Beiteddeine is a new Lebanese restaurant at Danforth and Pape, just a few minutes walk from the Pape subway.
Rumour has it that the chef/owner is a recently retired sous-chef of one of the most luxurious hotels in Dubai, the Burj Al Arab. I’ve always considered the hotel to be pretty over-the-top (supposedly it’s dripping with gold and shiny finishings on the interior) and I’ve never actually been inside because they charge an entrance fee. However, I figured that the food must be good, and so was curious what this chef would be serving us in Toronto.
First course that we had was the akkawi cheese mana’eesh. As far as flatbreads go, this was excellent. Lots of salty and melted cheese, and great dough straight out of the oven. The other appetizer that we had was muhammara, a walnut-red pepper dip with pomegranate molasses. Sweet and sour at the same time, and it went well with the freshly baked pita bread.
Next course was the grilled kefta dinner. My only gripe about kefta in this city is that’s it usually made with lean meat. This one was well-spiced and nicely grilled, and was on par with the better Middle Eastern places in the city (Tabule, Ghadir, etc), but still on the lean and dry side. In my opinion, a good kefta should be laced with fat, so that it’s dripping with flavour. I have yet to find that kind of kefta in Toronto.
Having said that, the meal at Beiteddine was a solid one; and while I didn’t try it, I’ve heard rave reviews about their chicken shawarma. The restaurant was packed and it’ll likely be a very popular one on the Danforth strip, and I can see why.
513 Danforth Avenue