I had lunch today at Best Pizza & Donair on Pembina Highway. It's not a fancy place and I'm okay with that. I was here before in late 2017.
I ordered a donair with tomatoes and sweet sauce.
What is donair?
Donair is a Middle Eastern dish made of roasted meat cooked on a vertical spit. In a prepared dish, seasoned meat is stacked on a vertical spit in the shape of an inverted cone. It is turned slowly, cooking against a vertical rotisserie. A tomato, onion or pineapple may be placed at the top of the stack for additional flavouring. The meat is cooked by an electric burner.
The rate of roasting can be adjusted by varying the strength of the heat and the distance between the heat and the meat, allowing the cook to adjust to varying rates of consumption. The outside of the meat is sliced vertically in thin, crisp shavings when done. While cooking, the meat is shaved off the stack with a large knife.
Donairs are a big thing back home in Nova Scotia so whenever I come across them on my travels, I try them. This was a good donair. The meat was spiced nicely and grilled or fried to heat it up so it was a bit crunchy in places. The sauce was sweet and a bit garlicy.
The guy who took my order was friendly.