99 percent of Toronto’s shawarmas are terrible. Ghadir Meat Market, on the other hand, is fantastic.
Pow Wow Café is a snug spot in Kensington Market that serves up tacos on Ojibway-style frybread. We recently had a Foodies of Colour meetup there, to get a taste of Chef Shawn Adler’s food.
Kingyo does tend to get fancy with some dishes, and turn them into a spectacle. We spotted a serving hauling a giant covered wooden bento box and opening it up at the table to reveal a dozen compartments of food. There were blow torches brought out to caramelize meat, and hot black stones which customers were using to sizzle thin slices of beef. It can come across as a bit gimmicky, except that the food is actually delicious and the service was great.
Altona Kabab is in a non-descript strip mall at Yonge and Finch, surrounded by Iranian grocers and stores. It's got flourecent lighting, a few chairs and tables, and a long buffet of stews and salads behind a glass counter. Your best bet is to pick out your choice of meat (chicken, beef, lamb, fish) and get it with a side of rice and the requisite middle-eastern grilled tomato.