Maha’s Fine Egyptian Cuisine in Toronto — a Must Try for Brunch
Maha’s Fine Egyptian Cuisine in Toronto is a family run restaurant that serves Egyptian style brunch from 8 am to 5 pm on the weekends and 8 am – 7 pm on the weekdays. You’ll find the restaurant near Little India, right off of Greenwood Ave.
In the kitchen, you’ll find Maha Barsoom (owner and chef) and her daughter, Monika, working together to prepare everyone’s order with fresh ingredients. While the son, Mark, prepares the drinks and manages the front. The tight run family operation really shines through as a first impression.
As I entered through the door, I got a welcoming vibe, the kind you get when you go to a friend or family’s home for dinner. As we approached the counter we were told it would be a 30 to 40-minute wait. Which is understandable, considering Maha’s is a small restaurant that seats approx. 21 people at a time and it was packed with people waiting to be seated.
After 45 minutes, the three of us were seated and ready to order. Our server recommended we order their signature honey-cardamom latte and although I dislike cardamom, it was a must since it was the signature drink. I also asked for a side order of Cumin Home Fries to come out right away as I was starved. The latte was a very smooth and cozy drink with a hint of the exotic; had enough spice to really warm me up. The fries were so good, they didn’t even last a minute and left you wanting more.
We ordered the Max Platter($37), which isn’t on the menu but if you ask them for it, they’re more than happy to oblige. This platter is ideal for 2-4 people and is more than enough to fill you up. It comes with the chef’s signature falafel, shakshuka scramble, basturma, foole beans, pita bread, hummus and salad.
We were only a quarter way through the platter when Maha’s Mind Blowing Chicken ($7), The Max ($8), and Pharaoh’s Po’ Boy ($9) came out. We clearly ordered too much but managed to eat everything on our plates and just had the platter packed to go. Maha’s Mind Blowing Chicken was a bit too acidic for my taste, but flavourful none-the-less.
I have never had Egyptian cuisine before and am glad that my first experience was a great one. With the owners and staff being extremely kind and the food being absolutely delicious, I will definitely be going back soon. I would recommend going before 10 am or be prepared to wait long. But don’t let the wait time hold you back from trying this place. I don’t say this often, but this place is worth the wait.
Meat Source: All meat is purchased from Al-Premium and is hand slaughtered halal (HMA Certified retailer). ** NOTE: meat was checked (verbal assurance) at time of review and can change at anytime – please check meat sources before eating and let us know if there are any discrepancies **
Hiba has always been a big foodie. Last year, after a lot of persuasion from friends and family, she started her food blog, hungryhiba.com, but prior to that you would be able to find her food adventures on Instagram (@hungryhiba) and Facebook. She went to school for Digital Media, so loves to code and is currently running a few social media accounts. In her spare time, she loves to watch movies, spend time with family and explore new places in Toronto. Her dream is to be able to travel the world and one day she will.