The more the merrier we say but sometimes it’s nice to have a quiet dinner with a friend, talking and venting about life’s little mysteries and our latest adventures over delicious food. Kaza Maza on Parc Ave is a great place for such an occasion, ideal for sharing plates, perfect for a small bite or a great feast.
We started with the appetizers and a fair warning, you can easily go overboard with what you order and make a meal out of just their appetizers, but the mains are worth saving room for!
You can’t go to a Middle Eastern restaurant and not have two of their most celebrated dishes, hummus and baba ghannouj. At Kaza Maza, the hummus is served with a well in the center filled with whole chickpeas, olive oil and a sprinkling of sumac. It was perfect with their pita bread, all served at room temperature and full of flavour!
Our favourite of the two was the baba ghannouj. It boggles the mind why people don’t like eggplant but this dish is a must and it will surely change your mind. The first flavour to hit you is the smokiness of the eggplant, and then citrus. It was perfect with the pita and the extra olive oil that pooled in the center of the baba ghannouj, with the juicy pomegranate seeds scattered over the top, adding tartness to the dish.
The tabbouleh was extremely fresh and made traditionally with finely minced onion, tomato and parsley. It was a great light salad to mix with our hummus and baba ghannouj. We saved a little to have as a side dish for when our mains arrived.
We love cheese so ordering the akkawi was a simple decision. The cheese is similar to haloumi in texture. It was pan fried which added a nice little crust on the outside though we found it to be a little too salty for our liking. Once paired with the fresh herbs, lemon and tomato salad that accompanied it, it became more palatable.
Kibbé nayyé is a traditional dish that consists of raw lamb or beef that is mixed with bulgur and spices. At Kaza Maza, it was served with fresh mint, a fine drizzle of olive oil, finely sliced red onions and walnuts; it was delicious! The mixture was smooth and it was especially good with a little piece of fresh mint and onion.
While we polished off more wine and the rest of our appetizers, our mains were next. We were intrigued by the grilled chicken even though it may sound like too simple a dish. But Kaza Maza grilled it to perfection and the meat was tender and flavourful. Paired with roasted potatoes for heartiness and served with a garlic sauce, the chicken dish is anything but ordinary.
The kefta was a heavy and hearty main dish. There were four small brochettes of lamb which were generously mixed with whole bright green pistachios, pieces of white onion and spices. This was all covered in a tahini based sauce with plenty of pomegranate seeds. We really enjoyed the combination of the nuts and the bursts of pomegranate seeds.
Kaza Maza is a great option, the appetizers were our favourite part, and the mains are filling. The restaurant is not big which makes it feel cozy, especially with the brick walls. They also serve a Middle Eastern brunch which would be a nice alternative to the usual bacon and eggs. If you’re looking for Middle Eastern fare at a reasonable price, Kaza Maza is a must!
Our Rating: Splendid
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