District Oven, a brand new restaurant and lounge at school and Ossington, is finally open within the lengthy vacant site that when located the raucous Portuguese sports bar, Cervejaria. Now an upmarket Middle Eastern restaurant, the household run operation is helmed by chef and owner Isam Kaisi, who's even the proprietor of 93 Harbord.
Inspired by ferrane, the communal ovens from the Middle East, some, 000 sq . ft . place aspires to function as a gathering place and is able to accommodate large parties with tufted square cubicles, lengthy harvest tables and types of lounge seating. The inside utilizes original container roofs and uncovered brick walls embellished with vibrant works of art from Iranian-born Toronto artist Homeira Rezaei. Elements like liana vine chandeliers and raw-edged woodwork throughout add warmth towards the cavernous room.
The flaming stone oven may be the heart from the restaurant and house-made flat breads and pitas would be the first step toward recption menus. Pitas arrive towards the table as cozy, steam-filled balloons and so far as I am concerned exactly what follows is simply a reason to consume more bread.
Recption menus complements the communal eating style. The higher the party, the greater the chance to sample from mezze like hummus ($7), house-pressed labaneh with zatar ($7) and skewered-grilled eggplant ($8) marinated with romesco, a nutty pepper sauce.
Special diets will discover themselves well cared for, too. The meat here's Halal (Kosher can be achieved with notice) and also the menu is pork-free. Vegetarians and gluten-sensitive people will appreciate comforting dishes such as the quinoa lentil pilaf studded with sweet caramelized let's eat some onions and capped with tahini and roasting walnuts. Chopped village salad quietly is outfitted with lemon and spiked heavily with parsley.
Meaty options get creative having a fig jam outfitted kefta hamburger ($15) as well as an (anise) and sour cherry gastric suffocated poutine offered by having an 8oz steak ($27). I attempt the well-performed Cornish hen ($19), a young supreme with crispy, spice-implanted skin. Earthy Jerusalem artichokes result in the dish substantial, along with a liberally applied eco-friendly chili (Israeli hot sauce) provides a residual warmth.
The beer selection is presently limited, though you will find plans brewing to set up a 12-tap station. Best bets in the bar would be the cocktails ($11) created using house syrups in flavours like fennel and lavender. The District Margarita created using El Jimador Blanco Tequila, fig almond syrup and lime is much like an Amaretto Sour with no sickly-sweetness - I am a fan.
District Oven is presently open for supper from 5:30pm on. Brunch featuring Middle Eastern staples like shakshouka plus western egg and potato options will be released within the coming days. Remove and parties are welcome.