Best New Restaurants 2012: No. 10 Mideastro
The loungey Yorkville room hums with well-to-do regulars enjoying the back-slapping hospitality of owner Leon Goldstein. Chef Benny Cohen, a Moroccan Jew who grew up in Israel, draws on all sides of the Mediterranean to produce the city’s most accomplished Middle Eastern food. His smoky baladi eggplant, a Turkish classic, is served in a roasting pan with bright cherry tomatoes, wild oregano and Israeli feta. His fig kataiv, a Macedonian super-baklava with fresh figs and mascarpone nestled in a tangle of pastry threads, is topped tableside with a deadly sweet cardamom syrup. Dishes are delivered by white-gloved waiters, and every bottle of wine is decanted at the table—a lovely formality too often forgone in our age of casual dining. There are kitschy touches—gigantic menus that light up on opening, for example—but when your mouth is full of food this good, it’s hard to complain. 27 Yorkville Ave., 416-477-2427. See our listing for more information »
4 thoughts on “Best New Restaurants 2012: No. 10 Mideastro”
2 words to sum up Benny Cohen.
I’m surprised you would list a restaurant that public health gave a conditional pass! Not impressed – went to dinner becuase I saw it listed in your best new resto’s. Very dissapointed in toronto life.
A great restaurant. Benny was a wonderful host. I was so impressed we held our office party there last year and plan to return this year – what more can I say.
Amazing food! The passion in the kitchen and in the dining room is worth the trip to Yorkville. Understated and classy, not hipster.
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