Over the years I've traveled to many countries but Egypt is still on my bucket list. The pandemic put a hold on my vacation plans so I’ve found new ways to experience the world.
As I stepped into Masrawy Kitchen in my hometown of Mississauga, I was instantly transported to a faraway land.
As you make your way down a path of traditional blue tile, the scent of delicious Egyptian spices fills the restaurant. Grand chandeliers adorn the ceiling and beautiful embroidered tapestry drapes the wall.
There are touches of Egypt everywhere – from bright papyrus paintings to rustic decor accents. Each piece was hand-selected with care to ensure a unique dining experience.
The waiters are friendly and the owner makes you feel like family as they escort you to their chic new patio. On normal (pre-COVID) evenings, the line-up to get in extends down the block as people eagerly await the mouth-watering flavors that keep them coming back for more.
Unfold the menu and feast your eyes on a scrumptious variety of authentic dishes that will satisfy vegetarians and meat lovers alike.
Cool down with a refreshing glass of lemonade made with a hint of palette cleansing mint, or try the hibiscus tea.
The Baba Ghanoush is the best I've ever had! It comes with fresh baked Egyptian bread and olives.
I highly recommend the falafel (made with fava beans instead of chickpeas). This dish is rich in iron, folate, magnesium, fiber, potassium, calcium and protein so it’s a great way to start your meal.
The fresh rolled grape leaves are filled with rice, tomato sauce and mild spices – healthy and satisfying.
There are many delicious entrees to tantalize your taste buds but I decided to try their bestseller - Masrawy Fusion. This large dish comes with seasoned golden basmati rice, boneless grilled chicken (and or sirloin steak), topped with creamy garlic aioli, chilli sauce, candied carrots and cranberries for a hint of sweetness. The serving is enough to share family style and the flavors are incredible!
If you like beef, try the Hawaosh - a true Egyptian classic made with crispy Balady bread stuffed with ground beef, onions, peppers and spices. It is served with tahina sauce and your choice of fries or salad.
When you visit Masrawy Kitchen always save room for dessert. I recently discovered that my father has been ordering his sweets here for months and he always hosts the best parties.
I ordered the Kunafa - a sweet and crunchy angel haired pasta filled with cream and topped with pistachio. It reminds me of the yummy desserts I had in Turkey and I loved every bite!
Next time you’re looking for a great restaurant, take the family to Masrawy Kitchen and experience the culinary delights of Egypt. You won’t be disappointed.