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Abdul BBQ

4500 Kingsway, #1691
Burnaby, BC V5H2A9
Tel: (604) 431-9498
Neighbourhood: Metrotown
  • Cuisine: Halal, Middle Eastern
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 11AM - 9PM
  • Abdul's offers a variety of falafels and shawarmas that are big on value and taste. Abdul's is mostly a take out place but there are a few utility tables located inside.

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awesome wraps
By aregma of Burnaby (116 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

Been eating here for the last few months and everything tastes great and so full of flavors. It gets pretty busy, so service is sometimes slow as often just the owner is working there. There are a few seats in this place, but it is functional, I usually get take out instead of eating there.

I find their beef wrap the best, and their spicey and garlic sauce inside very good. I tend to avoid the platters with rice as they are a little too much for me for lunch.

The food is great, but the service and ambiance are nothing to write home about.

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Tasty shawarma but...
By Huge of Surrey (139 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2009 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

Went here for lunch the other and order the chicken and beef shawarma. It was made fresh and fast. The server/owner was pleasant. The value was good as it filled me up and left a good taste in the mouth. The place could be a bit cleaner. The little restaurant has a lot of traffiic and the owner can be overwhelm with customers, thus not having the time to clean the place as well as he wants to. Great place for a quick bite to go.

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Yumm Meat!
By sweethot of lower mainland (162 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

This place was so hard to find, which is why I never tried it for ages, it is tucked away in the Crystal Mall. The meat's here are so flavourful! They don't shirk on spice or dumb down the flavour. Middle eastern people were eating here which is a very good sign. The whole place reminded me of those wondeful hole in the wall shawarma places in Montreal!

The wraps here are overstuffed with meat and lettuce and wonderful garlic sauce. I tried the lamb and while a bit greasy it was flavourful. They also have some juice's that go very well with the wraps such as pomegranate or lemonade.

I highly recommend this authentic place, it's a bit of a wait if it's busy but the food is SO worth it.

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Best Wrap, honest!
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 12:16am [Dine in]

You see those shops where they "claim" they have the best wrap in town, I really doubt it. But at Abdul's, I must admit, it is THE BEST and the taste is AUTHENTIC.
Their mixed shawarma wraps is mmm mmm consistently delicious.
One thing I didn't like was that they raised up the price and shrunk the size of the mixed platter. The platter used to be able to feed me and another person. Now he can finish it up all by himself and even have seconds. I was quite disappointed cuz we pay about $10 for it. It's pretty expensive when you think about it.

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Pretty good
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

Went to get some schwarma today at Abdul's and my first observation were the prices. Prices of platters are pretty high. The platters range from $9-11. I realize that the amount of food that comes with it probably makes up for the cost. but I'd much rather have less food than to waste unfinished portions.
Food was tasty, my mini meal came with a pita, rice and chicken. The pita had a very interesting grey sauce on it. Tastes good, but I have no idea what I'm eating. Chicken was nice, moist and tender.

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You'd never think you could find great shawarma here...
By mi7kahn of Buranby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

One of my Moroccan friend's presented me this place and at first I was quite skeptical of it. I mean, good shawarma in a Chinese mall? Who would've thought. But one bite at the beef shawarma and mmmm, there's no going back. I don't get why people complain about the prices though. Portions are quite large, and by large I mean HUGE even for a glutton like me the shawarma was filling. Even the medium can be a little spicy, so make sure to go for mild if you cannot tolerate much heat.

Tip: bring cash. No credit cards are accepted.

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Excellent Syrian Fast Food
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (51 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 1:57am [Dine in]

I've always loved eating here. I always order the lamb combo because I find the lamb here is done very good when its done good but....when it's done not so good...i still like it lol.

If you're lucky to have abdul working while you're there, he'll give you larger portions naturally because he's a generous chef and owner.

sometimes, i find the purple salads that come with the combos to be inconsistent in flavor. i had it once where the flavor tasted like glue...so i stopped eating that.

over here, falafels are to die for and the hummus and taboleh are very well made - although not hard to make in the first place.

this place has always been a place i visit regularly and although the price may be a bit pricey for its location, crystall mall, the amount is more than enough for the average joe. quality of ingredients has always been consistent although if you do go very late....expect to eat the end of the day left overs.

