Meat Point Toronto

Meat Point

Meat Point does Turkish breakfasts as well as kebabs and mezze.

There’s an amazing smoky smell as soon as you walk in, similar to loosely affiliated Barans in Scarborough.Meat Point Toronto

Also like Barans, all decor in this completely updated space is imported from Turkey, though this place is smaller, unlicensed and has a more cafe-like feel.

Meat Point Toronto

While Turkish breakfast typically comprises many non-cooked elements, it typically centres around a dish of eggs and sujuk, sliced and cooked with the eggs, which here are sunny-side-up and perfectly runny.

Meat Point Toronto

Use homemade flatbread as a vehicle for everything, beautifully spongy with a floury, stiff crust and a very fluffy inside.

Meat Point Toronto

Other nibbles that are part of the textbook Turkish breakfast spread include feta and mozzarella, honey, Nutella, yogurt, sweet pepper paste, cucumber, tomato, and gelid, sweet house strawberry and raspberry jams.

Meat Point Toronto

It all has to be accompanied by bitter-but-fragrant Turkish tea, served table-side from a special charcoal-burning samovar that even keeps the teapot warm.

Meat Point Toronto

Paca soup ($7) is quite common and popular in Turkey. Apparently when you’re stumbling out of the club there, tongue soup is the thing to get.

Meat Point Toronto

A very simple but rich, fatty and velvety dish of tongue in a broth made of its own cooked-down stock, flour and water topped with generous golden pools of butter and paprika, it’s finished off with a few spoonfuls of flavourful garlic sauce stirred in.

Meat Point Toronto

The Pasha Sultan mixed kebap ($40) requires at least two people to order it and is presented on a vintage serving platter from Turkey.

Meat Point Toronto

The platter comes with a basic starter salad along with dips of pepper paste and haydari, a cooling blend of yogurt, mint, garlic and olive oil.

Meat Point Toronto

On the side, there’s regular rice as well as “red rice” or bulgur rice, sweet, earthy and pearly.

Meat Point Toronto

This platter is actually meant for four, and is a meat smorgasbord of spicy minced lamb and veal kebap, chicken and veal doner, and chunks of chicken and veal shish. Skewered items are grilled and doner meats are cooked on an upright spit.

Meat Point Toronto

Doner sandwiches ($7 - $8) deliver the world-class meats cooked here more casually, in the same fluffy bread with an option for chicken or “meat,” which here usually means veal, simply accompanied by lettuce, onion and tomato.

Meat Point Toronto

For dessert there’s kadayif and antep sarma ($6), the former strings of dough with crumbled pistachio soaked in syrup; the latter rolls of thin dough with strong pistachio flavour.

Meat Point Toronto

Like tea at breakfast, you can’t have dessert without strong Turkish coffee.

Meat Point Toronto

The name Meat Point was intended to have a double meaning, also sort of a “meeting point,” the pin-drop icon meant to look a little reminiscent of a rotating spit.

Meat Point Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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