Maha's Fine Egyptian Cuisine
Maha’s is an east end family-run café that serves up the only Egyptian brunch in the city. It’s worth the trek to the corner of Gerrard and Greenwood. Their Cairo Classic is incredibly filling and it’ll last you the whole day. The base is mashed fava beans in a tomato stew, and its layered with boiled eggs, a falafel stuffed with lots of fresh coriander, feta cheese, and balady bread. It’s a beautiful combination of creamy, salty, and crisp flavours.
The shakshouka was also quintessential Cairo. At Maha’s, it comes with a side of fattoush salad with deep-fried pita croutons, and the shakshouka is the scramble of tomatos, onions, and eggs that’s spiced with cumin. Cumin tends to feature prominently in Egyptian cuisine, and it does at Maha’s as well. The side dish of floury potatoes was seasoned pretty generously with the spice as well.
My brunch-mate ordered the date grilled cheese sandwich with a side of lentil soup, and it looked delicious. I can't remember why I didn't try it - I must have been preoccupied with my meal. It did look delicious though, and I'd order it another time.
The place has homey decor and lots of sun streaming in at brunchtime, but it’s very small so be prepared for long lineups. If you ask really nicely, the owner will call you when your tables ready, and you can go hang out at the coffee shop down the street until then.
Prices are also reasonable, and brunch won’t set you back more than about $20. I'd say this is one of my favorite brunch spots in the city, given that it manages to serve the only Egyptian brunch fin Toronto and does it as well as anything I’ve had in Cairo.
Maha’s, 226 Greenwood Avenue 416.462.2703