We were intrigued to see this place open up beside Wynona and finally got to try it over the past two weekends. It is pretty tiny - about 16 seats max, including the high tops. Both times we got in without a wait - 1:00 and 11:00 on Saturdays. It is not very accessible (washrooms are downstairs). So far it is primarily a breakfast and lunch place, although the people running it say they are thinking about expanding to dinners eventually. Service is friendly and a bit haphazard.
As the name implies. the menu focuses on the East Mediterranean. To start, in addition to coffee, there are a number of refreshing teas. Orange blossom is perhaps the best, but sage and floral are also good choices.
On our first visit, we tried the Zahra and Tahini tray, which featured tahini-baked cauliflower, garlic cloves, and onions, topped with pine nuts, accompanied by pita and olives - nicely sweet from all the caramelization. We also had the Sujuk Scrambled - scrambled eggs with beef sausage, pomegranate molasses, hummus, pita and olives. This was also delicious. Most appetites could easily stop there, but we also split the Chia Pudding - a rather
giant jar of chia and what we thought were prunes (they said sultana raisins but it was not that) soaked in orange blossom milk, with pomegranate and pistachios on top. It was like a not-very-sweet tapioca pudding.
For our second visit, we sampled M'shaut Fritters - moist, egg-battered cauliflower florets with parsley, onions, garlic, and a spicy tahini sauce. Also very good was the Sumac Poached Eggs - two poached eggs on pickled (pink) labneh, torn toast, and crushed sumac berries. Again we split a third dish for "dessert", Halawa pancakes - fluffy pancakes with orange blossom tahini maple syrup, pistachios and ward (dried flower petals). These were very nice and not overly sweet.
Overall it is a great neighbourhood spot for breakfast/brunch. We are happy to see it join the Gerrard east strip.
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