition to the halal food scene here on the east side.
The interior is small, roughly 4-5 tables so a large group might not be a great idea. You can comfortably host a group of 6-8 people though. The service is friendly — as soon as I walked in I was greeted with a big smile. The owner Zakaria was there and I had a chance to talk to him about everything from the food to his journey to Canada.
While we decided what to order, Zakaria brought us Arabic coffee which they blend with cardamom in house. It was the highlight of the experience for me personally. I’m not a huge coffee drinker, but I love a good high quality coffee every now and then and this hit the spot. Another surprise was their spicy bread. It was light, crispy and full of flavour.
The menu is small and concise. Which is great because they know what they do well and can ensure a smooth operation. We ordered Shish Taouk, which is essentially marinated and grilled chicken skewers, and Adana Kebab, made of marinated and spiced ground beef. Both plates came with a choice of rice or fries, hummus, salad, grilled vegetables and their amazing spicy bread.
The Adana Kebab was our favourite by far, it has a bit more spice than the Aleppo Kebab (the restaurant’s signature dish) and was really tender and packed with flavour.
Overall, Aleppo Kebab met and then exceeded all expectations. After hearing all the great reviews, it’s easy to see why this is already a much loved restaurant in the Scarborough food scene.