Prince of Egypt
135 Danforth Ave at Broadview(where Schillings used to be)
Kitchen closes at 9PM
Superb food, modest prices. Amateur but amiable service. Non-cool, non imtimidating decor.
On entry POE is a bit offputting. There is a sandwich board outside with takeaway items listed, making the place appear to be a snack bar. The decor is,lets say memorable, with the threat taht the aesthethic will replicate itself in the food. But we entered, ate,and we have become enthisiastic regulars.
On a good night POE is the match of Zucca on a good night(and Zucca is where I would take the Queen.)
The differences are that you get much more to eat for a lot less money at POE.
Fear not that you will get something authentically Egyptian, but weird`to the Canadian palate. No creamed camel toes here! The ingredients and presentation are Western (although there are some Egyptian items, such as falafel made from broad beans, foul etc).There is an Egyptian twist in the flavouring.
The chef owner uses flavourings that are inherently strong, but is a master with his restraint, balance and harmony. The result is interesting,satiating and beautiful.
Sauces, topppings and dressings are superb. If the kichen were to serve napkins they would be excellent.
Soups change daily and are always good. Last time we had as mains sole fillet with a(Egyptian)crisp onion topping and the stuffed rolled chicken breast.
The mains come with a number of sides which complement; everything we were served was delicious.
Other mains that evening were lamb shank (the first thing that I had there; I knew I was in the prescence of a considerable talent), grilled Cornish hen, and completely non Egyptian striploin with a pepper sauce. The mains change regularly, often weekly.
Desserts are cheap but can be weak. But the homemade baklava is delicious and in character with the rest of the cooking. Have a baklava and a mint tea.
The chef owner is no ordinary fellow. He has cooked for 35 years with many years experience in France, rising to executive chef at an Intercontinental and others. But I have never seen on the menu the obvious Franco-Egyptian dish, frog legs.
Last time: 2 soups, foul(a broad bean dish), sole main, which comes with salad and other sides, rolled stufed chicken breast with salad and sides, mint tea and baklava. The sole came with rice which was full of little shrimp which were infused with a bit cumin. There wasn't a grain of rice left on the plate and the plates were wiped with pita for the sauces and salad dressing. One tea and one baklava. $55 including tax and tip.
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