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Shawarma Empire

1823 Lawrence Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-285-1337
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Ranked #1,701 of 6,457 restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Most recent review
- Jul 27, 2013
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English first
Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

I stopped at this place, because I love shawarma, and because the reviews were fantastic. Located in an old, seen-better days strip mall, driving on Lawrence one could easily miss it. It is small inside, but there is seating for a few. The prep area is open, and a door to the kitchen was open while three men cooked. I... More

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Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

I've read a lot of reviews about this place - so decided to give it a try today. I went with a bunch of coworkers. We ordered the chicken or beef shawarmas. Overall, the wait wasn't too long - we were out of there in about 10 min. I got the chicken shawarma - extra spicy. Overall, it was ok.... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

I have been here several times and the wait is always long and usually to the door. The first time was a few years back when it was 2 for $5 for shawarmas. The last time I went, they went up to 2 for $6.99. They are just as good as before but the deal is obviously not as good... More

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Toronto, Canada
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105 reviews 105 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

The service has been great for a fast food place. I live in the area and have tried shawarmas all over the place before and none can match the indian spicy sauce they put in their shawarma for that distinctive taste. Not to mention the price is more than reasonable $6.99 for two shawarmas - given the smaller portion size... More

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Pickering, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

As a result of a review I heard on CBC, my wife and I headed out to experience what some have called the best shawarma in GTA. It is a hole in the wall restaurant in a strip mall but it does have very good shawarma and falafels. They grill their chicken so it is crispy and you can have... More

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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

I stopped in the other day because I was in the area and I wanted to see if things had changed since my last review so I could update; I truly don't like giving negative reviews. When I arrived it was an hour before closing on a Tuesday. There was chicken on the shawarma cooker, but no beef. Four people... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

Ive known the owner for years and this place is his long life dream and what he does is his passion and he puts his heart into every sandwich. His sauce is one of a kind, the pocket pittas are different, his garlic paste is amazing. Nice staff and helpful and always with a smile. Upgrading the decoration wouldnt hurt... More

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Toronto, Canada
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109 reviews 109 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

I wouldn't go out of my way to get there. The place needs a good cleaning. I am surprised it passes the Toronto health inspector's review. Like I said, the Shawarmas are OK. I wish they would serve them in better packaging that doesn't rip to prevent the sauce from getting all over your shirt.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2011 via mobile

When coming in to this establishment you wonder why the line up is almost out the door at any given time, the inside of the restaurant isn't appealing at all and if you are one of the zombies in the line waiting for your turn to order. You cant help but salivate while they make your food. Buy as I... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2011 via mobile

When coming in to this establishment you wonder why the line up is almost out the door at any given time, the inside of the restaurant isn't appealing at all and if you are one of the zombies in the line waiting for your turn to order. You cant help but salivate while they make your food. Buy as I... More

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