Byblos Restaurant Perfects Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Shared Plates
Byblos, a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern inspired restaurant, opened in early 2014 on the first two floors of the Storys Building on Duncan Street in Toronto. Another brainchild of industry wonder duo Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji, the menu is again centred around small, shared plates, similar to the duos other hot spot Patria.
The Storys Buildling itself full of character and charm. The team has designed the downstairs space with soft colours, pots and ceramics with ample natural light to open up the space. The second floor is much warmer with large, brown leather booths, and curtained or obstructed windows to keep the vibe a little more private and exclusive.
Must try dishes include the Organic House Labneh. It can and should be eaten with everything, like Eggplant Kibbeh, Lamb Ribs, Roasted Red Beets (which come with a side of Labneh but not nearly enough) and all of that delicious Barbari Bread. Citrus Mixed Olives and Marcona Almonds are the perfect way to warm up your taste buds and tempt your tummy before you dive into some heartier fare.
There are other ways to eat besides shared plates. Chef Stuart Cameron and Chef de Cuisine Jennifer Nickle have done a fine job of putting together an assortment of salads, and large plates that leave mouths watering. We love the Fig Salad with orange blossom honey vinegar, Ackawi cheese, Kohirabi and pistachio. For mains, try the Turkish Manti Dumplings of smokey eggplant, yogurt sauce and molasses, or the Chargrilled Cornisih Hen with Sabzi sauce, toum and fried leek.
If you love rice, this is the place to eat. The menu features five rice side dishes from Sabzi Basmati Rice with herbs and butter to Sweet Jeweled Basmati Rice with carrots, saffron, barberries and almonds.
Save room for dessert and Turkish coffee. Yogurt Mouse with Pistachio Cake, orange blossom water, pomegranate molasses and flower jam or Kanafeh with kataifi filo, spiced ackawi cheese, cardamom syrup and arak ice cream are the way to go.
11 Duncan St.
Toronto, ON M5V3M2
Phone: +1 (647) 660-0909
Hours: Monday - Sunday: 5pm - Close