About 1027 Finch Ave West, across from Mr. Greek, in front of Mandarin,
Mostly Turkish cooking, a Turkish cook, but almost everyone there is Iranian
Nice room, informal, outdoor tables
New main floor washrooms.
Ample free parking
416 901 4241
Open for less than two weeks. Right now, mostly grilled meat. Chicken shawarma weekdays, beef on the weekend. They say that they will develop the menu as they become established. The food is the best of its kind that I have had in Toronto. Prices are reasonable for the high quality and no more expensive than others of its type. It is as if you are in someone's home- excellent, unpretentious food; amateur, friendly service. Varying degrees of ability to speak English- look, the cooking is authentic.
Everything is good. Let's put it this way, the Turkish main cook makes her own yoghurt and flatbread. The first time I ate there, I said, the food makes me think that I am not in Toronto.
Special favourites: the two fancy yoghurts, the yoghurt salad dressing, lentil soup (fantastic, but I prefer the one without tomato, forget about your memories of Palestinian wallpaper paste), tomato- burghul side, chicken skewers, shawarma, minced beef kebab, homemade baklava (when fresh- the pan is full). And oh yes, delicious, their all-day breakfast, a relative of shakshuka, comes with little side dishes. Specify how far you want the eggs cooked.
You can make an excellent vegetarian meal easily, but you won't have a lot of choice. Burghul, shakshuka, salad plate including goat cheese on request, yoghurts. Most of it will be new to you, all of it will be delicious, so give it a go.
1. All their meat is marinated in yoghurt except for their minced beef kebab and maybe the lamb chops. I discovered this, so I'm sticking with the minced beef kebab.
2. They like heat in some things, I don't in anything. So I asked for my shakshuka relative with no chilli, no salt. Also the beef kebob can have chilli in it. I can manage, so it is not too fiery, but I prefer not at all, so I ask.
3. Portions are generous, some of their plates are for two, sharing is natural in the food culture. Order in stages.
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