301 - Forest Hill hotspot offers tastes of the Middle East
By Lauren Gosnell
Danny Farbman knows a thing or two about the restaurant biz. Danny branched out of the family bagel chain What A Bagel in 2004 to open up the Mashu Mashu Mediterranean Grill in the Forest Hill Village.
Mashu Mashu is Hebrew slang for “something something”, meaning a little something special. Mashu Mashu mixes up Israeli, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Arabic influences in a simple, satisfying, and heart-healthy way.
Danny brought in chef Hatmoudi Awisat from Israel to create the nouveau Middle-Eastern inspired menu.
The fare sticks to appetizer dips with pita bread, garden fresh salads and succulent shish kebabs. The foods reflect the types of dishes Danny ate growing up.
An excellent start at Mashu Mashu is the appetizer platter of hummus, babaganoush, tabouleh and matbouha. Danny’s Moroccan grandmother is the inspiration behind the matbouha salad - a slow-cooked medley of tomatoes and peppers.
Try the Fruity Mashu Mashu: strawberries and cherry tomatoes with fresh mixed greens, pine nuts, and goat cheese. Served with a delicate basil balsamic vinaigrette, Mashu Mashu achieves the right balance of flavours.
The crowning glory is the mouth-watering shish kebabs. The simple olive oil and garlic marinade is very Mediterranean in style. The lamb and beef kebabs are succulent, while the chicken is juicy and the salmon and trout are tender and flaky.
Mashu Mashu Mediterranean Grill
387 Spadina Rd.