5525 Yonge St. South of Finch on Yonge
|one of the flyers they have, not actual menu|
So, i have only recently discovered the AWESOMENESS (and apparently healthiness), of kebabs!
The first stop i made was at Taftan Kebab and i was in love... i had it like 3 times in a week. It was threatening thundershowers and i still flip flopped over...and it totally did thundershower...
I've been doing this Sheppard to Finch walk back on Yonge for awhile now, one weekend i was peering into the window and checking out the menu, and was like, ok, i'll come check out out some time, when the owner chased after us (ok walked briskly behind us to get something at the korean store next door) was like hey! dont you like ********* food? i cant remember what he said. And i was like, oh YESSS!!!! i'll come back! i promise! and i did.
|here's the inside of it, its pretty small, its like a small persian grocery mart.|
The owner came over and was like, here's a free appy, on the house! It's a yogurt with shallots he says. thick thick yogurt with salty bits, was interesting. gonna save this to sauce my meats!
He also gave me this Sumac powder, i'm not too familiar with it, he said to put it on the meat. I looked it up, its a greek/middle eastern spice, used as a rub on meats, and has a sour lemon taste. oh! also its like bright red and really crunchy. i totally forgot to use it after taking this picture.
So here it is. I got the number 4. which... i forgot what it was, but consisted of barb beef, and koobideh, which is a ground beef kebab. there were also these yellow rice cakes, he said usually they make it with chicken but today, it was rice and egg and saffron. Also! i finally found out what the butter was for.... you pour it on everything. kind of an no brainer if i actually think about it.
At $11.99, this portion was smaller than the $12.99 at Taftan, where you get a larger piece of meat. But the koobideh was super moist and juicy and flavourful. You also get a salad at Taftan which i missed, but instead you get these rice cakes here. Ever since i got horrible service at Utopia Cafe last week (update soon!), i have been all about good service, like the exceptional service we got at Sassafraz in Yorkville this weekend. The owner was SUPER NICE, super friendly, and really happy that i was trying his food out, brought me stuff to try. He was like, how did you find out about kebab!?! Even the guy who was dining in earlier, him and the chef was like, how is your food? are you liking it? and he gave a thumbs up and they were like giddy schoolgirls. It's stuff like that that's cool, when people are just happy to make food for people to enjoy. When we went to pay, the pop was gratis, a special he says.
The portions may be smaller. but the heart of a restaurant is the ppl behind it, and their hearts are huge!!! Such nice people.
There he is! the owner standing behind the til! Go give him a visit! Tell him you found out about it on some girl's blog who came and took pictures. maybe he'll give you a free pop! haha.