I went to Nona Restaurant on Yonge St., near Melrose Ave on the east side.
I was hoping for some fresh and tasty food and my optimism was rewarded.
Firstly FRESH, FRESH. FRESH. I love it when you can see everything made from scratch.
The falafel is very good. This should not surprise me since they are Israeli but it did a little with spices including cinnamon and cardamom. Crisp and perfectly cooked.
Their hummus is very fresh and on the mild side but prepared with freshly sautéed warm chickpeas added at the last minute to the centre (or fava beans if you prefer) with a generous swirl of EVOO….then the owner/chef dropped off a small dish of lovely olives and pickled cauliflower and a large thimble of yummy and spicy freshly made aioli that when added to the hummus was so delicious. Perfect, this way my kids can have the mild hummus and I can have it very spicy. And very nice portions.
Make sure you are hungry before stopping in. You’ll want to eat it all up.
My spouse ordered the chicken special that came with Nona frites ( carb heaven)…mixed sweet and white potato and onion fries.
It also came with the freshest mixed pepper and tomato, parsley and cucumber salad. A nice counter-lightness to the fries. He said the chicken was so tender and that it had a really tasty rub on the whole breast.
We both had the most tasty lemonade EVER. Minty, with a soft flower essence, maybe orange blossom.
They are LLBO licenced, food is so fresh, ingredients well-paired and the chefs are very kind and jovial. (NICE peeps!!)
My daughter figured that the falafel had cardamom ( something I could taste but not put my finger on) , and the chef/owner rewarded her with some lovely fresh orange slices to go as we were leaving.
Welcome to the neighbourhood. We will become regulars and look forward to their success. It is nice to see such fresh ingredients, a passion for food and restaurant staff who really enjoy feeding people.
Don’t let their unassuming modest look fool you. Just look at the soup special and it should tempt a foodie to try it.
Please visit them and keep them busy. We went for lunch and by 12:30 lots of regulars starting showing.
A welcome addition to the North Toronto strip.
If I could ask for one thing...they create a summer alcoholic beverage using their special lemonade.
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