|The glorious brussels sprouts|
For me, that restaurant is Byblos. This is the place where I had the brussels sprouts epiphany. The place that inspired me to make my own Middle Eastern dessert. And the place where I've celebrated my last two birthdays. Byblos has been responsible for quite a lot of happiness in my life.
The beauty of eating at a restaurant with share plates is you try more things than if you just had a single appetizer and entree to yourself. But even so, the biggest challenge about dinner at Byblos is confronting the sad realization that you can't order every single thing on the menu. So what should you order? You have to try at least one of the eggplant appetizers, the roasted red beets, the ribeye, and for dessert, order the qatayef, and the mousse cake that's covered in Persian cotton candy. Oh, and did I mention the brussels sprouts?
|Crispy Qatayef, just one of the brilliant desserts Byblos serves|
Photo credit: Byblos Restaurant
In other words, he loves food, he loves people, and both of those are what makes his food shine.
So if you live in Toronto, Byblos is a restaurant you simply must try. If you don't live in Toronto, Byblos is a very good reason to visit.
And if you go any time around my next special occasion, you'll probably see me there.
11 Duncan Street
(All opinions are my own, and I received no compensation for this post.)