What do you make on repeat in your house? This easy Turkish spiced beef freekah bowl is loaded with veggies and the Turkish spice mix just checks all the boxes and we just can’t get enough of it around here! Make a big batch of…
Tag: Middle Eastern
Aleph Eatery is a Middle Eastern restaurant that recently just opened in Vancouver at 1889 Powell Street. The space although tight is bright, airy and cozy – decor cross sectioned between Kinfolk and Cereal Magazine. Pastel pallets faded and banquette seating frames the restaurant with floating tables…
Some time ago we were visiting Toronto for a friend’s wedding. Like any other trip, it becomes culinary at some stage. We arrived at Fat Pasha. This was Anthony’s Rose latest collaboration with Robert Wilder. It is located at 414 Dupont Street (between Spadina Road and Bathurst Street). This Israeli restaurant focused on vegetables, chopped liver, hummus and became this hippest thing around.
The tiny 45 seater restaurant is a tight space. Designed by Palmerston Design and artwork by Jeff Blackburn that somehow minds me of Genghis Khan destroying tribes in Northeast Asia.
It was early in the day and the restaurant was already fairly packed. Even before doors opened, crowds were forming outside on a weekday. This is crazy. I needed to settle in with a drink. All I remembered was that it was refreshing and tart tasting.
Liver and Verscht on Rye 18: Chopped liver, beef salami, hard egg, gribenes, radish, and caramelized onion with pickles. We were presented a generous portion of the chopped liver. The hostess drizzled schmaltz into the boil and began mixing over the boiled egg and hard fried bits of chicken skin. Too fast to get a decent photo. Spread it over toast and enjoy. This was a heavy dish.
Roast Cauliflower 17: One of their signature dishes and perhaps one of the main reasons we wanted to come to Fat Pasha. I mean, until Fat Pasha, vegetables was not really a thing for Rose’s ventures. Rose and Sons and Big Crow both were unapologetically heavy and meat focused.
Tahini, skhug, pine nuts, pomegranate seeds and halloumi. You literally need a steak knife to chop thru this monster. It is filling despite it being all cauliflower. It is meaty and hearty with every bite. Yet it is not heavy and very refreshing with the acidity and spice.
We also recommend sharing their Salatim platter. Choose from Tahini with everything bagel spice, garlic fried tomatoes, chopped eggplant and tahini and garlic labneh with za’atar.
Next time you are in Toronto, come with a few friends. The portions are too large just for a couple and it is hard to sample everything. There’s enough pitas and latka platter for life.
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Mon 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tue 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
414 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V9
Omnivore Comptoir Grill is a Middle Eastern fresh salad and grilled meat restaurant on Boul St-Laurent Montreal. Traveling for work or pleasure is always hard on your body. You are thrown off from your fitness routine. This gluttony vacation was no exception. While we love…
This is my special corner. I love the light in this sun room. Tamam Fine Palestinian Vancouver on 2616 E Hastings Street. There are not many high quality Middle Eastern restaurants in Vancouver. And although I hold Nuba dear to my heart – you simply can not have it on heavy rotation too much. I don’t want to ruin it to become same-same. If you are not on a look out for Tamam, it could be easily missed- hidden amongst groceries, markets and coffee shops. We came to Tamam after a dear friend’s recommendation. Prices here are fairly priced. Service is friendly and the atmosphere is neighborly.
The sun room where we dine grows fresh herbs which Tamam Fine Palestinian uses in their dishes. Mint, rosemary, lavender, cilantro, etc. They even have an olive tree. The olive tree can be finicky to grow.
Hummus 5.50: chickpeas, tahini, garlic and olives oil. We liked the herb garnishes and pepper flakes. Tamam’s hummus is served warm with a side of hot sauce. The hot sauce is a puree of jalapenos, garlic and olive oil. It is very tasty mixed with the hummus.
Eggplant Salad 9.50: grilled eggplant, grilled tomato, parsley, roasted almonds, raisins, olive oil. I love this salad of sweet and salty. Raisins gives it a nice tangy sweetness and almonds gives it a nice crunch. This salad is very refreshing. I like how the eggplants are diced and mixed into the salad.
Fish Fillet with Mujaddarah 17.50: Halibut with rosemary, sage, garlic, olive oil and lemon. Your choice of Freekeb or mujaddarah and salad. We loved the pickled cabbage and veggies. The fish was flakey and nicely sized. The mujaddarah is cooked lentils together with rice, and garnished with sauteed onions. This lentil pilaf is a nice gluten free meal.
Tamam Fine Palestinian is a nice alternative to Nuba Lebanese in Downtown. Sometimes when you are in the Tri-Cities, Downtown Vancouver simply is too far of a drive.
Tamam Fine Palestinian
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
2616 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K 1Z6
Nuba Vancouver Kitsilano is like a vacation away from home. As you pull the doors open you are transported to a balmy locale – Morocco? The restaurant is divided into different dining areas: bar area, first floor common dining area, second floor booth seats and a…
Xai Verandah Lounge in LA, California. This beautiful place blends old world timeless Mediterranean elegance with contemporary chic. A relaxed mansion setting with lush gardens and canopy seating for outdoor dining; something Vancouver so desperately need (if only weather permitted). What Xai Verandah…