Website: http://byblostoronto.com, @ByblosToronto (Twitter)
Address: 11 Duncan St., Toronto, ON
When I visited: February 2015, dinner, 4 people
Rating: $$$$, 5
I heard so much about Byblos from blogger friends, and the cold winter in Toronto did not stop me from visiting the restaurant. From the same owners as Patria and Weslodge, Charles Khabouth and Harif Harji opened up Byblos in the heart of the entertainment district. The Executive Chef Stuart Cameron had created family style dishes with influences from various Eastern Mediterranean countries including Morocco, Israel, Lebanon and Turkey.
Byblos has two floors, with the dining room on the lower-level. The restaurant is narrow with a long bar that stretches along one side of the restaurant. The light is dim, providing a cozy dining experience in the evening.
Here is what we ordered, and ranked in order of my preference. (I do apologize for the quality of my photos due to the dark lighting)
1. Dry Aged Ribeye with za’atar butter and smoked eggplant ($41). This was SO delicious! The meat was juicy and absolutely tender!
2. Turkish Manti Dumplings with smokey eggplant, yogurt Sauce and molasses ($14). I liked the soft dunpling wrappers and the sauce, although the dumplings had little fillings.
3. Fig Salad with orange blossom honey vinegar, ackawi cheese, kohlrabi and pistachio ($14). I loved the salty feta like cheese from Israel, which made the salad more hearty. I am inspired to make a homemade version of this soon!
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