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nothing special
By milou of East Van (46 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2009 - 5:31am [Dine in]

I begin to wonder if all these reviews were legit. I was enticed to go to check this place out based on its glaring reviews. I ordered the beef shawarma on a wrap. The beef is bland and the sauce is not as good as this donair place in poco (forgot the name). Overall, nothing special about this place, and when we got there it was around 2 pm and we were the only one there...hmm not a good sign. The place is also a little dirty but can't expect too much for a fast food place. We wont be coming back.

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So good!
By luvmagrub of poco (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

Wish we had found this place sooner! It's definitely a place for take out although they do have a few tables where you can eat in should you choose to. It's in Crystal Mall, with the storefront facing Kingsway.

The donairs were amazing! And the garlic sauce...in love with the stuff! When ordering, you're asked if you want it medium or hot (not realizing that you could choose mild) so we choose medium as we tend to like a really good kick to our food. Let's just say we could really feel the heat and wished we had ordered the mild just so we could taste everything else.

Wish we didn't live so far away from Abdul's now cuz as I'm writing this, I'm thinking about that donair and my mouth is watering!

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Very good food.
By pumpkind of Unknown (26 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 1:53am [Dine in]

The food is really good. The place is really unique because of its owner, Abdul.

I worked in Metrotowers for a couple of years and chatted with Abdul few times while waiting for the order. He is a total food geek. He told me that the basement in his house is packed with spices, which he grinds and mixes himself. He gave a short lecture on how to prepare a good falafel, why the meat should never go from the skewer directly into the wrap, etc. The guy is really passionate about his food and it really shows.

Things to try is a shawerma platter, which comes with small portions of 3 or 4 different salads, very good hummus and pita with garlic sauce. Meat dishes take a couple of minutes, but falafel may take 15 minutes as they fry it when ordered. I haven't tried lamb, and I like chicken better than beef. Falafel is exceptional by the way.

There is of a couple of mid-eastern ladies that sometimes work with or in place of the owner. When they are on their own, they tend to get sloppy. The food still tastes good, but the preparation suffers.

I have to add however that platters feel pretty "heavy" after the meal. A friend of mine regularly complained that he was getting indigestion .. and he still kept eating there.

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It's a solid place.
By CRSKNG of Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 4:33pm [Take-out]

Went in for some donairs/shawarma and wasn't disappointed. The place is a solid choice in getting your fix. The price does seem a little high for what you get but it's nothing that will kill you.

The portions are pretty good here though they do give you a little less meat than other things. The lettuce and tomatoes are super fresh and you can really taste the freshness of it and crisp crunch when you bite into it.

All in all, when taking out, it was really fast. In and out within 3 mins.

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Super spicy
By 5spice of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 22, 2010 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

1st - Don't ask for spicy, they just fill up the wraps with hot sauce. So you pay with the snifles and tears.

I 've been there twice. Tried the shawarma and wrap. The meat did not taste or look fresh and the kitchen did not look clean. The prices are steep and don't match the value. Not recommended.

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The place for falafels!
By Eddy41 of GVRD (14 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 16, 2007 - 2:12am [Dine in]

Great service and friendly staff. The falafels and wraps are excellent! Good size, low price, and very tasty! The "utility" tables inside usually need cleaning. This shop is part of Crystal Mall near MetroTown malls.

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Superb Shawarma
By EveryonesACritic of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

Very simply...

The shawarma is always very tasty, the veggies in the shawarma are fresh and his garlic sauce is spectacular!!

The service is wonderful, Abdul is always very pleasant! The price is very reasonable, you're not getting a deal but you are definitely not getting over charged!

And the spicy is SPICY!!

Its not a restaurant, its a take out lunch place!!

geez there is so much snoot on this site!

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extra garlic sauce please!
By kgood of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

as a donair/falafel place the ambiance/price is typical, nothing close to impressive here.

The service is polite. I've seen many regulars even though I've only been here a couple times, you can tell by the greetings.

The mixed falafel is the only thing i've gotten, haven't tried the recommended lamb yet. The garlic sauce is great not a huge fan of the hot sauce though, so i ask for a little less. And a recommendation to those who don't like a soggy falafel ask for it TOASTED mmm good.

