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The Best Middle Eastern Restaurants in Toronto

The best Middle Eastern restaurants in Toronto represent the regionally specific (and yet often overlapping) cuisines from countries like Turkey, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt and Israel. These centuries old culinary traditions have seen a recent resurgence in the GTA - making vibrant mezze, fresh-baked manakeesh and succulent kebabs more prevalent than ever.

Here are the best Middle Eastern restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The best Persian restaurants in Toronto
The top 10 manakeesh in Toronto



Fat Pasha
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Fat Pasha

Anthony Rose's stylish Dupont eatery melds traditions of Middle Eastern and European Jewish cuisines. Menus for brunch, lunch and dinner boasts highlights like tahini smothered roasted cauliflower heads sprinkled with pine nuts, haloumi and pomegranate seeds, and a couscous dish studded with olives and apricots.

Tabule (Riverside)
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Tabule (Riverside)

Bright beautiful mezze platters, stuffed grape leaves and succulent skewered meats are among the menu standouts from this Middle Eastern eatery with two locations (one on Yonge, the other on Queen East). Cocktails featuring handfuls of fresh mint and fragrant syrups made of rose, dates or pomegranate are perfect accompaniments.


Maha's Restaurant
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Maha's Restaurant

This Egyptian restaurant on Greenwood specializes in daytime fare and aside from delicious food, expect an inviting domestic-feeling atmosphere and matching warm service. Standout dishes include the sunny eggs with foole, crispy falafel with soft eggs at their centre, and honey drizzled date grilled cheese sandwiches.


Dr. Laffa (Bathurst)
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Dr. Laffa (Bathurst)

Order crispy falafel or shawarma bundled in stretchy sheets of freshly baked laffa at this takeout counter on Bathurst. Or, delight in ripping apart the flat bread to scoop up silky hummus and pinch chunks of fried eggplant or foule and hard boiled eggs.


Byblos
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Byblos

Eat family style at this East Mediterranean restaurant on Duncan and nibble on spiced olives or share in traditional dishes like hand rolled couscous, eggplant kibbeh, and Turkish manti dumplings. Best of all, the restaurant offers a stylish setting to enjoy premium cocktails.

Anatolia
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Anatolia

This Turkish restaurant in Etobicoke has been in business since 1999 serving traditional dishes like stuffed gozleme crepes and assorted meats from the grill. The baklava is not to be missed, and best enjoyed along with a strong Turkish coffee at the end of your meal.



Takht-e Tavoos
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Takht-e Tavoos

Breakfast and lunch are the focus at this Persian dining room on College St. The menu here boasts homestyle favourites like assorted borani, yogurt mixed with beets, artichoke or mushrooms, or haleem, a thick cinnamon scented porridge made with tender bits of lamb and butter.

Paramount Fine Foods
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Paramount Fine Foods

This growing chain of casual Lebanese eateries serves up creamy hummus, crave-worthy eggplant dishes, pita-wrapped sandwiches, and skewered meats from the charcoal grill. The zaatar dusted manakeesh with accawi cheese is a must, and the wide array of first rate baklava is not to be missed.


Jerusalem Restaurant
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Jerusalem Restaurant

While the location on Leslie is home to an impressive AYCE Middle Eastern buffet, the family-oriented outpost on Eglinton sticks to an a la carte menu. Share mezze including hummus, labneh and tabbouleh before moving on to entrees like charbroiled kafta kebabs or juicy grilled lamb chops.


Mustafa
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Mustafa

Turkish pides are a specialty at this cave-like restaurant on Wilson. Order boat shaped pizzas topped with choices of spicy lamb, spinach and feta, or with sucuklu (Turkish sausage) and sunny eggs.


Diwan
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Diwan

This upscale restaurant in the Aga Khan Museum draws on culinary traditions from Turkey, Iran and North Africa. Expect traditional dishes like pides, kebabs, and a daily curry, as well as modern interpretations like tandoori fries or Arabian "wing style" chicken thighs with cooling mint yogurt.

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