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Donair Shop, The

1243 Esquimalt Road
Victoria, BC V9A3P2
Tel: (250) 385-2432


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Prefer to take it to go
By rhobear of Surrey (29 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 24, 2010 - 11:41am [Dine in]

This is the only place I'd go for donairs in Victoria. They do them the true Greek way a thick pita onions, tomato, meat, and sauce all wrapped up in all its yummy goodness. Let's face facts though, the booths are not designed for comfort, the best way to go is to take it either home or on a sunny day to Saxe Point Park to eat. It is well worth the detour to Esquimalt to grab some grub here.

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Will NEVER Return
By Lotka of Victoria (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

It doesn't surprise me that there are no reviews of this place since nobody is stupid enough to go in to this place...except me, apparently. Where to begin? The fact that the front window was so dirty that we could not see inside did not deter us; we were hungry and willing to try hole-in-the-wall Greek food. When we walked in, the man behind the counter acted as though we had just rudely interrupted the question to the Final Jeopardy answer in the Tournament of Champions (or something). The decor was reminiscent of what I would imagine a prison visitor waiting room to look like. To give the man behind the counter some credit, he did bring our chicken souvlakis to our table and handed them to us with about eight (8) napkins for each of us. We soon realized that we'd need this many napkins since each souvlaki wrap had about three quarters of a cup of tzatziki sauce on it. Mine also had a bonus 30 centimetre-long hair on it (luckily, it was in plain sight so I didn't actually bite into it, but wondered how he did not notice it). MAYBE, this food would have tasted good if you had just blazed a fatty in your orange shag carpet apartment after not having eaten for a day and a half, but for anyone else it was just not enjoyable at all. Not recommended.

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Best Donairs in Vic
By mklee of victoria (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 27, 2012 - 1:35pm [Take-out]

I have been to this hole in the wall in Esquimalt a few times and have never been disappointed. Their donair meats are authentic and stuffed inside large warm pitas with veggies and delicious sauces. Very reasonably priced and I haven't found a better place to pick up a donair and greek salad for take out. Service is fine, not overly freindly, but I think it kind of adds to the personality of the place. If you want a nice place to sit down, this is not the place for you.

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This is not a real Donair shop!
By MR T of Vancouver Island (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 11:57am [Take-out]

I was excited when i looked over and seen a DONAIR shop (always ) in ESQ VIC.
I am from out of town and thought i might try it out . I have eaten at literally 20-30 different Donair shops All over the world and this one is by far THE worst.I really do not like putting in a BAD review but come on now.

1-The 1st impression of this place when you walk in is..drab -dirty and abused..but i usually overlook that if the food is good.

2-The actual Donair rotisserie was dripping with Grease and looked over done and it was, with no flavor or seasoning to the actual meat its self, when i ate my donair it was like leather pieces wrapped in a pita.

3-I ordered mine to go and The older lady working there had no respect for customers nor the the preparation it seemed, She talked on her Cell phone and tossed around the pitas like frisbees while customers were standing patiently waiting!

4-I asked for the Tzatziki sauce and some House made hot sauce..I got no HOt sauce on it and the so called tzatziki sauce was bland with no flavor it actually tasted like dill for some reason.

5-I stood there for 20 minutes waiting and hoping to have waited for a good donair..not here .
6-Rotten brown lettuce ..mmm love that too.

Although the prices here are average ..the food is way below avg and people who are giving this place a reasonably good review are lets say "OUT TO- LUNCH" and do not know what a REAL Donair aka Shawerma really is .

This place should be inspected by the health board and needs to step up the flavor and service bigtime!
Either that or just pack it in and stop waiting peoples time and $ .

I mean come on now this is not obviously a Goumet meal nor is it hard to make ..but there are standards.

I am a big believer in little side shops like this and am ashamed to know that Victoria is accepting this as good!
Cheers and enjoy the rain -yours truly -MR T

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