You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but judge a restaurant by the continual line-ups clogging the sidewalk outside its doors, and you can’t go wrong. Small and homey, with a no-reservations policy, Maha’s offers a feast of brunch favourites, six days a week.
Named for owner and head chef Maha Barsoom, Maha’s is a family-run spot that prides itself on authentic recipes, hand-made from start to finish. Since opening in 2014, the place has served up countless colourful plates, from crisp, herby falafel hiding perfectly jammy soft-boiled eggs, to stewed fava bean foole topped with everything from toasted sesame seeds to sauteed tomatoes and garlic. With chicken treated to Maha’s “sacred marinade,” then tossed with parsley, onions, and tomatoes, and crowded into an egg bun with tomeya, homemade mayo and tehina, Maha’s Mind Blowing Chicken sandwich alone could keep the business going strong.
For sipping alongside, you’ll find a list of flavoured, hot and cold craft lattes, traditional Turkish coffee, teas and cold drinks ranging from banana-flavoured Moze Bel Laban, to Carrot and Cream juice garnished with nutmeg.
Yes, visiting Maha’s includes waiting in line. Still, as the people in front of you already know, there are countless good reasons why you’ll want to join the queue.