All around the world, muslims are celebration the month of Ramadan with fasting, prayers and fabulous late-night meals known as the ifthar (“break-fast”). Chef Mary Freij, drawing on her Palestinian and Lebanese heritage, has put together a delicious menu of Middle Eastern dishes that would be at home on many an Ifthar table. Join us for a taste of this delicious tradition.
NOTE: This Drop-In Dinner will stay open until 10pm for those who are waiting until sunset (8:57pm) to have their meal.
The most traditional way to break one’s fast
Carrot and Parsley Soup $5
Light broths or shorbas are a popular way to ease into the evening meal.
A delicate but richly flavourful rice and fish dish rarely seen on restaurant menus. Tender, flaky haddock cooked with caramelized onions over rice infused in Arabic spices, topped with butter-fried pine nuts and a side of tahini sauce.
#vegan option available with chickpeas and arnabeet maqli (fried cauliflower)
Colourful and refreshing salad of cucumber, tomato, lettuce, chopped parsley, spring onions, radishes and crispy pita croutons, tossed in a sumac, lemon and olive oil dressing
Umm Ali $5
An Egyptian favourite: Arabic-style bread pudding made with pieces of pita bread cooked in a sweet cream, topped with coconut and nuts 5$
SM: Sayadieh + Choice of 2: Soup, Salad, or Dessert $24
LG: Sayadieh + Soup, Salad, and Dessert $28
Mary Freij is a food entrepreneur who has traveled the world in search of amazing culinary experiences. Also a passionate cook, she has recently decided to follow her passion full time working as a cook and hosting pop-up food events, including the Mazeh Brunch at The Depanneur. Her menus feature foods that reflect the varied cuisines and flavours she has discovered through her travels, combined and re-imagined in creative ways.
Every Thursday The Depanneur is an ‘open mic’ night for culinary talent in TO, where we invite guest cooks, amateur or professional, to come and make their favourite dishes.