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Delish
By BeefSupreme of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 9:46pm [Dine in]

Ok took my GF to this place,mainly due to the fact we r both coming from Ottawa and it seems they have the best shawarmas in canada(there and Montreal to be specific)so we have checked nearly every place that had a review for shawarmas.This fella Abdul seems to have a old family recipe,or has a method all his own,no clue.Fact is great shawarma,either chicken,beef or lamb,i wish he did skewers or kafta....or even some shish taouk mmm mmmmmm anyways he did a great job dont go medium if you dont like spicy his medium is candaians Hot,Great guy,great place..kinda tight no wrrys good food!

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I go there whenever I can
By eatery of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

Abdul's place isn't really a restaurant, and a lot of people go in there for the purpose of fast food, but the quality is far beyond that. The food is amazing, the ingredients are always fresh, and prepared right before you. I even speak to the owner Abdul from time to time, and he likes to point out how he keeps quality high. You can see and ask about anything he is doing (but I only do this when there isn't anyone else there, because when its busy, it's busy!), and he even lets me customize my order. I'd highly recommend you try the platters or shwarmas as they are first, because either way you look at it, everything is really good.

The service is expedient, and I've been there during lunch rushes when Abdul is the ONLY one working. He's got a pretty good system going, and he makes sure he does everything in order and properly. He doesn't skimp on quality, but he isn't slow. The most I've ever had to wait was 30 minutes, and that was because I was at the end of a line that stretched outside of his place. He works very hard and diligently, I can't say anything bad about the service he, or the employees that he hires, provides. He makes sure that quality is kept high too. He even asks the regulars, such as myself, about the job they are doing when he's not around.

The prices, are roughly $6 to $11 for his menu items. The cheaper being the shwarma's he serves, with platters at the other end. I'm usually a big eater, and no matter what I order, I either end up satisfied, or completely full with leftovers at the end of it. (Also, microwaving the leftovers, though lower in quality, isn't bad at all) I can't find myself thinking of anywhere else that serves as much as Abdul's does, at that quality.

Like I said about the place, it's not a restaurant. Yes, there are tables and chairs, for those who want to sit and eat. But for the most part people come in and leave once they get their food. It's nothing fancy, or overly warming, but it's practical and it works.

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My favorite. #1 Donair
By fatlolai of Richmond (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

I went to Abdul since five years ago when I was working in Burnaby & introduced by colleagues. I used to go there for lunch at least once a week. Even I changed job, I still went back when i had the chance & time. :-) Glad that I work in burnaby now again and I can go there everyweek.

What's good? Their wrap is excellent. The beef, chicken & lamb are all delicious. The sauce is homemade. I especially like their garlic sauce. I usually ask for extra in the wrap or on the rice.

The owner is friendly and nice. Just a little secret: There was one time that he wrapped the donair for me with rice. beleive me, it is the most delicous wrap I ever had. All the juice is absorbed by the rice. !! However, the owner won't make it anymore because it is too messy to make it. :D

Well, it is one of my top places. :)

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Finally some good Donair Kebab
By cristinachen of richmond,B.C (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 30, 2008 - 10:12pm [Dine in]

The best Donair Kebab we have had in Vancouver. Those we had in downtown vancouver (denman st.) can not compare with ABDUL'S. We recommend the LAMB, is juicy and tasty. The falafel is outstanding too. They make it by order , not just warm the ready ones in the microwave oven. Will come back again.

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Loyal Customer
By tool4god of Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 28, 2008 - 11:31am [Dine in]

I used to work around this area. Since I had some craving for wraps, I went downstairs to get a bite but after that first bite, I got hook on it and every afternoon, I went to the store to buy the Chicken Shawarma. I especially, enjoy their special HOT SPICEY sauce which literally, burns your tongue.

The price is excellent for such a big wrap; don't know how they put all that chunk of meat, vegetable and glamorous sauce in the normal usual pita that we see in the market.

Just excellent because each bite, you will taste the fullness and not like other places where you cannot really taste the meat over the flour wrap. This place is a must go and try place.

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