Aladins Pizzeria & Shawarma Place is a relatively new restaurant on Portage Avenue South, just west of Arlington Street. The space was once home to My Place – Pie Place, a specialty dessert cage. I visited there many years ago, but can‘t remember much about it.
Sunday – Thursday: 11 am – 1 am
Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 2 am
Aladins for Late Lunch
My first visit to Aladins was with my friend Graham. Up until recently Graham has been the rector’s warden at St. Philip’s. This was our chance to get each other up to speed on our lives and on parish life.
The first thing I notice is how sleek the place looks. The booths and table are black and the restaurant looks very inviting. I also find the booths very comfortable.
Another thing that stands out in all three visits is that there are not many customers in the restaurant. The restaurant does a big trade in takeout and delivery. There is usually only one person on as server. However, each time I have visited, the service is really good. The food arrives quickly. The servers make sure that water, etc. is refilled.
The menu itself is quite large. It covers pizza, shawarma, bar style appetizers, fried chicken, fish and chips, and more.
My bowl of soup was quite good. I really appreciated the portion size.
The chicken dinner that Graham ordered, was quite substantial. The portion size is typical of what you will find at Aladins. Prices run in the mid teens for most of the dinner items.
I went in a few days ago, and decided to try the pizza. Aladins serves a variety of pizzas. A build your own category, a specialty category, and a gourmet category. My choice is the Chicken Tandoori pizza from the specialty category.
I found the pizza good and flavourful. I did find the crust a little bit on the doughy side. The are four sizes from 10″ upward. I went with the the 12″, the second size up. This makes for a good, full meal.
My beverage was a can of Coke. Aladins is unlicensed, but does offer a selection of non-alcoholic malt beverages.
Salad and Nachos
I went back last night to try a couple of more items on the menu. The first is the Aladins Special Salad. This is their version of a Chef Salad. I chose the half salad size. This is a good salad. I nice mixture of ingredients and the dressing is not overdone. If the half salad is any indication, the full salad would make a good, filling meal.
While the pizza dough was a little underdone, the Nachos were slightly overdone. The chips around the edge of the platter had a bit of burnt flavour to them. However, there are plenty of toppings on the nachos. Also I like the size and price point. With the ground beef they come to $13.99. You could share them quite nicely between three. For a meal they are filling. I didn’t feel that I am really stuffed after finishing them, even after the salad.
I forgot to take a picture of my beverage. To drink I ordered the Desi Tea. A sweet, milky tea. One thing I want to do is go back and try some of the Desi dishes that are on the menu.
One final thing about Aladins is that it is a late opening place. I won’t be out at 2 am, but I like the option of being able to find a place at 10-10:30 pm.