Address: 406 Queen St W., Toronto, ON
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
When I visited: March 2014
Rating: $, 3
The 15 seat shop was started by the talented Shontelle Pinch of the Gourmet Bitches food truck. The restaurant showcases 5 pita flavours that represent various countries in the Mediterranean region with ingredients that reflected the flavours of the region.
Ordering was easy, I picked a region followed by a protein. On their menu (see the Rose City menu here since it is not on their website yet), they provide suggestions on how many pita’s to order.
They suggest “1 for a snack, 2 for a meal and 3 if you’re starving”. That means for $5, I can get half a pita (which is their snack size) with tons of fillings. That is well worth it!
I ordered the Lebanese sandwich with chicken, the Egyptian sandwich with chicken and a tabouleh salad. The Lebanese sandwich was my favourite as the combination of the garlic sauce and the tender chicken made for a moist sandwich. I didn’t mind that I had garlic breath all day. The restaurant said they were still marinating their steak, so unfortunately I was not able to sample that.
With all three items, I found that their sauces and flavours were on the sweeter side compared to other joints serving pita and falafel sandwiches. I enjoyed this.
The best thing I had at the snack bar was actually their hot sauce! Their house-made hot sauce paired well with everything I ate with sweet and spicy notes. I would buy the hot sauce! (Hint hint Rose City Kitchen!).
Looks like we’ll see more of Rose City Kitchen as this is the first location out of the 3 that will open in the city.
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