Big Is­raeli chain’s first Canuck lo­ca­tion

Plus a pro­lific restau­ra­teur adds to her em­pire, a fun spot in the An­nex and more

Richmond Hill Post - - Food - — Karolyne El­la­cott


Chances are, those who have been to Is­rael (birthright, any­one?) are fa­mil­iar with Cafe Landwer. The pop­u­lar Is­raeli café, which got its start back in 1919, fi­nally opened its very first Cana­dian out­post in Vaughan this Fe­bru­ary, dish­ing out eats ba­si­cally all day long.

Feed­ing peo­ple break­fast, lunch and din­ner — not to men­tion cof­fee and snacky goods — Cafe Landwer aims to please ev­ery­one. For the most part, the menu sticks to the same options dished out in the moth­er­land.

The day be­gins with a bevy of stel­lar break­fast items — a must for a place that in­vites cus­tomers in start­ing at 9 a.m. daily. Their most rec­og­nized brekkie item would be, well, the fa­mous break­fast, which is served un­til 2 p.m. for those who may start the day a tad later than most. Eggs done any style are paired with tuna salad, lab­neh with za’atar, chick­peas and more. It’s a meal that’ll keep you sa­ti­ated for much of the day. Other smart picks in­clude a se­lec­tion of shak­shouka — try the ver­sion with hal­loumi cheese and spinach.

Sand­wiches are an­other ma­jor draw at Landwer’s. Tuck into the tuna num­ber with hard-boiled egg, pick­les and arugula or opt for a roast beef with caramelize­d onions, mus­tard and a date honey aïoli. Sal­ads in­clude the Mediter­ranean brim­ming with hunks of bell pep­per, tomato, radish, a smat­ter­ing of kala­mata olives and feta. Mean­while, an Ital­ian menu boasts items like piz­zas and the ravi­oli rosé, smoth­ered in tomato sauce with cream, cherry toma­toes and flagged with fresh basil.

Desserts in­clude the sig­na­ture roza­lach, which is baked in a stone oven and avail­able ei­ther plain with a choco-hazel­nut fill­ing or burst­ing with hal­vah (Cafe Landwer, 9340 Bathurst St., Unit 1, Maple, 905-417-0707).

Cafe Landwer’s pizza found on their Ital­ian menu

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