Amal Toronto is the latest restaurant from INK Entertainment, the hospitality group behind notable Toronto spots like Byblos and Patria. As INK’s first Lebanese restaurant, Amal is a particularly personal project for the brand’s Beirut-born CEO Charles Khabouth. “It’s all the hits from my childhood,” says Khabouth of the menu. With much of its decor
Azkadenya has officially landed in Toronto. The popular Middle Eastern spot is serving up an array of dishes, from century-old favourites to modern eats, inside its bright Queen West outpost. The name Azkadenya translates to “delicious world,” and after opening in Jordan in 2011 and expanding with great success in Dubai, the powerhouse couple behind
Babel’s concept, led by O&B’s corporate executive chef Anthony Walsh and chef de cuisine Aviv Moshe, is a fresh take on Middle Eastern cuisine with a focus on live-fire cooking. The space, designed by DesignAgency, is earthy and bright and features a 45-foot mural inspired by ancient cave paintings by Moss & Lam Studio. The
Canada’s first fully automated restaurant, dubbed Box’d, is at 4 King St. W. in downtown Toronto and is a project by Paramount Fine Foods. At Box’d, patrons order in advance with a mobile app or at a digital kiosk at the location. Patrons are made aware of when their food is ready via a digital status
Darna Middle Eastern Kitchen looks to create a dining experience with authentic flavours that rival any home-cooked meal created in a Middle Eastern kitchen. Darna, which means “our home” in Arabic, is owned by Marwan Carmi, who relocated to Toronto from Jerusalem. The menu features Middle Eastern favourites like baba ghanouj, kebab skewers, falafel and
Renowned Toronto chef Mark McEwan has teamed up with chef Shen Ousmand to create Diwan, a Persian restaurant at the Aga Khan Museum. Step into a gorgeous and ornate dining room adorned with wood panels that were hand-carved and hand-painted in Damascus at the end of the 18th century. The advantages of being in an
Popular Middle Eastern restaurant Dr. Laffa — recently the subject of a glowing Globe and Mail review — has announced plans to expand. A second incarnation of Dr. Laffa is set to open near Bathurst and Lawrence by early 2013, and we’re also told that plans are in the works to franchise the business.
The name says it all: Eggstatic is all about serving breakfast and brunch dishes to brighten your morning. Many of the dishes at this inviting Bayview restaurant have a Middle Eastern twist: Think savoury beef shakshuka waffles or scotch eggs filled with kafta beef. A wall decorated with frying pans and a sunny front window
Fet Zun is an exciting Middle Eastern restaurant that is part of Anthony Rose’s Dupont Street empire. Much of the menu is made up of mezzes, making this a great sharing spot for brunch, lunch and dinner with flavour inspirations coming from Israel, Morocco and Turkey. Fet Zun still keeps it light with its entrées,
The original musical brunch can be found at Free Times Café, home to Bella, Did You Eat Yet?, a spectacular Jewish-style, all-you-can-eat brunch with loads of delish latkes, blintzes, lox and much more — feast away while listening to live klezmer music: $19.95. If your family is concerned about how you terrorize a buffet, rest
Icons of New York City and pioneers of American halal street food have landed in Toronto. The Halal Guys has set up shop at the corner of Yonge and Wellesley and is dishing out its legendary, fast Middle Eastern eats to hungry Torontonians. Premium halal meats are flavoured and cooked to perfection, adorned with Halal
Naan & Kabob is a colourful Middle Eastern restaurant in downtown Toronto that specializes in Afghan cuisine. The founders are a family of immigrants from Afghanistan who followed the spice route, in honour of their ancestral merchants, all the way to Canada. The menu is made up of locally sourced ingredients; the meat is halal
Parallel is a Middle Eastern eatery located on the industrial Geary Avenue, which has emerged as somewhat of a destination restaurant row in what is otherwise an industrial strip. The restaurant comes from the same family behind Ozery Bakery, famed for their Morning Rounds and Lavash products that can be found at your local grocers.
It’s Middle Eastern pastries galore at Patisserie Royale. As its website denotes: “Welcome to a world of mouth-watering baklava enchantment.” (Whoever wrote that copy deserves an award.) But indeed, the baklava here is enchanting and the selection of Lebanese and Syrian pastries is diverse. The shop features dozens of crispy, sweet pastries, including the sacred
There’s a lot on the menu of this small, suburban strip mall restaurant. Owner Ali Fallaha, a geologist back in Syria, wants to have something for everyone. So he serves shawarma (a purist, he fills the pita with meat and pickles only), falafel (forming each donut-shaped ball in a little brass hand press), and so
With over 300 Middle Eastern restaurants in the GTA, it’s pretty tricky to find the most authentic ones, but Sababa is the real deal. When owner Sam Azar opened Sababa in 1987, there were only 40 seats and one employee, and now, over 20 years later, there are over 120 seats and a full operating