Monday 27 June 2016

Restaurant Review: Donair Town (Robson St.) - Vancouver, Canada

There's nothing better than having a delicious and satisfying lunch on a trip for a good price, and Donair Town in Vancouver, Canada was exactly that. We were looking for halal restaurants near Stanley Park and came upon this one on which worked out perfectly.

There's also a huge Safeway grocery store directly across the street from the restaurant, which gave us a good chance to stock up on bottled water and other items we needed for the trip.

So what is a Donair? Donair is actually the Canadian (yes, specifically Canadian!) term for Doner, which is the Turkish style of Shawarma meat and sandwiches. The taste is different as are the condiments from your usual Shawarma you'll find all over Toronto, so switching it up was quite the treat. Apparently Donairs are the dominant sandwich in Vancouver, not Shawarmas.

The neighbourhood is quite lovely and busy, and there's also an outdoor patio which is where we ate on a beautiful May afternoon.

Know in advance that you will probably have a hard time finding parking. There is parking on the sides of streets, but since we wanted to go to Safeway as well, we chanced parking in the huge Safeway parking lot right across the street from the restaurant, getting our groceries, then dashing across the street for a bite. We got away with it! But if you're going to be long, I wouldn't recommend it as there's cameras everywhere in the parking lot.

The menu includes Beef, Chicken, or Lamb Donairs as well as Falafels, which you can have in a sandwich or in a plate with rice. The prices were pretty good for the sizes.

We decided to go with the Super Original Lamb Donair ($8.99) and asked for it to be cut in half, as well as a Donair Town Poutine on the side. Gotta love Fusion Poutines!

For drinks we wanted to go authentic and got a bottle of Ayran, which is a tangy, salty yogurt drink which is commonplace in Turkey, but we made the mistake of being a little too adventurous and getting the Carbonated one.

It tastes exactly how you imagine it. Fizzy yogurt. I knew we should've went with the original! The carbonated form really wasn't my thing, but I can drink regular Ayran all day, every day. Writing this while fasting isn't fun!

There was also an upstairs dining area, which we didn't use since we decided to sit outside, but the decor and colour scheme was lovely.

We arrived at a time when there was only one or two customers, so the wait wasn't long. After we placed our order however, came a huge stream of customers. But the cook took his time and made everything perfectly, which I enjoy since I'd rather wait for quality.

And then we finally got it. Verdict: DELICIOUS!

Okay, the Donair Town Poutine is an absolute winner. Fresh fries topped with well-seasoned Donair chicken, garlic sauce, and feta cheese. Sounds simple but it was one of the best Poutines I've ever had. I can now say with confidence that only the original-style Poutine with gravy and cheese curds can beat out this one.

The Lamb Donair was similarly delicious, and it was also MASSIVE. We ordered the Super Size so it could be cut in half to share, and honestly after eating half of that and some poutine, the two of us were very satisfied. We actually couldn't finish the Poutine and had to take the leftovers with us.

Eating a half of the Super sized Donair got a little messy, though, so if eating with your hands isn't for you, I'd suggest getting the Plate version instead.

I would extremely recommend this restaurant, and I would say a must-order is the Poutine, for certain.

Address: 1793 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C9
Phone Number: (604) 569-1124

Monday 11AM–10PM
Tuesday 11AM–10PM
Wednesday 11AM–10PM
Thursday 11AM–10PM
Friday 11AM–10PM
Saturday 11AM–10PM
Sunday 11AM–10PM
Holidays - Hours might differ

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