In early April, my family and I had the chance to dine at Pasha, a authentic Turkish restaurant in Toronto. In the past several years, I have found it hard to find authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food at a good price. Luckily Pasha serves delicious food at a decent price. For my American friends, the prices are great since 1 Canadian dollar is around .78 American cents.
For drinks, we opted to try a new and unusual drink. Ayran is a savory yogurt drink that tastes like the Indian lassi except it isn’t as creamy. My parents thoroughly enjoyed the drink but the savory taste did not excite me. We paired the Ayran with Sigara Boregi, a fried fillo dough stuffed with feta cheese and parsely.
My dad and I ordered the Coban Kavurma which includes chunks of buttery spiced lamb sauteed with shallots, mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes and oregano. Oh my lord, this is the best lamb that I have ever eaten at a restaurant. Usually restaurants don’t add enough flavor or spices in their lamb, but the chefs at Pasha cooked the lamb to perfection. Combined with the lovely spices and butter, I would definitely come back to Pasha just to have this dish!
My mother ordered Manti which is a Turkish Ravioli. The lamb was covered in a thin layer dough and served with rice, garlic yogurt and tomato sauce. Manti reminded me of the times when I would stuff my mom’s homemade lamb chops in freshly made rotis. This dish was also delicous, but I have to say, the Coban Kavurma was out of this world amazing!
Like at all restaurants, I make sure to leave some extra space in my stomach for dessert since dessert is my favorite meal. Kunefe is a crunchy cheese pastry served in a sugary syrup and crushed pistachios. I would recommend you to eat the Kunefe with vanilla ice cream; it’s a must!
To wash down the whole meal, I ordered a Turkish coffee. My oh my, the waiter wasn’t kidding when she said the coffee was strong. I was wide eye awake until 2 o’clock in the morning with so much energy I decided to take a midnight run in my neighborhood. (I NEVER run. Running isn’t even in my vocabulary.) Needless to say, I’ll be ordering Turkish coffee everyday during midterm and final weeks at university.
Overall, our experience at Pasha was amazing. The waitress was very kind and helpful in directing us to order the most authentic Turkish dish on the menu. The dishes we tried at Pasha were all delicious and tasty! If you are ever in Toronto I would highly suggest you to stop by at Pasha and enjoy a lunch or a dinner here. Make sure you order the Coban Kavurma and Kunefe with vanilla ice cream!
Pasha Authentic Turkish Cuisine
64 Overlea Blvd. Unit 10, M4H 1C4 Toronto
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