Hey, y’all! First things first…I’m definitely going to skip over the part where it’s been a solid YEAR since I’ve posted and skip right to what brought me back into the blogosphere. Some of y’all already know that for me and the kiddo, summer break means lots of exploring. This year’s break is no exception and we decided on a multi-week Canadian roadtrip. We’re well into our trip at this point, with many sights seen in several cities, with countless adventures still to come. So, what is this post all about? The beauty of Niagara Falls? The endless wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake? The panoramic views taken in atop Toronto’s CN Tower, maybe? Nope, nope, and nope! Before I share anything else, I have to tell the world about the absolute best brunch in Toronto, Maha’s Egyptian Brunch. Since we had brunch no less than four times in Toronto, I now consider myself an authority on the subject and have full confidence that Maha’s tops them all. Maha’s Egyptian Brunch is a family owned and operated restaurant serving the most delectable Egyptian food you will likely ever have the pleasure of eating. Our Maha’s experience was not a brief one by any means. We arrived around 1:30 in the afternoon, hoping to beat peak hours. However, I think all of the hours at Maha’s are peak hours. The line (and wait) was long, about an hour and a half, but it was worth every single minute. We started our Maha’s meal by sharing a pot of Egyptian black tea with mint. Tea, or “shai”, is the national drink of Egypt, and the culture behind sharing tea is serious business!
After tea, the kiddo and I decided we would split two of the most popular dishes on the menu, Maha’s Mind Blowing Chicken and the Cairo Classic, so that we could try a little of everything. Maha’s chicken, marinated in a secret, magical combination of Egyptian spices, tossed with parsley, tomatoes, and onions, and served on a toasted egg bun with tomeya and tehina, was, indeed, mind blowing! I’m holding on to a glimmer of hope that Maha herself will read this raving review, take pity on this poor Southern girl who is 850 miles away the majority of the year, and reach out with a coded message sharing the sacred Egyptian spice blend that makes this chicken sandwich so incredibly delectable. Maha, are you out there?
Next up was the Cairo Classic, a dish consisting of fava beans, or “foole”, perfectly seasoned with tomatoes and onions, and served with sliced boiled egg, falafel, home-made tomato feta, charred baladi bread (Egyptian flatbread similar to pita), and salata baladi. When I tell you there was not one tiny bit of food left on either plate, I am not lying! There are not enough words to explain how good this food was. In fact, it was so good that the closer we got to finishing we both felt an increasing gravitational pull toward a spiral of depression just knowing we were about to be finished with the best meal EVER!
To pull ourselves back from the brink of despair, we finished our meal with a honey-cardamom latte. This unique but subtle combination of flavors was so tasty and a perfect finish to our Maha’s experience!
I hope this review does justice to the delicious food you are bound to enjoy at Maha’s Egyptian Brunch. So, if you are looking for the best brunch spot in Toronto, do yourself a favor and head over to Maha’s. Like, right now! Go! And if you don’t live in Toronto, just go ahead and book a plane ticket because you definitely do not want to live the rest of your life full of the regret that will plague you knowing you haven’t tried the pinnacle of Egyptian cuisine. And, Maha, if you’re reading this, I’ll be waiting on that recipe! Until next time, y’all, thanks for stopping by!