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Super-tasty seafood tajine @ Sultan’s Tent

Now, we’ve had some real-deal meals from all over the world right here on Triple B — without even leaving Toronto — but I think this might be our first time for Moroccan food. We’re hanging out at The Sultan’s Tent, this funky joint on Wellington, and some of the dishes seem kinda familiar, like something I mighta had at places like Darna or Amal…but there’s also a French influence with some of the food on the menu, like filet mignon or shrimp provencal. Don’t think I’m gonna go the French route here, though…

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Starting off with some hummus and pita. Now, I like hummus, and I like pitas…but it was a bit of a bummer that this dish came with pita chips instead of fresh pita bread. I still ate every last bite of it though, bro!!!!

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But now let’s get to the good stuff. We’re talkin’ seafood tajine, served in a clay pot, with shrimp, scallops and calamari in tomato sauce, rice, bell peppers and a lemon wedge. All the seafood was cooked perfectly — the shrimp was especially tasty — and it’s not every day I get to eat out of a clay pot, bro!!!

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We’re washing it down with a couple Moroccan Brown Ales from the renegades of funk at Spearhead. I mean, if you’re gonna have a Moroccan joint in Toronto, this is the beer you should be pouring — coming straight outta Kingston(!) with dates, figs, raisins and a dash of cinnamon!!!

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Now, just the other day I said the chocolate brownie stack at Vela was the best dessert I’ve had in 2021. But man, this chocolate cake is definitely right up there! I don’t really think chocolate cake when I think Morocco, but I would definitely order this again, bro! Nice and rich, but not too heavy, with some mixed berries and a cream cheese icing on the side…it’s got everything I want in a dessert — except maybe some ice cream?

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Hail to The Hummussiah!!!

You KNOW I’m all about that Middle Eastern food — this is body by shawarma, bro! So, when I heard about The Hummussiah, this funky little joint right smack dab in the middle of Ryerson University, serving up nine different kinds of warm hummus bowls, I was all over that like peace in the Middle East!!!

It’s hard to pick a favourite among so many great hummuses, but I had to go with the Chuck Stew Hummus Bowl, with slow cooked beef, potatoes and chickpeas, served with house pickles, pita bread, a mango amba sauce and some spicy green schug — I’d put that on a flip-flop, bro…

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…or at least a big piece’a pita bread. The pitas here are nice ‘n thick, so you can really load ’em up good. I really couldda used a third pita, though — that’s how much stuff was in the bowl! And I’m not sure you’re supposed to fold it up like a taco, but it seemed like the best way to get this all straight down my piehole.

Oh, and I definitely went and scraped up everything off the side of the bowl — no hummus left behind, bro!!!

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TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Call your mama, that’s a lotta shawarma!!!

Now, I first heard the legend of Me Va Me’s footlong shawarma many years ago…but when they finally opened a downtown location, it wasn’t even on the menu. So when I found out that Shawarmama, this funky little joint on Queen West, was serving up footlong beef and chicken shawarmas, I was all over that like tahini on tabbouleh, bro!!!!

I didn’t break out the measuring tape or nothing, but this had to be the longest shawarma I’ve ever seen. This pita snake is stuffed with seasoned beef, some crunchy onions, a little acid from the tomatoes and a tangy tahini, and toasted to perfection, son! I also made mine a meal, with fries and a drink, for $4.50 more…

Fries were super extra-crispy, which meant they didn’t get soggy in delivery. Plus, I paid an extra 99 cents for some house-made garlic sauce, which is such a smooth move in Flavourtown, bro!!!

Now, they’ve actually got a deal on with Uber (which ends today though), where if you spend at least 20 dollars, you can get a free tub of hummus with an extra large pita for dipping. Dude, I’m not saying this is body by hummus…but if it was, it might be less than 300 pounds, bro. Hummus is smoother than the grocery-store kind, but still nice and tangy. And even after pounding all that pita, I still had like half a container of hummus left, so I might actually have a healthy snack for once!!!!

 

 

 

Oh my god, Icelandic cod… at a Lebanese restaurant???

Now, I don’t always eat fish…but when I do, it’s gotta be something funky. So when I heard that Amal, this fancy new Lebanese joint on Bloor, was serving up Icelandic cod, I knew it had to be outta bounds, bro! I mean, Iceland is a long, long way from Lebanon, right?

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We are starting off with a couple dishes that are a little closer to home…and by home, I mean Lebanon. On the left, you’ve got Bastrema Rakakat, which is kind of a cross between a samosa and a Greek tiropita… basically it’s a flaky pastry stuffed with cheese, and then a bit of beef. I could pound at least five of these — oh wait, I just did!

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And then we’ve also got Amal’s Hummus, served warm with chunks of beef tenderloin, pomegranate and pine nuts. Dude, you could put that on a flip-flop and it would still taste good…but on top of a warm pita, it tastes even better!!!

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But now it’s time for the main event. This broiled fish filet is smothered in a cilantro tahini and topped with pine nuts, and then you’ve got some more pomegranate seeds on the side, along with these deep-fried pita chips that you won’t believe it’s not nachos, bro! Fish was flaky and fork tender, and the squeeze of lime added a nice little kick. Man, this has gotta be in the top five Icelandic cod dishes we’ve ever had on Triple B!!!

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Speaking of Triple B, the only beer they serve here is Stella Artois…which I didn’t know was Lebanese, either. So instead I went with a cocktail called Beirut Forever that tastes so much like a Negroni that I think they might have brought me the wrong drink. They’ve both got Campari, Arak and bitters, but instead of gin, this one mixes in cognac, chartreuse and Martini Fiero instead.

Or at least that’s what it says on the cocktail menu. The only mixed drinks I usually drink are a mixture of hops, barley and water, bro!!!!