North York Post : 2018-12-01

Food : 40 : 40

Food

HOLIDAY DINING POST CITY X LOCAL RESTAURANTS Owner: Kevin Hoang Owner: Elisa Camarra Valentini A Menu filled with Greek Delicacies 60 Years of Traditional Italian Recipes Serving Exceptional Middle Eastern Fare Since 1971 Midtown’s king of pho shares his secret. Karbouzi Camarra’s Pizzeria & Restaurant Jerusalem Restaurant Pho King Fabulous There is no need to travel to Greece for the authentic Greek cuisine, simply head over to Avenue Road and visit Karbouzi! A local Toronto restaurant tradition for over 40 years, Karbouzi Greek Taverna has become a staple on Avenue Road known for the warm atmosphere, the friendly service and mediterranean decor, and of course, the delicious home cooking! Open for both lunch and dinner, Karbouzi boasts a menu filled with traditional Greek delicacies from Souvlaki to Moussaka to flaming Saganaki. And don’t forget to try our much loved Tzaziki! Also offering catering and large group reservations, Karbouzi’s hot & cold combination platters are sure to be a hit at your next event. And new this fall Karbouzi is introducing their Saturday Afternoon Mezes Sampling. Enjoy traditional greek appetizers (Mezes) samples starting at just $6. Open Monday through Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm. For more information visit: www.karbouzi.com. Upscale, European pizzeria ristorante, featuring hand-crafted artisanal pizzas and regional CentralItalian cuisine. Generational recipes presented with a fresh interpretation are reflective of the unique flavours of the agriculturally-rich Abruzzo region, home of Pasta DeCecco, quality DOCG Extra Virgin Olive Oils, wines and some of the best cheeses produced in Italy. Locally harvested farm-fresh ingredients are married to the best of Italy’s food offerings to create memorable meals for you and your family to enjoy here or at your own table. Artisanal pizzas, hand-drawn pastas, homemade desserts; Camarra's traditional Italian meals reflect a passion for authentic flavours and a healthy respect for "the way it should be made!" Jerusalem Restaurant was established in 1971 and became the first middle-eastern restaurant to serve the Greater Toronto Area. It was a joint venture of three brothers who shared the idea of introducing traditional culinary secrets to the mainstream. Having a business of his own had been lifelong dream for Kevin Hoang, and after a 25 year stint in the IT field, he decided to finally chase it. “I really love pho”, says Hoang “and I was not satisfied with the pho I got at other places in Toronto. My family makes great pho at home and I started by learning it from them.” Not surprisingly, Hoang’s “secret” to great pho is not so secret. “We simmer beef bones for at least 8 hours to get a clear broth with a meaty and savory taste. Charred onion and ginger give the broth a more complex and deeper flavour. Traditional pho spices like star anise, cinnamon, and black cardamom add more depth and aroma.” The result of course is a satisfying bowl of Vietnam’s signature bowl of savoury goodness. Pho is usually served with a plate of condiments which consist of bean sprouts, lime, basil and red chili pepper. “Hoisin, fish and sriracha sauces are all also available but to truly appreciate a good bowl of pho you need to sample a plain broth and add the condiments as you go. Start with the basil & lime as a minimum.“Their most popular dish is their “northern style pho” which is a rice noodle served with minced tender rare beef, ginger and onion. The ginger adds a hint of spice to the broth & is the perfect winter nights meal. The original location at 955 Eglinton Ave. West, is a la carte only and serves up customer favourites like hummos, falafel and various shish kabobs. The Leslie Street branch is buffet only and has roughly 40 mediterranean/middle-eastern dishes available. It has a wide variety of vegan dishes as well as meat dishes highlighted by the whole roasted lamb on the weekends. This location also has live belly dancing every night and live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. With 240 seats and a semiprivate room that holds 60 people, it is a great venue for any occasion. The second pizzeria to open in Toronto, in September 1958, four generations of the Camarra family have brought exceptional, consistently award-winning pizza and pasta to Torontonians for 60 years…85 years as a brand (it operated for 25 years in Italy before coming to Canada). “We owe this incredible milestone to our amazing customers!” Essential to the success of this family operated business is the emphasis placed on delivering consistent top quality food made from the finest ingredients to ensure complete customer satisfaction. At Jerusalem Restaurant they take great pride in having perfected this art as a tradition. Reservations recommended. Hurry! Book your Holiday Catering now! JOIN US IN CELEBR OUR 60TH ATING ANNIVE RSARY 2048 Avenue Road www.karbouzi.com • Casual Greek Dining • Second Floor Bar 4777 LESLIE STREET, NORTH YORK • 416.490.7888 Catering and Group Reservations For Special Events & Holiday Parties! 955 EGLINTON AVENUE TORONTO • 416.783.6494 Introducing Saturday Afternoon Mezes Sampling! Starting at $6 416.483.3846 For reservations call Jim at 40

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