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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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