Mezza is a cute, small restaurant tucked away in Etobicoke serving authentic Lebanese food made from fresh ingredients, derived from family recipes.
The service at Mezza is impeccable and servers greet you and seat you upon arrival. The drinks order comes with an accompaniment of pickled vegetables to open up one’s appetite, amuse-bouche style. When I visited, pickled carrots were awaiting us. In Lebanon the assortment of pickled vegetables as an appetizer are called shamndar.
The hummus is a home-made blend of chickpeas, garlic and creamy goodness that is spiced with paprika and drizzled with imported olive oil from Lebanon. Though quite comparable in taste to the Jerusalem-style hummus from Me Va Me, I found Mezza’s a bit too grainy.
The falafel appetizer at Mezza is one of my favourite dishes. Lightly fried patties of chickpeas, broad beans, parsley, garlic, onion, coriander, and spices are served fresh with tahini dipping sauce on the side. The falafel is light and crispy and bursting with nutty freshness; a whole world away from the typical American servings from fast food joints.
On the entree front, Mezza dazzles crowds with their Char Grilled Shish Tawook, basically tender pieces of chicken breast served on a skewer, grilled to perfection and lightly seasoned. The dish is accompanied with a pile of crispy-golden french fries and leafy greens.
The Beef Shawarma, another great entree execution at Mezza, comes served with lean pieces of marinated beef, sprinkled with parsley; and on the side, a rice pilaf mixed with green peas and a greens salad with tahini dressing. The dish is simple, yet packed with a ton of flavour.
Overall, my experience at Mezza Lebanese Kitchen was one to remember with a great offering of authentic, home-made dishes that were beautifully plated.
Until next time Foodies!
Venue: Mezza Lebanese Kitchen
Location: 769 The Queensway, Toronto, Ontario
Menu items: Shmandar, Hummus, Falafel Appetizer, Beef Shawarma & Char Grilled Shish Tawook