Armenian Kitchen – 1646 Victoria Park Ave – 416-757-7722

My Wife and I have enjoyed a lot of great dining experiences over the past few years. The food we experienced last night, though, might have been the best of the lot. Located in a strip-mall on Victoria Park Ave north of Eglinton, the Armenian Kitchen really lived up to its billing as some of the very best Middle Eastern food in the city.

The place is packed with families on a Friday night, and we immediately notice that the portions/servings are huge. We start with the small Fatouche Salad ($4.50). Now, I had been introduced to Fatouche at the popular Yorkville take-away Xtreme Taste (they spell it Fatoush); however, theirs has got nothing on the Armenian Kitchen’s. Diced Cucumber, Tomato, Onion, Pita Bread and Mint are tossed in a Lemony Oil, resembling more of a Horiatiki Salad w/ Pita than the Lettuce-based versions you get at other places. Amazing stuff!

For our main, we decide to split the Vegetable Combo With Meat ($12.99). Man, this is one heck of a plate of food.  Hummus, Tabuleh Salad, Falafel, Baba Gannouj and Minced Roasted Garlic are served with your choice of Chicken of Beef Shawarma, 4 Pitas, Pickled Turnips, Tahini and a Sweet Chili Sauce with tons of kick. It basically equated to us eating a Shawarma and Falafel Sandwich each… covered with perhaps the best Hummus we have ever tasted. Their Baked Tomatoes are off the charts, too.

There’s a lot to choose from on the menu at the Armenian Kitchen, and, luckily for me, this place is 100% wife-approved for future visits. Soups, Salads, Sandwiches and Kebabs steadily stream out of the kitchen as we try to finish everything on our plate. The most popular order tends to be the Hummus to start ($4.50) and the Mix Party Combo Plate for a main ($15.99), which is a larger serving of the dinner we had, and a combination of both Beef and Chicken Shawarma. Did I mention the Baked Tomatoes?

Seeing that it’s both licensed and only a short drive from our place in East York, we will be returning to the Armenian Kitchen very, very soon. Who’s coming with us?

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