From manakeesh to moutabal, shawarma to falafel and shish tawook, we’re heating up our food holiday calendar this month with a #TakeoutDay completely dedicated to Middle Eastern cuisine!
Follow along on our Instagram as we inspire Canadians to try takeout flavours derived from Egyptian, Turkish, Armenian, Arab, Israeli, and other Middle East destinations’ traditions and recipes.
Here are 10 Middle East-inspired destinations to get you started on your flavour journey for Middle Eastern Day!
Restaurant Beirut (St. John’s, NL)
A St. John’s destination for Lebanese cuisine, Restaurant Beirut offers great platters, appetizers, sweets and sandwiches.
Try a platter of felafels, kebabs, tawouk, shawarma, kebabs or a mix! Available sweets to enjoy for dessert include Ghraybeh (Middle Eastern Shortbread) and Tumeric Cake!
27 Cookstown Rd, St. John’s, NL A1C 4G7. @resto.beirut
Sadat’s Cuisine (Charlottetown, PE)
The Island’s leading destination for hilal offerings, Sadat’s Cuisine provides Middle Eastern cuisine comprised of meats and produce from local PEI farmers, providing a taste of home and away all in one.
A popular pick? Their specially spiced Doshy (lamb ribs, pictured), served with basmati rice, raisins and carrots.
223 University Avenue Charlottetown, PE, Canada C1A 4L6
Saj House (Halifax, NS)
Open and family-operated since 2004, Saj House began with a specialty in Mana’eesh, a well-topped savoury flatbread. Today, they remain dedicated to being one of Halifax’s top go-to’s for authentic Middle Eastern meals, with the same family members behind the counter ready to greet you like family too!
Indulge in approachable, flavourful dishes like their Chicken Shawarma Wrap (pictured), filled with fries, pickles, pickled turnip, lettuce, juicy slow-cooked chicken breast and their famous garlic sauce.
19 Alma Crescent, Halifax, NS, B3N 2C4. @sajhousehalifax
Taste of Egypt (Saint John, NB)
A taste of the Mediterannean, and flavours from the rest of the world too, Taste of Egypt prides itself on quality, consistent food that’s authentic and tastes great every time.
Bite into their Beef Kofta, served with your choice of a side and a garden salad.
87 King Street, Saint John, NB E2L 1G5.
Omnivore (Montreal, QC)
Not just for (grilled) meat eaters, Omnivore has something for all, whether you prefer Middle Eastern veg, all of the meat, or a mix of both.
Try their signature Omnivore plate with grilled chicken or beef, fatouche salad, lentil rice and hummus. For the Carnivore, a plate of 3 kafta skewers, choice of salad, lentil rice & hummus.
Herbivore? Your choice of 3 Vegetarian Mezzas or Salads for only $9.50.
Tabule Middle Eastern Cuisine (Toronto, ON)
Traditional dishes created with new interpretations and fresh ingredients, Tabule has been offering Middle Eastern cuisine since 2012 with “quality at the heart of everything we do.”
Try their (gluten free) Falafels with crushed chick peas, split fava, parsley, garlic, onions, spices and tahini.
Ramallah Cafe (Winnipeg, MB)
Open late so you can satisfy cravings for Middle Eastern tastes almost anytime, Ramallah Cafe is making your favourite dishes accessible, deliverable and delicious 7 days a week.
From their Baba Ganoush plate to Tabbouleh to the Falafel Platter, you’ll want to make multiple calls or stops to this cafe.
325 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 2E3. @ramallah.cafe
Photo Credit: @kirstieisvegan
Pars Cafe (Saskatoon, SK)
Found right on 8th Street, Pars Cafe is ready to satisfy all your Middle Eastern takeout needs, right down to their signature, must-have kebabs.
Try them in Chicken, Chunk Beef, Fish or Ground Beef. Roasted Lamb Shanks and Soltani Kebabs are also available.
3311 8th Street East, Saskatoon, SK, S7H 4K1.
Damascus (Calgary, AB)
Making mouthwatering food from simple ingredients, Damascus brings together North American and Middle Eastern cuisine for Albertan families of all kinds to enjoy.
Love Shawarma? Enjoy a Chicken Shawarma Salad, Chicken Shawarma Wrap, Chicken Shawarma Platter or their signature Damascus Shawarma Arabic Plate; Authentic Damascene style shawarma cut up into bites served with fries, house salad and a side of garlic sauce and assorted pickles
718 17th Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB, T2S 0B7. @damascusyyc
Baghdad Cafe (Vancouver, BC)
Middle Eastern cuisine served from a comforting counter-serve space, Baghdad Cafe has a grand takeout menu ready to keep you warm and well-fed through the winter.
Try one of their popular platter dishes including Kabsa Lamb, Kebab & Tika, Shawarma Arabi, Felafel and more.
548 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3J5. @baghdadcafevancouver
Photo Credit: @gutomhungry