Al Salam has been around for what seems like ages. Bakery/grocery to the right when you first walk in, restaurant to the left. It’s located in what might very well be my favourite area in the city to eat. 34 Avenue seriously has so many gems.
The inside is bare but I like how the TV play’s Lebanese music videos in the background. Very Kpop like.
The menu is split into appetizers, man’oushe, thin crust pizzas, pita wraps and platters.
I’ve been here a couple times now and most dishes have been hits, save for a few misses. The garlic sauce is bomb with any of the platters you order but I haven’t been impressed with the meats. Twice the shawarama has been dry and lacking flavour. The fresh puffed up pitas go heavenly with the hummus or baba ghanoush.
This time, I took Jboy with me whose never been, so we tried out a couple dishes that I haven’t had. We came on a late Sunday afternoon so it was pretty much just us. Our waitress was great, super friendly and the food came out lightning fast. Couldn’t have been more than 10 minutes before dishes started arriving.
Chopped parsley, tomatoes, green onions, mint, bulgur, lemon juice, and olive oil. Light, refreshing, healthy. The lemon juice added a nice acidity. Think this dish is a bit overpriced for the amount you do get.
Falafel pita wrap ($8.95)
Ground fava beans, deep-fried chickpea balls, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, turnips, hummus, and tahini sauce. The falalfel’s were incredibly tender, well seasoned and flavourful. I’ve had some bad experiences with falafel’s as they seem fickle/hard to do well but these were great. Just wish the pita was a couple degrees warmer.
Lahem ajeen ($3.95) and spinach man’oushe ($3.95)
The lahem ajeen had beef mixed with tomatoes, onions, and seven spice while the spinach consisted of mixed tomatoes, onion, garlic, sumac, olive oil, and fresh lemon juice baked on fresh dough. Both were delicious but my favourite was the spinach.
Nice touch with the fresh tomatoes and fresh lemons to squeeze on top of the lahem ajeen. This pie just oozes healthy. The olive oil really brought the flavours together. There were even some shallots on top. Nice. Get it.
Fresh, fast and friendly service. Get any of the man’oushe pies!
Al Salam Bakery Deli and Restaurant
10141 – 34 Avenue