If you’ve been keeping up with View the Vibe, you are well aware that we will be catching a lot of TIFF action on video and sharing it with our faithful followers. That said we remain to be about food and restaurants so including a few suggestions of where to eat is a must – check out our latest post about where to eat and be “scene”. However, this past Tuesday, the lovely Leon Goldnshtain of Mideastro in Yorkville invited us to try the new menu launching this Saturday, just in time for TIFF. Adam and I were definitely a little concerned about eating heavy Middle Eastern food days before having to fit into the svelte TIFF crowds, but were pleasantly surprised by the lighter fare the new menu has to offer.
I would best describe it as an International menu with a Middle Eastern twist: a Greek salad called the “Fatoush” is served with fried halloumi, homemade pita croutons dressed with a lemony tahini dressing. A Spanish Paella made with all the paella components but then served with housemade merguez sausgage which gives it a Middle Eastern kick. Or one of my favourites was the Ontario Lamb Chops served with a delicious Moroccon dried fruit ragout risotto which when paired together creates the perfect bite every time. All the dishes we tried were lighter than expected and the flavours explosive. Balance is key in any dish and the one thing that stayed with me after our experience at Mideastro Yorkville was just that – balance was perfect is every dish and the flavours were extremely well combined.
I thoroughly enjoyed this meal, wasn’t feeling overly full afterwards and the vibe of the restaurant is very classy, friendly and very comfortable. The big leather booths make you want to stay all night and every table has enough privacy so as to not hear the next table’s conversation.
Mideastro Yorkville is one of our top recommendations for where to eat yet still be in the center of TIFF action. While there are some fantastic restaurants to experience in Yorkville, Mideastro is making a statement with uniquely created dishes that have very bold flavours. They’re timing is perfect as TIFF is definitely the time to step out and make a statement.
Mideastro Yorkville is located at 27 Yorkville Ave. | www.Mideastro.com
**The new menu will be available as of Saturday September 8th