The Best Starts With Byblos

This gem of a restaurant opened in March this year located on Duncan St, north of King St. Byblos (www.byblostoronto.com) is partnered by Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji who also own Weslodge (I am shocked by this since I didn’t like Weslodge at all) and Patria.

Byblos is inspired by Eastern Mediterranean regions and is tapas. We sat upstairs on the second floor (there are four floors) which had beautiful geometric tile work, cool drop down lighting and really comfortable booths.

Our server was very knowledgeable with the menu, he advised us 6 dishes (3 small, 3 large) would be perfect to share with a group of 3. He also easily recommended some of his favourite dishes.
We ordered the Citrus Mixed Olives, Lamb Ribs, B.C. Mussels, Chargrilled Cornish Hen and Seared Cauliflower.

I do not normally like olives but these were quite good, they were not the normal bitter salty taste. The flavor was light.

The lamb ribs melted in your mouth like butter and the Dukkah (a mixture of herbs) on top added the perfect crunch.

This was my first time trying mussels and I was shocked. I thought I wouldn’t like them and they were delicious, the sauce was great for dipping bread in!

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Citrus Mixed Olives Chili +‏ Preserved Lemon + Cilantro
Citrus Mixed Olives
Chili +‏ Preserved Lemon + Cilantro
Lamb Ribs Dukkah + Buttermilk Sauce + Carob Molasses + Red Chili Schug
Lamb Ribs
Dukkah + Buttermilk Sauce + Carob Molasses + Red Chili Schug
B.C. Mussels Basturma + Maghreb Couscous + Saffron + Pilpelchuma
B.C. Mussels
Basturma + Maghreb Couscous + Saffron + Pilpelchum
Chargrilled Cornish Hen Sabzi Sauce + Toum + Fried Leek
Chargrilled Cornish Hen
Sabzi Sauce + Toum + Fried Leek
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Seared Cauliflower Duck Fat + Tahini Sauce + Sesame + Coriander
Seared Cauliflower
Duck Fat + Tahini Sauce + Sesame + Coriander

The seared cauliflower had a creamy sauce to it which was a great pairing to the grilling of the vegetable.

The cornish hen was absolutely amazing, melting like butter in your mouth with the added crunch of the fried leaks.

For dessert, we ordered the Turkish Coffee Chocolate Sorbet and the Pomegranate Sorbet.
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After eating the olives, cauliflower and mussels they swapped our plates and cutlery for fresh ones. They are very attentive and never let our water get empty.
This restaurant has become my favourite in the city, there was not one dish I did not like. It is rated 6 out of 6.636 restaurants on Trip Advisor.
Overall Rating 5*****
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